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October 22, 2018
3D bioprinting technique could create artificial blood vessels, organ tissue
University of Colorado Boulder engineers have developed a 3D printing technique that allows for localized control of an object's firmness, opening up new biomedical avenues that could one day include artificial arteries and organ tissue.

Preliminary evidence for use of board games to improve knowledge in health outcomes
Board games can engage patients in play and fantasy, and by enabling face-to-face interaction, can help educate patients on health-related knowledge and behaviors.

High-dose, high-precision radiation therapy safe, effective for solitary kidney cancer patients with only one kidney
Treatment of renal cell carcinoma with stereotactic radiation therapy is as safe and effective for patients with one kidney as it is for those who have two, according to an analysis of the largest-ever, international dataset of solitary kidney patients to receive this emerging treatment.

Yale-NUS researchers discover drug cocktail that increases lifespan
A research team led by Dr Jan Gruber from Yale-NUS College discovered a combination of drugs that increases healthy lifespan in Caenorhabditis elegans.

Modern conflict: Screen time vs. nature
Even rural kids today spend more time in front of screens and less time outdoors, according to a new study of middle-school students in South Carolina.

Liver transplant survival rate sees improvement among older adults
To learn more about older adults and liver transplants, a team of researchers studied information recorded by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) from 2003 to 2016.

Community health workers can reduce hospitalizations by 65 percent and double patient satisfaction with primary care
Community health workers -- trusted laypeople from local communities who help high-risk patients to address social issues like food and housing insecurity -- can help reduce hospital stays by 65 percent and double the rate of patient satisfaction with primary care, according to new study results published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Dangerous Hurricane Willa probed By NASA and Japan's GPM satellite
Hurricane Willa is a major hurricane threatening western Mexico. Forecasters were able to see the rate of rainfall occurring within the powerful storm when the Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM's core satellite passed overhead and provided that data.

New treatment approach for advanced anal cancer
A new approach to treating advanced anal cancer is safer and more effective than the most widely used current treatment, according to the first ever randomized clinical trial in this group of patients.

Social stigma contributes to poor mental health in the autistic community
Stress related to social stigma may be the reason why autistic people experience more mental health problems than the general population, dispelling past theories that the condition itself is the origin of such distress.

Asian elephants could be the maths kings of the jungle
Asian elephants demonstrate numeric ability which is closer to that observed in humans rather than in other animals.

Immunotherapy improves survival in metastatic or recurrent head and neck cancer
Immunotherapy with pembrolizumab improves survival in patients with head and neck cancer that has recurred or metastasised, according to late-breaking results from the KEYNOTE-048 study reported at the ESMO 2018 Congress in Munich.

Immunotherapy effective as first-line treatment for advanced head and neck cancer
Immunotherapy on its own is better than aggressive chemotherapy as a first-line treatment for advanced head and neck cancer, according to surprising new data from a major phase III clinical trial.

HIV-infected Hispanic adults face higher risks of HPV-related cancers
A new study reveals that Hispanic HIV-infected adults in the United States are at a higher risk of developing cancers caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) than Hispanics from the general population.

Zoledronic acid improves disease-free survival in premenopausal HR+ early breast cancer
Adjuvant treatment with the bone sparing drug zoledronic acid plus hormonal therapy with the aromatase inhibitor letrozole significantly increases disease-free survival compared to tamoxifen in premenopausal women with hormone receptor positive (HR+) early breast cancer, according to results reported at ESMO 2018 Congress in Munich.

Structure of spherical viruses aren't as perfect as we thought
Flaviviruses, such as Dengue and Zika, were assumed to be symmetrical icosahedrons (shapes with 20 identical faces) based on data from microscopes.

Wishful thinking is rewarded
The reward system in the brain affects our judgements.

Targeting specific genomic mutation in breast cancer improves outcomes, first study shows
Targeting a common mutation in patients with hormone receptor positive (HR+) HER2 negative (HER2-) advanced breast cancer with the alpha-specific phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3K) inhibitor alpelisib significantly improves progression-free survival, according to late-breaking results reported at ESMO 2018.

