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Science News and Current Event Archive (June, 2017)

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

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Week 22
Thursday June 1, 2017 (120)
Friday June 2, 2017 (55)
Saturday June 3, 2017 (14)
Sunday June 4, 2017 (27)

Week 23
Monday June 5, 2017 (116)
Tuesday June 6, 2017 (107)
Wednesday June 7, 2017 (138)
Thursday June 8, 2017 (98)
Friday June 9, 2017 (46)
Saturday June 10, 2017 (7)
Sunday June 11, 2017 (11)

Week 24
Monday June 12, 2017 (123)
Tuesday June 13, 2017 (113)
Wednesday June 14, 2017 (120)
Thursday June 15, 2017 (114)
Friday June 16, 2017 (50)
Sunday June 18, 2017 (6)

Week 25
Monday June 19, 2017 (105)
Tuesday June 20, 2017 (105)
Wednesday June 21, 2017 (138)
Thursday June 22, 2017 (113)
Friday June 23, 2017 (48)
Sunday June 25, 2017 (7)

Week 26
Monday June 26, 2017 (129)
Tuesday June 27, 2017 (101)
Wednesday June 28, 2017 (116)
Thursday June 29, 2017 (113)
Friday June 30, 2017 (50)


Top Science News and Current Events from June 2017



Cut US commercial building energy use 29 percent with widespread controls
The US could slash its energy use by the equivalent of what is currently used by 12 to 15 million Americans if commercial buildings fully used energy-efficiency controls nationwide. (2017-06-23)
Taking diabetes medications as prescribed, exercising and managing weight
People with diabetes who took their medications at least 80 percent of the time and people who exercised four or more times per week were at lower risk for poorly controlled blood sugar, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits. (2017-06-13)
Cellular stress increases the probability of developing autoimmune diseases
Researchers found that cellular stress enhances the activation of certain type of immune cells with implications in many chronic inflammatory conditions. (2017-06-13)
Do anti-wrinkle creams work? (video)
Skin can stay firm and stretchy thanks to protein fibers in the tissue beneath the surface. (2017-06-13)
Wildebeest feast: Mass drownings fuel the Mara River ecosystem
Each year, more than a million wildebeest migrate through Africa's Serengeti Mara Ecosystem. (2017-06-19)
Secondhand smoke exposure among nonsmoking adult cancer survivors has declined
From 1999/2000 to 2011/2012, exposure to secondhand smoke among nonsmoking adult cancer survivors declined from 39.6 percent to 15.7 percent, but rates of exposure were higher among those with a history of a smoking-related cancer and those living below the federal poverty level compared with those with other types of cancer and those with the highest incomes, respectively. (2017-06-22)
Could therapy animal visitation pose health risks at patient facilities?
A survey of United States hospitals, eldercare facilities and therapy animal organizations revealed their health and safety policies for therapy animal visits varied widely, with many not following recommended guidelines for animal visitation. (2017-06-19)
VST captures three-in-one
Two of the sky's more famous residents share the stage with a lesser-known neighbour in this enormous new three gigapixel image from ESO's VLT Survey Telescope (VST). (2017-06-13)
Climate change risk for animals living in prime conditions
The study examined whether birds might be able to evolve to adapt to changes to the natural environment within their range -- the geographical area where the birds nest, feed, migrate and hibernate over the course of their lifetimes. (2017-06-13)
Changing the color of laser light on the femtosecond time scale
Using femtosecond visible and terahertz (THz) pulses as external perturbations, scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology and Kyoto University's Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) have investigated the second harmonic generation effect in photoexcited BiCoO3. (2017-06-14)
Domestication genetics: The career of the cosmopolitan cat
A new study shows that modern domestic cats are ultimately derived from the African wildcat, which was domesticated in two centers -- Egypt and the Middle East. (2017-06-21)
Atomic imperfections move quantum communication network closer to reality
An international team led by the University of Chicago's Institute for Molecular Engineering has discovered how to manipulate a weird quantum interface between light and matter in silicon carbide along wavelengths used in telecommunications. (2017-06-23)
Small rodent species may become endangered
A small rodent called the hazel dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius) is a European Protected Species and is monitored by volunteers at sites in England and Wales for the National Dormouse Monitoring Programme. (2017-06-21)
Short duration of breastfeeding and maternal obesity linked to fatty liver in adolescents
Infants who were breastfed for less than six months before starting infant formula milk and infants who had mothers who were obese at the start of pregnancy, were much more likely to develop nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) as adolescents, according to a novel study in the Journal of Hepatology. (2017-06-11)
Systems pharmacology modelers accelerate drug discovery in Alzheimer's
InSysBio scientific group led by Tatiana Karelina developed a quantitative system pharmacology model of Alzheimer's disease. (2017-06-21)
