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Researchers Add 700 Years to Malta's History

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:00:03 EST

(image) Researchers at Queen's University Belfast have discovered that the first people to inhabit Malta arrived 700 years earlier than history books indicate.(image)

Fisheries Conservation, Bornean Orangutans, Female Birds Prefer Smart Males, and More in the Wildlife News Source

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:50:56 EST

The latest research and features on ecology and wildlife.(image)

Researchers Find Way to Keep Proteins Functioning Outside of the Cell

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:05:05 EST

Proteins are finicky molecules. When removed from their native environments, they typically fall apart. To function properly, proteins must fold into a specific structure, often with the help of other proteins. Now a team of researchers at Northwestern University and the University of California at Berkeley have discovered a way to keep proteins active outside of a cell. The discovery could lead to a new class of materials with functions found only in living systems.(image)

Inside Science: The Science of Sneakers: High-Tops vs. Low-Tops

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:05:57 EST

(image) In a new story for the Inside Science News Service, freelance journalist Marcus Woo explores the falling popularity of high-top basketball shoes and how researchers and other experts think the change might affect the frequency of ankle injuries. Read the story for free today.(image)

Miami Bridge Collapse: Civil Engineer Available

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:05:30 EST


Microscopy Trifecta Examines How Proteins Bend Cell Membranes

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:05:17 EST

(image) Scientists are one step closer to understanding how cells reshape their surfaces to internalize material from their surroundings, thanks to collaboration among researchers from two South Dakota universities and the National Institutes of Health.(image)

Chirping Is Welcome in Birds but Not in Fusion Devices - Scientists Show That Weak Turbulence Makes Chirping More Likely

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:05:01 EST

(image) Article describes conditions that lead to plasma chirping that signals loss of heat that can slow fusion reactions.(image)

Correcting Rare Crop Mutations Key to Improved Harvests

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 07:05:07 EST

New research reveals that even the highest performing maize crops contain rare harmful mutations that limit crop productivity.(image)

Queen's Researcher Develops Interactive Map Which Shows How the Irish Potato Famine Transformed Ireland

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 20:05:00 EST

A researcher from Queen's University Belfast has developed an interactive map of the island of Ireland which shows the impact the Great Irish Famine had on the population during the nineteenth century.(image)

Expert Available on Building Safer Pedestrian Bridges

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 18:05:51 EST

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Democratizing Science: Researchers Make Neuroscience Experiments Easier to Share, Reproduce

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 18:05:19 EST

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a set of tools to make MRI studies of our central nervous system easier to share.(image)

Professor Discovers Answers About Seismic Shifts Deep in the Earth

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 18:05:04 EST

(image) The largest and most-devastating earthquakes and volcano eruptions occur where one tectonic plate is shifted underneath another one. A New Mexico State University researcher authored a paper published recently in "Nature Communications" that looks at the so-called subduction zones where the plates become "slabs" and sink into the Earth's mantle.(image)

Graphene Oxide Nanosheets Could Help Bring Lithium-Metal Batteries to Market

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 17:05:38 EST

Lithium-metal batteries -- which can hold up to 10 times more charge than the lithium-ion batteries that currently power our phones, laptops and cars -- haven't been commercialized because of a fatal flaw: as these batteries charge and discharge, lithium is deposited unevenly on the electrodes. This buildup cuts the lives of these batteries too short to make them viable, and more importantly, can cause the batteries to short-circuit and catch fire.(image)

With New 'Shuffling' Trick, Researchers Can Measure Gene Activity in Single Cells

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 17:05:11 EST

Researchers at the University of Washington and the Allen Institute for Brain Science have developed a new method to classify and track the multitude of cells in a tissue sample. In a paper published March 15 in the journal Science, the team reports that this new approach -- known as SPLiT-seq -- reliably tracks gene activity in a tissue down to the level of single cells.(image)

New Sustainable Shark Trade Bill is Supported by Both Conservationists and Fishing Industry

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:05:29 EST

(image) WCS supports a new bipartisan bill introduced in the U.S. Congress that encourages a science-based approach to fisheries conservation and management to significantly reduce the overfishing and unsustainable trade of sharks, rays, and skates around the world and prevent shark finning.(image)

Garnet Reveals Source of Water to Fuel Powerful Volcanoes and Earthquakes

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:05:10 EST

(image) By applying a new spectroscopy technique to garnet containing fragments of quartz, metamorphic petrologist Frank Spear of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute thinks he's found the source of water that fuels earthquakes in volcanoes in subduction zones.(image)

The Coffee Cannabis Connection

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:05:09 EST

CHICAGO - It's well known that a morning cup of joe jolts you awake. But scientists have discovered coffee affects your metabolism in dozens of other ways, including your metabolism of steroids and the neurotransmitters typically linked to cannabis, reports a new study from Northwestern Medicine. In a study of coffee consumption, Northwestern scientists were surprised to discover coffee changed many more metabolites in the blood than previously known.(image)

Behaviour of Exotic Titanium Isotopes Confounds Expectations

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:45:35 EST

(image) Precise weighing of very rare titanium isotopes has revealed subtle behaviours that have stymied predictions of the most successful theories of nuclear matter.(image)

How Cash Can Promote Tropical Forest Conservation

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:15:52 EST

Paying rural villagers to cut down fewer trees boosts conservation not only while the payments are being made but even after they're discontinued, according to a new CU Boulder study.(image)

Topsy-Turvy Currents Key to Removing Nitrate From Streams, UCI-Led Study Finds

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:00:12 EST

More than 500 years ago, Leonardo da Vinci sketched what he called "la turbolenza," comparing chaotic swirls atop flowing water to curly human hair. It turns out those patterns influence myriad phenomena, from the drag on an airplane's wings and the formation of Jupiter's red spot to the rustling of tree leaves.(image)

Iowa Cornfields Could Play a Role in Recycling Old Electronics

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:05:41 EST

A new biochemical leaching process has been developed that uses corn stover as feedstock, and recovers valuable rare earth metals from electronic waste.(image)

United States Department of Energy to Host Multi-Laboratory Cyber Defense Competition

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:05:33 EST

(image) In less than one month, over a hundred college students from across the United States will convene in one of the largest cyber defense competitions in the nation. The event, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy, will take place on April 6-7, 2018. This event will be simultaneously hosted across three of the Department's national laboratories: Argonne, Oak Ridge and Pacific Northwest. The completion challenges students to respond to a scenario based on a real-world challenge of vital importance: protecting the Nation's energy critical infrastructure from the cyber threat.(image)

ACS National Meeting Online Press Conferences Begin Monday, March 19

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:05:30 EST

All press conferences from the American Chemical Society's 255th National Meeting & Exposition in New Orleans will be accessible live on YouTube starting on Monday, March 19, at 9:30 a.m. CDT. The link to the live press conferences is ("ACSLive_NOLA" is case sensitive).(image)