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Universal Genetic Code May Not Be So Universal

New research is casting doubt on a commonly held belief about how cells use DNA to make proteins, suggesting the genetic code is more diverse than previously thought.

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Growing Large-Volume Protein Crystals Bigger, Better in Space

An out of this world experiment to grow large-volume protein crystals aboard the International Space Station has proven successful. These sorts of crystals, which may be used in everything from basic biomedical research to drug design, can be grown bigger and better in microgravity -- a finding that may help the pharmaceuticals industry ease a drug design bottleneck, since difficult-to-grow large crystals are sometimes needed for experiments on structure that can guide drug design.

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Unlocking the Secret to Cheaper Solar Power

As climate change garners more attention around the world, scientists at the University of Virginia and Cornell University have made critical advances in understanding the physical properties of an emerging class of solar cells that have the potential to dramatically lower the cost of solar energy.

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Imaging Software Predicts How You Look with Different Hair Styles, Colors, Appearances

How can we predict if a new haircut will look good without physically trying it? Or explore what missing children might look like if their appearance is changed? A new personalized image search engine developed by a University of Washington computer vision researcher lets a person imagine how they would look with different hairstyles or appearances.

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Chicago to Host World’s Largest Conference on High-Energy Physics

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More than 1,350 physicists from around the world will converge in Chicago for the biennial International Conference on High Energy Physics (ICHEP) in August to share new research results, announce new projects, and talk about the most intriguing mysteries of the universe.

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Innovation Awards Address Clean Label, Sustainability, and Food Safety

At a special presentation on Sunday morning at IFT16: Where Science Feeds Innovation, IFT Immediate Past President Mary Ellen Camire announced and presented three companies—Bavaria Corporation, CSIRO, and Weber Scientific—with the 2016 IFT Food Expo Innovation Award. The winning entries offer solutions to today’s food issues and trends of clean label, sustainability, and food safety.

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Popularity of Healthy Oils, Clean Labels Heats Up

Consumers are reaching for healthy oils in the grocery store aisles, and they’re looking for food products with “clean labels,” according to market researcher David Sprinkle at a July 17 symposium at IFT16: Where Science Feeds Innovation, hosted by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).

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Research Shines Light on Lesser Known Form of Vitamin D in Foods

New research presented at IFT16: Where Science Feeds Innovation found that animal foods (eggs, some meats and dairy products) that contain vitamin D also have another lesser known form of this nutrient that hasn’t been measured routinely in foods, according to Janet Roseland, a nutritionist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Nutrient Data Laboratory.

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Climate Tipping Points: What Do They Mean for Society?

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The phrase “tipping point” passed its own tipping point and caught fire after author Malcolm Gladwell’s so-named 2000 book. It’s now frequently used in discussions about climate change, but what are “climate tipping points”? And what do they mean for society and the economy? Scientists at Rutgers University and Harvard University tackle the terminology and outline a strategy for investigating the consequences of climate tipping points in a study published online today in the journal Earth’s Future.

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Extortion Extinction

Ransomware – what hackers use to encrypt your computer files and demand money in exchange for freeing those contents – is an exploding global problem with few solutions, but a team of University of Florida researchers says it has developed a way to stop it dead in its tracks.

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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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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.

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Seeds of Black Holes Could Be Revealed by Gravitational Waves Detected in Space

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Scientists led by Durham University's Institute for Computational Cosmology ran the huge cosmological simulations that can be used to predict the rate at which gravitational waves caused by collisions between the monster black holes might be detected.

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Ancient “Deep Skull” From Borneo Full of Surprises

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A new study of the 37,000-year old remains of the “Deep Skull” – the oldest modern human discovered in island South-East Asia – has revealed this ancient person was not related to Indigenous Australians, as had been originally thought.

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Substance User’s Social Connections: Family, Friends, and the Foresaken

It’s no secret that social environments can play a role in the development as well as recovery from substance-abuse problems. A new study, designed to uncover how individual relationships respond to substance use and social influences, has found that the links between substance use and social connections are bidirectional and strong.

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How Well Do Facial Recognition Algorithms Cope with a Million Strangers?

University of Washington computer scientists and engineers have launched the "MegaFace Challenge," the world's first competition aimed at evaluating and improving the performance of face recognition algorithms at the million person scale.

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Tracking the Aluminum Used to Purify Tap Water

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A Kobe University research group including Associate Professor Maki Hideshi (Center for Environmental Management), PhD candidate Sakata Genki (Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Chemical Science and Engineering, currently employed at Central Glass Co., Ltd.) and Professor Mizuhata Minoru (Graduate School of Engineering) have developed a new analysis method that uses magnetic fields to quickly and accurately measure the concentration of aluminum used to purify tap water. These findings can potentially be used in developing efficient and environmentally-conscious coagulants for water treatment. The findings were presented on May 29, 2016 at the 76th Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry Symposium.

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Science Educators Convene to Discuss What’s Next and New in Teaching Physiology

Dozens of undergraduate and professional school physiology educators will attend this workshop-intensive meeting to discuss best practices in physiology education, including: • The changing role of students and instructors in today’s classrooms • New teaching strategies that attendees can employ in their own classrooms • New research on student learning behaviors • Challenges of engaging millennial learners

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Scientific Gains May Make Electronic Nose the Next Everyday Device

Researchers at the Texas Analog Center of Excellence (TxACE) at UT Dallas are working to develop an affordable electronic nose that can be used in breath analysis for a wide range of health diagnosis.