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Newswise: Fast-Acting Psychedelic Can Improve Depression, Anxiety
Released: 18-Mar-2019 12:00 PM EDT
Fast-Acting Psychedelic Can Improve Depression, Anxiety
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Johns Hopkins researchers have discovered that use of the synthetic psychedelic 5-methocy-N,-N-dimethyltryptamine (5-MeO-DMT) appears to be associated with unintended improvements in self-reported depression and anxiety when given in a ceremonial group setting. 5-MeO-DMT is a psychedelic that is found in the venom of Bufo Alvarius toads, in a variety of plants species, and can be produced synthetically.

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Released: 11-Feb-2019 9:00 AM EST
Your Genes Could Impact the Quality of Your Marriage
Binghamton University, State University of New York

The quality of your marriage could be affected by your genes, according to new research conducted at Binghamton University, State University of New York.

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23-Jan-2019 9:30 AM EST
Neanderthal Hunting Spears Could Kill at a Distance
University College London

Neanderthals have been imagined as the inferior cousins of modern humans, but a new study by archaeologists at UCL reveals for the first time that they produced weaponry advanced enough to kill at a distance.

Newswise: Local Newspaper Closures Polarize Voters, Choke Political Progress
Released: 23-Jan-2019 10:05 AM EST
Local Newspaper Closures Polarize Voters, Choke Political Progress
Texas A&M University

As local newspapers shutter across the country, the residents residing in those counties without sources of local news are forced to rely more heavily on national media outlets that report political news primarily through the lens of the perennial two-party political conflict.

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8-Jan-2019 8:05 AM EST
Solving the Ancient Mysteries of Easter Island
Binghamton University, State University of New York

The ancient people of Rapa Nui (Easter Island, Chile) built their famous ahu monuments near coastal freshwater sources, according to a team of researchers including faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York.

Newswise: Study Finds Dinosaurs Battled Overheating with Nasal Air-Conditioning
Released: 19-Dec-2018 2:00 PM EST
Study Finds Dinosaurs Battled Overheating with Nasal Air-Conditioning
New York Institute of Technology

Researchers used 3D computer modeling to simulate heat exchange in dinosaurs

Newswise: Newly Discovered Wasp Turns Social Spiders Into Zombies
Released: 27-Nov-2018 12:50 PM EST
Newly Discovered Wasp Turns Social Spiders Into Zombies
University of British Columbia

It sounds like the plot of the world's tiniest horror movie: deep in the Ecuadorian Amazon, a newly discovered species of wasp transforms a "social" spider into a zombie-like drone that abandons its colony to do the wasp's bidding.

Newswise: When NBA Players Tweet Late at Night, They Play Worse Basketball
13-Nov-2018 1:15 PM EST
When NBA Players Tweet Late at Night, They Play Worse Basketball
Stony Brook University

A new study to be published online in the journal Sleep Health reveals that late-night social media use by NBA players is linked to poorer next-day performance on the court. The study examines more than 37,000 tweets and builds on preliminary research from 2017 about late-night tweets.

Newswise: Study Suggests Buried Internet Infrastructure at Risk as Sea Levels Rise
12-Jul-2018 10:05 AM EDT
Study Suggests Buried Internet Infrastructure at Risk as Sea Levels Rise
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Thousands of miles of buried fiber optic cable in densely populated coastal regions of the United States may soon be inundated by rising seas, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the University of Oregon.

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Released: 9-Jul-2018 8:00 AM EDT
Scientists Capture Breaking of Glacier in Greenland
New York University

A team of scientists has captured on video a four-mile iceberg breaking away from a glacier in eastern Greenland, an event that points to one of the forces behind global sea-level rise.

Newswise: Consumers’ Food Choices Can Help Reduce Greenhouse Emissions Contributing to Climate Change
Released: 7-Jun-2018 2:45 PM EDT
Consumers’ Food Choices Can Help Reduce Greenhouse Emissions Contributing to Climate Change
Tufts University

Changes in diet have been proposed as a way to reduce carbon emissions from the food system. A new study provides the latest and most comprehensive estimate of greenhouse gas emissions generated by U.S. consumer food purchases, and assesses how those choices could affect diet and climate change.

