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Article ID: 705657

Dust threatens Utah’s ‘Greatest Snow on Earth’

University of Utah

New University of Utah research found that dust deposition speeds up snowmelt in Utah's Wasatch Mountains. Scientists found that a single dust storm on April 13, 2017, deposited half of all dust for the season. The additional sunlight absorbed by the dust-darkened snow surface led to snow melting a week earlier.

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18-Dec-2018 6:05 PM EST

Article ID: 705748

Georgetown Genetic Counselor Offers Insight On Direct-to-Consumer DNA Testing Kits

Georgetown University Medical Center

Direct-to-consumer DNA testing kits are expected to be a popular holiday gift this year, with 100 million people expected to have used one by 2020—but an expert genetic counselor at Georgetown says consumers should understand a few pros and cons before using one.

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20-Dec-2018 2:05 PM EST
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    19-Dec-2018 5:00 PM EST

Article ID: 705505

How Children & Teens Die in America: Study Reveals the Widespread & Persistent Role of Firearms

Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

America lost 20,360 children and teens in 2016 -- 60 percent of them to preventable injuries, a new study shows. But while death rates from the top cause – motor vehicle crashes – have declined steadily since 1999, rates from the second-leading cause - firearms - have gone up. It’s the first time all causes of child and adolescent death have been tallied by both mechanism and intent.

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14-Dec-2018 1:05 PM EST
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    19-Dec-2018 2:00 PM EST

Article ID: 705588

Helping make brain surgery safer

University of Adelaide

A biopsy needle that can help surgeons identify and avoid blood vessels in the brain during surgery has undergone initial tests in humans.

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17-Dec-2018 9:30 PM EST

Article ID: 705645

The “Hairy Canary” in the Coal Mine

Wildlife Conservation Society

A new study by WCS, El Colegio de Frontera Sur, Washington State University and other key regional partners has found that the white-lipped peccary (Tayassu pecari), one of the last large herding mammals of the Americas, has been eliminated from 87 percent of its historical range in Mesoamerica.

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18-Dec-2018 4:45 PM EST

Article ID: 705632

Ask a Rutgers Philosopher: Nine Thoughts on Holiday Gift-Giving

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

What’s the best way to give gifts this holiday season? Should you do it anonymously? Does your motivation matter? If these sound like philosophical questions, don’t fear. Larry Temkin, Distinguished Professor in Rutgers University–New Brunswick’s philosophy department in the School of Arts and Sciences and an expert on ethics, draws on many centuries of philosophical thought on gift-giving to suggest nine points worth thinking about this holiday season.

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18-Dec-2018 2:05 PM EST

Arts and Humanities

Article ID: 705622

Salmon May Lose the Ability to Smell Danger as Carbon Emissions Rise

University of Washington

New research shows that the powerful sense of smell Pacific salmon rely on for migration, finding food and avoiding predators might be in trouble as carbon emissions continue to be absorbed by our ocean.

Released:
18-Dec-2018 12:05 PM EST

Article ID: 705608

Extraordinary 'faithful father' revealed by study of smooth guardian frog of Borneo

University of Kansas

LAWRENCE -- Stay-at-home dads might find their spirit animal in the smooth guardian frog of Borneo. A new pair of research papers authored by an investigator at the University of Kansas shows the male of the smooth guardian frog species (Limnonectes palavanensis) is a kind of amphibian "Mr. Mom" -- an exemplar of male parental care in the animal kingdom.

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18-Dec-2018 11:35 AM EST

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