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June 22, 2015
How can health professionals enhance cognitive health in older adults?
An expert panel convened by the Institute of Medicine clarified the cognitive aging process by making a distinction from Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, and provided recommendations to enhance cognitive health in older adults.

In social networks, group boundaries promote the spread of ideas, Penn study finds
In a new study, the University of Pennsylvania's Damon Centola shows how social networks form and what that means for the ideas that will spread across them.

Statins show promise to reduce major complications following lung surgery
Statins have been shown to reduce complications from cardiovascular surgery.

From Darwin to moramora ('take it easy'): Ten new subsocial spider species from Madagascar
A thorough research on nearly 400 Madagascan subsocial spider colonies, conducted by Dr.

Elevated blood pressure in young adults associated with middle-age heart issues
Young adults who had blood pressure that was elevated but still within normal range for long periods of time were more likely to show signs of cardiac dysfunction in middle age, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Island rodents take on nightmarish proportions
Duke University researchers have analyzed size data for rodents worldwide to distinguish the truly massive mice and giant gerbils from the regular-sized rodents.

Destructive power of bubbles could lead to new industrial applications
Cavitation bubbles can kill fish and damage boat propellers. Virginia Tech researcher say learning more about them could harness that power for industrial uses, like safer cleaning processes.

Scientists create synthetic membranes that grow like living cells
Chemists and biologists at UC San Diego have succeeded in designing and synthesizing an artificial cell membrane capable of sustaining continual growth, just like a living cell.

Researchers identify gene that controls soybean seed permeability, calcium content
Purdue University researchers have pinpointed the gene that controls whether soybean seed coats are hard or permeable, a finding that could be used to develop better varieties for southern and tropical regions, enrich the crop's genetic diversity and boost the nutritional value of soybeans.

New technique for 'seeing' ions at work in a supercapacitor
A new technique which enables researchers to visualize the activity of individual ions inside battery-like devices called supercapacitors, could enable greater control over their properties and improve their performance in high-power applications.

Saliva exonerated
A gene previously suspected of wielding the single greatest genetic influence on human obesity actually has nothing to do with body weight, according to a new study led by researchers at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital.

New report finds Conservatives demonstrate more self control than Liberals
Evidence from three studies uncovers a 'critical difference' in self-control as a function of political ideology.

Drinking a lot of beer increases exposure to mycotoxins
Researchers from the University of Valencia (Spain) have analyzed the mycotoxins produced by certain microscopic fungi in the beer and dried fruits, such as figs and raisins, confirming that these products meet food regulations.

National Psoriasis Foundation awards half a million dollars in fellowships
Eleven early-career physicians each received a one-year, $50,000 National Psoriasis Foundation Medical Dermatology Fellowship to study psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

Model could help counteract poisoning from popular painkiller
New research could help reverse deadly side effects caused by excessive doses of the drug acetaminophen, the major ingredient in Tylenol and many other medicines.

No 'heckler's veto' in online ratings of doctors, UMD study shows
Doctors have many concerns about online crowdsourced ratings, which are intended to make patients better-informed consumers of health care, but this is a big one: They worry that complainers will be the most outspoken contributors to rating sites, skewing scores and resulting in a kind of heckler's veto.

Study examines US trends in the use of penile prostheses to treat erectile dysfunction
US researchers have published the first large population-based study of nationwide trends in erectile dysfunction and its surgical management from 2001 to 2010.

Squatting in 'skinny' jeans can damage nerve and muscle fibers in legs and feet
Squatting in 'skinny' jeans for a protracted period of time can damage muscle and nerve fibers in the legs, making it difficult to walk, reveals a case study published online in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.

Prevalence of overweight, obesity in the United States
New estimates suggest that more than two-thirds of Americans are either overweight or obese, according to an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine.

Legumes control infection of nodules by both symbiotic and endophytic bacteria
New research results show that legume plants selectively regulate access and accommodation of both symbiotic and endophytic bacteria inside root nodule.

MAVEN results find Mars behaving like a rock star
If planets had personalities, Mars would be a rock star according to recent preliminary results from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft.

