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Brain circuit that regulates thirst identified

Scientists have identified a circuit in the brains of mice that regulates thirst. When a subset of cells in the circuit is switched on, mice immediately begin drinking water, even...

Warming May Lead to Stronger La Nina Events: Study

Global warming may boost the frequency of extreme and devastating La Niña events, a new study released on Monday suggests.

Metal explosions 'driven by charge'

New high-speed video footage suggests that the classic chemistry explosion of an alkali metal in water is driven by positive charges repelling each other.

How Ionic: Scaffolding Is in Charge of Calcium Carbonate Crystals

Nature packs away carbon in chalk, shells and rocks made by marine organisms that crystallize calcium carbonate. Now, research suggests that the soft, organic scaffolds in which such crystals form...

Nanoshuttle Wear and Tear: It's the Mileage, Not the Age

As nanomachine design advances, researchers are moving from wondering if the nanomachine works to how long it will work--an important question as there are so many potential applications, e.g., for...

Ribose-Seq Identifies and Locates Ribonucleotides in Genomic DNA

Researchers have developed and tested a new technique known as ribose-seq that allows them to determine the full profile of ribonucleotides -- RNA fragments -- embedded in genomic DNA.

In infants, pain from vaccinations shows up in brain activity

Infants show distinct, consistent patterns of brain activity in response to painful vaccinations, reports a study in the February issue of PAIN®, the official publication of the International Association for...

Climate models disagree on why temperature 'wiggles' occur

Most climate models likely underestimate the degree of decade-to-decade variability occurring in mean surface temperatures as Earth's atmosphere warms. They also provide inconsistent explanations of why these wiggles occur in...

Swarm of microprobes to head for Jupiter

A swarm of tiny probes each with a different sensor could be fired into the clouds of Jupiter and grab data as they fall before burning up in the gas...

Rabies booster defends pets with out-of-date vaccination against the disease

Pets with out-of-date rabies vaccinations are very unlikely to develop the fatal disease if given a rabies booster immediately after exposure to the virus, a new study by veterinary diagnosticians...

Helicopter could be 'scout' for Mars rovers

Getting around on Mars is tricky business. Each NASA rover has delivered a wealth of information about the history and composition of the Red Planet, but a rover's vision is...

Chemists find a way to unboil eggs

Chemists have figured out how to unboil egg whites -- an innovation that could dramatically reduce costs for cancer treatments, food production and other segments of the $160 billion global...

Entanglement on a chip: Advance promises secure communications, faster computers

Unlike Bilbo’s magic ring, which entangles human hearts, engineers have created a new micro-ring that entangles individual particles of light, an important first step in a whole host of new...

Autism cases in same family more often carry different genetic risks – study

Research on 85 families finds less than a third of siblings with autism carry the same genetic risk, and in nearly 70% of cases known contributory mutations do not overlapA...

Towards a scientific process freed from systemic bias

Research on how science works -- the science of science -- can benefit from studying the digital traces generated during the research process, such as peer-reviewed publications. This type of...

Nanodiamonds: Promising use for delivering cancer drug to kill chemoresistant cancer stem cells more effectively

Delivery of Epirubicin by nanodiamonds resulted in a normally lethal dosage of Epirubicin becoming a safe and effective dosage for treatment of liver cancer, researchers report after the conclusion of...

Cells Take Sole Responsibility for Merkel Cell Maintenance

Researchers have identified a population of "progenitor" cells in the skin that are solely responsible for the generation and maintenance of touch-sensing Merkel cells.

Medical marijuana reserved for sickest kids by U.S. pediatric academy

With virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it may harm developing brains, the drug should only be used for severely ill kids who...

Small drone crashes at White House complex, origin unclear

The U.S. Secret Service says a small drone crashed overnight at the White House complex while the president was in India.

Malaysia Airlines site back up following hack by Lizard Squad, group claiming support for ISIS

Hackers defaced the website of Malaysia Airlines on Monday and threatened to dump stolen information online after posting a glimpse of customer data obtained in the attack.