Newswise: Easter Islanders Used Rope, Ramps to Put Giant Hats on Famous Statues
Released: 4-Jun-2018 8:05 AM EDT
Easter Islanders Used Rope, Ramps to Put Giant Hats on Famous Statues
Binghamton University, State University of New York

The ancient people of Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, were able to move massive stone hats and place them on top of statues with little effort and resources, using a parbuckling technique, according to new research from a collaboration that included investigators from Binghamton University, State University at New York.

Newswise: New Map Shows Many Old-growth Forests Remain In Europe
Released: 29-May-2018 12:05 PM EDT
New Map Shows Many Old-growth Forests Remain In Europe
University of Vermont

A team of researchers created the first map of Europe’s last wild forests. The map identifies more than 3.4 million acres in 34 European countries, showing that more old growth remains than previously understood.

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Released: 9-May-2018 3:55 PM EDT
NASA Spacecraft Finds New Type of Magnetic Explosion
University of Delaware

Four NASA spacecraft have observed magnetic reconnection in a turbulent region of the Earth's outer atmosphere known as the magnetosheath, the planet's first line of defense against the intensity of solar wind. The new insights could help us understand how such phenomena affect Earth's atmosphere.

Newswise: Study Explains One Reason Hair Can Turn Gray
26-Apr-2018 5:30 PM EDT
Study Explains One Reason Hair Can Turn Gray
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Hair’s graying is linked to innate immune response, activation of which can decrease pigmentation in hair.

16-Apr-2018 9:00 AM EDT
Even a Single Mindfulness Meditation Session Can Reduce Anxiety
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)

Mindfulness meditation programs have shown promise for the treatment of anxiety, one of the most common mental health disorders in the U.S. New research suggests people can begin to derive psychological and physiological benefits from the practice after a single introductory session.

Newswise: People Waste Nearly a Pound of Food Daily
13-Apr-2018 11:00 AM EDT
People Waste Nearly a Pound of Food Daily
University of Vermont

Americans waste nearly a pound of food per person each day, but the exact amount of food we trash differs by how healthy your diet is, new research finds. Annually, food waste corresponds with the use of 30M acres of land (7% of total US cropland) and 4.2 trillion gallons of water. Surprisingly, higher quality diets were associated with higher levels of food waste.

Released: 16-Apr-2018 5:00 AM EDT
Surviving Climate Change, Then and Now
Universite de Montreal

An archeological dig in Italy reveals that prehistoric humans made it through a major natural disaster by cooperating with each other – and that's a lesson for our future.

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Released: 5-Apr-2018 9:00 AM EDT
Like Human Societies, Whales Value Culture and Family Ties
Florida Atlantic University

Through a detailed genetic study of kinship, an international team is the first to demonstrate that just like human societies, beluga whales appear to value culture as well as their ancestral roots and family ties. They have demonstrated that related whales returned to the same locations year after year, and even generation after generation.

Newswise: Dining Out Associated with Increased Exposure to Harmful Chemicals Called Phthalates
Released: 28-Mar-2018 9:10 PM EDT
Dining Out Associated with Increased Exposure to Harmful Chemicals Called Phthalates
George Washington University

Dining out more at restaurants, cafeterias and fast-food outlets may boost total levels of potentially health-harming chemicals called phthalates in the body, according to a study out today.

Newswise: Humans Flourished Through Super Volcano 74,000 Years Ago
Released: 14-Mar-2018 12:05 PM EDT
Humans Flourished Through Super Volcano 74,000 Years Ago
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

Humans not only survived a massive volcanic eruption 74,000 years ago, they flourished during the resulting climate change that occurred, a new study by UNLV geoscientist Eugene Smith and colleagues found.

Newswise: Fossils Found of Giant Flying Creatures Wiped Out with the Dinosaurs
12-Mar-2018 12:05 PM EDT
Fossils Found of Giant Flying Creatures Wiped Out with the Dinosaurs
University of Portsmouth

Fossils of six new species of pterosaurs, giant flying reptiles that flew over the heads of the dinosaurs, have been discovered by a team of researchers.