Independence at home program national demonstration saves more than $25 million
House calls, a long-running option dating back to the early days of medicine, can be used in a new way to improve geriatric care and lower costs, says a report issued last week from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Study looks at antibiotic choice for treating childhood pneumonia
New Vanderbilt-led research shows hospitals are doing a better job of using antibiotics less commonly associated with antibiotic resistance to treat children hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP).

IU biologists find mistletoe species lacks genes found in all other complex organisms
IU scientists have discovered the first known instance of a plant or animal lacking several key genes involved in energy production in cells.

Superslippery islands (but then they get stuck)
It's possible to vary (even dramatically) the sliding properties of atoms on a surface by changing the size and 'compression' of their aggregates: an experimental and theoretical study conducted with the collaboration of SISSA, the Istituto Officina dei Materiali of the CNR (Iom-Cnr-Democritos), ICTP in Trieste, the University of Padua, the University of Modena e Reggio Emilia, and the Istituto Nanoscienze of the CNR (Nano-Cnr) in Modena, has just been published in Nature Nanotechnology.

The science behind the smell of the sea (video)
There's nothing like the smell of salty sea air over summer vacation.

Stress hormones could undermine breast cancer therapy
Stress hormones often given to patients to treat the side effects of therapy may cause a subset of breast cancers to become treatment-resistant.

Dual internal clocks keep plant defenses on schedule
Time management isn't just important for busy people -- it's critical for plants, too.

Stress in pet cats -- how it manifests and how to manage it
A variety of day-to-day events -- from conflicts with other cats to changes in their daily routine -- can cause cats to become stressed.

Detecting exoplanets close to their host star
Astronomers have successfully commissioned a new type of optic that can reveal the image of an exoplanet next to its parent star.

Physician receives lifetime achievement award
Michael Charness, M.D., professor of neurology and associate dean of veterans affairs at Boston University School of Medicine and Chief of Staff of the VA Boston Health Care System has been selected by the Rosett Committee of the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Study Group as the 2015 recipient of the Henry Rosett Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders field.

The mite and the rose: Non-threatening new mite species found in Xinjiang, China
Three new eriophyoid mite species all coming from different genera were found in Xinjiang, China by a research team led by Dr.

Higher sTNF-RII associated with reduced memory functioning among breast cancer patients before treatment
Pretreatment cytokine levels, specifically soluble TNF receptor type two (sTNF-RII), are associated with reduced memory performance among newly-diagnosed, post-menopausal breast cancer (BC) patients prior to receipt of surgery and/or adjuvant therapy, according to a new study published June 22 in the JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Fat, sugar cause bacterial changes that may relate to loss of cognitive function
A study indicates that both a high-fat and a high-sugar diet, compared to a normal diet, cause changes in gut bacteria that appear related to a significant loss of 'cognitive flexibility,' or the power to adapt and adjust to changing situations.

Rapid skin improvement seen after treating systemic sclerosis patients with fresolimumab
A major treatment breakthrough for total body scarring of the skin that occurs in patients with systemic sclerosis, also known as scleroderma, may soon be available for the estimated 300,000 Americans who suffer with this condition.

PrEP data links anti-HIV immune response to reduce chance of infection
Research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that some individuals exposed to HIV-1, but who remain uninfected, have a certain pattern of virus-specific immune responses that differentiated them from individuals who became infected.

Smart insulin patch could replace painful injections for diabetes
Researchers at the University of North Carolina and NC State have created the first 'smart insulin patch' that can detect increases in blood sugar levels and secrete doses of insulin into the bloodstream whenever needed.

How to predict biphasic allergic reactions in children
Children are more likely to have a repeat, delayed anaphylactic reaction from the same allergic cause, depending on the severity of the initial reaction.

A specially tailored gut microbiome alleviates hyperammonemia in mice
A new study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation demonstrates that alteration of the gut microbiome in mice can alleviate symptoms of hyperammonemia.

Sudden shift in 'forcing' led to demise of Laurentide ice sheet
The massive Laurentide ice sheet that covered Canada during the last ice age initially began shrinking through calving of icebergs, and then abruptly shifted into a new regime where melting on the continent took precedence, ultimately leading to the sheet's demise.

More women are reaching 100 but centenarian men are healthier
New research conducted by a team at King's College London has found an increasing trend in the number of people in the UK reaching age 100 over the past two decades.