Murkowski: Obama's Alaska move an act of war

Daniel J. GraeberWASHINGTON, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The Obama administration has declared war on the economic future of Alaska by proposing new acreage as protected wilderness, congressional leaders said.

Clinicians told to rethink prescribing morphine for kids after trials halted

Clinicians are being asked to rethink post-operative care for children with sleep apnea, and avoid prescribing morphine, following Canadian clinical trials that revealed the drug can cause life-threatening breathing problems.

'Orange is the New Black,' 'Downton Abbey,' 'Birdman' score top SAG Awards

Karen ButlerLOS ANGELES, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The Screen Actors Guild Awards were handed out Sunday night with top prizes going to the stars of "Birdman," "Downton Abbey" and "Orange...

Gigantic ring system around J1407b much larger, heavier than Saturn's

Astronomers at the Leiden Observatory, The Netherlands, and the University of Rochester, USA, have discovered that the ring system that they see eclipse the very young Sun-like star J1407 is...

10 dead after Greek F-16 fighter jet crashes in Spain

Andrew V. PestanoALBACETE, Spain, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A Greek F-16 fighter jet crashed after takeoff on Monday at the Los Llanos airbase in the city of Albacete in central...

Massive Blizzard 'Juno' Seen Developing From Space | Time-Lapse Video

The NOAA GOES-13 satellite captured the massive winter storm bearing down on the east coast of the United States on Jan. 26th, 2015. GOES ‘sees’ infrared radiant energy and reflected...

Obesity health strategy in Canada shifts to prevention

Prevention of even a slight weight gain is key to avert heart disease, cancer and other chronic health problems from setting in at middle age, according to new Canadian guidelines.

Study Finds Potential New Drug Target for Lung Cancer

A new study by University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center researchers suggests that targeting a key enzyme and its associated metabolic programming may lead to novel drug development to treat...

Study calls for audit transparency

As major accounting companies increasingly outsource audit work to other firms, a new study from the University of Colorado Denver Business School says greater transparency is needed to help investors...

Girls lead boys in academic achievement globally

Considerable attention has been paid to how boys' educational achievements in science and math compare to girls' accomplishments in those areas, often leading to the assumption that boys outperform girls...

Daily drinking increases risk of alcoholic cirrhosis

Although alcohol is the most important risk factor of alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver, less is known about the significance of different patterns of drinking. Currently scientists believe that cirrhosis...

'Fifth taste,' umami, could be beneficial for health

The umami taste could have an important and beneficial role in health, according to research. 'Kokumi' substances, which modify flavor, could improve the taste of low-fat foods, the scientists say.

Partly Wrong With A Chance Of Being Right: Why Are Weather Forecasts Still So Inaccurate?

The night before the famous "Raid at Entebbe" in 1976, when the Israel Defense Forces rescued over 100 kidnapped hostages from German and Palestinian terrorists at Entebbe airport in Uganda,...

New strategy to combat 'undruggable' cancer molecule

Three of the four most fatal cancers are caused by a protein known as Ras; either because it mutates or simply because it ends up in the wrong place at...

Cell imaging gets colorful

The detection and imaging of protein-protein interactions in live cells just got a lot more colourful, thanks to a new technology developed by University of Alberta chemist Dr. Robert E....

Winters in Siberian permafrost regions have warmed since millenia

For the first time, researchers at the Alfred Wegener Institute have successfully decoded climate data from old permafrost ground ice and reconstructed the development of winter temperatures in Russia's Lena...

Electronic circuits with reconfigurable pathways closer to reality

Multitasking circuits capable of reconfiguring themselves in real time and switching functions as the need arises—this is the promising application stemming from a discovery made at EPFL and published in...

Programmed synthesis towards multi-substituted benzene derivatives

Chemists at the Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (ITbM), Nagoya University and the JST-ERATO Project have developed a new method to accomplish the programmed synthesis of benzene derivatives with five or...

IBM disputes report that big layoffs coming

IBM is pooh-poohing a published report that the giant technology company is planning a big reorganization and massive job cuts affecting more than 100,000 people.

