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Wild Yaks - Shaggy Barometers of Climate Change
Nature » Afghanistan, Wcs »
Wildlife Conservation Society − New study reveals how a warming planet affects male and female yaks differently Study took place in Tibetan plateau atop the "Roof of the World" Authors compared historical data from last two centuries with current observations Findings may influence future conservation planning in this rapidly warming region Study appears in Nature Scientific Reports
Where You Live Could Mean 'Greener' Alternatives Do More Harm Than Good
Nature » Energy, Carbon »
University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering − Whether it's swapping your car for an electric vehicle, or your natural gas furnace for geothermal heating, transitioning from fossil fuels to electric-powered technology is widely believed to be the best way to lower carbon emissions.
Study Sheds Light on How Malaria Parasites Grow Exponentially
Medicine » Parasites, Parasite »
University of South Florida (USF Health) − Tampa, Fla. (March 3, 2015) - A University of South Florida College of Public Health professor and his team of researchers have become the first to uncover part of the mysterious process by which malaria-related parasites spread at explosive and deadly rates inside humans and other animals.
Penn Scientists Describe the Function of an Enzyme Critical to Male Fertility
Biology » Rna, Al-Hashimi »
University of Pennsylvania − Researchers are one step closer to unraveling the extraordinarily complex series of processes that leads to an event crucial to human reproduction: the creation of sperm.
Experiment And Theory Unite at Last in Debate over Microbial Nanowires
Chemistry » Binding, Silk »
University of Massachusetts at Amherst − AMHERST, Mass. - Scientific debate has been hot lately about whether microbial nanowires, the specialized electrical pili of the mud-dwelling anaerobic bacterium Geobacter sulfurreducens, truly possess metallic-like conductivity as its discoverers claim. But now University of Massachusetts Amherst microbiologist Derek Lovley, with postdoctoral researcher Nikhil Malvankar and colleagues, say they have settled the dispute between theoretical and experimental scientists by devising a combination of new experiments and better theoretical modeling. …
New Data Provided by Seabed Sediments on the Climate Within the Mediterranean Basin
Nature » Climate, Variability »
University of Granada − An international team of scientists which included three University of Granada and the Andalusian Institute of Earth Sciences researchers (a joint UGR-CISC centre) have found new data on the weather in the Mediterranean basin over the course of the past 20.000 years thanks to the chemical composition of sediments deposited in its seabed.
Twitter Helps Smokers Kick the Habit, UCI-Stanford Study Finds
Medicine » Smoking, Cessation »
University of California - Irvine − Irvine, Calif., March 3, 2015 - When subjects in a smoking cessation program tweet each other regularly, they're more successful at kicking the habit, according to a study by UC Irvine and Stanford University researchers. Specifically, daily "automessages" that encourage and direct the social media exchanges may be more effective than traditional social media interventions for quitting smoking.
Amazon Deforestation 'Threshold' Causes Species Loss to Accelerate
Nature » Amazon, Forest »
University of Cambridge − One of the first studies to map the impact of deforestation on biodiversity across entire regions of the Amazon has found a clear 'threshold' for forest cover below which species loss becomes more rapid and widespread. By measuring the loss of a core tranche of dominant species of large and medium-sized mammals and birds, and using the results as a bellwether, the researchers found that for every 10% of forest loss, one to two major species are wiped out.
How Big Data Can Be Used to Understand Major Events
Technology » Media, Consumers »
University of Bristol − With the most unpredictable UK general election looming in modern times, how can big data be used to understand how elections are covered by the media? New research has for the first time analysed over 130,000 online news articles to find out how the 2012 US presidential election played out in the media.
UBC Scientists Uncover Cause of Tree-killing Fungus
Biology » Fungus, Walnut »
University of British Columbia − Forest scientists at the University of British Columbia believe they've discovered the root cause of a deadly tree fungus: extra genes. The fungus, Mycosphaerella populorum, uses extra genes to produce a toxin that can cause fatal lesions on the leaves, stems and branches of poplar trees. The extra genes were found through genome sequencing, the mapping of an organism's DNA.