Newswise: “Supercolony” of Adélie Penguins Discovered in Antarctica
1-Mar-2018 1:05 PM EST
“Supercolony” of Adélie Penguins Discovered in Antarctica
Stony Brook University

For the past 40 years, the total number of Adélie Penguins, one of the most common on the Antarctic peninsula, has been steadily declining—or so biologists have thought. A new study however, is providing new insights on this species of penguin.

Newswise: NASA Finds a Large Amount of Water in an Exoplanet's Atmosphere
Released: 1-Mar-2018 1:00 PM EST
NASA Finds a Large Amount of Water in an Exoplanet's Atmosphere
Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

Scientists using NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes have found a larger than expected amount of water in the atmosphere of WASP-39b, a hot, bloated, Saturn-mass exoplanet located about 700 light-years from Earth. Though no planet like this resides in our solar system, WASP-39b can provide new insights into how and where planets form around a star.

Newswise: Earliest Cave Paintings Were Made by Neanderthals, Scientists Discover
22-Feb-2018 8:05 AM EST
Earliest Cave Paintings Were Made by Neanderthals, Scientists Discover
University of Southampton

Scientists have found the first major evidence that Neanderthals made cave paintings, indicating they may have had an artistic sense similar to our own.

Newswise: Ancient DNA Tells Tales of Humans’ Migrant History
20-Feb-2018 9:45 AM EST
Ancient DNA Tells Tales of Humans’ Migrant History
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Fueled by advances in analyzing DNA from the bones of ancient humans, scientists have dramatically expanded the number of samples studied – revealing vast and surprising migrations and genetic mixing of populations in our prehistoric past.

Newswise: One Hour of Video Gaming Can Increase the Brain’s Ability to Focus
8-Feb-2018 5:00 AM EST
One Hour of Video Gaming Can Increase the Brain’s Ability to Focus
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Researchers at the University of Arkansas and the Ministry of Education of China studied expert and non-expert video game players and observed that both groups showed an increase in visual selective attention after only one hour of video game play.

Newswise: Middle Earth Preserved in Giant Bird Dung
12-Feb-2018 8:00 AM EST
Middle Earth Preserved in Giant Bird Dung
University of Adelaide

While the giant birds that once dominated New Zealand are all extinct, a study of their preserved dung (coprolites) has revealed many aspects of their ancient ecosystem, with important insights for ongoing conservation efforts.

Newswise: High Exposure to Radiofrequency Radiation Linked to Tumor Activity in Male Rats
Released: 2-Feb-2018 12:50 PM EST
High Exposure to Radiofrequency Radiation Linked to Tumor Activity in Male Rats
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

High exposure to radiofrequency radiation (RFR) in rodents resulted in tumors in tissues surrounding nerves in the hearts of male rats, but not female rats or any mice, according to draft studies from the National Toxicology Program (NTP). The exposure levels used in the studies were equal to and higher than the highest level permitted for local tissue exposure in cell phone emissions today. Cell phones typically emit lower levels of RFR than the maximum level allowed. NTP’s draft conclusions were released today as two technical reports, one for rat studies and one for mouse studies. NTP will hold an external expert review of its complete findings from these rodent studies March 26-28.

Newswise: Reconstructing an Ancient Lethal Weapon
Released: 31-Jan-2018 1:05 PM EST
Reconstructing an Ancient Lethal Weapon
University of Washington

University of Washington researchers reconstructed prehistoric projectiles and points from ancient sites in what is now Alaska and studied the qualities that would make for a lethal hunting weapon. By examining and testing different projectile points, the team has come to a new understanding about the technological choices people made in ancient times.

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30-Jan-2018 1:05 PM EST
‘Anxiety Cells’ Identified in the Brain’s Hippocampus
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Researchers have identified cells that indicate anxiety in the brains of mice.

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22-Jan-2018 9:00 AM EST
Scientists Discover Oldest Known Modern Human Fossil Outside of Africa
Binghamton University, State University of New York

A large international research team, led by Israel Hershkovitz from Tel Aviv University and including Rolf Quam from Binghamton University, State University of New York, has discovered the earliest modern human fossil ever found outside of Africa. The finding suggests that modern humans left the continent at least 50,000 years earlier than previously thought.

