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Observatory: A New Approach for Moving Robotic Arms With the Brain

Researchers have tested a neural prosthetic device that is implanted in a part of the brain that plans and imagines activities, instead of in the motor cortex.

WISE J224607.57-052635.0, The Most Luminous Galaxy In The Universe

A remote galaxy shining with infrared light equal to more than 300,000,000,000,000 suns has been discovered using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE. The galaxy, belongs to a...

13 TeV! Large Hadron Collider Hits a Smashing Record

Scientists operating the Large Hadron Collider say they have set a new energy record ahead of the full restart of the giant particle smasher.

SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule leaves space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) - A Space Exploration Technologies Dragon cargo capsule sailed away from the International Space Station on Thursday and headed for a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.

A look at how California spill compares with 1969 disaster

An oil slick stretched across 9 miles of coastal waters Thursday after a pipeline rupture spilled thousands of gallons of sticky, stinking crude just north of Santa Barbara. Crews are...

Image: Cambodian rivers from orbit

A flooded landscape in Cambodia between the Mekong River (right) and Tonlé Sap river (left) is pictured by Japan's ALOS satellite. The centre of this image is about 30 km...

Can a viral co-infection impair immunity against Plasmodium and turn malaria lethal?

It is known that infections with certain viruses can weaken the immune response to another pathogen. A new study reports provocative findings in mice that infection with the mouse equivalent...

Ocean's 'hidden realm' revealed

The hidden world of the ocean's tiniest organisms has been revealed in a series of studies.

Yeast With Human DNA Raises New Genetic Possibilities

Biologists say they swapped human genes into the genetic code used by yeast cells — and found that the cells could continue to function and grow.

Self-driving cars: 5 ways they could change city life

When your car drives itself, you can sit back and watch videos during your commute. But driverless cars will also change our lives and cities in ways you might not...

American Indians disproportionately disciplined at school compared to white students

School disciplinary actions handed down to students at Utah public schools disproportionately impact American Indian children over all other ethnicities enrolled in the state's public education system, new research from...

Mosquito sex-determining gene could help fight dengue fever

A gene responsible for sex determination in mosquitoes that can transmit yellow fever, dengue, and chikungunya viruses has been identified by researchers. Only female mosquitoes bite because they need blood...

Whales Greet Watchers Near Oil Spill

Whale watchers took to the water near the Santa Barbara oil spill in California to see how wildlife in deeper waters is doing after the spill.

Modern Alchemy: TSRI Chemists Devise Synthesis of Valuable Exotic Compounds

Chemists at The Scripps Research Institute have discovered a broad, strikingly inexpensive method for synthesizing "amines," a class of organic compounds prominent in drugs and other modern products. The new...

Study: Customer service reps should use more emoticons

Brooks HaysSTATE COLLEGE, Pa., May 21 (UPI) -- New research out of Penn State University suggests customer service reps should employ more emoticons -- at least until they're replaced by...

Thunder god vine used in traditional Chinese medicine is a potential obesity treatment

An extract from the thunder god vine, which has a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine, reduces food intake and causes up to a 45 percent decrease in...

More than two dozen articles provide insights on mummies

In a special issue, The Anatomical Record ventures into the world of human mummified remains. In 26 articles, the anatomy of mummies is exquisitely detailed through cutting edge examination, while...

House Of Representatives Passes Controversial Research Authorization Bill

Congress: Science organizations and the White House oppose provisions in America Competes Act legislation

Police say suspect in grisly D.C. quadruple murder arrested

Doug G. WareWASHINGTON, May 22 (UPI) -- The suspect in a brutal Washington, D.C., quadruple murder was finally captured Thursday night -- after a search that went all the way...

Turn that defect upside down: Twin boundaries in lithium-ion batteries

Most people see defects as flaws. A few Michigan Technological University researchers, however, see them as opportunities. Twin boundaries—which are small, symmetrical defects in materials—may present an opportunity to improve...

