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November 22, 2019
Combination of immunotherapy and VEGF inhibitor improves survival in HCC
Combination therapy with the PD-L1 inhibitor atezolizumab and the VEGF inhibitor bevacizumab significantly improves overall survival and progression-free survival in patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) compared to standard of care, showed results from a phase 3 study to be reported at the ESMO Asia 2019 Congress.

New technology developed to improve forecasting of Earthquakes, Tsunamis
Geoscientists have successfully developed and tested a new high-tech shallow water buoy that can detect the small movements and changes in the Earth's seafloor that are often a precursor to deadly natural hazards.

Interaction with fungus containing N2-fixing endobacteria improves rice nitrogen nutrition
Researchers have investigated the improvement of nitrogen nutrition in rice by interaction with the fungus Rhodotorula mucilaginosa and its N2-fixing endobacteria.

Do obesity and smoking impact healing after wrist fracture surgery?
Both obesity and smoking can have negative effects on bone health.

Small, fast, and highly energy-efficient memory device inspired by lithium-ion batteries
Scientists at the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) and the University of Tokyo (UTokyo) developed a new three-valued memory device inspired by solid lithium-ion batteries.

Samoa climate change resilience challenges Western perceptions
The resilience of Samoan communities in the face of climate change is providing a blueprint for other nations to follow, according to Samoa and Otago researchers.

Lack of sleep may explain why poor people get more heart disease
Insufficient sleep is one reason why disadvantaged groups have more heart disease.

Tiny devices made of DNA detect cancer with fewer false alarms
A new cancer-detecting tool uses tiny circuits made of DNA to identify cancer cells by the molecular signature on their surface.

New model for predicting kidney injury after common heart procedure
A Yale-led group of doctors has developed a new mathematical model that can predict the risk of acute kidney injury (AKI) in patients undergoing a common heart procedure.

NASA examines tropical storm Fung-Wong's rainfall
NASA analyzed Tropical Storm Fung-Wong's rainfall and found two small areas of moderate to heavy rainfall, despite being battered by strong wind shear.

New study shows how cancer survivors develop opioid addictions
Opioids play an important role in how cancer patients manage pain, but the ongoing opioid epidemic has raised concerns about their potential for abuse.

New material captures and converts toxic air pollutant into industrial chemical
A team led by the University of Manchester has developed a metal-organic framework material providing a selective, reversible and repeatable capability to capture a toxic air pollutant, nitrogen dioxide, which is produced by combusting fossil fuels.

A model will help to understand the solar dynamics
An international group of scientists, in cooperation with a research scientist from Skoltech, has developed a model to describe changes in solar plasma.

DNA repeats -- the genome's dark matter
First direct analysis of pathogenic sequence repeats in the human genome.

How the brain decides to punish or not
Oksana Zinchenko, Research Fellow at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, HSE University, has conducted meta-analysis of 17 articles to find out which areas of the brain are involved decision-making for rendering social punishment.

Stabilizing sulfur cathode by single Li-ion channel polymer binder
Lithium-sulfur batteries have great potential for high-performance energy storage devices, yet the severe diffusion of soluble polysulfide in electrolyte greatly limits their practical applications.

Is parents' use of marijuana associated with greater likelihood of kids' substance use?
Recent and past use of marijuana by parents was associated with increased risk of marijuana, tobacco and alcohol use by adolescent or young adult children living in the same household in this survey study.

Biosimilar for HER2+ breast cancer: Overall response rate matches reference trastuzumab
The trastuzumab biosimilar HLX02 achieved similar overall response rate to reference trastuzumab in women with human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-positive (HER2+) recurrent or previously untreated metastatic breast cancer, according to a large, randomised phase III study reported at the ESMO Asia 2019 Congress.

NASA's infrared analysis of Tropical Storm Sebastien sees wind shear
Tropical Storm Sebastian continued to move in a northeasterly direction through the North Atlantic Ocean as NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead.

United in musical diversity
Is music really a 'universal language'? Two articles in the most recent issue of Science support the idea that music all around the globe shares important commonalities, despite many differences.

In a first for cell biology, scientists observe ribosome assembly in real time
A team of scientists from Scripps Research and Stanford University has recorded in real time a key step in the assembly of ribosomes -- the complex and evolutionarily ancient 'molecular machines' that make proteins in cells and are essential for all life forms.

Scientists find a place on Earth where there is no life
Living beings, especially microorganisms, have a surprising ability to adapt to the most extreme environments on our planet, but there are still places where they cannot live.

Industrial scale production of layer materials via intermediate-assisted grinding
Scientists from Tsinghua University report an interMediary-Assisted Grinding Exfoliation (iMAEG) technology to massively exfoliate various layer materials into 2D materials.

El Nino swings more violently in the industrial age, compelling hard evidence says
El Ninos, La Ninas, and the climate phenomenon that drives them have become more extreme in the times of human-induced climate change, says hard physical evidence spanning millennia that has recently come together.

How does the prion protein clump? DNA-modulated liquid droplets may explain
Researchers at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), in Brazil, have found that the prion protein (PrP) suffers liquid-liquid phase separation, and that this mechanism is finely controlled by some DNA sequences.

Efficient bottom-up synthesis of new perovskite material for the production of ammonia
Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) found a way to synthesize a special type of perovskite that promotes the production of ammonia, which has key applications in fertilizer production and hydrogen energy.