​Why Google won't fix Android security flaw

Security issues can leave older phones and tablets open to hacking

Coastal cities in Northeast brace for big blizzard

Frances BurnsNEW YORK, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Flights were canceled and early school closings announced Monday as the Northeast prepared for a coastal storm bringing blizzard-like conditions.

Mindfulness-based program in schools making a positive impact, study shows

A social and emotional learning program started by Academy Award winning actress Goldie Hawn to help school children improve their learning abilities, be more caring, and less stressed is now...

Cochlear implant users can hear, feel the beat in music

People who use cochlear implants for profound hearing loss do respond to certain aspects of music, contrary to common beliefs and limited scientific research, says a research team headed by...

Partly wrong with a chance of being right: Weather forecast

The inaccuracy of weather forecasts has personal implications for people around the world. New research from Tel Aviv University prioritizes, for the first time, the reasons for forecasting failures across...

Research shows loss of pollinators increases risk of malnutrition and disease

A new study shows that more than half the people in some developing countries could become newly at risk for malnutrition if crop-pollinating animals—like bees—continue to decline.

Hemin improves adipocyte morphology, function by enhancing proteins of regeneration

Obesity has escalated in every segment of the population including children, adolescences and adults. In obesity, impaired lipid and glucose metabolism are implicated in the conundrum of cardiometabolic complication. Heme-oxygenase...

How cancer turns good cells to the dark side

Biophysicists reveal how cancer uses notch-signaling pathways to promote metastasis. Their computer models provide a fresh theoretical framework for scientists who study ways to target cancer progression.

Majority of primary care physicians find that medical imaging improves patient care

Large majorities of primary care physicians believe that advanced medical imaging, such as computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET), provides considerable value to patient...

Frogs prove ideal models for studying developmental timing

Thyroid hormone receptor alpha plays an important role in hind limb development in frogs, scientists have found. With new gene mutation technology, researchers were able to successfully mutate the gene...

New programming language for fast simulations

Programming is a time-consuming process, and it may take many years to develop even a basic simulator. Researchers want to simplify this process. They have created a language similar to...

For university students, walking beats sitting

Walking classrooms are better for not only for students' physical health, but classroom engagement, a study shows. What began in a response to a physical activity challenge for the computer...

Patents provide insight on Wall Street 'technology arms race'

A new University of Otago study has used US patent data to shed light on the technological roots behind Wall Street's ongoing 'technology arms race'.

Keira Knightley talks pregnancy at 2015 SAG Awards

Annie MartinLOS ANGELES, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Keira Knightley appeared to reveal the sex of her baby while discussing her dress at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild awards Sunday.

North Korea issues call for unification with South -- or else

JC FinleyPYONGYANG, North Korea, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- North Korea's National Defense Commission called on the South to foster a "climate for dialogue" while also threatening retribution if it fails...

Visualizing interacting electrons in a molecule

Scientists at Aalto University and the University of Zurich have succeeded in directly imaging how electrons interact within a single molecule.

Converting olive mash into cash

An experimental system to create heat and power with waste from olive oil processing is up-and-running in Spain. Carina Lagergren, a researcher from Sweden's KTH Royal Institute of Technology, says...

Police and Muslim rebels clash in Philippines; 43 dead

JC FinleyMANILA, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Police and Muslim militants clashed Sunday in the southern Philippines, leaving 43 people dead.

Left-wing Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras becomes new Greek Prime Minister

Andrew V. PestanoATHENS, Greece, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Left-wing Syriza party has agreed to form a governing coalition with right-wing party Greek Independents after winning Greece's general election.

UK calls for fracking restrictions

Environment committee wants to protect national parks and tighten regulation

Ethnic minorities, deprived communities hardest hit by air pollution

Air pollution levels are linked to many forms of ill health, including higher risk of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, especially for more vulnerable groups such as children and the elderly,...

Digital storytelling promotes HIV/AIDS education in Africa

Children from poor backgrounds and with no previous technological experience are able to use digital storytelling to share their secrets and fears online, shows a recent doctoral thesis. The author...

