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Science News and Current Event Archive (February, 2017)

Science news and current events from private research facilities, universities, government agencies and medical centers archive of articles from February, 2017.

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Week 05
Wednesday February 1, 2017 (138)
Thursday February 2, 2017 (122)
Friday February 3, 2017 (48)
Sunday February 5, 2017 (5)

Week 06
Monday February 6, 2017 (144)
Tuesday February 7, 2017 (119)
Wednesday February 8, 2017 (160)
Thursday February 9, 2017 (126)
Friday February 10, 2017 (69)
Saturday February 11, 2017 (2)
Sunday February 12, 2017 (7)

Week 07
Monday February 13, 2017 (143)
Tuesday February 14, 2017 (119)
Wednesday February 15, 2017 (158)
Thursday February 16, 2017 (153)
Friday February 17, 2017 (79)
Saturday February 18, 2017 (13)
Sunday February 19, 2017 (17)

Week 08
Monday February 20, 2017 (99)
Tuesday February 21, 2017 (155)
Wednesday February 22, 2017 (153)
Thursday February 23, 2017 (154)
Friday February 24, 2017 (65)
Sunday February 26, 2017 (7)

Week 09
Monday February 27, 2017 (132)
Tuesday February 28, 2017 (155)


Top Science News and Current Events from February 2017



Body dysmorphic disorder may be under-diagnosed in patients seeking cosmetic procedures
Plastic surgeons and other cosmetic professionals are familiar with the challenges posed by patients with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) seeking cosmetic procedures, reports a survey study in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). (2017-02-06)
ADA funds Kostic Lab to create model linking the microbiome to type 1 diabetes
The ADA has awarded Aleksandar Kostic Ph.D. $1.625 million for the development of a novel experimental system designed to improve our understanding about how bacteria in the gut (the gut 'microbiome') may contribute to the autoimmune attack that leads to type 1 diabetes. (2017-02-08)
Scientists isolate new antibodies to fight human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)
Researchers from VIB, UGent, the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and several collaborators developed a new antiviral strategy to fight human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a leading cause of lower respiratory tract infections in children. (2017-02-13)
Sorting out risk genes for brain development disorders
Gene discovery research is uncovering similarities and differences underlying a variety of disorders affecting the developing brain, including autism, attention deficits, tics, intellectual impairments, developmental delays and language difficulties. (2017-02-22)
Penn engineers overcome a hurdle in growing a revolutionary optical metamaterial
Engineers in UPenn's School of Engineering and Applied Science produced an elusive diamond crystal structure that could revolutionize photonics. (2017-02-21)
USC computer scientist to explain socially intelligent robots on Feb. 17
A University of Southern California computer scientist will present her research on socially assistive robots on Friday, Feb. (2017-02-13)
Preterm delivery linked to greater risk of cardiovascular disease later in life
Investigators found women who have delivered prematurely before 37 weeks have a 40 percent increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease when compared to women who delivered their babies after 37 weeks. (2017-02-02)
Subsea mining moves closer to shore
Mining in the deep sea is technically very challenging and at present not economically feasible. (2017-02-09)
Princeton-Intel collaboration breaks new ground in studies of the brain
Princeton University and Intel researchers have collaborated to develop software that allows for 'decoding digital brain data' to reveal how neural activity gives rise to learning, memory and other cognitive functions. (2017-02-24)
A new spin on electronics
Modern computer technology is based on the transport of electric charge in semiconductors. (2017-02-15)
Genetically modified insects could disrupt international food trade
Genetically modified organisms for pest control could end up as contaminants in agricultural products throughout the globe. (2017-02-01)
Mediterranean diet with virgin olive oil may boost 'good' cholesterol
A Mediterranean diet, particularly when enriched with virgin olive oil, appears to improve the function of high-density lipoprotein, the so-called good cholesterol, in patients at high risk for heart disease. (2017-02-13)
Fasting-mimicking diet may reverse diabetes
In a study on mice and another study on human pancreatic cells, researchers discover that a scientifically designed fasting diet can trigger the generation of new pancreatic cells to replace dysfunctional ones and stabilize blood glucose. (2017-02-23)
Gold standard monitoring of HCC in patients with cirrhosis is cost-effective
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the leading cause of death in patients with cirrhosis. (2017-02-08)
Tumor suppressor promotes some acute myeloid leukemias, study reveals