The Math Of Social Structure: How Birds Avoid A Collision Course

Mathematical biologist Dr. Jamie Wood wanted to know how birds collectively negotiate man-made obstacles such as wind turbines which lie in their flight paths and that led to a research...

Creswell Crags And The Neanderthal Dawn Chorus

A new analysis of Ice Age birds has revealed that many of the birds were larger - despite what is commonly believed, the authors say it reflects the richness and...

Seismic signals used to track above-ground explosions

Researchers have determined that a tunnel bomb explosion by Syrian rebels was less than 60 tons as claimed by sources. Using seismic stations in Turkey, the scientists created a method...

Savannahs slow climate change, experts say

Tropical rainforests have long been considered the Earth's lungs, sequestering large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and thereby slowing down the increasing greenhouse effect and associated human-made climate...

New insights into global ocean microbe-virus interactions, drivers of Earth's ecosystems

Ocean microbes are vital to the Earth's ecosystems, and their interactions with ocean viruses can have dramatic effects on processes ranging from oxygen production to food supply. Marine biologists have...

Mutations that drive cancer lurk in healthy skin

Healthy tissue carries mutations that drive cancer, samples of normal skin cells show.

For pollock surveys in Alaska, things are looking up

Scientists have turned their view of the nation's largest fishery upside down with upward-facing sonar systems that are mounted to the seafloor and monitor the passage of fish above. They...

New model predicts fish population response to dams, other ecological factors

Researchers have developed a model to assess how dams affect the viability of sea-run fish species that need to pass dams as they use both fresh and marine waters during...

Finding California oil spill's cause could take months

The operator of a broken oil pipeline that fouled a California shoreline says it could be weeks or even months before investigators are able to determine what caused the break...

53 people sickened by salmonella linked to raw tuna

Danielle HaynesSACRAMENTO, May 21 (UPI) -- A salmonella outbreak that has sickened 53 people in multiple states is likely linked to the consumption of raw tuna, California health officials said.

Protein snacks can improve appetite control, diet in teens

Stephen FellerCOLUMBIA, Mo., May 21 (UPI) -- Teenagers who consume either high protein snacks in the afternoon or no snacks at all had better, more positive attitudes and decreased their...

Cutting e-waste: Device will self-destruct when heated

Where do electronics go when they die? Most devices are laid to eternal rest in landfills. But what if they just dissolved away, or broke down to their molecular components...

Why you need one vaccine for measles and many for the flu

While the influenza virus mutates constantly and requires a yearly shot that offers a certain percentage of protection, old reliable measles needs only a two-dose vaccine during childhood for lifelong...

How our gut changes across the life course

This image shows the epithelial lining of the gut. Scientists and clinicians on the Norwich Research Park have carried out the first detailed study of how our intestinal tract...

Mood instability common to mental health disorders, associated with poor outcomes

Mood instability occurs in a wide range of mental disorders, and is not exclusive to affective conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorder, new research confirms. The research...

New compound found for treating rheumatoid arthritis

Stephen FellerBOZEMAN, Mont., May 21 (UPI) -- Researchers at Montana State University identified a compound which prevents the inflammation and destruction of cartilage and joints in rheumatoid arthritis.

Bacteria cooperate to repair damaged siblings

A certain type of soil bacteria can use their social behavior of outer membrane exchange to repair damaged cells and improve the fitness of the bacteria population as a whole,...

Wolf Bone Sheds New Light on Dog Taming Timeline

Genetic information from a 35,000-year-old wolf bone found in Siberia is shedding new light on humankind's long relationship with dogs.

New biotechnology for high efficiency purification of live human cells

Cell therapies require a purification step that isolates the desired cell types from contaminating cells. Normally cell surface receptors are used as markers to distinguish cell types, but undesired cell...