Russian physicists observe dark matter forming droplets
Researchers developed a mathematical model describing motion of dark matter particles inside the smallest galaxy halos.

New in the Hastings Center Report, September-October 2018
Questions about conscience protections for health care providers, how bioethics can shape artificial intelligence, a special report on citizenship and justice in aging societies, and more in the (September-October 2018 issue

New technique reveals limb control in flies -- and maybe robots
A new neural recording technique developed by EPFL bioengineers enables for the first time the comprehensive measurement of neural circuits that control limb movement.

Gravitational waves could shed light on dark matter
Black holes colliding, gravitational waves riding through space-time - and a huge instrument that allows scientists to investigate the fabric of the universe.

Journalism study evaluates emotions on the job
A study investigating the emotional labor involved in reporting traumatic news events finds key differences between how male and female journalists cope.

Refugee girls gain from effort to teach life skills
A yearlong program for adolescent girl refugees in Sub-Saharan Africa successfully promoted healthy transitions to adulthood within the evaluation period, according to the results of randomized controlled trials in Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Study: Dad's exercise before conception impacts child's lifelong health
Researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center have shown that paternal exercise has a significant impact on the metabolic health of their offspring well into adulthood.

In five -10 years, gravitational waves could accurately measure universe's expansion
In a new paper published in Nature, three University of Chicago scientists estimate that given how quickly LIGO researchers saw the first neutron star collision, they could have a very accurate measurement of the rate of the expansion of the universe within five to ten years.

A chemical criterion for rating movies
The isoprene concentration in the air is an objective indicator for setting the age rating of films.

CU researchers find common genetic link in lung ailments
An international research team led by members of the University of Colorado School of Medicine faculty has identified a genetic connection between rheumatoid arthritis-associated interstitial lung disease and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Antibodies linked to heart attacks
Levels of antiphospholipid antibodies, which are associated with rheumatic diseases, are also elevated in myocardial infarction without any autoimmune co-morbidity, a study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden published in The Annals of Internal Medicine reports.

Nanosized ferroelectrics become a reality
Using ferroelectricity instead of magnetism in computer memory saves energy.

Scientists make new 'green' electronic polymer-based films with protein nanowires
A team at UMass Amherst has produced a new class of electronic materials that may lead to a 'green,' more sustainable future in biomedical and environmental sensing, say research leaders microbiologist Derek Lovley and polymer scientist Todd Emrick.

Patients with HPV-positive oropharynx cancer should receive chemoradiation
Patients with human papilloma virus (HPV)-positive throat cancer should receive chemoradiotherapy rather than cetuximab with radiotherapy, according to late-breaking research reported at the ESMO 2018 Congress in Munich.

Study shows childhood obesity the major risk factor for serious hip disease
New research suggests that rising childhood obesity rates are causing more adolescents to develop a debilitating hip disease requiring urgent surgery.

Rising temperatures and human activity are increasing storm runoff and flash floods
Columbia Engineering researchers have demonstrated for the first time that runoff extremes have been dramatically increasing in response to climate and human-induced changes.

For the brokenhearted, grief can lead to death
Grief can cause inflammation that can kill, according to new research from Rice University.

Researchers wake-up DNA from soil bacteria to discover novel acid antibiotic
Scleric Acid has been discovered by capturing and engineering a DNA fragment from soil bacteria Streptomyces sclerotialus, and could help fight bacterial infections -- by researchers at the School of Life Sciences and Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick.

Fish give up the fight after coral bleaching
Researchers found that when water temperatures heat up for corals, fish 'tempers' cool down, providing the first clear evidence of coral bleaching serving as a trigger for rapid change in reef fish behavior.

Pancreatic cancer genetic marker may predict outcomes with radiation therapy
scientists find that a gene involved in the immune system called IDO2 plays a significant role in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), the most common type of pancreatic cancer.

Radiation therapy outcomes better for African-American than Caucasian prostate cancer patients
While popular beliefs and population data suggest that African-American men are at higher risk of dying from prostate cancer than Caucasian men, a new analysis of genetic data from a large prospective registry and clinical data from several randomized trials indicates that African-American patients may have comparatively higher cure rates when treated with radiation therapy.