Scarlet macaws point to early complexity at chaco canyon
Carbon 14 dating of scarlet macaw remains indicates that interaction between Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Canyon, N.M., and Mesoamerica began more than 100 years earlier than previously thought, according to a team of archaeologists.

MERS coronavirus: Candidate vaccine gears up for clinical trials
Researchers from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet in Munich have demonstrated, in a preclinical setting, the protective effect of a candidate vaccine directed against the coronavirus that causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.

What droppings can tell us
If you want to find out about the shy Eurasian otter, its droppings are a fascinating source of information.

Relationship seen across studies between cyberbullying, depression
The median percentage of children and adolescents who reported being bullied online was 23 percent and there appears to be a consistent relationship between cyberbullying and reports of depression in a review of social media studies, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics.

Functioning brain follows famous sand pile model
In 1999 Danish scientist Per Bak made the startling proposal that the brain remained stable for much the same reason a sand pile does; many small avalanches hold it at a balance point, where -- in the brain's case -- information processing is optimized.

Pregnancy safer for women with lupus than previously thought
A new study concludes that most women with lupus whose disease is not very active will have a safe pregnancy.

Sun unleashes mid-level flare
The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 2:23 EDT on June 22, 2015.

Astronomers discover more than 800 dark galaxies in the famous Coma Cluster
A group of researchers from the Stony Brook University (the State University of New York) and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan has discovered 854 'ultra dark galaxies' in the Coma Cluster by analyzing archival data from the Subaru Telescope.

Cardiac device wearers should keep distance from smartphones
Cardiac device wearers should keep a safe distance from smartphones to avoid unwanted painful shocks or pauses in function, reveals research presented today at EHRA EUROPACE -- CARDIOSTIM 2015 by Dr.

Bass use body's swimming muscles to suck in food
Bass are strong swimmers but they can't capture prey without also exerting a powerful suction into their mouths.

Smoking allowed in growing number of restaurants, bars in Georgia
Despite the passage of Georgia's Smokefree Air Act in 2005, the number of restaurants and bars that allow smoking has doubled in recent years, according to researchers at Georgia State University's School of Public Health.

Study finds decreased rates of high-grade cervical lesions in young women
A new analysis indicates that rates of high-grade cervical lesions decreased in young US women after vaccines were made available to protect against human papillomavirus (HPV), but the trend may be due in part to changes in cervical cancer screening recommendations.

Millions of smokers may have undiagnosed lung disease
More than half of long-term smokers and ex-smokers who are considered disease-free because they passed lung-function tests have respiratory-related impairments when more closely evaluated with lung imaging, walking and quality-of-life tests.

Researchers successfully target 'Achilles' heel' of MERS virus
Researchers studying the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, have found molecules that shut down the activity of an essential enzyme in the virus and could lead the way to better treatments for those infected.

Experts propose new policies in advance of White House Conference on Aging
The 2015 White House Conference on Aging (WHCoA), slated for July 13 in Washington, D.C., is focused on four priority areas: retirement security, healthy aging, long-term services and supports, and elder justice.

VG Life Sciences granted combination cancer drug patent
VG Life Sciences, Inc., a biotechnology company developing therapies for cancer, autoimmune and infectious diseases, announced that the US Patent and Trademark Office will issue Patent No.

Obesity, excess weight in US continue upswing
Obesity and excess weight, and their negative impact on health, have become a significant focus for physicians and other health-care experts in recent years.

X-raying ion channels
The Nobel Prize winner Roderick MacKinnon suggested that ion channels were like rigid tubes through which molecules of varying size move.

Patient-controlled analgesia in the emergency department is effective
Two studies carried out by researchers from Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust and Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry are the first to track the effectiveness of patient-controlled pain relief (PCA - patient-controlled analgesia) in patients from the Emergency Department to the ward.

Iowa State engineers develop micro-tentacles so tiny robots can handle delicate objects
Iowa State University's Jaeyoun Kim and his research group have developed microrobotic tentacles that can be the hands and fingers of small robots designed to safely handle delicate objects.

Genetic study of 'co-evolution' could provide clues to better food production
In 1964, renowned biologists Peter Raven and Paul Erhlich published a landmark study that introduced the concept of co-evolution.

