Saturday, June 15, 2019 Headlines & Global News

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Gemini Planet Imager Analyzes 300 Stars

Jun 12, 2019 04:15 PM EDT

Over the past four years, an instrument attached to a telescope in the Chilean Andes - known as the Gemini Planet Imager - has set its gaze on 531 stars in search of new planets. The team, led by Stanford University, is now releasing initial findings from the first half of the survey, published June 12 in The Astronomical Journal.

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Electric Electric Vehicles Would be a Breath of Fresh Air for Houston

Jun 11, 2019 02:34 PM EDT

ITHACA, N.Y. - Cornell University researchers are expressing hope for the future of Houston's breathable air, despite the city's poor rankings in the American Lung Association's 2019 "State of the Air" report.

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Marine oil Snow

Jun 11, 2019 02:23 PM EDT

If you were able to stand on the bottom of the seafloor and look up, you would see flakes of falling organic material and biological debris cascading down the water column like snowflakes in a phenomenon known as marine snow.

Nurse Health

Nurses Have an Increased Risk of Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation

Jun 08, 2019 04:27 PM EDT

SAN ANTONIO - According to preliminary results of a new study, there is a high prevalence of insufficient sleep and symptoms of common sleep disorders among medical center nurses.

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New Polymer Tackles PFAS Pollution

Jun 07, 2019 01:16 PM EDT

The problem of cleaning up toxic polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) pollution - commonly used in non-stick and protective coatings, lubricants and aviation fire-fighting foams - has been solved through the discovery of a new low-cost, safe and environmentally friendly method that removes PFAS from water.

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Researchers Discover What Makes Deep-Sea Dragonfish Teeth Transparent

Jun 05, 2019 11:58 AM EDT

A team of researchers led by the University of California San Diego have discovered what's responsible for making the teeth of the deep-sea dragonfish transparent. This unique adaptation, which helps camouflage the dragonfish from their prey, results from their teeth having an unusually crystalline nanostructure mixed with amorphous regions.

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Countries' Essential Medicines Lists Vary Greatly from One Another & WHO's Model List

Jun 03, 2019 08:31 PM EDT

Countries' essential medicines lists vary from one another and from the World Health Organization's (WHO) model list, pointing to a potential need for greater care in selecting medicines that best meet the health care priorities of a population, suggests a study led by Toronto's St. Michael's Hospital.

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Classification System Based on Co-occurring Conditions May Provide Insight into Autism

Jun 01, 2019 04:46 PM EDT

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are often affected by co-occurring conditions, such as epilepsy, immune disorders, gastrointestinal problems, and developmental delays. According to research published today in Autism Research, creating a classification system for ASD based on co-occurring conditions could provide useful insights into the underlying mechanics of ASD and these conditions.

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Exposure to Airborne Metal Pollution Associated with Increased Risk of Mortality

May 31, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

Although there is ample evidence that air pollution--specifically airborne particulate matter--is associated with an increased risk of premature death, it is still not known which specific particles are responsible for this effect.

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Study Could Improve Fire Monitoring in Brazilian Savana

May 29, 2019 01:49 PM EDT

A study conducted by scientists from Brazil, the United States, and Portugal investigated the accuracy and consistency of different satellite data collections with regard to the location and size of burned areas in the Cerrado biome, the Brazilian savanna.

E-cigarretes

E-cigarette Use, Flavorings May Increase Heart Disease Risk, Stanford-led Study Finds

May 27, 2019 04:01 PM EDT

The flavoring liquid for electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease when inhaled, according to a study led by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

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Measuring Methane From Coal and Gas in Pennsylvania Informative

May 24, 2019 10:45 AM EDT

While methane pollution caused by natural gas production in Pennsylvania is underestimated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, natural gas still has half the carbon footprint of underground coal mining, according to an international team of researchers.

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New Studies Increase Confidence in NASA's Measure of Earth's Temperature

May 24, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

A new assessment of NASA's record of global temperatures revealed that the agency's estimate of Earth's long-term temperature rise in recent decades is accurate to within less than a tenth of a degree Fahrenheit, providing confidence that past and future research is correctly capturing rising surface temperatures.

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Oldest Meteorite Collection on Earth Found in One of the Driest Places

May 23, 2019 02:16 PM EDT

Boulder, Colo., USA: Earth is bombarded every year by rocky debris, but the rate of incoming meteorites can change over time. Finding enough meteorites scattered on the planet's surface can be challenging, especially if you are interested in reconstructing how frequently they land. Now, researchers have uncovered a wealth of well-preserved meteorites that allowed them to reconstruct the rate of falling meteorites over the past two million years.

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Eastern Forests Shaped More by Native Americans' Burning than Climate Change

May 22, 2019 10:18 AM EDT

Native Americans' use of fire to manage vegetation in what is now the Eastern United States was more profound than previously believed, according to a Penn State researcher who determined that forest composition change in the region was caused more by land use than climate change

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