10 Stories to Start Your Day


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Grey seals discovered clapping underwater to communicate

Posted: 03 Feb 2020 06:10 AM PST

Marine mammals like whales and seals usually communicate vocally using calls and whistles. But now a Monash University-led international study has discovered that wild grey seals can also clap their flippers underwater during the breeding season, as a show of strength that warns off competitors and advertises to potential mates. This is the first time […]
Early Life Experiences Biologically and Functionally Mature the Brain

Posted: 03 Feb 2020 06:07 AM PST

Experiences early in life have an impact on the brain’s biological and functional development, shows a new study by a team of neuroscientists. Its findings, which centered on changes in mice and rats, reveal how learning and memory abilities may vary, depending on the nature of individual experiences in early life. “The implications of this […]
Can I mix those chemicals? There’s an app for that!

Posted: 03 Feb 2020 06:05 AM PST

Improperly mixed chemicals cause a shocking number of fires, explosions, and injuries in laboratories, businesses, and homes each year. A new open source computer program called ChemStor developed by engineers at the University of California, Riverside, can prevent these dangerous situations by telling users if it is unsafe to mix certain chemicals. The Centers for Disease Control […]
Agricultural area residents in danger of inhaling toxic aerosols

Posted: 03 Feb 2020 06:03 AM PST

Excess selenium from fertilizers and other natural sources can create air pollution that could lead to lung cancer, asthma, and Type 2 diabetes, according to new UC Riverside research. The UCR research team conducted previous studies in the Salton Sea area, which contains selenium-rich wetlands and soils toxic to birds and fish. The researchers’ studies also revealed […]
Technology that destroys pests in wood moves closer to commercialization

Posted: 03 Feb 2020 06:02 AM PST

A technology that uses dielectric heating and radio frequency energy to destroy destructive pests lurking within wood products is closer to reaching the marketplace after a recent commercial trial at Penn State’s University Park campus. The Dec. 17 demonstration, which was observed by regulatory and wood products industry professionals from the U.S. and Canada, validated […]
Lower protein diet may lessen risk for cardiovascular disease

Posted: 03 Feb 2020 05:58 AM PST

A plant-based diet may be key to lowering risk for heart disease. Penn State researchers determined that diets with reduced sulfur amino acids — which occur in protein-rich foods, such as meats, dairy, nuts and soy — were associated with a decreased risk for cardiovascular disease. The team also found that the average American consumes […]
Genetic screen offers new drug targets for Huntington’s disease

Posted: 03 Feb 2020 05:58 AM PST

Using a type of genetic screen that had previously been impossible in the mammalian brain, MIT neuroscientists have identified hundreds of genes that are necessary for neuron survival. They also used the same approach to identify genes that protect against the toxic effects of a mutant protein that causes Huntington’s disease. These efforts yielded at […]
scientists boost gene-editing tools to new heights in human stem cells

Posted: 03 Feb 2020 05:57 AM PST

During the past decade, the gene editing tool CRISPR has transformed biology and opened up hopeful avenues to correct deadly inherited diseases. Now, the first human clinical trials using CRISPR have begun in the hopes of curing diseases by taking damaged cells out of patient and repairing and replacing them. But along with this promise […]
Ultra-high energy events key to study of ghost particles

Posted: 03 Feb 2020 05:54 AM PST

Physicists at Washington University in St. Louis have proposed a way to use data from ultra-high energy neutrinos to study interactions beyond the standard model of particle physics. The ‘Zee burst’ model leverages new data from large neutrino telescopes such as the IceCube Neutrino Observatory in Antarctica and its future extensions. Dev “Neutrinos continue to intrigue us and […]
High-tempo music may make exercise easier and more beneficial

Posted: 03 Feb 2020 05:53 AM PST

With the start of the new year, gyms are at their busiest and many people are trying to establish a workout routine to improve their health. Getting an edge by making exercise easier and more effective could be the difference between success and guiltily returning to the warm embrace of the couch. What if doing […]

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