RNA thought to spread cancer shows ability to suppress breast cancer metastasis
Researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have discovered that a form of RNA called metastasis-associated lung adenocarcinoma transcript 1 (MALAT1) appears to suppress breast cancer metastasis in mice, suggesting a potential new area of therapeutic investigation.

Parent educational tools on pain relief help reduce babies' vaccination distress
Information provided to new parents in hospital about how to alleviate pain for their babies during vaccination resulted in more frequent use of pain interventions at future infant vaccinations, reports a study published in CMAJ.

Immunotherapy may become new first line treatment in some metastatic colorectal cancers
Immunotherapy with nivolumab and low-dose ipilimumab could become a new first line treatment in patients with some metastatic colorectal cancers following late-breaking results from the CheckMate-142 trial reported at the ESMO 2018 Congress in Munich.

Distinct systems for recognizing, navigating places
Our abilities to recognize places and find our way through them engage different parts of the brain, according to new findings from a neuroimaging study reported in JNeurosci.

A topical gel to protect farmers from lethal effects of pesticides
A team of researchers at inStem (Institute for Stem Cell Science and Regenerative Medicine) has developed a nucleophilic polymer, which formulated into a topical gel can be applied on the skin before spraying of pesticides.

Home-based biofeedback therapy is effective option for tough-to-treat constipation
Biofeedback therapy used at home is about 70 percent effective at helping patients learn how to coordinate and relax bowel muscles and relieve one of the most difficult-to-treat types of constipation, investigators report.

Mouse study supports stem cell therapy for cerebral palsy
Neural stem cells can repair damaged parts of the brain and restore motor impairments in mice that display features of cerebral palsy, according to new research published in eNeuro.

How we remember what we read
The results of two human experiments published in eNeuro reveal patterns of brain activity associated with successful memory of a just-read text.

Children as young as seven suffer effects of discrimination, study shows
A new UC Riverside study finds children are sensitive to and suffer the impacts of discrimination as young as seven years old.

Study shows volunteering benefits those with lupus
Conventional wisdom has it that volunteering is good for you, and a study at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) shows that to be true for people with lupus volunteering in a peer support and education program.

Shift in types of weight-loss surgery performed among pediatric patients
This study identified a shift in the kind of metabolic and bariatric surgery (so-called MBS surgery because it can help patients achieve long-term weight loss and the resolution of coexisting metabolic conditions such as type 2 diabetes) performed among pediatric patients.

Men with low-/intermediate-risk prostate cancer benefit from fewer, higher-dose radiation treatments
Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) is a safe and effective treatment for men with low- and intermediate-risk prostate cancer, according to a long-term, multi-institutional study.

Poor oral health linked to higher blood pressure, worse blood pressure control
Poor oral health may interfere with blood pressure control in people diagnosed with hypertension.

Study gives new insight into how our brain perceives places
Experiments using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) showed that the brain's parahippocampal place area responded more strongly to a scene recognition task while the occipital place area responded more to a navigation task.

New protein sequencing method could transform biological research
Researchers have demonstrated a new way to sequence proteins that is much more sensitive than existing technology, identifying individual protein molecules rather than requiring millions of molecules at a time.

Mystery of how black widow spiders create steel-strength silk webs further unravelled
Northwestern University and San Diego State University researchers have better unraveled the complex process of how black widow spiders transform proteins into steel-strength fibers.

Researchers discovered a new mechanism of action in a first-line drug for diabetes
Researchers have discovered a mechanism of action underlying a widely used diabetes drug, which may expand its indications for use, as well as open new inroads in pharmaceutical development.

How rants on social media can come back to haunt you
Cognitive scientist Seth Frey used millions of chat room messages to study how positive and negative messages reflected back to their senders.

Losing control of gene activity in Alzheimer's disease
Pioneering research into the mechanisms controlling gene activity in the brain could hold the key to understanding Alzheimer's disease and might help identify effective treatments in the future.

AI doctor could boost chance of survival for sepsis patients
Scientists have created an artificial intelligence system that could help treat patients with sepsis.