Researchers in Germany have discovered that a tumor suppressor protein thought to prevent acute myeloid leukemia (AML) can actually promote a particularly deadly form of the disease. (2017-02-17)
NASA's SnowEx challenges the sensing techniques...'until they break'
A NASA-led team will kick off an ambitious airborne campaign to determine which combination of sensors would work best at collecting global snow-water measurements from space -- critical for understanding and managing the world's freshwater resources. (2017-02-21)
LemurFaceID: Using facial recognition software to identify lemurs
A team of lemur biologists and computer scientists has modified human facial recognition methods to develop a semi-automated system that can identify individual lemurs. (2017-02-16)
FASEB Science Research Conference: Mitochondrial Biogenesis
The central role of mitochondria in normal cell physiology is evident from human diseases, including metabolic disorders and aging, which are associated with changes in mitochondrial function. (2017-02-28)
People with epilepsy: Tell us about rare risk of death
People with epilepsy want their health care providers to tell them about a rare risk of death associated with the disorder, according to a preliminary study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 69th Annual Meeting in Boston, April 22 to 28, 2017. (2017-02-23)
Newfound primate teeth take a big bite out of the evolutionary tree of life
Fossil hunters have found part of an ancient primate jawbone related to lemurs -- the primitive primate group distantly connected to monkeys, apes and humans, a USC researcher said. (2017-02-27)
UH research finds evidence of 2 billion years of volcanic activity on Mars
Analysis of a Martian meteorite found in Africa in 2012 has uncovered evidence of at least 2 billion years of volcanic activity on Mars. (2017-02-01)
'Mirror game' test could secure early detection of schizophrenia, study shows
A pioneering new study, led by experts from the University of Exeter in collaboration with partners from the Alterego FP7 EU project, has developed a new, 'mirror game' test using computer avatars to accurately detect specific variations in how patients move and interact socially -- well-documented characteristics of the mental disorder. (2017-02-01)
Widely accepted vision for agriculture may be inaccurate, misleading
'Food production must double by 2050 to feed the world's growing population.' This truism has been repeated so often in recent years that it has become widely accepted among academics, policymakers and farmers, but now researchers are challenging this assertion and suggesting a new vision for the future of agriculture. (2017-02-22)
Radiocarbon dating and DNA show ancient Puebloan leadership in the maternal line
Discovering who was a leader, or even if leaders existed, from the ruins of archaeological sites is difficult, but now a team of archaeologists and biological anthropologists, using a powerful combination of radiocarbon dating and ancient DNA, have shown that a matrilineal dynasty likely ruled Pueblo Bonito in New Mexico for more than 300 years. (2017-02-21)
Septic shock surveillance should be based on clinical data, not billing codes
Tracking sepsis rates and outcomes is challenging because it is a heterogeneous syndrome without a definitive 'gold standard' test. (2017-02-13)
Parkinson's disease may have link to stroke
Parkinson's disease may be linked to stroke, much like Alzheimer's disease and stroke are linked. (2017-02-23)
Researchers study care for undocumented immigrants with kidney failure
By failing to provide scheduled dialysis treatments to undocumented immigrants with kidney failure, states pay higher costs for care and the patients face greater pain and psychological distress, according to a new study appearing in the latest issue of the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. (2017-02-06)
Antibiotics used to treat cystic fibrosis increases risk of permanent hearing loss
A powerful class of antibiotics provides life-saving relief for people with cystic fibrosis; however, a new study for the first time reveals the levels at which high cumulative dosages over time significantly increases the risk of permanent hearing loss in these patients. (2017-02-24)
In enemy garb
Biologists expand on more than 150 years of textbook wisdom with a new explanation for wasp mimicry. (2017-02-24)
Eclipse 2017: NASA supports a unique opportunity for science in the shadow
The first total solar eclipse in the continental United States in nearly 40 years takes place on Aug. (2017-02-03)
Number of children emerging as cardiovascular risk factor for both parents
Number of children is emerging as a novel factor that influences the risk for some cardiovascular diseases (CVD), and in some societies in both parents, according to Professor Vera Regitz-Zagrosek, chairperson of the European Society of Cardiology 'management of CVD During Pregnancy' guidelines task force. (2017-02-03)
Exceptional reproductive biology in extremely restricted critically endangered Nimba toad
