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University of Montana researcher: Heavy precipitation speeds carbon exchange in tropics

(The University of Montana) New research by the University of Montana and its partner institutions gives insight into how forests globally will respond to long-term climate change.

What Is Short-Term Memory Loss?

Short-term memory loss occurs when a person can remember incidents from 20 years ago but is fuzzy on the details of things that happened 20 minutes prior. Medical conditions and injuries can cause short-term memory loss.

How Opinion Polling Works

Which of these is most representative of public opinion at large? A heavily gamed voluntary poll of 160,000-odd people done on the behest of This Morning that shows a commanding lead enjoyed by Jeremy Corbyn over Theresa May; or anyShow More Summary

'Celestial Sleuth' credits Messier with discovery 238 years after the fact

The Ring Nebula is one of the most spectacular deep-sky objects in the heavens. It is easily located by backyard astronomers, intensely studied by astrophysicists and relied upon for show-stopping images on countless book covers and calendar pages.

Is the Environmental Movement a big white tent?

Lennox Yearwood Jr was on his way to speak at the March for Science in DC, when something bad happened. He tells us: …at the March For Science in Washington DC on Earth Day, I was assaulted, roughed up, and detained by police in the shadow of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and…

Strange Recall: How Do Golf Balls Get into Hash Browns?

A bizarre and unwanted ingredient is prompting a recall of several frozen hash-brown products: The hash browns may contain pieces of golf balls.

Gulp! Soda Linked to Memory Woes, Strokes and Dementia

Memory problems and smaller brain volumes are just two things that are more common in people who often drink soda.

Citizens can productively change politics by taking the law to court

If you think threatening suit is a conversation stopper, think again. Citizen lawsuits can actually promote compromise between lawmakers and influence decisions to pay for public goods like clean water, air, and health care.

'Deathstalker' Scorpion's Rapid Strike Caught on Film

Scientists captured one of the world's most venomous scorpions in action.

Grant among the first to address the mental health needs of Pacific Islanders

(University of California - Riverside) Although Pacific Islanders make up the third fastest growing racial group in the US, their mental health needs and attitudes regarding mental illness are poorly understood. Andrew Subica, an assistant...Show More Summary

Facing nightmare scenarios before discharge lifts confidence of parents of babies in NICU

(University at Buffalo) The key to improving confidence among parents of ill or premature infants may lie in simulated care, found new research led by University at Buffalo nursing researcher Deborah Raines.

Cassini completes final—and fateful—Titan flyby

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has had its last close brush with Saturn's hazy moon Titan and is now beginning its final set of 22 orbits around the ringed planet.

Fossils may be earliest known multicellular life: study

Fossils accidentally discovered in South Africa are probably the oldest fungi ever found by a margin of 1.2 billion years, rewriting the evolutionary story of these organisms which are neither flora nor fauna, researchers said Monda...

Watch: Scorpion's Wicked Strike Captured in Slow Motion | Video

A new study on the speed of a scorpion's sting found the deadly deathstalker's strike to be the fastest, at nearly 3 mph (5 km/h).

Simple technique produces stronger polymers

Plastic, rubber, and many other useful materials are made of polymers—long chains arranged in a cross-linked network. At the molecular level, these polymer networks contain structural flaws that weaken them.

Judge Kozinski on 60 Minutes

In case you missed it, 60 Minutes aired a great interview with Judge Alex Kozinski last evening. I have been at work editing a collection of Judge Kozinski’s best opinions. It’s going to be a great book. To watch the epic debate that I hosted between Judge Kozinski and Judge Wilkinson on the American criminal justice system, go here.

SCOTUS Needs To Check the Long Arm Of State Court Jurisdiction

Many of the problems with litigation under our federal system, as I’ve noted before, arise when state courts can reach out to project their power onto litigants and disputes outside their borders. Public choice economics suggests that...Show More Summary

New strategy produces stronger polymers

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) MIT researchers have found a way to reduce the number of loops in polymer networks such as gels, plastics, and rubber. The findings could offer an easy way for manufacturers to strengthen their materials.

New book on Ion Channels from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press

(Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory) "Ion Channels" from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press provides state-of-the-art techniques for investigating ion channel properties and function, particularly in the nervous system. It includes background on the structure, function, and regulation of different voltage- and ligand-gated ion channels. Show More Summary

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