Advertising: Most people feel alienated when viewing ultra-thin models

Marketers and advertisers who default to the "thin ideal" -- the belief that thinner is better -- could be alienating up to 70 percent of their audience

Mental 'map' and 'compass' are two separate systems, researchers say

In a new study in mice, researchers have shown that mental 'map' and 'compass' systems work independently. A cue that unambiguously provided both types of information allowed the mice to...

What would it take to limit climate change to 1.5°C?

Limiting temperature rise by 2100 to less than 1.5°C is feasible, at least from a purely technological standpoint, according to the study published in the journal Nature Climate Change by...

The 3 Biggest Obstacles To Higher Company Productivity

239 representatives from Finnish small and medium-sized businesses responded to new survey  by the Lappeenranta University of Technology about external and internal obstacles for productivity improvement experienced by companies. The...

Snake-charmed: Eastern diamondback rattlesnakes' quest for fire

Two words that arouse immediate fear in some people inspire something else altogether in Jennifer Fill.

Report on expanded success initiative points to changes in schools

A new report on New York City's Expanded Success Initiative (ESI), which is designed to boost college and career readiness among Black and Latino male students, finds that the schools...

Josh Duggar says he regrets sexual abuse

Marilyn Malara and Danielle HaynesWASHINGTON, May 21 (UPI) -- A police report says that Josh Duggar of "19 Kids and Counting" allegedly molested 5 young girls during his early teen...

Protein seen 'quaking' after chemical bond breaks

Scientists for the first time have precisely measured a protein's natural "knee-jerk" reaction to the breaking of a chemical bond -- a quaking motion that propagated through the protein at...

Re-Engineered Second Generation Antibiotic Versus Drug-Resistant Bacteria

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that drug-resistant bacteria sicken two million U.S. residents annually and cause about 23,000 deaths. Federal officials have called combating antibiotic resistance...

The flight of the oryx: Qatar's success may be stymied

Qatar's capital city, Doha, is set to emerge as a major knowledge hub, with its educated, high-tech workforce and its international connectivity. However, the lack of a cohesive plan for...

Alaska's popular walrus cam streams again after a decade

A popular webcam showing large male Pacific walruses lying on the beach with a Hitchcockian number of seabirds flying overhead is once again streaming to the Internet.

Field study shows how a GM crop can have diminishing success at fighting off insect pest

A new study finds the toxin in a widely used genetically modified (GM) crop is having little impact on the crop pest corn earworm -- which is consistent with predictions...

Simulations predict flat liquid

Computer simulations have predicted a new phase of matter: atomically thin two-dimensional liquid.

Connected cars, data traffic jams, to challenge mobile operators

A press release on Thursday had bracing news about the future of cars as traveling computers on wheels. Rush hour could see data traffic double in certain cells, presenting major...

Double Janus nanoparticles transformed into cup-shaped dynamic inclusion bodies for colloid design

The transport of nanparticles to a new target environment is often needed in medical applications. Inclusion bodies or host–guest systems are of special interest, however, their design is especially challenging,...

Freshly squeezed vaccines

MIT researchers have shown that they can use a microfluidic cell-squeezing device to introduce specific antigens inside the immune system’s B cells, providing a new approach to developing and implementing antigen-presenting cell vaccines....

VIDEO: How an ancient parasite was frozen in time

Professor David Siveter from the University of Leicester explains how a 425 million year-old parasite was frozen in time at a site in Herefordshire.

Coal, medicine, trains top Tokyo's Asia infrastructure plan

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's offer of $110 billion in fresh infrastructure financing for Asia is as much about Japan's agenda for selling its clean coal know-how and other technologies as...

Dance Festivals And Teenage Drug Use Linked

In recent years, the popularity of "electronic dance music" (EDM) and dance festivals has increased substantially throughout the US and worldwide. Even though data from national samples suggests drug use...

Drought-ridden California faces decision on new water cuts

Farmers along the river delta at the heart of California agriculture expected to get an answer Friday on their surprise offer to give up a quarter of their water this...

