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October 13, 2017
Genome-wide data from a 40,000-year-old man in China reveals complicated genetic history of Asia
The biological makeup of humans in East Asia is shaping up to be a very complex story, with greater diversity and more distant contacts than previously known, according to a new study analyzing the genome of a man that died in the Tianyuan Cave near Beijing, China 40,000 years ago.

New study demonstrates importance of studying sleep and eating in tandem
A new study offers important insights into possible links between sleep and hunger.

Space radiation won't stop NASA's human exploration
While it's true that space radiation is one of the biggest challenges for a human journey to Mars, it's also true that NASA is developing technologies and countermeasures to ensure a safe and successful journey to the red planet.

Study reveals complex biology, gender differences, in kidney cancer
A new study is believed to be the first to describe the unique role of androgens in kidney cancer, and it suggests that a new approach to treatment, targeting the androgen receptor (AR), is worth further investigation.

A single photon reveals quantum entanglement of 16 million atoms
Quantum theory predicts that a vast number of atoms can be entangled and intertwined by a very strong quantum relationship even in a macroscopic structure.

AASM releases position statement on home sleep apnea testing
A new position statement published by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) describes the appropriate clinical use of a home sleep apnea test (HSAT).

New mechanism detected in Alzheimer's disease
Researchers have discovered a cellular mechanism that may contribute to the breakdown of communication between neurons in Alzheimer's disease.

Study shows proteins may prevent dysfunction and disease by relaxing
A team of University of Chicago and Notre Dame researchers used simulations and X-rays to conclude that disordered proteins remain unfolded and expanded as they float loose in the cytoplasm of a cell.

Inserting a cannula into a vein
Patients who are given a local anesthetic before having a venous cannula inserted have a clearly reduced sensation of pain when larger gauge cannulas are used.

Learning and staying in shape key to longer lifespan, study finds
People who are overweight cut their life expectancy by two months for every extra kilogramme of weight they carry, research suggests.

Model predicts how E. coli bacteria adapt under stress
Researchers at the University of California San Diego have developed a genome-scale model that can accurately predict how E. coli bacteria respond to temperature changes and genetic mutations.

What is the scope of neurological diseases in the world today?
Globally, the burden of neurological disorders (Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, stroke, epilepsy etc) has increased substantially over the past 25 years.

New method creates liver bioscaffolds with intact ECM for reseeding and transplantation
Researchers have reported a method for successfully removing the cellular material from whole human livers while retaining the organ's three-dimensional structure and extracellular matrix (ECM) components.

Study identifies genetic clues to spinal stenosis
A new study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research indicates that certain genetic changes are linked with an increased risk of developing lumbar spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the open spaces in the lower spine that can lead to pain in the legs when individuals walk.

The melting ice makes the sea around Greenland less saline
For the first time, ocean data from Northeast Greenland reveals the long-term impact of the melting of the Greenland ice sheet.

How scientists used NASA data to predict the corona of the Aug. 21 Total Solar Eclipse
When the total solar eclipse swept across the United States on Aug.

Successful treatment for advanced stage testicular cancer in down syndrome patients
Research by Jue Wang, MD, at the University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St.

Astronomers find potential solution into how planets form
The quest to discover how planets found in the far reaches of the universe are born has taken a new, crucial twist.

Restless legs syndrome study identifies 13 new genetic risk variants
A new study into the genetics underlying restless legs syndrome has identified 13 previously-unknown genetic risk variants, while helping inform potential new treatment options for the condition.

Atrazine alters the sex ration in Blanchard's cricket frogs
A study published recently in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry found that Blanchard's cricket frogs are highly sensitive to atrazine.

NASA sounding rocket instrument spots signatures of long-sought small solar flares
Like most solar sounding rockets, the second flight of the FOXSI instrument -- short for Focusing Optics X-ray Solar Imager -- lasted 15 minutes, with just six minutes of data collection.

MS risk in children spotted with MRI brain scans
By the time multiple sclerosis (MS) is diagnosed in children, it may be difficult to prevent the disabilities and relapses that come with the disease.

Worth their weight
A UCSB investigation of the different economic values of giant sea bass finds they are worth more alive as undersea wonders than as commercial catch.

Study finds N-alpha-acetyltransferase D (NatD) promotes lung cancer progression
Researchers at Nanjing University and their collaborators have found that NatD, which mediates N-alpha-terminal acetylation (Nt-acetylation) of histone H4, promotes lung cancer progression by preventing histone H4 serine phosphorylation to activate the transcription factor Slug, a key regulator of the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT).

A range of substances with antitumor properties was synthesized at RUDN University
Scientists from RUDN University have synthesized a number of new cytotoxic substances - the ones that can damage cells.

