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Facebook Users Aren't Bragging — Really!
Facebook is a more positive than negative place, but users spreading happy news actually try not to brag, a new study finds.
LiveScience.com, Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:48:42 GMT

New Peanut Allergy Treatment Shows Promise
Children with peanut allergies who tried a new treatment involving probiotics wound up being able to eat peanuts without a reaction, a new study from Australia says.
LiveScience.com, Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:48:42 GMT

When Ant-Eating Bears Arrive, A Native Plant Thrives
When black bears attack ant nests in a Rocky Mountain meadow, they help a native plant, rabbitbrush, grow better and produce more seeds.
LiveScience.com, Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:48:42 GMT

Mobile and interactive media use by young children: The good, the bad and the unknown
Mobile devices are everywhere and children are using them more frequently at young ages. The impact these mobile devices are having on the development and behavior of children is still relatively unknown. In a commentary in the journal Pediatrics, researchers review the many types of interactive media available today and raise important questions regarding their use as educational tools, as well as their potential detrimental role in stunting the development of important tools for self-regulation.
Medical Xpress - spotlight medical and health news stories, Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:42:32 GMT

Team discovers key to preventing blindness and stroke devastation
Research led by Nicolas Bazan, MD, PhD, Boyd Professor, Ernest C. and Yvette C. Villere Chair of Retinal Degeneration Research, and Director of the Neuroscience Center of Excellence at LSU Health New Orleans, has discovered gene interactions that determine whether cells live or die in such conditions as age-related macular degeneration and ischemic stroke. These common molecular mechanisms in vision and brain integrity can prevent blindness and also promote recovery from a stroke. The paper is published online in Cell Death & Differentiation, a Nature journal.
Medical Xpress - spotlight medical and health news stories, Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:42:32 GMT

Altered dopamine signaling a clue to autism
Newly discovered genetic variations linked to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) disrupt the function of the dopamine transporter, suggesting that altered dopamine signaling contributes to this common developmental condition, according to a Vanderbilt University-led research team.
Medical Xpress - spotlight medical and health news stories, Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:42:32 GMT

Controllers banking on Philae wake-up
The European Space Agency says it will conduct no more dedicated searches for its lost comet lander, and will now wait for the probe itself to call home.
BBC News - Science & Environment, Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:48:42 GMT

Leak suggests cosmic study was wrong
Scientists who claimed to have found evidence for a cosmic super-expansion at the Big Bang made no such discovery, a leak of a concluding study suggests.
BBC News - Science & Environment, Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:48:42 GMT

'Cold plasma' kills off norovirus
Norovirus, the most common cause of gastroenteritis in the world, can be killed with "cold plasma", scientists report.
BBC News - Science & Environment, Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:48:42 GMT

Understanding the reinforcing ability of carbon nanotubes
A new article explores what is preventing the reinforcing ability of carbon nanotubes from being used in a ceramic matrix. Ever since their discovery, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been considered the ultimate additive to improve the mechanical properties of structural ceramics, such as aluminum oxide, silicon nitride and zirconium dioxide. Yet despite the remarkable strength and stiffness of CNTs, many studies have reported only marginal improvements or even the degradation of mechanical properties after these super-materials were added.
News -- ScienceDaily, Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:48:43 GMT

Heat waves becoming more prominent in urban areas, research reveals
The world’s urban areas have experienced significant increases in heat waves over the past 40 years, according to new research. These prolonged periods of extreme hot days have significantly increased in over 200 urban areas across the globe between 1973 and 2012, and have been most prominent in the most recent years on record.
News -- ScienceDaily, Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:48:43 GMT

Biomaterial coating raises prospect of more successful medical implants
A novel, bacteria-repelling coating material that could increase the success of medical implants has been created. The material helps healthy cells 'win the race' to the medical implant, beating off competition from bacterial cells and thus reducing the likelihood of the implant being rejected by the body.
News -- ScienceDaily, Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:48:43 GMT

New find spotlights super-long-necked dinos
An unusual dinosaur lineage known as mamenchisaurids may be more diverse than previously realized.
World Science, Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:12:10 GMT

Study: war-for-oil "conspiracy theorists" are often right
While many claims are simplistic, researchers say, statistics show oil does motivate countries to interfere in conflicts.
World Science, Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:12:10 GMT

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