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Walking Meetings Could Brings Longer and Healthier Lives to Office Workers

Changing just one seated meeting per week at work into a walking meeting increased the work-related physical activity levels of white-collar workers by 10 minutes, according to a new study published by public health researchers with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The study, published June 24, 2016 in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's journal Preventing Chronic Disease, suggests a possible new health promotion approach to improving the health of millions of white-collar workers who spend most of their workdays sitting in chairs.

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Think Talking on Your Hands-Free While Driving Is Safe? Think Again, Says New Research

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Driving while talking on a hands-free phone can be as distracting as talking on a hand-held mobile, psychologists at the University of Sussex say.

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JCU Researchers Set Sights on Uni Bullying

JCU’s Dr Margaret-Anne Carter said the problem is becoming increasingly significant as the online education sector grows.

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Zebrafish Reveal the Ups and Downs of Vision

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Researchers from the Centre for Developmental Neurobiology at King’s College London have shed light on how we perceive and recognise specific visual stimuli.

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Consensus Statement: Environmental Toxins Hurt Brain Development, Action Needed

An unprecedented alliance of leading scientists, medical experts, and children's health advocates argue that today's scientific evidence supports a link between exposures to toxic chemicals in air, food, and everyday products and children's risks for neurodevelopmental disorders. The alliance, known as Project TENDR, which stands for "Targeting Environmental Neuro-Developmental Risks," is calling for immediate action to significantly reduce exposures to toxic chemicals to protect brain development.

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Seaweeds Get Sick Too When They're Stressed

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A variety of normally harmless bacteria can cause bleaching disease in seaweeds when the seaweeds become stressed by high water temperatures, UNSW Australia researchers have discovered.

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Gene Amplification -- the Fast Track to Infection

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Researchers at Umeå University in Sweden are first to discover that bacteria can multiply disease-inducing genes which are needed to rapidly cause infection. The results were published in Science on June 30, 2016.

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NASA’s Juno and JEDI: Ready To Unlock Mysteries Of Jupiter

The APL-built JEDI is one of several instruments aboard NASA’s Juno spacecraft — set to enter Jupiter orbit on July 4 — that will help scientists answer fundamental questions about the solar system’s largest planet, Earth and the universe.

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Microbes, Nitrogen and Plant Responses to Rising Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

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Plants can grow faster as atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations increase, but only if they have enough nitrogen or partner with fungi that help them get it, according to new research published this week in Science.

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Scientists Observe First Signs of Healing in the Antarctic Ozone Layer

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New research has identified clear signs that the hole in the Antarctic ozone layer is beginning to close.

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Boost Needed to Keep World Below 2°C or 1.5°C: Study

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The latest comprehensive analysis of national plans to address climate change after 2020 shows the world will not reach its target of keeping warming to below 2C off pre-industrial levels.

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Thinking 'I Can Do Better' Really Can Improve Performance, Study Finds

Telling yourself I can do better, can really make you do better at a given task, a study published in Frontiers in Psychology has found.

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Astronomers Release Spectacular Survey of the Distant Universe

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Astronomers at The University of Nottingham have released spectacular new infrared images of the distant Universe, providing the deepest view ever obtained over a large area of sky. The team, led by Omar Almaini, Professor of Astrophysics in the School of Physics and Astronomy, is presenting their results at the National Astronomy Meeting taking place this week at the University's Jubilee Campus.

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RIT Professors Create New Method for Identifying Black Holes

Rochester Institute of Technology professors have developed a faster, more accurate way to assess gravitational wave signals and infer the astronomical sources that made them.

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Fruit Flies Adjust to Sudden Drops in Temperature; Just Keep Buzzing About the Fruit Bowl

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TORONTO, June 30, 2016 - Fruit flies may seem simple, but these common visitors to the fruit bowl can drastically alter their gene expression and metabolism to respond to temperature changes in their environment, an international team of researchers have shown.

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Reporter Needed to Cover New 'Fast Pitch' Service from Newswise

Newswise Fast Pitch is the first service to invite reporters and communications people to meet via video conference and pitch story ideas. Reporters are highly satisfied with the results.

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New Clues About the Aging Brain's Memory Functions

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A European study led by Umeå University Professor Lars Nyberg, has shown that the dopamine D2 receptor is linked to the long-term episodic memory, which function often reduces with age and due to dementia. This new insight can contribute to the understanding of why some but not others are affected by memory impairment. The results have been published in the journal PNAS.

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Unlocking the Secrets of Nerve Regeneration

Nerves in the central nervous system of adult mammals do not usually regenerate when injured. The granule cell, a nerve cell located in the cerebellum, is different. When its fibres, called parallel fibres, are cut, rapid regeneration ensues and junctions with other neurons called "synapses" are rebuilt. The precise mechanism for this was unclear.

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Universe Becoming Cleaner as Cosmic Dust Gets Mopped Up by Stars, Astronomers Reveal

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The Universe is becoming gradually cleaner as more and more cosmic dust is being mopped up by the formation of stars within galaxies, an international team of astronomers has revealed.