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Article ID: 712980

A tale of two skeeters

Washington University in St. Louis

It’s rare that scientists see the good in the presence of an invasive species. But Washington University in St. Louis researchers discovered that a native mosquito in Missouri has fewer parasites when it shares its waters with an interloper.Scratching your head? Yes, mosquitoes have parasites. And yes, being parasitized is costly for an organism, no matter how much humans love to hate that organism.

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16-May-2019 9:20 AM EDT
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Article ID: 712931

Marine Organisms Hold Promise for Treating Triple Negative Breast Cancer

Florida Atlantic University

More than 50 percent of cancer drugs currently used have originated from natural products. Researchers have received $801,000 from the Florida Department of Health for a project to investigate the use of marine natural compounds as potential treatments of triple negative breast cancers. This form of breast cancer, which represents about 12 percent of breast cancers diagnosed in the U.S., can be very aggressive and easily spread to other organs, particularly the brain and the lungs.

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16-May-2019 9:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 712975

Particles from aircraft engines affect airways

Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

In a unique experimental setup, Swiss researchers have investigated the effect of exhaust particles from aircraft turbine engines on human lung cells. The cells reacted most strongly to particles emitted during ground idling. The study also showed that the cytotoxic effect is only to some extent comparable to that of particles from gasoline and diesel engines.

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16-May-2019 8:05 AM EDT

Article ID: 712967

First smartphone app that can hear ear infections in children

University of Washington

Researchers at the UW have created a new smartphone app that can detect fluid behind the eardrum by simply using a piece of paper and the phone’s microphone and speaker.

Released:
15-May-2019 5:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 712966

Amsler’s dive into Antarctic Ocean airs Thursday on NatGeo Wild

University of Alabama at Birmingham

The photo captures the beauty of a largely unexplored part of the world. It also captures the joy of a life’s work realized. The video tells the story of the research pioneer, and it will air this week, showcasing the work that has been a central focus for four decades. Margaret Amsler, Ph.D., is among researchers featured in the NHK documentary “Hunt for the Giant Squid” that is set to air Thursday at 3 p.

Released:
15-May-2019 5:05 PM EDT

Article ID: 712941

New research finds unprecedented weakening of Asian summer monsoon

American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Rainfall from the Asian summer monsoon has been decreasing over the past 80 years, a decline unprecedented in the last 448 years, according to a new study.

Released:
15-May-2019 2:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 710569

How does root depth affect the nearby soil?

Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Plants are not passive actors in the soil environment

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15-May-2019 2:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 712937

Clean and effective electronic waste recycling

Kumamoto University

As the number of electronics devices increases around the world, finding effective methods of recycling electronic waste (e-waste) is a growing concern.

Released:
15-May-2019 2:05 PM EDT
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    15-May-2019 2:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 712665

Captive Chimpanzees Spontaneously Use Tools to Excavate Underground Food

PLOS

Chimps’ ability to work out how to excavate underground food with tools may indicate how ancient hominins did likewise

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9-May-2019 3:00 PM EDT

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