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Discovering how well wearable mosquito repellent devices work

Researchers are testing the efficacy of commercially available wearable mosquito repellent devices.

Zika conspiracy theories on social media putting vulnerable people at risk

Conspiracy theories and pseudoscientific claims refuting the facts around Zika virus vaccines could be putting vulnerable people at risk, according to a new study. By analyzing social media in real time, researchers were able to identify conversations about Zika virus vaccines and pinpoint the conspiracy theories being discussed.

Light can 'heal' defects in new solar cell materials

A family of compounds known as perovskites, which can be made into thin films with many promising electronic and optical properties, has been a hot research topic in recent years. But although these materials could potentially be highly useful in applications such as solar cells, some limitations still hamper their efficiency and consistency. Show More Summary

One in four patients develop heart failure within four years of first heart attack

One in four patients develop heart failure within four years of a first heart attack, according to a new study in nearly 25,000 patients. Risk factors included older age, greater socioeconomic deprivation, and comorbidities such as diabetes.

Research points to possible new prevention strategies for ovarian cancer

The discovery of early changes in the cells of the Fallopian tubes of women carrying the BRCA genetic mutation could open the way for new preventative strategies for ovarian cancer, reducing the need for invasive surgery, according to new research.

Smoking during pregnancy associated with increased risk of schizophrenia in offspring

Researchers report an association between smoking during pregnancy and increased risk for schizophrenia in children. The paper evaluated nearly 1,000 cases of schizophrenia and matched controls among offspring born in Finland from 1983-1998. Show More Summary

Caught on camera: First movies of droplets getting blown up by X-ray laser

Researchers have made the first microscopic movies of liquids getting vaporized by the world’s brightest X-ray laser. The new data could lead to better and novel experiments at X-ray lasers, whose extremely bright, fast flashes of light take atomic-level snapshots of some of nature’s speediest processes.

Can legumes solve environmental issues?

It's a win-win situation for the environment and the economy when it comes to introducing legumes into agricultural systems, says new research.

New strategy could yield more precise seasonal flu vaccine

Medical researchers have described a novel strategy to predict the antigenic evolution of circulating influenza viruses and give science the ability to more precisely anticipate seasonal flu strains. It would foster a closer match for the so-called 'vaccine viruses' used to create the world's vaccine supply.

“Concerning our chusing a sargent”

On 19 April 1775, Thomas Poor was captain of a minute company from Andover. His sergeants were named John Chickering, Cyrus Marble, Philip Farrington, and William Johnson, as stated on a muster roll for the first week of the war. One of the privates in that company was James Stevens. Show More Summary

A Distorted Etymology.

This is a very minor issue, but it amused me, so I’m passing it along: in chapter 4 of Gorham’s Speaking in Soviet Tongues (see this post), he is discussing the difficulty of writers (and beginning writers, in the shape of workers’ and village correspondents) in dealing with the confusing variety of forms of speech […]

Here’s something I know nothing about

Paul Campos writes: Does it seem at all plausible that, as per the CDC, rates of smoking among people with GED certificates are double those among high school dropouts and high school graduates? My reply: It does seem a bit odd, but I don’t know who gets GED’s. Show More Summary

“Why the Virginia GOP Can’t Thwart McAuliffe on Voting Rights”

Andrew Cohen for the Marshall Project: Those who object to the restoration of these voting rights, Howard told us, are conflating Gov. McAuliffe’s duty to individually communicate his reasons for a pardon with his more expansive authority to restore voting … Continue reading ?

“Judge Merrick Garland and the rise of super-PACs”

Steve Weissman in The Hill: As the White House pursues its public campaign to persuade the Senate to consider Garland’s nomination, it should ask him to explain to senators and the public why he joined the SpeechNow opinion and what … Continue reading ?

“Five Years Later, Voter ID Suit Still Moving Forward”

Texas Tribune curtain raiser on Texas voter id en banc hearing this morning before the 5th circuit. … Continue reading ?

Wisconsin’s state legislative districts are a big Republican gerrymander

Today in Wisconsin, a federal judge begins hearing the most recent lawsuit challenging legislative districts drawn after the 2010 census. Suits elsewhere challenged maps because of the way they concentrated – or “packed” — minority voters into a few districts. Show More Summary

A Cold Ribbon Where Future Stars Are Born

The Universe lights up when you look at it with different eyes. And, in a very real sense, I mean that literally. Our galaxy, the Milky Way, is more than just a few hundred billion stars. It’s also loaded with gas and dust, the raw materials from which stars are made. Show More Summary

We Swear There’s a Reason to Model This Ball Bouncing Off a Wall

When light reflects off a mirror, the incident angle is equal to the reflected angle. Is the same true for a ball bouncing off a wall? The post We Swear There's a Reason to Model This Ball Bouncing Off a Wall appeared first on WIRED...

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