Learning From Scorpions to Control Impulses

Scorpions can teach us a lot about the benefits of prolonging nerve impulses, and we might now be better students. The results of a new study could pave the way...

Vroom! Photos of the Rocket-Powered 'Bloodhound' Car

Bloodhound SSC is a United Kingdom-based team aiming to break the world land speed with a rocket-powered car. Test drives are expected to occur later this year in South Africa,...

Chromium-centered cycloparaphenylene rings for making functionalized nanocarbons

A team of chemists at Nagoya University has synthesized novel transition metal-complexed cycloparaphenylenes (CPPs) that enable selective monofunctionalization of CPPs for the first time, opening doors to the construction of...

Researchers image and measure tubulin transport in cilia

Defective cilia can lead to a host of diseases and conditions in the human body—from rare, inherited bone malformations to blindness, male infertility, kidney disease and obesity. Scientists knew that...

Structure control unlocks magnetization and polarization simultaneously

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have controlled the structure of a material to simultaneously generate both magnetisation and electrical polarisation, an advance which has potential applications in information storage...

Photos: The Medical Instruments Found on Blackbeard's Ship

The infamous pirate Blackbeard lost is flagship, The Queen Anne's Revenge, in TK. Recently, archaeologists excavating the ship have a found many medical instruments.

Image: Jupiter's cratered moon, Callisto

The speckled object depicted here is Callisto, Jupiter's second largest moon. This image was taken in May 2001 by NASA's Galileo spacecraft, which studied Jupiter and its moons from 1995...

Police say Waze cop-tracker is threat to officers

Sheriffs want Google to turn off the app feature that alerts drivers to police locations, fearing it could aid would-be cop killers

Let GM mosquitoes loose to bite and help cure tropical diseases - researchers

British biotech firm awaiting FDA approval to release bugs in the Florida KeysChange.org petition gets more than 130,000 signatures to stop experiment Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released...

Emma Thompson joins British celebs in urging PM to help Syrian refugees

Veronica LinaresLONDON, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A group of British celebrities has asked Prime Minister David Cameron to do more to help Syrian refugees in a recently published open letter.

Oklahoma City Thunder return home to face Minnesota Timberwolves

The Oklahoma City Thunder will try to get back on track Monday night when they welcome the Minnesota Timberwolves to Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Flexible work schedules improve health, sleep

Giving employees more control over their work schedules may help curb sleep deficiency, according to health researchers. “In the absence of sufficient sleep, we are not as attentive or alert,...

Mammalian Heart Regenerative Capacity Depends On Severity Of Injury

A new study by researchers at Children's Hospital Los Angeles has shown that neonatal mouse hearts have varying regenerative capacities depending upon the severity of injury. Using cryoinjury - damaging...

WikiLeaks accuses Google of handing over emails to US

Whistleblowing site WikiLeaks on Monday accused Google of handing over the emails and electronic data of its senior staff to the US authorities without providing notification until almost three years...

Liver donor plea by Michael and Johanne Wagner aims to save both twins

An Ontario dad with twins who need lifesaving liver transplants is a match to donate part of his organ - but only to one of the three-year-old girls. Unless he...

Scientists shed further new light on biomass breakdown

Scientists at the University of York are part of a research team which has found that a recently discovered family of enzymes can degrade resistant forms of starch.

Mother's stress hormone levels may affect fetal growth and long term health of child

Increased levels of stress hormones can lead pregnant mice to overeat, but affect growth of the fetus and, potentially, the long term health of the offspring, according to a new...

Sam Smith settles suit, grants Tom Petty royalties for 'Stay With Me'

Matthew BradwellSANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Tom Petty and Jeff Lyne of ELO settled out of court with Grammy nominee Sam Smith for 12.5 percent of the royalties...

Small plane parachutes to safety north of Hawaii

Ben HooperHONOLULU, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. Coast Guard captured footage of a small plane parachuting to a safe ocean landing after running out of fuel north of Hawaii.

French court: Nutella is not a girl's name

Ed AdamczykVALENCIENNES , France, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A French court denied a couple from naming their baby daughter Nutella, after the popular hazelnut-chocolate food.