Heredity matters: Ancestral protease functions as protein import motor in chloroplasts
Japanese researchers identified a large novel protein complex in the inner chloroplast membrane that functions as a motor to import proteins into the chloroplast.

Antipsychotics ineffective for treating ICU delirium
A large multi-site study has found that critically ill patients are not benefiting from antipsychotic medications that have been used to treat delirium in intensive care units (ICUs) for more than four decades.

Fracking wastewater accumulation found in freshwater mussels' shells
Elevated concentrations of strontium, an element associated with oil and gas wastewaters, have accumulated in the shells of freshwater mussels downstream from fracking wastewater disposal sites, according to researchers from Penn State and Union College.

The secret to being more likeable on first dates and job interviews revealed
People who need to make a good impression on dates or in job interviews should concentrate on communicating the hard work and effort behind their success, rather than just emphasising their talent, new research from Cass Business School has found.

Financial and non-financial firms need the same strong regulations to protect economies
Researchers at IIASA and the Complexity Science Hub, Vienna, have discovered that non-financial firms, such as vehicle manufacturers and energy companies, contribute to systemic risk in financial systems in the same way as financial institutions like banks, and as such, should be regulated in the same way.

Special journal issue looks for new clues about old life
What came first -- animals or oxygen? That question is the central theme of a special issue of Emerging Topics in Life Sciences published Sept.

Radiation/cisplatin combination established as standard of care for HPV+ oral cancer
Combinations of radiation and chemotherapy drugs have been shown to cure HPV-related head and neck cancer with a high success rate.

New agent against anthrax
A team led by Professor Arne Skerra at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed an innovative strategy for preventing the anthrax bacterium from absorbing iron, which is crucial for its survival.

In kids with autism, short questionnaire may detect GI disorders
Though they can be difficult to detect, gastrointestinal disorders are common in kids with autism, sometimes causing anger, aggression, and other behavior problems.

New tool gives deeper understanding of glioblastoma
Researchers in the lab of Charles Danko at the Baker Institute for Animal Health have developed a new tool to study genetic 'switches' active in glioblastoma tumors that drive growth of the cancer.

When you are unhappy in a relationship, why do you stay? The answer may surprise you
Why do people stay in unsatisfying romantic relationships? A new study suggests it may be because they view leaving as bad for their partner.

Revealing the molecular mystery of human liver cells
A map of the cells in the human liver has been created by University Health Network Transplant Program and University of Toronto researchers, revealing for the first time differences between individual cells at the molecular level which can have a profound impact on their behaviour in tissue, tumours and disease.

Monitoring electromagnetic signals in the brain with MRI
MIT engineers have devised a new technique to detect either electrical activity or optical signals in the brain, using a minimally invasive technique based on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

UTSA creates web-based open source dashboard of North Pole
It's called ArcCI (or Arctic CyberInfrastructure) and promises to combine the thousands of images that have been taken along the years of the Arctic Ocean into one global database that will help scientists and the world see the physical changes occurring in the region including ice loss.

Major response to immunotherapy in early-stage mismatch repair deficient colon cancer
Pre-operative treatment with a combination of the immune checkpoint inhibitors nivolumab and ipilimumab achieves major pathological responses in 100 percent of early-stage colon cancers with mismatch repair deficiencies, according to results reported at ESMO 2018 from the first exploratory phase II trial to investigate this approach.

Optoelectronic interface for stimulating neural networks in the brain
In the past few decades, research aimed at finding approaches to restoring brain function has increased exponentially.

Is big-city living eroding our nice instinct?
Lead author William H.B. McAuliffe, a Ph.D. candidate in psychology at the University of Miami, and senior author Michael E.

Transcendental Meditation enhances EQ and reduces perceived stress in the workplace
School district staff who practiced the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique for four months had significant improvements in emotional intelligence and perceived stress, according to a new randomized controlled trial published today in The Permanente Journal.

Would you zap your brain to improve your memory?
Individuals were more willing to use a hypothetical brain stimulation device on others than on themselves, specifically to improve 'core functions,' like kindness and self-confidence.

