Current Science News and Events
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Current feeds as of 5/25/13 04:00pm EST include the following.
Cockroaches are outsmarting our efforts to kill them by evolving to avoid the taste of sugar traps, a study reveals.
Chinese scientists trace the rare white colouration in Bengal tigers to a single change in a gene that affects a host of animals, including humans.
The remains of King Richard III, discovered under a city car park, were buried in a "hastily dug, untidy grave", researchers reveal.
Chilean authorities fine the world's largest gold mining company, Barrick Gold Corp, more than $16m for environmental offences at an Andean mine.
Installation is under way of an expanded monitoring system for Iceland's volcanoes, which it is hoped will give the world more warning of the next big eruption.
Nasa is looking for commercial operators to lease a historic launch pad in Florida used for the first Moon missions and by the space shuttles.
Mortality and length of stay are highest in heart failure patients admitted in January, on Friday, and overnight, according to new research.
Coenzyme Q10 decreases all cause mortality by half, according to new results. It is the first drug to improve heart failure mortality in over a decade and should be added to standard treatment, according to experts.
Heart failure accelerates the aging process and brings on early andropausal syndrome (AS), according to new research. AS, also referred to as male 'menopause', was four times more common in men with heart failure.
An unusual kind of circuit fine-tunes the brain’s control over movement and incoming sensory information, and without relying on conventional nerve pathways. The work may provide insight into the design of drugs for autism and movement disorders.
Scientists have validated a fundamental assumption at the very heart of a popular way to predict relationships between complex variables.
Science Magazine News Summaries
Scientists have now confirmed a long-held suspicion: Penguins prefer to swim because being both a diver and a flyer is costly and inefficient. And researchers have determined that French King Louis XVI carried genetic risk factors for diabetes, obesity, and bipolar disorder.
The Institute of Medicine calls into question recommendations advising people to consume less sodium, reviving a passionate debate.
Author: Kai Kupferschmidt
Two researchers who coined the phrase mental time travel, using past memories to construct visions of the future that may never come true, insisted that animals couldn't do it. But now, one of them is changing his tune.
Author: Michael Balter
Abundant but mysterious molecules called long noncoding RNAs have long puzzled scientists, but some now think they could be influencing the shape of chromatin.
Author: Elizabeth Pennisi
Analyses of DNA of Latinos in South Florida traced their African, European, and South American ancestries.
Author: Elizabeth Pennisi
Science Magazine This Week in Science
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The ability to hold a glass being filled with water without dropping it depends on our ability to touch objects and to know the correct pressure to exert. Thus, for … [Read more]
Recently, gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) has been implicated as the primary neurotransmitter between itch-sensitive nerve fibers and downstream neurons in the spinal cord. However, Mishra and Hoon (p. 968) challenge this … [Read more]
Isolated congenital asplenia (ICA) is a rare disorder where patients are born without a spleen and are at increased risk of bacterial infection but have no other developmental abnormalities. Through … [Read more]