Penn vet research confirms a more accurate method for blood glucose testing
In a new study, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine have found a way of obtaining more accurate measurements from glucometers: by using blood plasma or serum rather than whole blood.

Study takes close look at formidable camel spider jaws
For the first time, researchers have created a visual atlas and dictionary of terms for the many strange features on the fearsome-looking jaws of a little known group of arachnids.

The parrot talks: complex pueblo society older than previously thought
Somehow, colorful tropical scarlet macaws from tropical Mesoamerica -- the term anthropologists use to refer to Mexico and parts of northern Central America -- ended up hundreds of miles north in the desert ruins of an ancient civilization in what is now New Mexico.

Turning up the volume on prostate cancer
Rochester Institute of Technology professor Hans Schmitthenner is designing molecular imaging compounds that will selectively target prostate cancer cells and illuminate them with contrast dyes.

Clients lost in system when safety-net agencies close
Safety-net agencies, such as food banks and nonprofits offering health care, serve vulnerable individuals who are uninsured or underinsured and help them connect with services, such as health care, legal aid and housing.

Fabricating inexpensive, high-temp SQUIDs for future electronic devices
High-transition-temperature materials demand novel device architectures, which have proved difficult to create.

Study shows importance of cause of kidney failure when planning future treatment
Stanford researchers used big data to determine that mortality rates for patients whose kidney failure was attributed to glomerulonephritis vary significantly according to which subtype of the disease they had.

Nonphotosynthetic pigments could be biosignatures of life on other worlds
To find life in the universe, it helps to know what it might look like.

SAGE to launch Communication and the Public June 2015
SAGE, a world leading independent academic and professional publisher, has today announced that it is to launch Communication and the Public, in partnership with Zhejiang University.

Soft core, hard shell -- the latest in nanotechnology
Medical science is placing high hopes on nanoparticles as in future they could be used, for example, as a vehicle for targeted drug delivery.

An early European had a close Neandertal ancestor
Genetic analysis of a 40,000-year-old jawbone from Romania reveals that early modern humans interbred with Neandertals when they first came to Europe.

NASA sees the wind shear affecting Tropical Storm Kujira
NASA's Aqua satellite gathered infrared data on Tropical Storm Kujira as it moved in a northerly direction in the South China Sea on June 22.

The Miriam Hospital now offering new innovative prostate treatment
The Minimally Invasive Urology Institute at The Miriam Hospital is offering UroLift as one of the newest surgical treatments available for men with benign prostatic hyperplasia, an enlarged prostate condition.

Most women with early-stage breast cancer undergo imaging for metastatic cancer despite guidelines
Most women -- about 86 percent -- with early-stage breast cancer will undergo imaging to determine if the cancer has metastasized, despite international guidelines that recommend against testing, found a study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

Ecosystem services and food security: Facilitating decisions for sustainable rice production
Continuing global population growth requires an increase in food production.

Weight-loss surgery may greatly improve incontinence
For severely obese people, bariatric surgery may have a benefit besides dramatic weight loss: it can also substantially reduce urinary incontinence.

Expanding the DNA alphabet: 'Extra' DNA base found to be stable in mammals
A rare DNA base, previously thought to be a temporary modification, has been shown to be stable in mammalian DNA, suggesting that it plays a key role in cellular function.

Cockroach-inspired robot uses body streamlining to negotiate obstacles
Researchers at University of California, Berkeley have taken inspiration from the cockroach to create a robot that can use its body shape to maneuver through a densely cluttered environment.

Award-winning agent developed for prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment
Scientists at the German Cancer Research Center have developed an agent called PSMA-617, which is capable of attaching specifically to prostate cancer cells.

Heart patients can stop blood thinners when undergoing elective surgery
Patients with atrial fibrillation who stopped taking blood thinners before they had elective surgery had no higher risk of developing blood clots and less risk of major bleeding compared to patients who were given a 'bridge' therapy, according to research led by Duke Medicine.

Is salt the key to unlocking the interiors of Neptune and Uranus?
The interiors of several of our Solar System's planets and moons are icy, and ice has been found on distant extrasolar planets, as well.