Newswise: Climate Engineering, Once Started, Would Have Severe Impacts if Stopped
18-Jan-2018 11:00 AM EST
Climate Engineering, Once Started, Would Have Severe Impacts if Stopped
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Facing a climate crisis, we may someday spray sulfur dioxide into the upper atmosphere to form a cloud that cools the Earth, but suddenly stopping the spraying would have a severe global impact on animals and plants, according to the first study on the potential biological impacts of geoengineering, or climate intervention.

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Released: 22-Jan-2018 9:00 AM EST
Double Trouble: Moisture, Not Just Heat Impacts Sex of Sea Turtle Hatchlings
Florida Atlantic University

Male sea turtles are disappearing and not just in Australia. FAU researchers found that 97 to 100 percent of hatchlings in southeast Florida have been female since 2002. They are the first to show why and how moisture conditions inside the nest in addition to heat affect the development and sex ratios of turtle embryos, using a novel technique they developed to estimate sex ratios with a male-specific, transcriptional molecular marker Sox9.

Newswise: UCLA Scientists Make Cells That Enable the Sense of Touch
Released: 11-Jan-2018 12:05 PM EST
UCLA Scientists Make Cells That Enable the Sense of Touch
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Researchers at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA have, for the first time, coaxed human stem cells to become sensory interneurons — the cells that give us our sense of touch. The new protocol could be a step toward stem cell–based therapies to restore sensation in paralyzed people who have lost feeling in parts of their body.

Newswise: Scouting the Eagles: Proof That Protecting Nests Aids Reproduction
4-Jan-2018 12:40 PM EST
Scouting the Eagles: Proof That Protecting Nests Aids Reproduction
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Reproduction among bald eagles in a remote national park in Minnesota was aided when their nests were protected from human disturbance, according to a study published today (Jan. 9, 2018) in the Journal of Applied Ecology.

Newswise: What Species Is Most Fit for Life? All Have an Equal Chance, Scientists Say
Released: 8-Jan-2018 3:15 PM EST
What Species Is Most Fit for Life? All Have an Equal Chance, Scientists Say
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

There are more than 8 million species of living things on Earth, but none of them — from 100-foot blue whales to microscopic bacteria — has an advantage over the others in the universal struggle for existence. In a paper published Jan. 8 in the prestigious journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, scientists describe the dynamic that began with the origin of life on Earth 4 billion years ago.

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Released: 4-Jan-2018 1:55 PM EST
People Who Sleep Less Than 8 Hours a Night More Likely to Suffer From Depression, Anxiety
Binghamton University, State University of New York

Sleeping less than the recommended eight hours a night is associated with intrusive, repetitive thoughts like those seen in anxiety or depression, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York.

Newswise: Gene Therapy Using CAR T-Cells Could Provide Long-Term Protection Against HIV
22-Dec-2017 4:35 PM EST
Gene Therapy Using CAR T-Cells Could Provide Long-Term Protection Against HIV
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Through gene therapy, researchers engineered blood-forming stem cells (hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells, or HSPCs) to carry chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) genes to make cells that can detect and destroy HIV-infected cells. These engineered cells persisted for more than two years

Newswise: Want to Beat Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs? Rethink That Strep Throat Remedy
26-Dec-2017 2:05 PM EST
Want to Beat Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs? Rethink That Strep Throat Remedy
Georgia Institute of Technology

Antibiotics could become nearly useless by mid-century against intense infections due to bacteria evolving antibiotic resistance. And alternatives haven't been able to replace them. It's time for a rethink: Try reducing antibiotic use for small infections and find alternate treatments for them. Save antibiotics for the big infections.

Newswise: Scientists Describe How Solar System Could Have Formed in Bubble Around Giant Star
21-Dec-2017 4:35 PM EST
Scientists Describe How Solar System Could Have Formed in Bubble Around Giant Star
University of Chicago

Scientists with the University of Chicago have laid out a comprehensive theory for how our solar system could have formed in the wind-blown bubbles around a giant, long-dead star. Published Dec. 22 in the Astrophysical Journal, the study addresses a nagging cosmic mystery about the abundance of two elements in our solar system compared to the rest of the galaxy.

