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Ideology Prevents Wheat Growers From Converting to More Profitable Methods, New Study Shows

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Many U.S. wheat growers resist converting to a more profitable method of farming because of their personal beliefs about organic farming rather than technical or material obstacles, according to a new study.

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Using the Power of Computers to Harness the Human Genome May Provide Clues into the Ebola Virus

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Ramaswamy Narayanan, Ph.D., is working to blend the power of computers with biology to use the human genome to remove much of the guesswork involved in discovering cures for diseases. He describes how key genes that are present in our cells could be used to develop drugs for Ebola virus disease.

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The Greenland Ice Sheet: Now in HD

The highest-resolution maps of the Greenland Ice Sheet are debuting at AGU. Starting with Worldview satellite imagery, Researchers at The Ohio State University and the University of Minnesota created the maps, which are already revealing previously unknown features on the ice sheet.

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Researcher to Cancer: “Resistance Will Be Futile”

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Turning the tables, Katherine Borden at the University of Montreal’s Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC) has evoked Star Trek’s Borg in her fight against the disease.

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Peer-Reviewed Report: Clearing Tropical Rainforests Distorts Earth’s Wind and Water Systems, Packs Climate Wallop Beyond Carbon

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A new study released today presents powerful evidence that clearing trees not only spews carbon into the atmosphere, but also triggers major shifts in rainfall and increased temperatures worldwide that are just as potent as those caused by current carbon pollution. Further, the study finds that future agricultural productivity across the globe is at risk from deforestation-induced warming and altered rainfall patterns.

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How Does Prostate Cancer Form?

The cause of prostate cancer may be linked to Parkinson’s disease through a common enzyme family called sirtuins.

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Study Shows Epinephrine Auto-injectors and Asthma Inhalers Used Incorrectly

According to a new study, misuse of epinephrine auto-injectors has been documented in cases of fatal anaphylaxis. In the study, only 16 percent of those prescribed epinephrine for severe allergic reactions used their auto-injector properly, and only 7 percent of those with metered-dose inhalers (MDI) for asthma used them in the right way.

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Moms of Food-Allergic Kids Need Dietician’s Support

According to a new study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, providing parents with detailed, individual advice from a dietician is a key component of effective food allergy care.

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Little Evidence Brain Games Boost Intelligence or Prevent Dementia

Computerized brain games that are advertised as a way to help boost intelligence and prevent dementia will be popular Christmas gifts this year. But there’s little scientific evidence to support these industry claims.

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CIA Report to Push Conversation on Ethical and Effective Interrogation Methods

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