Researchers uncover new target of alcohol in the brain
Now, researchers in the Center for Alcohol Research in Epigenetics at the University of Illinois at Chicago report in the journal Neuropharmacology, that alcohol blocks a potassium channel called KCNK13 that sits within the membrane of dopamine-releasing neurons in the VTA.

New definition returns meaning to information
Identifying meaningful information is a key challenge to disciplines from biology to artificial intelligence.

New drug combination destroys chemo-resistant blood cancer
Researchers from The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa have developed a promising targeted strategy to treat chemotherapy-resistant acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and a diagnostic test to determine which AML patients would most likely benefit from this treatment.

Spotlighting differences in closely-related species
Aspergillus is an important fungal genus, with roles in agriculture, biotechnology, human health, enzyme production and food fermentation Reported in Nature Genetics, a team led by scientists at the Technical University of Denmark, the US Department of Energy (DOE) Joint Genome Institute (JGI), a DOE Office of Science User Facility, and the Joint Bioenergy Institute (JBEI), a DOE Bioenergy Research Center, present the first large analysis of an Aspergillus fungal subgroup, section Nigri.

More than one in ten heavy cannabis users experience withdrawal after quitting cannabis
As the number of Americans who regularly use cannabis has climbed, so too has the number of those experiencing cannabis withdrawal symptoms.

For some young adults, the 2016 US election was a 'traumatic experience'
A new study shows that for 25 percent of young adults given a psychological assessment, the 2016 US presidential election race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton caused symptoms often seen in those with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Future fertility: Giving hope to men who received childhood cancer treatment
Researchers have discovered a way to grow human stem cells destined to become mature sperm in an effort to provide fertility options later in life to males who are diagnosed with cancer and undergo chemotherapy and radiation as children.

Ancient enzymes the catalysts for new discoveries
University of Queensland-led research recreating 450 million-year-old enzymes has resulted in a biochemical engineering 'hack' which could lead to new drugs, flavours, fragrances and biofuels.

Study: When fathers exercise, children are healthier, even as adults
Most parents know that the diet and exercise habits of a pregnant woman impacts the health of her baby, but little is known about how a father's health choices are passed to his children.

Study finds availability of nitrogen to plants is declining as climate warms
Researchers have found that global changes, including warming temperatures and increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, are causing a decrease in the availability of a key nutrient for terrestrial plants.

Does gut microbiota hold the key to improved diagnosis and treatment of esophageal cancer?
Researchers from Italy directed by Professor Cammarota have found a unique pattern of microbes living in the esophagus of people with esophageal cancer or Barrett's esophagus, which could potentially be used to identify at-risk individuals and pave the way for new types of treatment in the future.

New algorithm can more quickly predict LED materials
Researchers from the University of Houston have devised a new machine learning algorithm that is efficient enough to run on a personal computer and predict the properties of more than 100,000 compounds in search of those most likely to be efficient phosphors for LED lighting.

NASA tracks Tropical Storm Yutu, warnings posted
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over the Northwestern Pacific Ocean and captured a visible image of Tropical Storm Yutu as warnings were posted.

Participation in group prenatal care may improve birth outcomes
A recent retrospective matched cohort study of more than 9,000 pregnant women found that women who received group prenatal care had a significantly lower risk of having a preterm birth or a low birth weight baby compared with women who received individual care only, after adjusting for number of individual care visits.

Research finds NJ numerical nutrient criterion used to protect streams is too high
Using a standard they created for measuring potentially damaging nutrient levels in freshwater streams by measuring the prevalence of single-celled algae, called diatoms, researchers from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University analyzed environmental data from 95 river and stream sites in six ecological regions of New Jersey.

New approach to neonatal sepsis in developing nations could save thousands of lives
Sepsis is a major cause of preventable death among newborn children in tropical countries.

Low-income obesity patients lose weight in new study
With the help of a free phone app, low-income obese patients with signs of cardiovascular risk lost a clinically meaningful amount of weight, finds new research from Duke University.

Electron microscope provided look inside the organic chemical reaction
Scientists from Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry of Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow managed to look inside an organic chemical reaction with electron microscope and recorded the occurred transformation in real time.

