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Astronomers Find Seven Dwarf-Galaxy Groups, the Building Blocks of Massive Galaxies

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A team of astronomers has discovered seven distinct groups of dwarf galaxies with just the right starting conditions to eventually merge and form larger galaxies, including spiral galaxies like the Milky Way.

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Climate Change, Sea-level rise, Climate Science, Global Warming, Flooding, Floods, Tidal flooding, Environment, Coasts, Coastal, Shoreline, Rutgers, Rutgers University, New Jersey, Jersey Shore, Northeast, United States, Resilience, Preparedness, Risk Management, Science, Greenland, Antarcica, Antarctic, Ice Sheets, Gulf Of Mexico, Atlantic, Pacific, Oceans, Alaska, Ha

Regional Sea-Level Scenarios Will Help Northeast Plan for Faster-Than-Global Rise

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Sea level in the Northeast and in some other U.S. regions will rise significantly faster than the global average, according to a report released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Moreover, in a worst-case scenario, global sea level could rise by about 8 feet by 2100. Robert E. Kopp, an associate professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Rutgers University, coauthored the report, which lays out six scenarios intended to inform national and regional planning.

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Image Release: ALMA Reveals Sun in New Light

New images from ALMA reveal stunning details of our Sun, including the dark, contorted center of an evolving sunspot nearly twice the diameter of the Earth.

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Anthropology, acheology, Bering Strait, human settlements, Yukon, Radiocarbon, PLoS ONE, Montreal

The First Humans Arrived in North America a Lot Earlier Than Believed

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Anthropologists at Université de Montréal have dated the oldest human settlement in Canada back 10,000 years.

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Byzantine Skeleton Yields 800-Year-Old Genomes From a Fatal Infection

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Writing this week (Jan. 10, 2017) in the journal eLife, a team led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Caitlin Pepperell and McMaster University's Hendrik Poinar provides insight into the everyday hazards of life in the late Byzantine Empire, sometime around the early 13th century, as well as the evolution of Staphylococcus saprophyticus, a common bacterial pathogen.

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Peanut Allergy, peanut introduction, Niaid, Acaai, Allergist, American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

New Guidelines Show How to Introduce Peanut-Containing Foods to Reduce Allergy Risk

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The wait is over for parents who’ve been wanting to know how and when to introduce peanut-containing foods to their infants to prevent peanut allergy. New, updated guidelines define high, moderate and low-risk infants for developing peanut allergy, and how to proceed with introduction based on risk.

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Orchids Mimic Human BO to Attract Mosquitoes

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New research shows that orchids relying on mosquitoes for pollination attract them by producing the same odors found in common mosquito blood-hosts. The results of this study will be presented at the annual conference of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology in New Orleans, LA on January 7, 2017.

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Cosmic Source Found for Mysterious ‘Fast Radio Burst’

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Cornell University researchers and a global team of astronomers have uncovered the cosmological source of a sporadically repeating milliseconds-long “fast radio burst.”

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Stuttering Linked to Reduced Blood Flow in Area of Brain Associated with Language

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A study led by researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles demonstrates what lead investigator Bradley Peterson, MD, calls “a critical mass of evidence” of a common underlying lifelong vulnerability in both children and adults who stutter.

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New Study Estimates Frequency of Flight-Disrupting Volcanic Eruptions

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Holidaymakers concerned about fresh volcanic eruptions causing flight-disrupting ash clouds across Northern Europe might be reassured by a study setting out the first reliable estimates of their frequency

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New Antimatter Breakthrough to Help Illuminate Mysteries of the Big Bang

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Collaborative team report on first precision study of antihydrogen

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Exciting New Creatures Discovered on Ocean Floor

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Scientists at the University of Southampton have discovered six new animal species in undersea hot springs 2.8 kilometres deep in the southwest Indian Ocean. The unique marine life was discovered around hydrothermal vents at a place called Longqi (‘Dragon's Breath’), 2000 kilometres southeast of Madagascar and is described in the journal Scientific Reports.

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Breakup of Supercontinent Pangea Cooled Mantle and Thinned Crust

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The oceanic crust produced by the Earth today is significantly thinner than crust made 170 million years ago during the time of the supercontinent Pangea, according to University of Texas at Austin researchers.

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Jersey Was a Must-See Tourist Destination for Neanderthals for Over 100,000 Years

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New research led by the University of Southampton, England, shows Neanderthals kept coming back to a coastal cave site in Jersey (UK) from at least 180,000 years ago until around 40,000 years ago.

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Rhythm of Breathing Affects Memory and Fear

Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered for the first time that the rhythm of breathing creates electrical activity in the human brain that enhances emotional judgments and memory recall. These effects on behavior depend critically on whether you inhale or exhale and whether you breathe through the nose or mouth.

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Where the Rains Come From

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Intense storms have become more frequent and longer-lasting in the Great Plains and Midwest in the last 35 years. What has fueled these storms? The temperature difference between the Southern Great Plains and the Atlantic Ocean produces winds that carry moisture from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Plains, according to a new study in Nature Communications.

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Black Death ‘Plague Pit’ Discovered at 14th-Century Monastery Hospital

48 skeletons discovered in ‘Plague Pit’ – 27 of them children; Extremely rare discovery suggests community was overwhelmed by the Black Death

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Study Explains Evolution Phenomenon That Puzzled Darwin

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Why do some animals have extravagant, showy ornaments -- think deer antlers, peacock feathers and horns on beetles -- that can be a liability to survival? Northwestern University researchers have a possible explanation for this puzzling phenomenon of evolution.

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New Design Neutron Spectrometer Being Tested for Manned Spaceflight

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The Fast Neutron Spectrometer (FNS) is now aboard the International Space Station. Neutrons contribute to crew radiation exposure and must be measured to assess exposure levels. The FNS uses a new instrument design that can significantly improve reliability.

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This Is Your Brain on God: Spiritual Experiences Activate Brain Reward Circuits

Religious and spiritual experiences activate the brain reward circuits in much the same way as love, sex, gambling, drugs and music, report researchers at the University of Utah School of Medicine. The findings will be published Nov. 29 in the journal Social Neuroscience.







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