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Environmental group seeks greater protection for USDA scientists

(Reuters) - An environmental activist group has filed a legal petition with the U.S. Department of Agriculture seeking new rules that would enhance job protection for government scientists whose research questions the safety of farm chemicals.

Hawaii's Coastal Erosion Predicted To Double By 2050, New Study Says

13 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

If you think there's not much beach space left in Waikiki right now, chances are it's going to be a lot worse in 35 years. Scientists at the University of Hawaii’s School of Ocean and Earth Sciences and Technology (SOEST) studied data...Show More Summary

Men of History, Why Did You Grow Your Beards?

17 hours agoLifestyle / Fashion : The Cut

Why do men do the things they do? What do men want? Why do they beard?Slow your questions: A new paper about male primates, published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior, addresses all of this business. Scientists at the University of Western Australia examined 154 species of primates. They found that... More »

ASAPScience Investigates the Stinging Possibility of a World Without Bees: VIDEO

18 hours agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

The ASAPScience guys have finally weighed in on the popular topic of bee extinction in their new video and what it means for us and the rest of the world should they go extinct. Scientists have claimed the extinction of...

HIV can reach patients’ brains early in infection and evolve separate stronghold there: NIH study

18 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

Scientists are finding that the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) can evolve and replicate itself inside patients’ brains — establishing a treatment-resistant viral outpost — even early in the infection process. The new information, researchers say, highlights the importance of...

Carnival game mimics eye growth

The motion of coins in a "Penny Pusher" carnival game is similar to the movement of cells in the eye's lens, it turns out. This new insight may help scientists understand how the eye maintains its precise shape -- critical for clear vision -- and how cataracts develop.

A Scientist Bought the Wrong Brand of Kitty Litter, Caused a Nuclear Accident

On Valentine's Day of last year, workers at the only permanent underground nuclear waste storage facility in the United States had to be evacuated after an explosion caused radiation to leak into New Mexico's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. Show More Summary

Medical News Today: Whole virus vaccine for Ebola found to effectively protect monkeys

Scientists have developed a new vaccine to treat Ebola that uses an inactivated whole virus to hopefully provide a broader and more robust immune response.

Wrong kitty litter led to radiation leak at New Mexico nuke waste dump

(Reuters) - A radiation leak at an underground nuclear waste dump in New Mexico was caused by "chemically incompatible" contents, including kitty litter, that reacted inside a barrel of waste causing it to rupture, scientists said on Thursday.

Virtual reality, explained with some trippy optical illusions

Virtual reality is the new reality. Woah. Michael Abrash, the chief scientist for Facebook's Oculus, took the stage during day two of the F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco to blow everyone's mind with some trippy optical illusions. These...Show More Summary

Scientists Discover the Reason That Indian Food Tastes So Good and How It Differs From Western Cuisine

yesterdayHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

A new study by Anupam Jaina, Rakhi N Kb, and Ganesh Baglerb published on Cornell University‘s arXiv.org explains why Indian food is so delicious, and how it differs from Western cuisine. The study looked at over 2,000 recipes from the site Tarla Dalal to examine what ingredients were used together. What they found was that Indian recipes […]

New Heat-Resistant Beans Could Stave Off Hunger In A Warming World

Scientists announced the discovery of 30 new types of heat-tolerant beans that can beat the worst-case scenarios for global warming. The post New Heat-Resistant Beans Could Stave Off Hunger In A Warming World appeared first on ThinkProgress.

It may be time for climate scientists to stop flying so much

Climate scientists should boost their credibility by cutting down on air travel, a new report argues

Using magnetic fields to understand high-temperature superconductivity

Taking our understanding of quantum matter to new levels, scientists are exposing high-temperature superconductors to very high magnetic fields, changing the temperature at which the materials become perfectly conducting and revealing unique properties of these substances.

Sea slug provides new way of analyzing brain data

Scientists say our brains may not be as complicated as we once thought -- and they're using sea slugs to prove it. “This research introduces new methods for pulling apart neural circuits to expose their inner building blocks. Our methods could be used to help understand how brain networks change in disease states and how drugs act to restore normal brain function,” authors say.

Do Men Grow Beards To Show Dominance? Here's What The Science Says

Scientists have long known that beards can make a man seem more dominant and masculine. Now provocative new research involving monkeys shows that male facial hair is more elaborate in social groups involving intense competition for rank,...Show More Summary

First-in-Human Results for New Handheld Autofluorescence Imaging Platform: Real-Time Sampling and Treatment Guidance of Chronic Wound Infections

We previously reported on PRODIGI, a handheld autofluorescence imaging platform for real-time detection and tracking of bacterial infections in wounds. Canadian molecular imaging scientist Dr. Ralph DaCosta and colleagues at the Princess...Show More Summary

Kids conceived via IVF have double the autism rates: study

yesterdayNews : NY Daily News

Autism rates are twice as high for children conceived using assisted reproductive technology like in vitro fertilization, scientists found in a new study of nearly 6 million California children.

Blocking cellular quality control mechanism gives cancer chemotherapy a boost

Scientists have found a new way to make chemotherapy more effective against breast cancer cells. They show that blocking a cellular quality control mechanism before administering chemotherapy makes breast cancer cells die faster than when they were exposed to chemotherapy alone. Show More Summary

Scientists developing healthier, better-tasting chocolate

Good news if you're hooked on chocolate. Researchers from Ghent University in Belgium and the University of Ghana have developed a new technique for making chocolate that results in it being both healthier and more flavorful. The technique...Show More Summary

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