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Fruit Flies Journey to International Space Station to Study Effects of Zero Gravity on the Heart

Researchers at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) today announced six boxes of fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) will travel to the International Space Station (ISS) to study the impact of weightlessness on the heart. The fruit flies are scheduled to launch on June 1, 2017, from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and will travel to the ISS via a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft.

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Government Transparency Limited When It Comes to America’s Conserved Private Lands

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A new study led by researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison examined why private-land conservation data is sometimes inaccessible and found that limited capacity within some federal agencies as well as laws prohibiting others from disclosing certain information are to blame.

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Gene Linked to Hormone That Impacts Soybean Nodule Development

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Researchers have identified the SUR2 gene as playing a key role in the production of auxin, a hormone that affects soybean nodule development. The work is part of a National Science Foundation project to identify the genetic mechanisms that direct and coordinate formation of the soybean nodule.

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Viticulture Program at Texas Tech Plays Vital Role in Wine Industry Growth

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Education and research are the two areas where the university has helped make the High Plains one of the top grape-growing regions in the U.S.

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Researchers Drill Deep to Understand Why the Sumatra Earthquake Was So Severe

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An international team of scientists has found evidence suggesting the dehydration of minerals deep below the ocean floor influenced the severity of the Sumatra earthquake, which took place on December 26, 2004.

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Water Forms ‘Spine of Hydration’ Around DNA

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How water relates to and interacts with biological systems – like DNA, the building block of all living things – is of critical importance, and a Cornell University group has used a relatively new form of spectroscopy to observe a previously unknown characteristic of water.

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Berkeley Lab Helps California Get to Zero Net Energy Homes

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California has established ambitious goals to reduce energy consumption in buildings, including a policy goal for all new residential buildings to be zero net energy (ZNE) by 2020. Now the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has launched two projects to help the state meet its ZNE building goals.







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