Two cultures, same risk for cognitive impairment
Diabetes is a known risk factor for cognitive decline and dementia, age-related conditions that affect memory and thinking skills.

Resiliency training program helps teens deal with today's stresses
Amid reports that rank today's teens as the most stressed generation in the country, a new study offers hope for helping them effectively manage stress and build long-term resiliency.

Cardio-oncology services may improve patient care if more widely available
The impact of cancer treatments on cardiovascular health is an important consideration when treating cancer patients, but many hospital training programs have no formal training or services in cardio-oncology and a lack of national guidelines and funding are frequent barriers to establishing such programs, according to a nationwide survey published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Studies find early European had recent Neanderthal ancestor
Geneticists have analyzed ancient DNA from a jawbone found in Romania and learned that it belonged to a modern human whose recent ancestors included Neanderthals.

Baltimore hosts Earth Scientists, 1-4 November 2015
Registration is open for The Geological Society of America's Annual Meeting and Exposition, to be held 1 to 4 November 2015 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, USA.

Scarlet macaw skeletons point to early emergence of Pueblo hierarchy
New work on the skeletal remains of scarlet macaws found in an ancient Pueblo settlement indicates that social and political hierarchies may have emerged in the American Southwest earlier than previously thought.

Discovery paves way for new kinds of superconducting electronics
Physicists at UC San Diego have developed a new way to control the transport of electrical currents through high-temperature superconductors -- materials discovered nearly 30 years ago that lose all resistance to electricity at commercially attainable low temperatures.

Penn: Mom's stress alters babies' gut and brain through vaginal microbiome
Stress during the first trimester of pregnancy alters the population of microbes living in a mother's vagina.

Max Planck Florida scientist awarded Glaxo Smith Kline Neuroscience Discovery Award
The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology has honored Samuel M.

VA/DoD recommend a nuanced approach to management of dyslipidemia for CVD risk reduction
The US Department of Veterans Affairs and the US Department of Defense approved a joint clinical practice guideline for the management of dyslipidemia for cardiovascular disease risk reduction in adults.

If you demonstrate that 'black lives matter,' others will too
New research finds observing a white American engage in small nonverbal acts such as smiling more often, making eye contact for longer periods of time, and standing in closer proximity to a black American makes the observer less prone to racial biases.

Canadian physics accelerator gets multimillion-dollar boost
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI) has forged strategic new partnerships that will inject more than $4 million into fundamental research, training, and outreach at the Institute.

Best Practice Framework is good benchmarking tool for Fracture Liaison Services worldwide
A new review published in the journal Osteoporosis International has confirmed the success of the Capture the Fracture Best Practice Framework as a single set of quality standards which can be used effectively to benchmark Fracture Liaison Services within a variety of health-care systems worldwide.

NIH study on atrial fibrillation published in New England Journal of Medicine
Announcing new data published in the New England Journal of Medicine and at the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) 2015 Congress.

Dartmouth-led study finds wolves are better hunters when monkeys are around
Through a rare mixed-species association observed between a carnivorous predator and a potential prey, Dartmouth-led research has identified that solitary Ethiopian wolves will forage for rodents among grazing gelada monkey herds.

Safe repellents that protect fruit from spotted wing Drosophila found
Scientists at the University of California, Riverside have identified a safe repellent that protects fruits from D. suzukii: Butyl anthranilate (BA), a pleasant-smelling chemical compound produced naturally in fruits in small amounts.

Cell that replenishes heart muscle found by UT Southwestern researchers
Regenerative medicine researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have identified a cell that replenishes adult heart muscle by using a new cell lineage-tracing technique they devised.

Unpacking the mysteries of bacterial cell cycle regulation
As part of their long-term investigation of regulatory factors in the bacterial cell cycle, molecular biologists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst now report finding a surprising new role for one factor, CpdR, an adaptor that helps to regulate selective protein destruction, the main control mechanism of cell cycle progression in bacteria, at specific times.

With 300 kilometers per second to new electronics
It may be significantly easier to design electronic components in future.

Researchers find molecular mechanisms within fetal lungs that initiate labor
Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have identified two proteins in a fetus' lungs responsible for initiating the labor process, providing potential new targets for preventing preterm birth.