Scientists answer age-old question: how do you un-boil eggs?

Brooks HaysIRVINE, Calif., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Finally, scientists have figured out how to un-boil an egg; the new technique could cut cancer treatment costs.

Zachary Quinto won't appear on 'Heroes Reborn'

Annie MartinPARK CITY, Utah, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Zachary Quinto revealed he will not reprise Gabriel Gray, aka Sylar, on "Heroes" reboot "Heroes Reborn."

Kate Hudson stuns in cutout dress at Versace show

Annie MartinPARIS, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Kate Hudson turned heads in a red, cutout dress next to mother Goldie Hawn at the Atelier Versace show at Paris Haute Couture Week.

Charlotte Hornets' Kemba Walker may need surgery

Alex ButlerCHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Charlotte Hornets star point guard Kemba Walker may need surgery, according to Charlotte.com.

Latin ACE Awards announce film winners for 2015

Veronica LinaresNEW YORK, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The Association of Latin Entertainment Critics of New York has announced the recipients of its 2015 Film Awards.

UK Researchers Solve Metabolic Mystery Lending Insight Into Lafora Disease

Researchers at the University of Kentucky have unlocked the metabolic function of the essential enzyme laforin, which opens new pathways to treating the deadly Lafora's Disease.

Gov't to overhaul Medicare payments to doctors, hospitals

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration Monday announced a plan to shift Medicare payments it makes to hospitals and doctors so they reward quality over volume....

Poor psychosocial work environments may contribute to heart problems

A psychosocially poor work environment means that employees experience highly demanding requirements but have little ability to control their work or not feel sufficiently appreciated for the contributions they make....

Reviews In Physics - A New Journal

The publishing giant Elsevier is about to launch a new journal, Reviews in Physics. This will be a fully open-access, peer-reviewed journal which aims at providing short reviews (15 pages...

Penalty Kicks By Schroedinger's Cat That Score And Miss At The Same Time

Can a penalty kick simultaneously score a goal and miss? In the realm of quantum mechanics that is certainly be true, because microscopic objects can take different paths at the same...

California Has Had Anti-Vaccine Hotbeds Since 2000

By using spatial analysis software and electronic medical records to identify clusters of under-immunization and vaccine refusal among Kaiser Permanente members in Northern California, researches don't just know where anti-vaccine...

Happy 150th Birthday To Maxwell's Theory Of Electromagnetism

Time-dependent Maxwell's equations in media By Robyn Arianrhod, Monash UniversityIt’s hard to imagine life without mobile phones, radio and television. Yet the discovery of the electromagnetic waves that underpin such technologies...

Acid Rain Of 250,000,000 B.C.

The Permian was a geologic period that ended more than 250 million years ago. The Earth consisted of one forested super-continent called Pangea and a large ocean called Panthalassa teemed...

KIT Gene Linked To Drug Resistance In Testicular Cancer

A study has uncovered several new genetic mutations that could drive testicular cancer - and also identified a gene which may contribute to tumors becoming resistant to current treatments. The study...

You Want That Coffee With Morphine Or Without?

A team of scientists from Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation Embrapa and the University of Brasilia have discovered tranquilizing properties in previously unknown protein fragments of coffee beans.They did tests and found that these opioid peptides outperformed...

Hershey sues to stop British chocolate imports, angering Cadbury fans

Aileen GraefHERSHEY, Pa., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Hershey's lawsuit to stop the import of British chocolates has angered merchants and lovers of the sweet treats from across the Atlantic.

I'd probably cheat again - Armstrong

Lance Armstrong says the time is coming when he should be forgiven, and tells the BBC he would do it again under the same circumstances.

5 Sky Events This Week: Blue Giant, Crab Nebula, and Jovian Shadows

Io, Jupiter's vanishing moon, and Neptune, the solar system's most distant planet, challenge stargazers this week.

Climate Forecast: More Southwest Droughts and Australian Floods

A new study says global warming will lead to more extreme swings of the El Niño-La Niña cycle.