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Record Missouri Flooding Was Manmade Calamity, Scientist Says

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Why was the New Year's flood in Missouri so bad? Most news reports blamed it on the heavy rain, but Robert Criss, PhD, professor of earth and planetary sciences in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis says analysis of the flood data shows much of the damage was due to recent modifications to the river.

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Pioneering Discovery Leads to Potential Preventive Treatment for Sudden Cardiac Death

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A team of Harvard scientists and colleagues has used University of Vermont findings from 2000 to develop a possible treatment to prevent hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), an inherited disease that can cause the heart to thicken and stop pumping blood effectively, leading to heart failure

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A Football Helmet Design That Listens to Physics

A shock-absorbing football helmet system being developed at the University of Michigan could blunt some dangerous physics that today's head protection ignores.

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Discovery: Many White-Tailed Deer Have Malaria

By chance, scientists have discovered a malaria parasite that infects white-tailed deer. It’s the first-ever malaria parasite known to live in a deer species and the only native malaria parasite found in any mammal in North or South America.

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Climate Change's Frost Harms Early Plant Reproduction

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Climate change may harm early-flowering plants not through plant-pollinator mismatch but through frost damage, a Dartmouth College-led study shows.

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Scripps-Led Team Discovers Four New Deep-Sea Worm Species

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A pink flatworm-like animal known by a single species found in waters off Sweden has puzzled biologists for nearly six decades. New discoveries half a world away by a team of scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, the Western Australian Museum, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have helped properly identify these elusive creatures through genetic analysis.

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'Cannibalism' Between Stars

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tars are born inside a rotating cloud of interstellar gas and dust, which contracts to stellar densities thanks to its own gravity. Before finding itself on the star, however, most of the cloud lands onto a circumstellar disk forming around the star owing to conservation of angular momentum.

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Cells That Show Where Things Are Going

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Neurobiologists characterize nerve cells that detect motion by light changes.

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Chromosomes Reconfigure as Cell Division Ends

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Cellular senescence -- when a cell can no longer divide -- is a programmed stage in a cell's life cycle. Sometimes, as in aging, we wish it didn't happen so much and sometimes, as in cancer, we wish it would happen more. Given its important impacts on health, biologists wish they could explain more about what's happening in cells when senescence takes hold. A new study helps by showing that chromosomes become somewhat transformed, altering their patterns of gene expression.

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From Allergens to Anodes: Pollen Derived Battery Electrodes

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Pollens, the bane of allergy sufferers, could represent a boon for battery makers: Recent research has suggested their potential use as anodes in lithium-ion batteries.

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ASU Professor Studies Whether Shopping Helps After a Setback

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If you just flubbed a big work project, you might be feeling down on yourself. Maybe you’ll head to the mall to indulge in a little retail therapy. Buying products is a common way to make yourself feel better, with half of all Americans reporting that they do it.

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Using the Physics of Your Perfect Pancake to Help Save Sight

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Understanding the textures and patterns of pancakes is helping UCL scientists improve surgical methods for treating glaucoma.

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A Flawed Measure

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BMI is not an accurate measure of health, according to research by UCSB psychologist Jeffrey Hunger and colleagues.

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New Tarantula Named After Johnny Cash Among 14 Spider Species Found in the United States

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A new species of tarantula named after the famous singer-songwriter Johnny Cash is one of fourteen new spiders discovered in the southwestern United States. While these charismatic spiders have captured the attention of people around the world, and have been made famous by Hollywood, little was actually known about them.