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This week's highlights in research news include: How the darkness and the cold killed the Dinosaurs; Being rude to your child’s doctor could lead to worse care; The classic video game Donkey Kong to help guide new approaches in neuroscience; Why Lyme Disease is more common in the North; Gun violence in PG-13 movies continues to climb past R-rated films, and a fly model to understand the mechanisms underlying human obesity.

How the Darkness and the Cold Killed the Dinosaurs

Climate scientists now reconstructed how tiny droplets of sulfuric acid formed high up in the air after the well-known impact of a large asteroid and blocking the sunlight for several years, had a profound influence on life on Earth.

Surf and Earth: How Prawn Shopping Bags Could Save the Planet

Bioengineers at The University of Nottingham are testing how to use shrimp shells to make biodegradable shopping bags, as a ‘green’ alternative to oil-based plastic, and as a new food packaging material to extend product shelf life.

Plus-Sized Fly: A Model to Understand the Mechanisms Underlying Human Obesity

The fly sheds light on how the brain acts to signal 'fullness' and the possibility of conferring resilience against the impact of high-fat diets

Moralistic Thinking on Political Left, Right Not So Different

Sacred thinking isn't limited to political conservatives, according to a new report from researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Winnipeg. The findings are from four related studies that examine how liberals and conservatives justify their political attitudes on same-sex-marriage and the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Release of Water Shakes Pacific Plate at Depth

A team of seismologists analyzing the data from 671 earthquakes that occurred between 30 and 280 miles beneath the Earth's surface in the Pacific Plate as it descended into the Tonga Trench were surprised to find a zone of intense earthquake activity in the downgoing slab. The pattern of the activity along the slab provided strong evidence that the earthquakes are sparked by the release of water at depth.

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Exeter Research Helps Protect Loggerhead Turtles

A long-running research and conservation project is helping save an at-risk species of turtle.

While Not Necessarily Reality, Perception Can Cause Reality to Evolve

In a perspective published January 6, 2017, in Science, Hamilton Farris, PhD, Associate Professor-Research at LSU Health New Orleans Neuroscience Center of Excellence, finds that the key insight of an important study is that perception can drive the evolution of observable traits.

Researchers Find a Potential Target for Anti-Alzheimer's Treatments

Scientists at the University of Luxembourg have identified a gene that may provide a new starting point for developing treatments for Alzheimer's disease.