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Insights into climate change during origin of dinosaurs

Posted: 13 Jul 2020 07:54 AM PDT

The Triassic Period, about 252 to 201 million years ago, was a time of volatile change, particularly during an interval known as the Carnian (about 237 to 227 million years ago). Three dramatic events occurred on Earth: the first dinosaurs appeared, gigantic volcanic eruptions called the Wrangellia large igneous province spewed out greenhouse gasses and […]
Study links attraction to ‘tyrannical’ leaders to dysfunctional family dynamics

Posted: 13 Jul 2020 07:52 AM PDT

Adolescent family conflict could play a role in the types of leaders people follow as adults Ever wonder how some leaders in business or politics who appear selfish, manipulative and domineering still manage to amass a following? A recent study in the Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies by San Francisco State University Assistant Professor of Management […]
Researchers find the worst reason to give a gift

Posted: 13 Jul 2020 07:49 AM PDT

Here’s a good way to make sure a friend hates a gift from you: Say it will save him money. In a series of studies, researchers found that people reacted negatively to gifts that they were told – or that they inferred – were given to help them save money. Receiving this kind of present […]
New approach pinpoints chronic pain location, alters management

Posted: 13 Jul 2020 07:48 AM PDT

A new molecular imaging approach utilizing 18F-FDG positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can precisely identify the location of pain generators in chronic pain sufferers, often precipitating a new management plan for patients. This research was presented at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging 2020 Annual Meeting. Pain is the […]
Super-potent human antibodies protect against COVID-19 in animal tests

Posted: 13 Jul 2020 07:43 AM PDT

A team led by Scripps Research has discovered antibodies in the blood of recovered COVID-19 patients that provide powerful protection against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes the disease, when tested in animals and human cell cultures. The research, published today in Science, offers a paradigm of swift reaction to an emergent and deadly viral pandemic, and sets […]
Biosignatures may reveal a wealth of new data locked inside old fossils

Posted: 13 Jul 2020 07:40 AM PDT

Step aside, skeletons — a new world of biochemical “signatures” found in all kinds of ancient fossils is revealing itself to paleontologists, providing a new avenue for insights into major evolutionary questions. In a new study published in the journal Science Advances, Yale researchers outline a novel approach to finding biological signals long thought to be […]
Our itch to share helps spread Covid-19 misinformation

Posted: 13 Jul 2020 07:38 AM PDT

To stay current about the Covid-19 pandemic, people need to process health information when they read the news. Inevitably, that means people will be exposed to health misinformation, too, in the form of false content, often found online, about the illness. Now a study co-authored by MIT scholars contains bad news and good news about Covid-19 misinformation […]
Letting robots manipulate cables

Posted: 13 Jul 2020 07:27 AM PDT

For humans, it can be challenging to manipulate thin flexible objects like ropes, wires, or cables. But if these problems are hard for humans, they are nearly impossible for robots. As a cable slides between the fingers, its shape is constantly changing, and the robot’s fingers must be constantly sensing and adjusting the cable’s position […]
Parasitic worms use their keen senses to wriggle through their hosts

Posted: 13 Jul 2020 07:24 AM PDT

Parasitic filarial nematodes infect hundreds of millions of people, causing diseases such as river blindness and lymphatic filariasis, which can lead to elephantiasis, a severe swelling of the limbs. Mosquitoes spread the parasitic worms, which engage in sophisticated migrations within their insect and mammal hosts. One worm, Brugia malayi, starts in the mosquito’s gut, migrates to […]
Scaling Up Science During a Global-Scale Emergency

Posted: 13 Jul 2020 07:22 AM PDT

Showing an inspiring knack for innovation under pressure, the global scientific community has developed promising tests and treatments for COVID-19 in the span of just a few months. But moving medical technologies from conception to deployment at such an unprecedented rate comes with a multitude of hurdles, one of which is the obvious challenge of […]


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