The critically endangered Nimba toad is long known for its exceptional reproductive biology. (2017-02-06)
Could community-based 'Change Clubs' improve heart health in black women?
A new study suggests that civic engagement, in the form of community-based 'Change Clubs,' engages black/African-American women to address nutrition and exercise concerns in their community and motivates them to change their individual behaviors, which may improve heart health. (2017-02-27)
With stringent oversight, heritable human genome editing could be allowed
Clinical trials for genome editing of the human germline -- adding, removing, or replacing DNA base pairs in gametes or early embryos -- could be permitted in the future, but only for serious conditions under stringent oversight, says a new report from the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine. (2017-02-14)
As radiation therapy declined so did second cancers in childhood cancer survivors
Childhood cancer survivors are living longer. Now research shows they are also less likely to develop second cancers while still young. (2017-02-28)
Metamaterial: Mail armor inspires physicists
The Middle Ages certainly were far from being science-friendly: Whoever looked for new findings off the beaten track faced the threat of being burned at the stake. (2017-02-09)
Honey bee genetics sheds light on bee origins
Where do honey bees come from? A new study from researchers at UC Davis and UC Berkeley clears some of the fog around honey bee origins. (2017-02-16)
Where are the whales off the West Coast?
A free webinar for the shipping industry, fishing community and others interested in a new system that reveals where ships are most likely to encounter high densities of blue whales off the West Coast. (2017-02-16)
Springer Healthcare launches Medicine Matters, a new medical education website
Springer Healthcare launches Medicine Matters, a new medical education website. (2017-02-15)
Calcified plaque raises heart disease risk for young adults
A major report led by Vanderbilt investigators found that the mere presence of even a small amount of calcified coronary plaque, more commonly referred to as coronary artery calcium (CAC), in people under age 50 -- even small amounts -- was strongly associated with increased risk of developing clinical coronary heart disease over the ensuing decade. (2017-02-08)
An alternative to opioids? Compound from marine snail is potent pain reliever
A tiny snail may offer an alternative to opioids for pain relief. (2017-02-20)
JBJS, Inc., NEJM Group, and Area9 collaborate on adaptive learning in orthopaedics
Using research-proven, state-of-the-art adaptive learning technology developed by Area9 and employed by NEJM Knowledge+, JBJS Clinical Classroom will provide orthopaedic surgeons with a personalized learning experience at any stage in their career. (2017-02-22)
Miniature organisms in the sand play big role in our ocean
In the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, Jeroen Ingels, a researcher at the FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory, explains that small organisms called meiofauna that live in the sediment provide essential services to human life such as food production and nutrient cycling. (2017-02-28)
Unearthing immune responses to common drugs
Australian researchers are a step closer to understanding immune sensitivities to well-known, and commonly prescribed, medications. (2017-02-06)
Bristol and BT collaborate on massive MIMO trials for 5G wireless
The quest for highly efficient 5G wireless connectivity has been given a boost thanks to a collaboration between a team of 5G engineers from the Universities of Bristol and Lund, National Instruments (NI), and BT, one of the world's leading providers of communications services. (2017-02-24)
Baltic hunter-gatherers began farming without influence of migration, ancient DNA suggests
Ancient DNA analyses show that -- unlike elsewhere in Europe -- farmers from the Near East did not overtake hunter-gatherer populations in the Baltic. (2017-02-02)
Stanford scientists develop 'lab on a chip' that costs 1 cent to make
Microfluidics, electronics and inkjet technology underlie a newly developed all-in-one biochip from Stanford that can analyze cells for research and clinical applications. (2017-02-06)
Endurance training may have a protective effect on the heart
Findings published in Experimental Physiology suggest that exercise could be just as important for your heart heath as cholesterol and a healthy diet. (2017-02-06)
Coming soon: Oil spill-mapping swarms of flying drones
Partly inspired by the dynamics of a flock of birds, engineers devised a computational method for drones to quickly record whether they are over water, oil or the edge of the spill. (2017-02-27)
ORC as Loader of the Rings
An international collaboration of life scientists, including experts at Van Andel Research Institute, has described in exquisite detail the critical first steps of DNA replication, which allows cells to divide and most advanced life, including human, to propagate. (2017-02-21)

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