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Weekend Reading: The Best Science Stories of the Week
Here are the most interesting, amazing and unusual things that happened in the world of science this week. A recap of Live Science's best.
LiveScience.com, Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:45:17 GMT

10 Years After Hurricane Katrina: Have Weather Forecasts Improved?
Though meteorologists knew Hurricane Katrina would slam New Orleans with levee-toppling intensity, today's weather forecasters are even better equipped to give notice of a storm's coming havoc.
LiveScience.com, Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:45:17 GMT

20 Startling Facts About Insects
The most successful creatures on the planet, insects are a wild bunch. From six-legged critters with forehead eyes and breathing holes on their sides to a dragonfly with a 2.5-foot wingspan, here are some of the most amazing and wacky insect facts.
LiveScience.com, Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:45:17 GMT

Satellite image of IS destruction
A French satellite system pictures a pile of rubble where the ancient Temple of Baalshamin at Palmyra in Syria used to stand.
BBC News - Science & Environment, Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:45:17 GMT

Year-long 'Mars isolation' begins
A team of Nasa recruits begins a year-long isolation in a dome near a barren volcano in Hawaii, to simulate life on Mars.
BBC News - Science & Environment, Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:45:17 GMT

Key Inmarsat rocket flight 'success'
A rocket mission to put a new spacecraft in orbit for London-based Inmarsat is declared a success.
BBC News - Science & Environment, Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:45:17 GMT

New 'Tissue Velcro' could help repair damaged hearts
Engineers at the University of Toronto just made assembling functional heart tissue as easy as fastening your shoes. The team has created a biocompatible scaffold that allows sheets of beating heart cells to snap together just like Velcro.
Medical Xpress - latest medical and health news stories, Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:03:05 GMT

Laboratory research mimics blast-induced brain trauma in soldiers
Researchers have developed a procedure to mimic in laboratory experiments a form of brain trauma commonly seen in combat veterans, and findings suggest a new diagnostic tool for early detection and a potential treatment.
Medical Xpress - latest medical and health news stories, Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:03:05 GMT

Sign language recruits the same neural systems as spoken language
(Medical Xpress)‚ÄĒSign languages such as American Sign Language (ASL) comprise the same structural characteristics as spoken language, including tight grammatical constraints and rich expressiveness. Nonetheless, because its grammatical features are conveyed via gestures, some researchers have compared elements of sign language to the non-lexical, symbolic gestures that often accompany spoken language. Specifically, they have focused on so-called "classifier constructions," also known as "verbs of motion," which, in sign languages, include a root expressing the motion event, morphemes marking the manner and mode of direction, and a classifier that specifies the semantic category, such as "vehicle."
Medical Xpress - latest medical and health news stories, Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:03:05 GMT

Confidence in parenting could help break cycle of abuse
To understand how confidence in parenting may predict parenting behaviors in women who were abused as children, psychologists have found that mothers who experienced more types of maltreatment as children are more critical of their ability to parent successfully. Intervention programs for moms at-risk, therefore, should focus on bolstering mothers' self-confidence -- not just teach parenting skills, the researchers said.
Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily, Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:45:17 GMT

Borderline personality traits linked to lowered empathy
Those with borderline personality disorder, or BPD, a mental illness marked by unstable moods, often experience trouble maintaining interpersonal relationships. New research indicates that this may have to do with lowered brain activity in regions important for empathy in individuals with borderline personality traits.
Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily, Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:45:17 GMT

Increasingly severe disturbances weaken world's temperate forests
Longer, more severe, and hotter droughts and a myriad of other threats, including diseases and more extensive and severe wildfires, are threatening to transform some of the world's temperate forests, a new study has found. Without informed management, some forests could convert to shrublands or grasslands within the coming decades.
Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily, Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:45:17 GMT

Fewer than half of psychology papers met replication test, study finds
Only 39 out of a sam­ple of 100 re­cently pub­lished sci­en­tif­ic re­ports stood up to an at­tempt to rep­li­cate the find­ings.
World Science, Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:45:18 GMT

Parrot found able to ‚Äúconclude by excluding‚ÄĚ
Gof­fin cock­a­toos can choose a cor­rect an­swer by rul­ing out al­ter­na­tives, a study finds.
World Science, Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:45:18 GMT

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