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SAVE THE DATE: Biophysical Society 59th Meeting, Feb. 7-11, 2015 at the Baltimore Convention Center

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Journalists are invited to discover the world of biophysics next month in Maryland, when the largest gathering of biophysicists in the world convenes from Feb. 7-11 at the Baltimore Convention Center for the 59th Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society.

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Press Passes Available for Experimental Biology 2015 in Boston

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WHO: More than 14,000 biomedical researchers from industry, government, nonprofits, the private sector and academia WHAT: Experimental Biology, the convergence of six scientific societies’ annual meetings WHEN: March 28 – April 1, 2015 WHERE: Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 111 W. 415 Summer Street, Boston, Mass., 02210

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Map of Mysterious Molecules In Our Galaxy Sheds New Light on Century-Old Puzzle

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Astronomers from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey have created a unique map of enigmatic molecules in our galaxy that are responsible for puzzling features in the light from stars.

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“Assassin” Targets Supernovae in Our Neighborhood of the Universe

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While many astronomical collaborations use powerful telescopes to target individual objects in the distant universe, a new project at The Ohio State University is doing something radically different: using small telescopes to study a growing portion of the nearby universe all at once. Since it began, the project has detected 89 bright supernovae and counting—more than all other professional astronomical surveys combined.

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Researchers Work to Counter a New Class of Coffee Shop Hackers

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If you’re sitting in a coffee shop, tapping away on your laptop, feeling safe from hackers because you didn’t connect to the shop’s wifi, think again. Hackers may be able to see what you’re doing just by analyzing the low-power electronic signals your laptop emits even when it’s not connected.

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Sudden Jump in a Storm's Lightning Might Warn a Supercell Is Forming

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A sudden jump in the number of lightning strikes inside a thunderstorm might give forecasters a new severe weather prediction toolPHOENIX (Jan. 7, 2015) — A sudden jump in the number of lightning strikes inside a garden-variety thunderstorm might soon give forecasters a new tool for predicting severe weather and issuing timely warnings, according to research at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH).

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Hormonal Similarity Makes Happy Couples

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New research shows that mating pairs of the bird species known as great tits become more similar in their hormones over time. The results of this study will be presented at the annual conference of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology in West Palm Beach, Florida on January 7, 2015.

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Blind Students Learn to Think Like Scientists with Revolutionary Traveling Toolboxes

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Hands-on, innovative educational material is being developed to help blind students learn about evolution. The development of toolboxes for the blind will be presented at the annual conference of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology in West Palm Beach, Florida on January 6, 2015.

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Black Widow Spider Venom Unveiled: The Fast Evolution of a Potent Toxin

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New research shows rapid evolution has helped to make the venom of black widow spiders so toxic. The results of this study will be presented at the annual conference of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology in West Palm Beach, Florida on January 6, 2015.

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Hubble's High-Definition Panoramic View of the Andromeda Galaxy

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The largest NASA Hubble Space Telescope image ever assembled, this sweeping view of the Andromeda galaxy (M31) is the sharpest large composite image ever taken of our galactic neighbor. Though the galaxy is over 2 million light-years away, the Hubble telescope is powerful enough to resolve individual stars in a 61,000-light-year-long section of the galaxy's pancake-shaped disk.