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New Research Offers Explanation for Titan Sand Dune Mystery

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A team of researchers has now shown that winds on Titan must blow 50 percent faster than previously thought in order to move that sand.

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'Mirage Earth' Exoplanets May Have Burned Away Chances for Life

Planets orbiting close to low-mass stars — easily the most common stars in the universe — are prime targets in the search for extraterrestrial life. But new research led by an astronomy graduate student at the University of Washington indicates some such planets may have long since lost their chance at hosting life because of intense heat during their formative years.

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An Interstellar Journey: Webcast to Examine Human Colonization of Space

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On December 3, join Dr. Cameron Smith as he discusses the challenges associated with interstellar voyages and long-term space settlement.

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Hope for Those with Social Anxiety Disorder: You May Already Be Someone’s Best Friend

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Making friends is often extremely difficult for people with social anxiety disorder and to make matters worse, people with this disorder tend to assume that the friendships they do have are not of the highest quality. The problem with this perception, suggests new research from Washington University in St. Louis, is that their friends don’t necessarily see it that way.

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New Theory by Texas Tech Scientist Suggests All “Quantum Weirdness” Caused by Interacting Parallel Worlds

A new theory of quantum mechanics was developed by Bill Poirier, a Texas Tech University chemical physicist. The theory discusses parallel worlds' existence and the quantum effects observed in nature.

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The Cat’s Meow: Genome Reveals Clues to Domestication​​

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Cats and humans have shared the same households for at least 9,000 years, but we still know very little about how our feline friends became domesticated. An analysis of the cat genome led by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis reveals some surprising clues. The research appears Nov. 10 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Early Edition.

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Astronomers Peer Into Galaxies’ Star-Forming Centers

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Astronomers provide data from a new instrument, offering the most precise picture yet of events 4 billion years ago at the centers of distant, dust-cloaked galaxies. Details are in the first scientific paper based on data collected by the large millimeter telescope and its Redshift Search Receiver.

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Study Casts New Light On Origins of Early Humans

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A new study by an international team of researchers that includes a Texas A&M University anthropologist shows that the modern European and East Asian populations were firmly established by 36,000 years ago, and that Neanderthal and modern human interbreeding occurred much earlier.

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In Human Clinical Trial, UAB to Test Drug Shown to Completely Reverse Diabetes in Human Islets and Mice

A recently awarded grant will fund a human clinical trial in type 1 diabetes beginning in early 2015 to see if verapamil will have an effect in humans by attacking the disease where it occurs. Meanwhile, more small molecule drugs at UAB are in development.

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Path to Potential Diabetes Drugs Began with Simple Question

Basic research in 2002 and years of follow-up studies led UAB’s Anath Shalev, M.D., to a human trial of a diabetes drug unlike any in use.

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