'High-normal' blood pressure in young adults spells risk of heart failure in later life
Mild elevations in blood pressure considered to be in the upper range of normal during young adulthood can lead to subclinical heart damage by middle age -- a condition that sets the stage for full-blown heart failure, according to findings of a federally funded study led by scientists at Johns Hopkins.

The secrets of secretion
Living tissues rely on their ability to package, transport and secrete liquid, where and when it's needed.

Gut microbe may be key to metabolic health and leanness in overweight/obesity
The gut microbe Akkermansia muciniphila may hold the key to better metabolic health and healthier body fat distribution in people who are overweight or obese, reveals a small study published online in the journal Gut.

A fuse of cardiovascular diseases
A promising biomarker for the severity of age-related white matter changes and endothelial function was evaluated at Hiroshima University, Japan.

Satellite movie shows Tropical Depression Bill's remnants exit US
The remnants of Tropical Depression Bill soaked a large part of the US from Texas to Washington, D.C., before moving into the Atlantic Ocean.

California's wildflowers losing diversity in face of warmer, drier winters
Fifteen years of warmer, drier winters are affecting California's wildflower diversity.

New formula expected to spur advances in clean energy generation
Researchers from the University of Houston have devised a new formula for calculating the maximum efficiency of thermoelectric materials, the first new formula in more than a half-century, designed to speed up the development of new materials suitable for practical use.

Study could reduce unnecessary cancer screening
A large clinical trial led by researchers at The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa has found that contrary to expectations, a CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis does not improve cancer detection in people with unexplained blood clots in their legs and lungs.

Current monitoring of pacemakers, defibrillators may underestimate device problems
The current monitoring of patients with cardiac implantable electronic devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators may be underestimating device problems, according to UC San Francisco researchers who propose systematic methods to determine accurate causes of sudden death in those with CIEDs as well as improved monitoring for device concerns

Climate change could risk progress in health -- or be a global health opportunity
The threat climate change poses to human health is possibly so great that it could wipe out health progress over the past 50 years.

Uplifted island
The island Isla Santa MarĂ­a in the south of central Chile is the document of a complete seismic cycle.

The Southeast Pacific produces more nitrous oxide than previously thought
In addition to carbon dioxide there are plenty of other greenhouse gases.

The challenge of measuring a bird brain
Researchers find the method commonly used to compare the size of an animal's skull and brain can be far from accurate.

For black rhino, zoo diet might be too much of a good thing
A new study shows that captive black rhinos -- but not their wild counterparts -- are at high risk for two common health problems suffered by millions of humans: inflammation and insulin resistance.

How understanding GPS can help you hit a curveball
Our brains track moving objects by applying one of the algorithms your phone's GPS uses, according to researchers at the University of Rochester.

Manning up: Men may overcompensate when their masculinity is threatened
Societal norms dictating that men should be masculine are powerful.

Legacy of slavery still impacts education in the south
Slavery was abolished more than 150 years ago, but its effects are still felt today in K-12 education in the south, according to a new Rice University study.

OSIRIS-REx team prepares for next step in NASA's asteroid sample return mission
With launch only 15 months away, NASA's Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) team is preparing to deliver instruments for integration with the spacecraft that will travel to, and collect a sample from, an asteroid.

Massachusetts General research team evolves CRISPR-Cas9 nucleases with novel properties
A team of Massachusetts General Hospital researchers has found a way to expand the use and precision of the powerful gene-editing tools called CRISPR-Cas9 RNA-guided nucleases.

Study finds most women with lupus can have good pregnancy outcomes
One of the most prevalent and anxiety-provoking concerns among patients with lupus is whether it is safe to become pregnant.

Washington wildfire in California
NASA's Aqua satellite recently spotted smoke from the Washington Fire south of Carson City, Nevada.

Patients test drive pacemaker before choosing permanent implant
Patients are test driving a pacemaker outside the skin before deciding whether to have a permanent implant, reveals novel research presented today at EHRA EUROPACE - CARDIOSTIM 2015 by Professor Michael Giudici, director of arrhythmia services in the Department of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, US.

Lake fire and San Gorgonio fire in California
The Lake fire (the larger of the two fires) is burning in the northern portion of the San Gorgonio Wilderness.
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