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Sci-Fly study explores how lifeforms know to be the right size

Shakespeare said 'to be or not to be' is the question, and now scientists are asking how life forms grow to be the correct size with proportional body parts. Probing deeply into genetics and biology at the earliest moments of embryonic development, researchers report that they have found new clues to explain one of nature's biggest mysteries.

Harmless bacteria may be helpful against meningococcal outbreaks

Nasal drops of harmless bacteria can inhibit a related bug that sometimes causes meningococcal disease, according to new findings. The study -- conducted among college students, a group at higher risk for this often serious illness -- suggests a new approach that could help suppress outbreaks of the disease, if supported by future research.

Prostate cancer and treatment choices: Decision shared by doctor and patient?

Doctors strive to make treatment decisions together with their patients – but is the decision really shared? According to researchers, shared decision-making isn’t easy, and clinicians need help. The international research group has studied the decision aids for treatment choice of localized prostate cancer.

Climate FAIL: Gallup poll shows global warming concerns dead last

Climate message only reaching the already converted – Americans worry least about global warming Eric Worrall writes: Gallup Inc., the management consultancy famous for its well known and widely trusted opinion polls, has published a summary of environmental concerns, which make grim reading for anyone hoping to spark public interest in climate scare stories. The…

Agricultural waste could be used as biofuel

Straw-powered cars could be a thing of the future thanks to new research. A new study pinpoints five strains of yeast capable of turning agricultural by-products, such as straw, sawdust and corncobs, into bioethanol -- a well-known alcohol-based biofuel.

Researchers effectively, safely overcome radiation resistance in leukemia with an engineered precision medicine

Improved survival rates have been demonstrated in mouse models of aggressive human leukemia using leukemia cells taken directly from patients, according to a new study

The state of vaccine confidence: Early results of a Vaccine Confidence Index

A new report examines global issues affecting confidence and hesitation about vaccines. The State of Vaccine Confidence Report analyzes some of the vaccine confidence issues that have occurred over the past decade with a range of vaccines,...Show More Summary

Durable cytomegalovirus-based vaccine for Ebola announced

A cytomegalovirus (CMV)-based vaccine provides long-lasting protective immunity against Ebola virus, and has potential for development as a disseminating vaccine strategy to prevent ebolavirus infection of wild African ape populations. A...Show More Summary

Ancient Martian lake system - evidence of two water-related events

A new analysis of an ancient Martian lake system in Jezero Crater, near the planet's equator, finds that the onslaught of water that filled the crater was one of at least two separate periods of water activity in the region surrounding Jezero. read more

Southern States Lead Nation in Consumption of Gay Porn, But Why?

According to data released by Pornhub, 5.6% of porn users in Mississippi seek out gay porn, compared to 2.8% in North Dakota. On average, gay porn is more heavily consumed in states where same-sex marriage is legal than in states where it’s illegal, but every single state in the South has a gay porn use […]

We interrupt this lovefest for Lee Kwan Yew with this important message

No, I’m not going to complain about the whitewashing of an authoritarian regime. I’m used to people trading off someone else’s freedom for GDP growth. Or forgetting that for every transformative dictator there are many more who takeShow More Summary

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis at Innovations for Poverty Action. In case you missed it last week, Chris is letting Innovations for Poverty Action (where he’s a Research Affiliate) share our internal weekly links on his blog, we presume so … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Reg A+: Only a Partial Win for Small Business Capital Access

Thaya Knight Tuesday, the SEC approved final rules for so-called Reg A+, a new and revitalized version of the Regulation A exemption, created by the JOBS Act of 2012.  While the new rules remove barriers for issuers seeking a raise near...Show More Summary

Recycling histones through transcription

Cells reuse a part of the histones which are used to pack DNA, according to research conducted on yeast cells. However, researchers say that it is likely that similar mechanisms are important for human beings as well.

Boys plagiarize more than girls at school

The phenomenon of academic plagiarism among secondary school students has been the focus of recent study that confirms that this practice is widespread in secondary education, especially among the boys. Also, those who leave tasks to the last minute are the ones with a greater tendency to copy, authors say.

Metabolic imbalance increases risk of respiratory diseases in childhood

An imbalance in our metabolism can trigger inflammatory processes in the body and activate the immune system. In a recent study, researchers have been able to show that this applies even to newborns and children under one year of age, and is correlated with the development of respiratory diseases in early childhood.

In debated surgical procedure, technique trumps technology

Modern technology for healing distal femur fractures is as safe and effective as its more established alternative, without a potential shortfall of the older approach, a team of orthopedic surgeons has found.

How Do You Spell the Abbreviation of Casual?

Here at Lexicon Valley we like to describe rather than prescribe, ruminate rather than ordain or decree. We are the contemplative cows chewing over the cud of language use, not the woodpeckers hammering our preferences home. And yet....Show More Summary

A Firm Odor

An Israeli team decided to consider what people do after shaking someone's hand, so they secretly filmed volunteers as they were greeted by someone from the research team. As the footage above shows, they quickly noticed a pattern in post-shaking behavior.

Pluto, Unphased

On July 14, 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft will fly by Pluto, passing the surface by just a little over 12,000 kilometers. This will be the first time in history we’ll have seen the little world and its moons close up, and I’ll...Show More Summary

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