Cold Weather Kills 20 Times As Many People As Hot Weather

In 2003, while French youth protested American imperialism, 14,000 mostly elderly people were allowed to die in a heat wave. Heat waves kill a lot more people, it is believed,...

Study of attitudes to same-sex marriage retracted over 'fake data'

Prof Donald Green ‘embarrassed’ over claims of errors by his co-author in study that found a conversation with a gay canvasser could soften attitudesThe senior author of a study claiming to find that...

How supercooled water is prevented from turning into ice

Calculating the energy barrier that keeps liquid water below zero from immediately turning into ice provides the key to understanding its ability to be compressed as temperature drops. Water behaves...

Bronze Age Girl Found Buried in Denmark Was a Foreigner

A new analysis of her hair and teeth suggests she may have spent her early life in southern Germany.

Aviation agency unveils messaging system to reduce delays

A system that replaces verbal communication between pilots and air traffic controllers with computerized messages was unveiled Thursday by federal aviation officials, who said the system will reduce delays during...

Is it a UFO? Sun halo sparks fear and jokes in Mexico

Was it a UFO? A sign that the end is nigh?

Star power: Troubled ITER nuclear fusion project looks for new path

In 1985, then Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and US president Ronald Reagan launched one of the unlikeliest ideas of the Cold War.

Playboy puts clothes back on for new mobile app

Playboy on Thursday launched a new mobile app—but don't look for nudity.

Image: Agricultural fires in Angola, West Africa

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite collected this natural-color image which detected dozens of fires burning in southwestern Africa on May 21, 2015. The location, widespread...

Smoking, drug abuse could more than triple annual ER visits

Smokers are four times more likely than non-smokers to become frequent visitors of emergency rooms, according to findings uncovered by a preliminary study by an emergency room utilization researcher. Also,...

Significant cost savings found in pediatric telemedicine consults

A comprehensive study has been completed to determine whether pediatric telemedicine consultations with rural emergency departments save money compared to telephone consults.

New chemical technology boosts potency of targeted cancer therapy

A new chemical technology uses cancer cells' own protein-degrading machinery to destroy, rather than merely inhibit, cancer proteins. Researchers developed the strategy as a way to develop inhibitors of "undruggable"...

Cooling the cloud: Ph.D. student sets sights on improving data-center efficiency

Data centers—large clusters of servers that power cloud computing operations, e-commerce and more—are one of the largest and fastest-growing consumers of electricity in the United States.

State Department employee accused of 'sextortion'

Danielle HaynesATLANTA, May 21 (UPI) -- A State Department employee was arrested for allegedly hacking into women's email accounts and using explicit photographs he found to blackmail them.

Flames fan lasting fallout from Chernobyl

In the years following the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, forest fires billowed plumes of contaminated smoke, carrying radioactive particles throughout Europe on the wind. Now, researchers fear that a shift...

Obese teens' brains unusually susceptible to food commercials, study finds

TV food commercials disproportionately stimulate the brains of overweight teenagers, including the regions that control pleasure, taste and -- most surprisingly -- the mouth, suggesting they mentally simulate unhealthy eating...

Intuitive control of robotic arm using thoughts alone

Through a clinical collaboration between Caltech, Keck Medicine of USC and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, a 34-year-old paralyzed man is the first person in the world to have...

Top 10 coolest new species

The stars of the latest crop of newly discovered species include a "chicken from hell" and an adorable, artistic pufferfish

Precision nanobatteries by the billions

Extremely small batteries built inside nanopores show that properly scaled structures can use the full theoretical capacity of the charge storage material. The batteries are part of assessing the basics...

Milwaukee Brewers P Smith ejected for foreign substance

Brewers pitcher Will Smith was ejected in the seventh inning of Thursday's game against Atlanta due to having a foreign substance on his arm.

Gordon joining Fox as full-time NASCAR analyst in 2016

Jeff Gordon will join Fox Sports in 2016 to serve as a race analyst full-time for the television network's coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

VIDEO: Dog evolution 'earlier than thought'

Dogs may have been domesticated much earlier than previously though, Swedish researchers suggest.

