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Among Birds-of-Paradise, Good Looks Are Not Enough to Win a Mate

Cornell University

Male birds-of-paradise are justly world famous for their wildly extravagant feather ornaments, complex calls, and shape-shifting dance moves—all evolved to attract a mate. New research published in the open-access journal PLOS Biology suggests for the first time that female preferences drive the evolution of physical and behavioral trait combinations that may also be tied to where the male does his courting: on the ground or up in the trees.

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S&T Dam-breach Simulation Software Helping Communities Plan for Emergencies

Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

Two days after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, 70,000 residents in the vicinity of the Guajataca Dam were urged to evacuate as a precaution. Heavy rains were rapidly filling up the island’s 36 dams.

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Babies Born with Broken Hearts

American Physical Society's Division of Fluid Dynamics

Researchers are exploring how irregular filling mechanics may contribute to defects in developing fetal hearts because inefficient filling leads to energy losses that alter the heart’s structure and performance, and studying how filling mechanics and flow structure change over the course of gestation. During the American Physical Society’s Division of Fluid Dynamics 71st Annual Meeting, Nov. 18-20, they will discuss the team’s findings on human fetal cardiac flow measurements collected from normal and abnormal fetal echocardiogram exams.

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2019 LAD Early Career Award Goes to Brett McGuire

National Radio Astronomy Observatory

The Laboratory Astrophysics Division (LAD) of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) has named Dr. Brett McGuire of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) the recipient of its 2019 Early Career Award.

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Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt Urges Caution in Toy Selection This Holiday Season

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

As shoppers search for sales this season, injury prevention advocates want to raise awareness about the need to choose age-appropriate toys for young children.

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Stand Up To Cancer Grant Funds UC San Diego Health Research in Pancreatic Cancer

University of California San Diego Health

A team of University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers have been awarded a $1 million Stand Up To Cancer grant to test drugs that block signals that play a critical role in driving growth and progression of pancreatic cancer.

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Studying Water Flow for More Efficient Aquaponic Systems

American Physical Society's Division of Fluid Dynamics

In aquaponics, the hydroponic crops use the nutrients from fish waste as fertilizer while the fish benefit from the plants’ nutrient uptake capability to improve water quality. The treated water is then recirculated to the plant grow beds and fish culture tanks via a pipe system. Researchers at the University of New Hampshire, who are studying ways to improve water flow for more efficient aquaponic systems, will present their work at the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics 71st Annual Meeting, Nov. 18-20.

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Tulane professor receives NIH supplement for Alzheimer’s research

Tulane University

There are 5.7 million people living with Alzheimer’s disease, according to Alzheimers.org, and the dreaded disease has caused more deaths than both breast and prostate cancer combined. Finding a cure is paramount.

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