Newswise: ‘Cosmic Lantern’ Could Help Us Further Understand the Fate of the Universe
18-Dec-2017 7:05 AM EST
‘Cosmic Lantern’ Could Help Us Further Understand the Fate of the Universe
University of Portsmouth

New research has provided a deeper insight into emission line galaxies, used in several ongoing and upcoming surveys, to help us further understand the composition and fate of the Universe.

Newswise: Easter Island Had a Cooperative Community, Analysis of Giant Hats Reveals
Released: 20-Dec-2017 8:05 AM EST
Easter Island Had a Cooperative Community, Analysis of Giant Hats Reveals
Binghamton University, State University of New York

Analysis of giant stone hats found on Rapa Nui, Chile (Easter Island) provides evidence contrary to the widely held belief that the ancient civilization had a warrior culture. According to a new study conducted by a team of researchers, including a professor at Binghamton University, State University of New York, these stone hats suggest that the people of Rapa Nui were part of a supportive and inclusive community.

Newswise: Oldest Fossils Ever Found Show Life on Earth Began Before 3.5 Billion Years Ago
14-Dec-2017 11:05 AM EST
Oldest Fossils Ever Found Show Life on Earth Began Before 3.5 Billion Years Ago
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Researchers at UCLA and the University of Wisconsin–Madison have confirmed that microscopic fossils discovered in a nearly 3.5 billion-year-old piece of rock in Western Australia are the oldest fossils ever found and indeed the earliest direct evidence of life on Earth.

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13-Dec-2017 9:00 AM EST
Alien Object ‘Oumuama Was a Natural Body Visiting From Another Solar System – Queen’s University Scientists
Queen's University Belfast

Scientists at Queen’s University Belfast have led worldwide investigations into a mysterious object that passed close to Earth after arriving from deep interstellar space.

Newswise: Research Reveals How Diabetes in Pregnancy Affects Baby’s Heart
Released: 12-Dec-2017 9:05 AM EST
Research Reveals How Diabetes in Pregnancy Affects Baby’s Heart
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Researchers at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA have discovered how high glucose levels - whether caused by diabetes or other factors - keep heart cells from maturing normally. Their findings help explain why babies born to women with diabetes are more likely to develop congenital heart disease.

Newswise: ALMA Finds Massive Primordial Galaxies Swimming in Vast Ocean of Dark Matter
5-Dec-2017 2:00 PM EST
ALMA Finds Massive Primordial Galaxies Swimming in Vast Ocean of Dark Matter
National Radio Astronomy Observatory

ALMA observations push back the epoch of massive-galaxy formation even further by identifying two giant galaxies seen when the universe was only 780 million years old, or about 5 percent its current age.

Newswise: Alzheimer’s Damage in Mice Reduced with Compound That Targets APOE Gene
4-Dec-2017 3:50 PM EST
Alzheimer’s Damage in Mice Reduced with Compound That Targets APOE Gene
Washington University in St. Louis

People who carry the APOE4 genetic variant face a substantial risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. Now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified a compound that targets the APOE protein in the brains of mice and protects against damage induced by the Alzheimer’s protein amyloid beta. The findings suggest that APOE could potentially be a target for treatment or prevention.

Newswise: Study Finds Drones More Damaging Than Bird Strikes to Planes
Released: 6-Dec-2017 11:05 AM EST
Study Finds Drones More Damaging Than Bird Strikes to Planes
Ohio State University

As part of a multi-institution Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) study focused on unmanned aerial systems, researchers at The Ohio State University are helping quantify the dangers associated with drones sharing airspace with planes.

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Released: 29-Nov-2017 12:50 PM EST
Sorry, Grumpy Cat—Study Finds Dogs Are Brainier Than Cats
Vanderbilt University

The first study to actually count the number of cortical neurons in the brains of a number of carnivores, including cats and dogs, has found that dogs possess significantly more neurons than cats.


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