Jelly And Lasers Lead To Discovering New Trigger For Volcanic Eruptions

Scientists have made an important step towards understanding how volcanic eruptions happen, after identifying a previously unrecognised potential trigger. An international team of researchers from the University of Liverpool, Monash University...

X-linked Gene Mutations Cause Some Cases Of Male Infertility

Some cases of male infertility are due to mutations in the maternal X chromosome that prevent development of viable sperm, according to a study led by researchers at the University...

How To Get Medicaid Patients To Use Primary Care Rather Than Emergency Rooms

More than half of all Medicaid enrollees use hospital emergency departments to receive care for conditions that could be treated at a primary care clinic. Why? Some of it may...

Experts map surgical approaches for auditory brainstem implantation

A technique called auditory brainstem implantation can restore hearing for patients who can't benefit from cochlear implants. A team of experts has mapped out the surgical anatomy and approaches for...

Colorado man brings stuffed owl to court as defense counsel

Ben HooperASPEN, Colo., May 21 (UPI) -- A Colorado man accused of violating a protection order brought a stuffed owl with "law degrees from Yale, Harvard and Stanford" to court...

Memories influence choice of food

The stronger our memory is of a certain food, the more likely we are to choose it -- even if it is the more unattractive option. Psychologists conducted a study...

What Are Logarithms?

A logarithm determines how many times a certain number must be multiplied by itself to reach another number.

Warhammer 40,000 Forbidden Stars review: an absorbing evening of combat

This deep, strategic board game of interstellar warfare and galactic empire building is a love letter to the 28-year-old tabletop gameIf you’re remotely interested in strategy games, there’s a good...

Pliability, elasticity of skin increase following wrinkle treatment with Botox

Human skin has three biomechanical features: strength, pliability (the ability to stretch) and elasticity (the ability to recoil). As people age, these properties change and the loss of skin elasticity...

Personalized care during eye visits didn't lower HbA1c levels for diabetics

Providing personalized education and risk assessment for patients with diabetes when they visit the ophthalmologist did not improve glycemic control as measured by hemoglobin A1c levels compared with patients who...

Workplace intervention improves sleep of employees' children

A workplace intervention designed to reduce employees' work-family conflict and increase schedule flexibility also has a positive influence on the sleep patterns of the employees' children, researchers report.

See Venus and the moon shine bright tonight

As darkness falls, the two brightest objects of the night will be calling attention to themselves in the western sky

Supercomputer unlocks the secrets of plant cells to create more resilient crops

Scientists from he Universities of Melbourne and Queensland and IBM Research have moved a step closer to identifying the nanostructure of cellulose – the basic structural component of plant cell...

Blood to feeling: Scientists turn adult human blood cells into neurons

Stem cell scientists can now directly convert adult human blood cells to both central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) neurons as well as neurons in the peripheral nervous system...

Kim Kardashian and other stars show their support for Red Nose Day

Germaine BensonNEW YORK, May 21 (UPI) -- Stars are showing their support for Red Nose Day on May 21.

Dental researchers find some immune cells change to prolong inflammation

One of the mysteries of how a small group of immune cells work has been unraveled by researchers: some inflammation-fighting immune cells may actually convert into cells that trigger disease.

University of Oklahoma Professor Named Recipient of Prestigious Department of Energy Lawrence Award

Professor Jizhong Zhou will receive the U.S Department of Energy's highest scientific award from U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz in a ceremony in Washington, D.C., later this year.

Premature aging: Scientists identify, correct defects in diseased cells

Scientists have succeeded in restoring normal activity in cells isolated from patients with the premature aging disease Cockayne syndrome. They have uncovered the role played in these cells by an...

Case of Guatemalans at Iowa plant reflects desperation amid globalization

Many undocumented workers from Latin America risk migrating to the United States to take jobs in which they will be exploited because they are fleeing from desperate situations and see...