Augmented tongue ultrasound for speech therapy
Researchers have developed a system that can display the movements of our own tongues in real time.

Insight into the challenges and contributions of nurse bioethicists
Nurse bioethicists are a small but special subset of the nursing profession and bioethics community, focusing on the moral complexities that arise in clinical care, research, and health policy.

A dietary supplement dampens the brain hyperexcitability seen in seizures or epilepsy
UAB researchers have found that inducing a biochemical alteration in brain proteins via the dietary supplement glucosamine was able to rapidly dampen that pathological hyperexcitability in rat and mouse models.

Mimetic Martian water is under pressure
Researchers investigating whether liquid water could exist on Mars have provided new insight into the limits of life on the red planet.

Scripps Florida scientists unveil 'roadmap' to aid osteoporosis treatment development
Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have developed a molecular model that may provide a new framework for improving the design of osteoporosis treatments.

Scientists uncover a centuries-old case of mistaken identity in the Chesapeake Bay
Scientists recently discovered that some jellyfish in the Bay are quite different from their ocean cousins.

Gutters teem with inconspicuous life
Scientists have shown that Parisian street gutters are oases of microscopic life, home to microalgae, fungi, sponges, and mollusks.

PPPL takes detailed look at 2-D structure of turbulence in tokamaks
This article describes cross-correlation of turbulence in tokamaks.

New report calls for national review of Intersex, DSD medical and social treatment in UK
'...person-centred care models support the child's long-term wellbeing, rather than making its body conform to rigid ideas of what a male or female body should look like...'

Following Presidential action, AGS renews call for bipartisan collaboration
Presidential action to alter current law risks undermining progress made by Congress, the American people, and a cadre of healthcare stakeholders to improve care access, care quality, and care costs for us all as we age, so say experts at the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) evaluating recent orders by the Trump Administration.

Magic mushrooms may 'reset' the brains of depressed patients
Patients taking psilocybin to treat depression show reduced symptoms weeks after treatment following a 'reset' of their brain activity.

Spin current detection in quantum materials unlocks potential for alternative electronics
A new method that precisely measures the mysterious behavior and magnetic properties of electrons flowing across the surface of quantum materials could open a path to next-generation electronics.

Worms reveal secrets of aging
Investigators have identified a new molecular pathway that controls lifespan and healthspan in worms and mammals.

Scientists demonstrate path to linking the genome to healthy tissues and disease
A study by an international consortium of scientists reached a major milestone in establishing a baseline understanding of gene expression across healthy human tissues, and linking genes to disease.

First atomic structure from UTSW's cryo-EM facility
UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers today published a 3-D atomic structure of the ion channel found in mammals that is implicated in a rare, inherited neurodegenerative disease in humans.

Baltic clams and worms release as much greenhouse gas as 20,000 dairy cows
Scientists have shown that ocean clams and worms are releasing a significant amount of potentially harmful greenhouse gas into the atmosphere.

Achieving high-value chemical diversity for the pharmaceutical artificial intelligence
Insilico Medicine is adapting best neural network architectures. These advances are usually integrated into a comprehensive drug discovery pipeline with the goal to enable the deep neural networks to produce perfect molecules for the specific set of diseases.

Scientists reveal the relationship between sugar and cancer
A nine-year joint research project conducted by VIB, KU Leuven and VUB has led to a crucial breakthrough in cancer research.

A gamma ray burst observed in unprecedented detail
A study which will be published tomorrow in Nature magazine and in which IAC researchers have participated, with observations from the robotic telescope MASTER-IAC at the Teide Observatory will help to clear up some unknown factors in the initial phase and the evolution of the huge jets of matter and energy which form as a consequence of these explosions, which are the most powerful in the universe.

On the generation of solar spicules and Alfvenic waves
Combining computer observations and simulations, a new model shows that the presence of neutrals in the gas facilitates the magnetic fields to penetrate through the surface of the Sun producing the spicules.

Study finds surgeries performed later in the day have more complications
A new study published in Neurosurgery finds that patients who undergo a neurosurgical procedure with surgical start times between 9 pm and 7 am are at an increased risk of developing complications compared to patients with a surgical start time earlier in the day.

Intense storms batter Saturn's largest moon, UCLA scientists report
Titan, the largest of Saturn's more than 60 moons, has surprisingly intense rainstorms, a team of UCLA planetary scientists and geologists reports in the journal Nature Geoscience.

Science: Ambassadors from distant galaxies
Cosmic rays of very high energy have their origin outside of our own galaxy, the Milky Way.

Usutu virus is back -- not only in blackbirds but also in humans
During 10 subsequent years no Usutu virus associated bird mortality was observed in Austria - contrary to neighboring Hungary. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to