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Saturday, October 1, 2016

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Newswise Special Wire for 01-Oct-2016

Editor's Pick of the Best Science Stories of the Week

We had a fascinating week in the world of science journalism. Scientists revealed for the first time the environmental fallout of microplastic pollution in the deep sea. Water plumes were spotted on the Jovian moon Europa. Evidence of human activity from nearly 14000 years ago was found in an archeology site in Argentina. And sociologists reveal we spend more time with our kids than we did 50 years ago.

Evidence Suggest that Humans Came to the Americas Earlier than Previously Thought

Recent research from the Pampas region of Argentina supports the hypothesis that early Homo sapiens arrived in the Americas earlier than the Clovis hunters did, 13,000 years ago....

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The Rate of Your Biological Clock Influences How Long You'll Live

Why do some people lead a perfectly healthy lifestyle yet still die young? A new international study suggests that the answer lies in our DNA. ...

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Time Window to Help People Who’ve Had a Stroke Longer Than Previously Shown

Time is of the essence when getting people stricken with acute ischemic strokes to treatment. And the use of stent retrievers — devices that remove the blood clot like pulling a cork out of a wine bottle Current professional guidelines recommend th...

– University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences


Climate Change Jigsaw Puzzle: Antarctic Pieces Missing

Study confirms shift in westerly winds, which has led to climate impacts in Australia and the Southern Ocean, is human-induced Limited data on Antarctic climate means it’s difficult to disentangle changes caused by human activity from na...

– University of Sheffield

Nature Climate Change

Consistency Builds Cohesion in the Animal Kingdom

Oscar Wilde may have considered consistency “the last refuge of the unimaginative” in human behaviour, but when it comes to fish, the element of predictability is critical. Such are the findings of new research led by the University of Bristol, w...

– University of Bristol

Scientific Reports

Embargo expired on 27-Sep-2016 at 05:00 ET

Cosmology Safe as Universe Has No Sense of Direction

The universe is expanding uniformly according to research led by UCL which reports that space isn’t stretching in a preferred direction or spinning....

– University College London

Physical Review Letters

NASA’s Hubble Spots Possible Water Plumes Erupting on Jupiter's Moon Europa

New findings from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope show suspected water plumes erupting from Jupiter's icy moon Europa. These observations bolster earlier Hubble work suggesting that Europa is venting water vapor. A team of astronomers, led by William S...

– Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

The Astrophysical Journal, Sep-2016

Embargo expired on 26-Sep-2016 at 14:00 ET

New Theory on How Insulin Resistance, Metabolic Disease Begin

Does eating too much sugar cause type 2 diabetes? The answer may not be simple, but a study published Sept. 26 in the Journal of Clinical Investigation adds to growing research linking excessive sugar consumption -- specifically the sugar fructose...

– Duke Health

Journal of Clinical Investigation; P30DK057521, R01DK100425, T32DK007516, K23DK083439, UC2 DK093000

Embargo expired on 26-Sep-2016 at 16:00 ET

Poverty and Perceived Hardship Affect Cognitive Function and May Contribute to Premature Aging, Say Investigators

Poverty and perceived hardship over decades among relatively young people in the U.S. are strongly associated with worse cognitive function and may be important contributors to premature aging among disadvantaged populations, report investigators in ...

– Elsevier

American Journal of Preventive Medicine

Embargo expired on 27-Sep-2016 at 00:00 ET

Rising Ocean Temperatures Threaten Baby Lobsters

If water temperatures in the Gulf of Maine rise a few degrees by end of the century, it could mean trouble for lobsters and the industry they support. That’s according to newly published research conducted at the University of Maine Darling Marine ...

– University of Maine

ICES Journal of Marine Science

Have More Than Eight Dental Fillings? It Could Increase the Mercury Levels in Your Blood

Dental surface restorations composed of dental amalgam, a mixture of mercury, silver, tin and other metals, significantly contribute to prolonged mercury levels in the body, according to new research from the University of Georgia’s department of e...

– University of Georgia

Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety

The Urge to Upgrade

In order to properly decide if an upgrade is worth the cost, consumers should compare the new product with what they already own. But new research from Washington University in St. Louis shows there‘s a wide gap between what buyers should do and wh...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Journal of Marketing Research

Do Children with Tourette Syndrome Have an Advantage at Language?

Children with Tourette syndrome may process aspects of language faster than other children, a new study shows...

– Newcastle University

Brain and Language Journal

Study of North Atlantic Ocean Reveals Decline of Leaded Petrol Emissions

A new study of lead pollution in the North Atlantic Ocean provides strong evidence that leaded petrol emissions have declined over the past few decades....

– Imperial College London

Nature Communications

Today’s Parents Spend More Time with Their Kids Than Moms and Dads Did 50 Years Ago

Guilt-ridden busy moms and dads take heart: Mothers – and fathers – across most Western countries are spending more time with their children than parents did in the mid-’60s, according to a University of California, Irvine study. And time spent...

– University of California, Irvine

Journal of Marriage and Family, Aug-2016

First Evidence of Deep-Sea Animals Ingesting Microplastics

Scientists working in the mid-Atlantic and south-west Indian Ocean have found evidence of microfibers ingested by deep sea animals including hermit crabs, squat lobsters and sea cucumbers, revealing for the first time the environmental fallout of mic...

– University of Bristol

Scientific Reports





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