Study: Men Tend to Be More Narcissistic Than Women
Psychology » Women, Gender »
University at Buffalo − BUFFALO, N.Y. - With three decades of data from more than 475,000 participants, a new study on narcissism from the University at Buffalo School of Management reveals that men, on average, are more narcissistic than women. Forthcoming in the journal Psychological Bulletin, the study compiled 31 years of narcissism research and found that men consistently scored higher in narcissism across multiple generations and regardless of age.
Flexible Sensors Turn Skin into a Touch-sensitive Interaction Space for Mobile Devices
Technology » Mccarthy, Liver »
Saarland University − Someone wearing a smartwatch can look at a calendar or receive e-mails without having to reach further than their wrist. However, the interaction area offered by the watch face is both fixed and small, making it difficult to actually hit individual buttons with adequate precision. A method currently being developed by a team of computer scientists from Saarbrücken in collaboration with researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in the USA may provide a solution to this problem. They have developed touch-sensitive stickers made from…
Animal Functional Diversity Started Out Poor, Became Richer over Time
Biology » Animals, Larger »
Stanford's School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences − Like a master painter who uses the same brush techniques to continually create original works of art, evolution has produced unique species to fill new or vacated ecological functions by tinkering with just a few basic body plans that have changed little in hundreds of millions of years. The end result: tremendous diversity in myriad combinations of animal life.
The Brain Works as a 'Cyclops,' Compensating the Optical Differences Between the Eyes
Psychology » Eye, Tram »
Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) − The eyes differ in their optical properties what results in a blur projected in each retina, despite we see sharp images because the visual system calibrates itself. An international research performed by the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas has discovered that when each eye separately has a different level of blur, our brain uses as sharp reference the image projected through the less aberrated eye. The research has been published in Current Biology.
The Politics of Inequality And the Inequality of Politics
Psychology » Political, Economic »
Society for Personality and Social Psychology − Economic inequality is at historic highs. The wealthiest 1% own 40% of the nation's wealth. This staggering inequality raises the question, what are the psychological causes and effects of inequality? A symposium at SPSP's Annual Convention presented four talks on how subjective construals of inequality and status shape political motivations, beliefs, and behaviors. The symposium featured four presentations: Subjective Socioeconomic Status Shapes Political Preferences
Pennies Reveal New Insights on the Nature of Randomness
Technology » Nerve, Cells »
Princeton University − The concept of randomness appears across scientific disciplines, from materials science to molecular biology. Now, theoretical chemists at Princeton have challenged traditional interpretations of randomness by computationally generating random and mechanically rigid arrangements of two-dimensional hard disks, such as pennies, for the first time.
Solar Cells Get Growth Boost
Chemistry » Perovskite, Solar »
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University − Researchers at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University's (OIST) Energy Materials and Surface Sciences Unit have found that growing a type of film used to manufacture solar cells in ambient air gives it a growth boost. The finding, which could make manufacturing solar cells significantly cheaper, was published in Chemistry of Materials.
Can Exercise Training Prevent Premature Death in Elderly?
Medicine » Exercise, Activity »
Norwegian University of Science and Technology − "Generation 100 will determine whether exercise training leads to more active and healthier years, and will establish reference values for several important measures such as fitness level, daily physical activity, muscle strength, pulmonary function, cognitive function, "mental health", quality of life and balance", says Dr. Dorthe Stensvold, Postdoctor at K. G. Jebsen Center for Exercise in Medicine - Cardiac Exercise Research Group (CERG) and leader of the study.
NSU Researchers Discover Hurricanes Helped Accelerate Spread of Lionfish
Nature » Marine, Lobster »
Nova Southeastern University − FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. - Just when you thought hurricanes couldn't get any scarier, think again. Their names roll of the tongue like a rogues' gallery: Floyd, Frances, Irene, Wilma and Andrew. But these aren't the names of notorious criminals; rather, they are just a few of the hurricanes since 1992 that have helped spread invasive marine species throughout the Florida Straits.
Older, White Males with Advanced Bladder Cancer at High Risk for Suicide
Medicine » Bladder, Cancer »
Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University − AUGUSTA, Ga. - Older, single white males with advanced bladder cancer have the highest suicide risk among those with other cancers of the male genitals and urinary system, researchers report.