Healthy diet? That depends on your genes
A recently published Cornell University study describes how shifts in the diets of Europeans after the introduction of farming 10,000 years ago led to genetic adaptations that favored the dietary trends of the time. (2017-06-12)
NASA adds up Tropical Storm Cindy's rainfall
Tropical storm Cindy was downgraded to a tropical depression after moving onshore near the Texas and Louisiana Border on Thursday June 22, 2017 and bringing a lot of rain with it. (2017-06-23)
Researchers create a 'Rosetta Stone' to decode immune recognition
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have developed an algorithm that predicts T cell recognition of antigens and sets the stage to more effectively harness the immune system (2017-06-21)
Making waves with the hot electrons within Earth's radiation belts
An international team of scientists recently discovered the role that hot electrons may play in the waves and fluctuations detected by satellites. (2017-06-20)
Researchers developed nanoparticle based contrast agent for dual modal imaging of cancer
Dual modal imaging which shares the advantages of two imaging modalities such as magnetic resonance imaging and optical imaging, has the ability to produce images with higher spatial resolution and higher sensitivity. (2017-06-20)
Diets rich in polyunsaturated fats may alter appetite hormones among millennials
New published research shows millennials (ages 18-35) who regularly consume foods that contain polyunsaturated fats, such as walnuts, salmon and canola oil, may experience favorable changes in appetite hormones associated with hunger and satiety. (2017-06-15)
Brazilian carnivorous mammal-like reptile fossil may be new Aleodon species
Some Late Triassic Brazilian fossils of mammal-like reptiles, previously identified as Chiniquodon, may in fact be the first Aleodon specimens found outside Africa, according to a study published June 14, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Agustín Martinelli from the Universidade Federal of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, and colleagues. (2017-06-14)
Muscle fibers alone can't explain sex differences in bird song
Male birds tend to be better singers than females -- but does the basis for this difference lie in the brain or in the syrinx, their equivalent of our larynx? (2017-06-14)
Spouses' daily responses to partners' pain linked with later functioning
The dynamics of spouses' daily interactions may influence whether an ill partner's physical functioning improves over time, according to new findings published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. (2017-06-12)
How the Nazis invented nerve agents like sarin (video)
Nerve agents are arguably the most brutal chemical weapons. These infamous compounds, which include sarin gas and VX, originated in Nazi Germany when a chemist was trying to develop a more effective insecticide. (2017-06-01)
Fixation of powder catalysts on electrodes
Chemists at Ruhr-Universität Bochum have developed a new method to tightly fix catalyst powders on electrode surfaces. (2017-06-30)
Mouse study suggests how hearing a warning sound turns into fearing it over time
An adult mouse model reveals that changes in lattice-like structures in the brain known as perineuronal nets are necessary to 'capture' an auditory fear association and 'haul' it in as a longer-term memory. (2017-06-22)
150-year records gap on Sulawesi ends with 5 new species in the world's largest tree genus
Coming 150 years after the last description from Sulawesi, five new species from the world's largest genus of trees, Syzygium, highlight the extent of unexplored botanical diversity on the Indonesian island. (2017-06-19)
Ebola vaccine developed in Canada shows promising results
A phase 1 randomized controlled trial has found an Ebola virus disease vaccine, developed in Canada, was well-tolerated with no safety concerns, and high antibodies were present in participants six months after immunization. (2017-06-19)
Boston Medical Center, Head Start partner to prevent maternal depression
Boston Medical Center, in partnership with Action for Boston Community Development's Head Start program, has helped mothers experience a 40 percent reduction in the emergence of clinically significant depressive symptom episodes. (2017-06-14)
Genetic differences across species guide vocal learning in juvenile songbirds
Juvenile birds discriminate and selectively learn their own species' songs even when primarily exposed to the songs of other species, but the underlying mechanism has remained unknown. (2017-06-12)
A unique amino acid for brain cancer therapy
Researchers discover potential application of amino acid taurine in photodynamic therapy for brain cancer. (2017-06-23)
More than a third of heater-cooler devices used in open heart surgery may be contaminated with deadly bacteria
Thirty-three of 89 (37 percent) heater-cooler units assessed between July 2015 and December 2016 tested positive for Mycobacterium chimaera (M. chimaera), a bacterium associated with fatal infections in open-heart surgery patients, according to new research presented at the 44th Annual Conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. (2017-06-14)
Genetic variants linked to higher BMI may be protective against Parkinson disease
