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Saturday, October 15, 2016

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

This week's highlights in science research: The Universe contains 10 Times more galaxies than previously thought; Rudeness is contagious at the office; Evidence of a comet raising global temperatures millions of years ago; Too much TV as a kid can create "anti-social" teens; Planets with two-suns are ultimate survivors; Virus found carrying DNA of Black Widow spider toxin; A New plant found that doesn't need the sun; Chimp moms caught on camera teaching their young how to use tools.

Being Rude at Work Is Contagious

Incivil behaviors at work -- put-downs, sarcasm and other condescending comments -- tend to have a contagious effect, according to a new study....

– Newswise Trends

Journal of Applied Psychology

Fossils Indicate That a Comet Strike May Have Triggered Ancient Global Warming Event

A comet strike may have triggered the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), a rapid warming of the Earth caused by an accumulation of atmospheric carbon dioxide 56 million years ago, which offers analogs to global warming today....

– Newswise Trends


Researchers Identify Link Between Domestic Violence and Traumatic Brain Injury

Physicians and researchers at Barrow Neurological Institute have identified a link between domestic violence and traumatic brain injury....

– Newswise Trends

Journal of Neurotrauma

Kids Who Watch Too Much TV Are at Risk of Being Anti-Social or Violent When They Become Teens

Results of new study show that young children who watch too much television are at risk of victimization and social isolation and adopting violent and antisocial behaviour toward other students at age 13....

– Newswise Trends

Ultimate Survivors: Tatooine Worlds Orbiting Two Suns Often Survive Violent Escapades of Aging Stars

Planets that revolve around two suns may surprisingly survive the violent late stages of the stars’ lives, according to new research out of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre and York University. The finding is surprising because planets orbiting...

– York University

Astrophysical Journal

Females React Differently Than Males to Social Isolation

While male and female mice have similar responses to physical stress, research from the Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the University of Calgary, Canada, suggests females, not males, feel stressed when alone....

– eLife


Virus Carrying DNA of Black Widow Spider Toxin Discovered

Biologists sequencing the genome of the WO virus, which infects the bacterial parasite Wolbachia, have discovered that the phage carries DNA that produces black widow spider toxin: the first time an animal-like DNA has been found in such a virus....

– Vanderbilt University

Nature Communications (11Oct2016)

Embargo expired on 11-Oct-2016 at 11:00 ET

Climate Change May Benefit Native Oysters, but There’s a Catch


– University of California, Davis

Functional Ecology

Alzheimer's Disease Could Be Treated with Gene Therapy, Suggests Animal Study

Researchers have prevented the development of Alzheimer's disease in mice by using a virus to deliver a specific gene into the brain....

– Imperial College London

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Wild Chimpanzee Mothers Teach Young to Use Tools, Video Study Confirms

The first documented evidence of wild chimpanzee mothers teaching their offspring to use tools has been captured by video cameras set to record chimpanzee tool-using activity at termite mounds in the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in the Republic of C...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Scientific Reports

Embargo expired on 11-Oct-2016 at 05:00 ET

Childhood Family Environment Linked with Relationship Quality 60 Years Later

Growing up in a warm family environment in childhood is associated with feeling more secure in romantic relationships in one's 80s, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. ...

– Association for Psychological Science

Psychological Science; National Institute of Mental Health (R01MH42248) ; National Institutes on Aging (R01AG045230)

Climate Change Has Doubled Western US Forest Fires, Says Study

More aridity is sending thousands of square miles up in flames...

– Earth Institute at Columbia University

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Study Reveals Corals' Influence on Reef Microbes

As they grow, corals are bathed in a sea of marine microbes, such as bacteria, algae, and viruses. While these extremely abundant and tiny microorganisms influence coral communities in a variety of ways, a new study by researchers at the Woods Hole O...

– Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Limnology and Oceanography

Plant Discovered That Neither Photosynthesizes Nor Blooms

Project Associate Professor Kenji Suetsugu (Kobe University Graduate School of Science) has discovered a new species of plant on the subtropical Japanese island of Kuroshima (located off the southern coast of Kyushu in Kagoshima prefecture) and named...

– Kobe University


Human Transport Has Unpredictable Genetic and Evolutionary Consequences for Marine Species

New research, led by the University of Southampton, has found that human activities such as shipping are having a noticeable impact on marine species and their native habitats....

– University of Southampton

Biology Letters doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0620

Low Socio-Economic Status, Fear of Abandonment Early in Life Can Lead to Poor Adult Health

Low socio-economic status and fear of abandonment early in life can lead to poor health in adulthood, regardless of adult socio-economic status, according to a new study from psychologists at Rice University....

– Rice University

Annals of Behavioral Medicine

Newly Identified Rare Alzheimer’s Disease Gene Mutation More Common in Icelandic People

A rare variant in the TM2D3 gene linked to increased risk and earlier onset of Alzheimer’s disease....


PLOS Genetics

Embargo expired on 14-Oct-2016 at 14:00 ET

Hubble Reveals Observable Universe Contains 10 Times More Galaxies Than Previously Thought

Using data from deep-space surveys taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and other observatories, astronomers have performed a census of the number of galaxies in the universe. The team came to the surprising conclusion that there are at least 10 ti...

– Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

The Astrophysical Journal, Oct-2016

Extraterrestrial Impact Preceded Ancient Global Warming Event

A comet strike may have triggered the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), a rapid warming of the Earth caused by an accumulation of atmospheric carbon dioxide 56 million years ago, which offers analogs to global warming today....

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)


Embargo expired on 13-Oct-2016 at 14:00 ET

T-Rays Will 'Speed Up' Computer Memory by a Factor of 1000

First-ever study to demonstrate the viability of an alternative remagnetization technique that could be used in ultrafast computer memory, instead of the conventional method that relies on external magnetic fields....

– Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology

Nature Photonics





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