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Shrinking Plant Leaves Linked to Climate Change
Jul 06, 2012 18:03 PM E
The leaves of the Narrow-leaf Hopbush are getting narrower, and scientists say the cause is climate change. Researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia discovered that the plant species found in South Australia's Flinders Ranges have responded to raising temperatures with a 2mm decrease in leaf width over 127 years.
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Diabetes Drug Stimulates New Brain Cell Growth, Could Aid Alzheimer's Patients
Jul 06, 2012 16:35 PM E
The unintended side effects of drugs can sometimes turn out to help the body. That's the case with a common diabetes drug called metformin, which has been shown to stimulate the growth of new brain cells in mice in a new Canadian study.
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Giant Web of Dark Matter Connects Galaxy Clusters
Jul 06, 2012 00:24 AM E
Scientists have suggested that dark matter connects the star map like interstate highways connected distant cities. Now, they've observed this underlying web of in a swath of dark matter that bridges two huge star clusters called Abell 222 and Abell 333, which lie 2.7 billion light years away.
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Vanishing Space Dust Baffles Astronomers
Jul 05, 2012 22:40 PM E
"It's like the classic magician's trick - now you see it, now you don't," said Melis. "Only in this case, we're talking about enough dust to fill an inner solar system, and it really is gone!"
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World's First Picture of the Shadow of a Single Atom
Jul 05, 2012 22:06 PM E
It takes a true photographer's patience to wait five years for the perfect shot. That's how long it took a team of scientists to snap a picture of an atom's shadow - the first ever photo of such a phenomenon.
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Plastic in Seabirds' Bellies Shows Alarming Increase in Pollution in the Pacific Ocean
Jul 05, 2012 21:08 PM E
Plastic pollution of the coast of North America is increasing drastically, according to a new study published in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin, which catalogued the stomach contents of seabirds. Northern fulmars are seabirds that find food exclusively at sea, and when they happen to ingest plastic instead of plankton, it can stay in their b...
Strawberries
Strawberries Activate Proteins That Prevent Diabetes and Heart Disease
Jul 05, 2012 19:13 PM E
Strawberries are a delicious summertime treat, and they just got a little bit sweeter. The berries activate a protein that reduces fats in the blood and lowers cholesterol, two things that contribute to cardiovascular problems.
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Older Bees Can Reverse Brain Aging by Helping Out Around the Hive
Jul 05, 2012 18:15 PM E
It turns out that being 'busy as a bee' may have some benefits for the brain. New research on these insects shows that bees can reverse aging in their brains by keeping busy in the nest.
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CERN's Large Hadron Collider Produces New Particle, But Is It the Higgs?
Jul 04, 2012 15:43 PM E
Two independent detectors at the Large Hadron Collider - the gigantic underground particle collider housed outside Geneva, Switzerland - have found evidence of a 'Higgs-like' particle. The announcement was met with cheers and whistles as the auditorium at CERN erupted with excitement.
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3-D Printed Blood Vessels Made of Sugar Help Grow Artificial Liver
Jul 03, 2012 21:33 PM E
Medical advancements in the 21st Century are taking new shapes, and in some cases, those shapes are coming out of 3-D printers. A research team from the Massachusetts Technology Institute and the University of Pennsylvania have created entire networks of blood vessels printed from a mixture of sugars using the RepRap 3-D printer.
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New Fossil With 'Squirrely' Tail Suggests All Predatory Dinosaurs May Have Had Feathers
Jul 03, 2012 20:04 PM E
Most people think of overgrown lizards when they picture a large dinosaur, but a new find may mean that predatory dinosaurs were covered in fluffy feathers.
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Why Sprinters Are Performing Better Than Ever
Jul 02, 2012 20:54 PM E
Professional sprinters continue to beat their own records year after year, but it's not only that runners are improving beyond what was previously thought impossible. According to a new study, technological interventions are helping sprinters keep up their frantic pace.
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World's Smallest Fly Decapitates Ants and Lives in Their Severed Heads
Jul 02, 2012 20:31 PM E
The new species of phorid fly discovered in Thailand is 15 times smaller than a house fly and five times smaller than a fruit fly. But despite its size, it still has some gruesome habits. It feeds on tiny ants, decapitating them and living in the severed head.
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Remotely-Activated Nanoparticles Could Soon Produce Drugs Within the Body
Jul 02, 2012 20:10 PM E
In the near future, medicine may not come via a pill or injection - it could be produced inside your body by minuscule capsules that don't contain drugs but the biological machinery for making a drug.
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