Marriage More Likely to End in Divorce When Wives Get Sick, According to ISU Study
Psychology » Divorce, Qian »
Iowa State University − AMES, Iowa - Countless couples have recited the words, 'in sickness and in health' on their wedding day with the intention of honoring those vows. But as it turns out, that may be easier said than done.
Catching the Drinking Game Bug
Biology » Microbiology, Beer »
Inderscience Publishers − When the conversation fades and the food runs out, exuberant partygoers might turn to drinking games for their postprandial entertainment. But, be warned the ever-popular sport of "beer pong" could give you a little more than you bargained for, according to US scientists writing in the International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition and Public Health.
Manipulating Cells' Shapes Could Treat Breast Cancer
Biology » Cancer, Cells »
Institute of Cancer Research − Changing the shape of breast cancer cells could make the disease more sensitive to treatments - even driving the body's own inflammatory response against a tumour - a new study shows. Scientists at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, showed that the shape of a tumour cell is an important factor in determining its response to inflammatory molecules, which can either promote or inhibit cancer progression.
Genetic Data Can Help Predict How Pine Forests Will Cope with Climate Change
Biology » Variants, Genetic »
Genetics Society of America − Data from only a small number of gene variants can predict which maritime pine trees are most vulnerable to climate change, scientists report in the March issue of GENETICS. The results will improve computer models designed to forecast where forests will grow as the climate changes, and promises to help forestry managers decide where to focus reforestation efforts. The results will also guide the choice of tree stocks.
Cities Have a Memory And Interact with Their Neighbors
Biology » Cities, City »
FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology − Demographic changes in large cities depend on millions of individual decisions, but the population evolves depending on two factors: what 'reminds' them of their recent past and the existence of other urban areas around them. This is the proposal supported by a Spanish-Argentinean group of researchers through algorithms, which show how American cities have a 25-year-old memory and interact with others 200 km away while in the case of the Spain these values are 15 years and 80 km.
Kids And Robots Learn to Write Together
Technology » Teachers, Learning »
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne − A little girl lines up plastic letters fitted with QR codes in front of a little humanoid robot. The robot struggles to reproduce them on a tablet - especially the loop of the letter p. The girl kindly steps in to help, writing out the word to show the robot how to do it. She puts in effort to teach the robot... without realizing that in reality she is the one who is improving her writing skills. Yesterday, EPFL researchers presented their new…
Oxytocin May Enhance Social Function in Psychiatric Disorders
Biology » Oxytocin, Social »
Emory Health Sciences − Researchers at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University, have shown inducing the release of brain oxytocin may be a viable therapeutic option for enhancing social function in psychiatric disorders, including autism spectrum disorders and schizophrenia. The study results are published today in the advance online edition of Neuropsychopharmacology.
New Models Yield Clearer Picture of Emissions' True Costs
Nature » Energy, Power »
Duke University − DURHAM, N.C. - When its environmental and human health toll is factored in, a gallon of gasoline costs us about $3.80 more than the pump price, a new Duke University study finds. The social cost of a gallon of diesel is about $4.80 more than the pump price; the price of natural gas more than doubles; and coal-fired electricity more than quadruples. Solar and wind power, on the other hand, become cheaper than they initially seem.
Usual Prey Gone, a Fish Survives by Changing Predictably
Biology » Fish, Langerhans »
Case Western Reserve University − A species of fish that normally eats smaller fish changes in predictable ways when isolated from its prey, research led by a Case Western Reserve University biologist found. Without the Bahamas mosquitofish to eat, bigmouth sleepers slide down the food chain and survive on insects, snails and crustaceans--small invertebrates the mosquitofish normally eats. And, in so doing, sleepers' behaviors, ratio of males to females and physical appearance change, too.
Obesity Is Associated with Brain's Neurotransmitters
Medicine » Dopamine, Brain »
Aalto University − Researchers at Aalto University and University of Turku have revealed how obesity is associated with altered opioid neurotransmission in the brain.

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