Overspending on defense arsenal bankrupts a plant's economy
The MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory has genetically tuned a plant to become highly resistant to insect attacks.

Aspirin alone a good clot buster after knee surgery
When it comes to preventing blood clots after a knee replacement, good old aspirin may be just as effective as newer, more expensive drugs, such as rivaroxaban (Xarelto), according to a University of Michigan orthopedics study.

Multi-strain probiotic reduces chemotherapy-induced diarrhoea [ESMO 2018 Press Release]
A high concentration of multi-strain probiotic helps to reduce mild to moderate episodes of chemotherapy-induced diarrhoea (CID) in cancer patients, according to results of a phase II/III study in India.

Effects of smoked marijuana on lung health unknown: More research is needed
Despite the legalization of marijuana on Oct. 17, the long-term effects of smoked cannabis on lung health are unknown and more research is needed, argue authors in a commentary in CMAJ.

Cellular trash cans reveal the roles of proteins in disease
A novel technology for profiling protein turnover and degradation offers new insight into diagnosis and understanding the molecular basis of autoimmunity, cancer, neurodegeneration and other disorders

Oncologists demand more education on the use of biosimilars: ESMO takes action
Biological medicines are responsible for some of the most promising innovations in cancer treatment, including immunotherapy, targeted drugs and vaccines -- but they are also expensive.

Short-term ADT with RT improves survival over RT alone up to 10 years
The long-term follow up of the NRG Oncology trial RTOG 9408, studying the addition of short-term androgen-deprivation therapy (ADT) to radiotherapy (RT) for men with early, localized prostate adenocarcinoma, indicated that RT combined with ADT is superior to RT alone for overall survival (OS) up to 10.4 years following treatment.

Protein found in patients with severe asthma can help identify who would benefit from targeted drugs
In a novel study, researchers succeeded in identifying patients with a form of severe asthma (type 2 endotype) by measuring periostin concentrations in their airways.

Poor access to trauma center linked to higher death rates in more than half of US States
States with poor access to a comprehensive trauma center have more deaths occurring before injured patients' arrival at a hospital, contributing to higher overall trauma-related mortality.

Common use of antipsychotics shown ineffective for delirium in intensive care patients
Critically ill patients in intensive care units did not benefit from two antipsychotic drugs used to treat delirium, according to a large clinical trial funded by the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health.

Brain wave device enhances memory function
The entrainment of theta brain waves with a commercially available device not only enhances theta wave activity, but also boosts memory performance, according to new research from the Center for Neuroscience at UC Davis, published recently in the journal Cognitive Neuroscience.

Don't offer co-workers help unless asked
New workplace research from Michigan State University found that when it comes to offering assistance at work, it's better to keep to yourself or wait until you're asked.

Cells that change jobs to fight diabetes
Diabetes is characterized by persistent high blood sugar levels that occur when certain cells in the pancreas -- the insulin-producing cells -- are destroyed or are no longer able to secrete insulin.

More than just anatomy: sex differences in the lower urinary tract
The biological differences between women and men go beyond basic anatomy.

Researchers have discovered a new cell structure
A new structure in human cells has been discovered by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden in collaboration with colleagues in the UK.

Pelvic lymph node radiation provides significant benefit for prostate cancer patients
The first report of a large international clinical trial shows that, for men who show signs of prostate cancer after surgical removal of their prostates, extending radiation therapy to the pelvic lymph nodes combined with adding short-term hormone therapy to standard treatment can extend the amount of time before their cancer spreads.

Epigenetic therapy worth pursuing in hormone receptor positive advanced breast cancer
Epigenetic therapy with histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors is worth pursuing in hormone receptor positive advanced breast cancer, suggests a phase III trial reported today at the ESMO 2018 Congress in Munich.

Nose breathing enhances memory consolidation
Breathing through the nose may improve the transfer of experience to long-term memory, finds a study of human adults published in JNeurosci.

NASA sees tiny Tropical Storm Vincente near southwestern Mexico's coast
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over the Eastern Pacific Ocean and captured a visible image of the small tropical storm named Vincente. 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