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University of Virginia Astronomer Trinh Thuan Awarded French Legion of Honor

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France’s ambassador to the U.S. presented that nation’s highest decoration to University of Virginia astronomer and author Trinh Thuan, citing his “exemplary personal commitment to the promotion of scientific culture and the transatlantic collaboration in the field of astrophysics.”

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Bio-Engineered Vaginas, How Do They Work? UPDATE: Watch Pre-Recorded Q&A

Newswise hosts the first live, interactive virtual event for major research finding for journalists. Newswise and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center are collaborating to offer direct access to the investigator via Newswise Live, an interactive virtual event.

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Laboratory-Grown Vaginas Implanted in Patients, Scientists Report

Long-term results are reported for the first patients to receive laboratory-engineered vaginal organs.

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Spinal Stimulation Helps Four Patients with Paraplegia Regain Voluntary Movement

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Four people with paraplegia are able to voluntarily move previously paralyzed muscles as a result of a novel therapy involving electrical stimulation of the spinal cord, according to a study funded in part by the National Institutes of Health and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

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‘Collision Course’ in the Science of Consciousness

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The nature of consciousness, the reality it conveys and our place in the universe remain unknown. Since ancient times, two types of views have approached these questions. In Western science and philosophy, consciousness is strictly a by-product of brain activity, the reality it perceives not to be trusted (‘Plato’s cave’, Descartes’ ‘brain-in-a-vat’, Dennett’s ‘multiple drafts’). On the other hand, in Eastern philosophy, consciousness is primary, the fundamental basis for reality.

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A 'Chicken from Hell' Dinosaur

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Scientists from Carnegie and Smithsonian museums and the University of Utah today unveiled the discovery, naming and description of a sharp-clawed, 500-pound, bird-like dinosaur that roamed the Dakotas with T. rex 66 million years ago and looked like an 11 ½-foot-long “chicken from hell.”

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Testing of Ancient Skeleton Proves First Americans Came From Asia

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The first genome sequencing of the Ice Age skeletal remains of a 1-year-old boy has given scientists definitive proof that the first human settlers in North America were from Asia and not Europe, and that these people were the direct ancestors of modern Native Americans, according to research that includes a Texas A&M University professor.

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It’s All Coming Back to Me Now: Researchers Find Caffeine Enhances Memory

Caffeine is the energy boost of choice for millions. Now, however, researchers have found another use for the stimulant: memory enhancer.

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World’s Most Powerful Planet Finder Turns its Eye to the Sky

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After nearly a decade of development, construction, and testing, the world’s most advanced instrument for directly imaging and analyzing planets around other stars is pointing skyward and collecting light from distant worlds.

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NASA's Hubble Sees Cloudy Super-Worlds with Chance for More Clouds

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Scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have characterized the atmospheres of two of the most common type of planets in the Milky Way galaxy and found both may be blanketed with clouds. The best guess is that the clouds are not like anything found on Earth. Their scorching atmospheres are predicted to be hundreds of degrees Fahrenheit -- too hot for a rainy day.

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