New electrodes could increase efficiency of electric vehicles and aircraft
The rise in popularity of electric vehicles and aircraft presents the possibility of moving away from fossil fuels toward a more sustainable future.

Increase in cannabis cultivation or residential development could impact water resources
Cannabis cultivation could have a significant effect on groundwater and surface water resources when combined with residential use, evidence from a new study suggests.

A sleeping pill that doesn't make you sway: a new targeted insomnia treatment
University of Tsukuba researchers compared the physical and cognitive side effects of two sleep agents that affect two different kinds of brain receptor.

Firearm violence impacts young people disproportionately
Although the magnitude of firearm deaths has remained constant since 2001, a new study has found that deaths have increased since 2014.

Bridging surface plasmon polaritons and the digital world
Although the concept of digital coding metamaterial has been proposed to link the digital world and physical world, it is still challenging to manipulate the digital signals in confined electromagnetic waves in deep-subwavelength scale.

Dangerous bacteria communicate to avoid antibiotics
Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have found a new survival mechanism for a commonly known type of bacteria.

Clean air research converts toxic air pollutant into industrial chemical
A toxic pollutant produced by burning fossil fuels can be captured from the exhaust gas stream and converted into useful industrial chemicals using only water and air thanks to a new advanced material developed by an international team of scientists.

Caught in afterglow: 1st detection of Inverse Compton emission from dying gamma-ray burst
When a star dies, it emits intense flashes of light called a gamma-ray burst.

Bacteria-infecting viruses bind mucosal surface and protect from disease
Bacteriophages, viruses that infect bacteria, have been shown to preferentially bind to mucosal surfaces.

Changing experiences of the natural world
Digital innovations have the potential to bring people closer to nature, to help ensure there is the necessary strong public support for conservation measures.

Nov. journal highlights: First MCI prevalence estimates in US Latino populations
First mild cognitive impairment prevalence estimates in diverse U.S. Latino populations.

Fast ionic transport interphase for stable Mg metal anodes in conventional electrolyte
Researchers report a simple, safe and effectively method to resolve the irreversibly plating/stripping problem in Mg(TFSI)2/DME electrolyte.

Clear, conductive coating could protect advanced solar cells, touch screens
MIT researchers have improved on a transparent, conductive coating material, producing a tenfold gain in its electrical conductivity.

Scientists reveal the dominant role of quenched disorder on complex oxide nanowires
At nanometer length scale, novel phenomena are expected to emerge.

NASA space data can cut disaster response times, costs
According to a new study, emergency responders could cut costs and save time by using near-real-time satellite data along with other decision-making tools after a flooding disaster.

Association between parents' education level and youth outcomes
Ethnic and racial differences between educational attainment by parents and outcomes among young people related to behavior, academics and health were explored in this observational study. The study included 10,619 adolescents ages 12 to 17 who participated in a nationally representative survey.

Breast cancer recurrence after lumpectomy & RT is treatable with localized RT without mastectomy
Approximately 10% of breast cancer patients treated with lumpectomy (breast-conserving surgery [BCS]) and whole-breast radiation (WBI) will have a subsequent in-breast local recurrence of cancer (IBTR) when followed long term.

Discovery paves the way for blocking malaria transmission in Brazil
Research that will be presented today at FAPESP Week France suggests that bacteria present in the intestine of the Anhopheles darlingi mosquito influence the development of the parasite that causes the disease in the insect's body and the chances of transmission to humans.

Buy less, be happier and build a healthy planet
You may feel like you can't do anything to stop climate change.

New method for using spin waves in magnetic materials
In order to miniaturize individual components of mobile phones or computers, for example, magnetic waves are currently regarded as promising alternatives to conventional data transmission functioning by means of electric currents.

New study provides insight into the mechanisms of blood clots in cancer patients
Researchers have identified a potential new signaling pathway that may help further the understanding of blood clot formation in cancer patients and ultimately help prevent this complication from occurring.

Increased use of antibiotics may predispose to Parkinson's disease
Higher exposure to commonly used oral antibiotics is linked to an increased risk of Parkinson's disease according to a recently published Finnish study.

Secretome of pleural effusions associated with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and malignant...
Cryopreserved cell-free PE fluid from 101 NSCLC patients, 8 mesothelioma and 13 with benign PE was assayed for a panel of 40 cytokines/chemokines using the Luminex system.

Predicting vulnerability to Alzheimer's disease and delirium
A paper published today in Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association, researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) shed new light on a genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease that may indirectly influence patients' risk of postoperative delirium.

T-shirt generates electricity from temperature difference between body and surroundings
Researchers of the Faculty of Science of the University of Malaga (UMA) have designed a low-cost T-shirt that generates electricity from the temperature difference between the human body and the surroundings.

Research shows old newspapers can be used to grow carbon nanotubes
New research has found that old newspaper provide a cheap and green solution for the bulk production of single walled carbon nanotubes.

Virtual reality would make attending therapy easier for stroke survivors
Researchers have created a virtual reality clinic to make it easier for stroke survivors to attend physical and occupational therapy sessions.

New Cochrane Review assesses different HPV vaccines & vaccine schedules in adolescent girls and boys
New evidence published in the Cochrane Library today provides further information on the benefits and harms of different human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines and vaccine schedules in young women and men.

Filaments that structure DNA
Researchers discover how outside stimuli drive the formation and reorganization of the cytoskeleton in the nucleus of mammalian cells. 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