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Talking to yourself in the third person can promote healthier eating

Posted: 23 Mar 2020 07:24 AM PDT

The constant temptation of tasty foods high in calories and fat make it difficult for people to make healthy choices, but talking to yourself in the third person may help, say researchers at the University of Michigan and University of Minnesota. A new study published in Clinical Psychological Science finds that a technique known as […]
New device quickly detects harmful bacteria in blood

Posted: 23 Mar 2020 07:21 AM PDT

Engineers have created a tiny device that can rapidly detect harmful bacteria in blood, allowing health care professionals to pinpoint the cause of potentially deadly infections and fight them with drugs. The Rutgers coauthored study, led by researchers at Rochester Institute of Technology, is published in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. “The rapid identification of […]
Advanced ‘super-planckian’ material exhibits LED-like light when heated

Posted: 23 Mar 2020 07:18 AM PDT

Could there be a new kind of light in the universe? Since the late 19th century, scientists have understood that, when heated, all materials emit light in a predictable spectrum of wavelengths. Research published today in Nature Scientific Reports presents a material that emits light when heated that appears to exceed the limits set by that natural […]
Isoflavones, in tofu and plant proteins, associated with lower heart disease risk

Posted: 23 Mar 2020 07:16 AM PDT

Eating  tofu and foods that contain higher amounts of isoflavones was associated with a moderately lower risk of heart disease, especially for younger women and postmenopausal women not taking hormones, according to observational research published today in Circulation, the flagship journal of the American Heart Association. Researchers at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital […]
Christmas Island discovery redraws map of life

Posted: 23 Mar 2020 07:13 AM PDT

The world’s animal distribution map will need to be redrawn and textbooks updated, after researchers discovered the existence of ‘Australian’ species on Christmas Island. The University of Queensland’s Professor Jonathan Aitchison said the finding revises the long-held understanding of the location of one of biology and geography’s most significant barriers – the Wallace line. “The Wallace line […]
New research may help older adults stay physically capable for longer

Posted: 23 Mar 2020 07:08 AM PDT

Drug therapies that help older adults maintain their skeletal muscle mass and physical function for longer could be a step closer after researchers at the University of Birmingham identify a key mechanism that drives the clearance of damaged mitochondria. A team in the University’s School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences are well-versed at investigating […]
Electric jolt to carbon makes better water purifier

Posted: 23 Mar 2020 07:03 AM PDT

Nagoya University scientists have developed a one-step fabrication process that improves the ability of nanocarbons to remove toxic heavy metal ions from water. The findings, published in the journal ACS Applied Nano Materials, could aid efforts to improve universal access to clean water. Various nanocarbons are being studied and used for purifying water and wastewater by […]
Autism rates declining among wealthy whites, escalating among poor

Posted: 23 Mar 2020 06:54 AM PDT

Wealthy, white California counties—once considered the nation’s hotbeds for autism spectrum disorder (ASD)—have seen prevalence flatten or fall in the last two decades, while rates among poor whites and minorities keep ticking up, new CU Boulder research has found. The study, published Thursday in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, raises the possibility that parents in wealthier counties […]
Photons and electrons one on one

Posted: 23 Mar 2020 06:51 AM PDT

The dynamics of electrons changes ever so slightly on each interaction with a photon. The group of Prof. Ursula Keller has now measured such interplay in its arguably purest form — by recording the attosecond-​scale changes associated with one-​photon transitions of an unbound electron. The photoelectric effect, whereby photons impinging on matter cause the emission […]
A pigment from ancient Egypt to modern microscopy

Posted: 23 Mar 2020 06:44 AM PDT

Egyptian blue is one of the oldest manmade colour pigments. It adorns, for instance, the crown of the world famous bust of Nefertiti. But the pigment can do even more. An international research team led by Dr Sebastian Kruss from the Institute of Physical Chemistry at the University of Göttingen has produced a new nanomaterial […]


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