Genetic variants linked to higher body mass index (BMI) are associated with lower risk of Parkinson disease, according to a study published by Nicholas Wood and colleagues from the University College London, UK, in PLOS Medicine. (2017-06-13)
Magnets, all the way down!
If you can't move electrons around to study how factors like symmetry impact the larger-scale magnetic effects, what can you do instead? (2017-06-13)
What drives hacktivism? Weighing the payoffs against the risks
A new study examining factors that contribute to the likelihood of a hacktivist carrying out an attack showed, unexpectedly, that the payoffs are the main predictor, not the risks involved. (2017-06-13)
Peatlands, already dwindling, could face further losses
Tropical peatlands have been disappearing fast due to clear-cutting and drainage projects. (2017-06-12)
Promiscuous salamander found to use genes from three partners equally
A study shows that a unique all-female lineage of salamander equally balances genes from the males of three other salamander species. (2017-06-12)
Alzheimer's disease patients with psychosis more likely to be misdiagnosed, study suggests
People with Alzheimer's disease who experience psychosis -- including delusions and hallucinations -- are five times more likely to be misdiagnosed with dementia with Lewy bodies compared to patients who do not, new research suggests. (2017-06-30)
First pan-European field study shows neonicotinoid pesticides harm honeybees and wild bees
Researchers from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) publish results of a large-scale, field-realistic experiment to assess neonicotinoid impacts on honeybees and wild bees across Europe, in the peer-review journal Science on June 29, 2017. (2017-06-29)
A bioplastic derived from soya protein which can absorb up to forty times its own weight
This new product, which is organic and biodegradable, is environmentally friendly. (2017-06-27)
Could humans ever regenerate a heart? A new study suggests the answer is 'yes'
A new study's findings point to potential for tweaking communication between human genes and advancing our ability to treat heart conditions and stimulate regenerative healing. (2017-06-26)
Sea sponges stay put with anchors that bend but don't break
The anchors that hold Venus' flower basket sea sponges to the ocean floor have an internal architecture that increases their ability to bend, according to a new study. (2017-06-22)
The curious case of the warped Kuiper Belt
The plane of the solar system is warped in the belt's outer reaches, signaling the presence of an unknown Mars-to-Earth-mass planetary object far beyond Pluto, according to UA research.  (2017-06-21)
How did bird babysitting co-ops evolve?
It's easy to make up a story to explain an evolved trait; proving that's what happened is much harder. (2017-06-21)
A rusty and sweet side of sepsis
A research team led by Miguel Soares at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC) in Portugal discovered an unsuspected mechanism that is protective against sepsis. (2017-06-15)
Low-dose CT scanning improves assessment of ankylosing spondylitis patients
The results of a study presented today at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology 2017 showed that low dose computed tomography is more sensitive than conventional radiographs (X-rays) in the monitoring of disease progression in patients with Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS). (2017-06-15)
Sex-specific cardiovascular drug dosages needed to reduce adverse reactions in women
Sex-specific cardiovascular drug dosages are needed to reduce adverse reactions in women, according to a position paper from the European Society of Cardiology published today in the June issue of European Heart Journal - Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy. (2017-06-15)
Beetles spark development of color-changing nanoparticles for commercial use
Inspired by the varying colors that gleam off of beetle shells, scientists have developed color-shifting nanoparticles that can change hue even after being embedded into a material. (2017-06-14)
A&A special issue: The VLA-COSMOS 3 GHz large project
Astronomy & Astrophysics is publishing a series of articles on the results of the VLA-COSMOS 3 GHz Large Project. (2017-06-13)

Best Science Podcasts 2017

We have hand picked the best science podcasts for 2017. Sit back and enjoy new science podcasts updated daily from your favorite science news services and scientists.
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Oliver Sipple
One morning, Oliver Sipple went out for a walk. A couple hours later, to his own surprise, he saved the life of the President of the United States. But in the days that followed, Sipple's split-second act of heroism turned into a rationale for making his personal life into political opportunity. What happens next makes us wonder what a moment, or a movement, or a whole society can demand of one person. And how much is too much?
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Future Consequences
From data collection to gene editing to AI, what we once considered science fiction is now becoming reality. This hour, TED speakers explore the future consequences of our present actions. Guests include designer Anab Jain, futurist Juan Enriquez, biologist Paul Knoepfler, and neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris.