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New lab-on-a-chip platform seeks to improve pathogen detection

Nuclear amplification testing is commonly used for pathogen detection; however, the process is currently manually intensive and complex, and requires dedicated equipment. This prevents its use in some settings, and pathogen detection in individual samples.

Predatory lizard enters Brazil clandestinely

(Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo) Anolis porcatus, a species native to Cuba, has been identified in several areas near the Port of Santos on the São Paulo coast, in Brazil. Its introduction into this area may threaten the survival of local lizard populations. Show More Summary

Predatory lizard enters Brazil clandestinely

It all began with a photograph of a lizard posted on Facebook in August 2015 by the Brazilian Herpetology group. It was a strange lizard that had been observed in a residential area near the Port of Santos, São Paulo State, by Ricardo Samelo, a biology student at the Santos Coast campus of the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP).

U.S.-Israeli teen arrested in Israel for Jewish center bomb threats

By Jeffrey Heller and Joseph Ax JERUSALEM/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A teenager with dual Israeli-U.S. citizenship was arrested in Israel on Thursday on suspicion of making dozens of hoax bomb threats against Jewish community centers in the United States, Australia and New Zealand. Show More Summary

White House defends GOP lawmaker's decision to brief Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Thursday defended the House intelligence committee chairman's extraordinary decision to openly discuss and brief President Donald Trump on typically secret intelligence intercepts, even as Rep. Devin Nunes privately apologized to his congressional colleagues.


14 months of no teaching gigs and several bad professional disappointments have brought me down a bit. So I checked my calendar for things to look forward to in the coming months. April. War games exhibition at the Army Museum. Katana sword exhibition at the Royal Armoury. Fieldwork at a promising site in Östergötland. May.…

NY Court Hears 'Personhood' Case for Caged Chimps

A New York appeals court considers whether chimpanzees are entitled to a human's legal rights.

Study into who is least afraid of death

A new study examines all robust, available data on how fearful we are of what happens once we shuffle off this mortal coil. They find that atheists are among those least afraid of dying... and, perhaps not surprisingly, the very religious.

“Here lies ye Body of Dr Enoch Dole”

Earlier in the month I quoted a diary that mentioned the death of Dr. Enoch Dole during the final days of the siege of Boston. Dr. Dole’s widow erected a striking gravestone for him in Littleton (shown in a photo by Carol A. Purinton, here courtesy of Wikipedia). Show More Summary

OFC concludes featuring the evolution of silicon photonics, 5G networking and the Internet of Things

(The Optical Society) OFC, the world's leading conference and exhibition for optical communications and networking professionals, concludes with 663 exhibiting companies, over 1,100 peer-reviewed papers and 14,500 attendees.

WPI, BSEE, and the US Coast Guard successfully test a novel oil spill cleanup technology

(Worcester Polytechnic Institute) Tests of a novel technology that can accelerate the combustion of crude oil floating on water demonstrated its potential to become an effective tool for minimizing the environmental impact of oil spills. Show More Summary

Controlling ice formation

(—Researchers have demonstrated that ice crystals will grow along straight lines in a controlled way on microgrooved surfaces. Compared to the random formation of ice crystals on smooth surfaces, the ice on the microgrooved surfaces forms more slowly and melts more quickly, which could lead to improved anti-icing and deicing methods. Show More Summary

Big data approach to predict protein structure

Nothing works without proteins in the body, they are the molecular all-rounders in our cells. If they do not work properly, severe diseases, such as Alzheimer's, may result. To develop methods to repair malfunctioning proteins, their structure has to be known. Show More Summary

The surprising discovery of a new class of pulsating X-ray stars

A surprising new class of X-ray pulsating variable stars has been discovered by a team of American and Canadian astronomers led by Villanova University's Scott Engle and Edward Guinan. Part of the Villanova Secret Lives of Cepheids program,...Show More Summary

Manipulating plant enzymes could protect crops from flooding

Scientists have long understood how oxygen deprivation can affect animals and even bacteria, but until recently very little was known about how plants react to hypoxia (low oxygen). A new research collaboration between Oxford University...Show More Summary

Elephants Can Afford to Be Picky About This Kind of Fruit

A single marula tree can provide up to 1.5 tons of fruit each season--as much as 90,000 fruits

This Is What It Was Like to Break Into Modeling as a Woman of Color in 1969

Catching up with Charlene Dash, who was featured in LIFE's coverage of diversity in the industry

Prize space photos

Photographer Gregor Sailer has been awarded at the European Architectural Prize 2017 for his depictions of space infrastructure

Creating materials in a novel way by 3-D printing bacteria

(—A team of researchers at Delft University of Technology has developed a means for 3-D printing a gel containing bacteria onto a base to create materials in a novel way. In their paper published in the journal ACS Synthetic Biology, the team describes their technique and how they used it to simulate a process for creating small graphene samples.

The Venus Flytrap Anemone Is Doubly Well-Named [Video]

Two alien, beautiful creatures are all in a day's work for deep sea explorers -- Read more on

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