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MARS, NASA, Space Exploration, Engineering, Materials Science

Engineers Investigate a Simple, No-Bake Recipe to Make Bricks From Martian Soil

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Explorers planning to settle on Mars might be able to turn the planet’s red soil into bricks without needing to use an oven or additional ingredients. Instead, they would just need to apply pressure to compact the soil—the equivalent of a blow from a hammer. These are the findings of a study published in Nature Scientific Reports on April 27, 2017. The study was authored by a team of engineers at the University of California San Diego and funded by NASA.

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Common Pesticide Damages Honey Bee’s Ability to Fly

Biologists at UC San Diego have provided the first evidence that a widely used pesticide can significantly impair the ability of otherwise healthy honey bees to fly. The study, which employed a bee “flight mill,” raises concerns about how pesticides affect honey bee pollination and long-term effects on the health of honey bee colonies.

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Diet, Sugar, Obesity, low-fat foods, High-fat food, Health, Fitness, Weight Control

‘Diet’ Products Can Make You Fat, Study Shows

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High-fat foods are often the primary target when fighting obesity, but sugar-laden “diet” foods could be contributing to unwanted weight gain as well.

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Dog rivalry, Interactions between familiar dogs, Social learning in dogs, Dog-dog relationships

How Dogs Interact with Others Plays a Role in Decision-Making

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The latest research by Christy Hoffman, Ph.D., and Malini Suchak, Ph.D., assistant professors of Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation at Canisius College, finds that dynamics between familiar dogs may influence their likelihood of learning from each other. How dogs interact with others plays a big role in how they respond under conditions that require quick thinking.

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Asteroid, Asteroids, Tsunami, Shockwaves, Meteors, heat deaths

Study Highlights Deadliest Effects of Hypothetical Asteroid Strike

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Violent winds and shockwaves would account for more than 60 per cent of lives lost if an asteroid were to hit the Earth, according to a new University of Southampton-led study.

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Cosmology, Supernova, Space, Astronomy & Space, Astronomy and Cosmology

Rare Supernova Discovery Ushers in New Era for Cosmology

With help from a supernova-hunting pipeline based at NERSC, astronomers captured multiple images of a gravitationally lensed Type 1a supernova. This is currently the only one, but if astronomers can find more they may be able to measure Universal expansion within four percent accuracy. Luckily, Berkeley Lab researchers do have a method for finding more.

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tau, Tauopathy, Neurodegenerative Diseases

Antibody Helps Detect Protein Implicated in Alzheimer’s, Other Diseases

Tangles of the protein tau dot the brains of people with diseases like Alzheimer’s. Now, researchers have found a way to measure tau in the blood that accurately reflects tau in the brain. The study, in mice and a small group of people, could be the first step towards a non-invasive test for tau.

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Study Shows High-Salt Diet Decreases Thirst, Increases Hunger

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When you eat salty food, you get thirsty and drink water. Right? Maybe in the short-term -- but within 24 hours, you actually get less thirsty because your body starts to conserve and produce more water.

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Eye Expressions Offer a Glimpse Into the Evolution of Emotion

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New research by Adam Anderson, professor of human development at Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology, reveals why the eyes offer a window into the soul. According to the recent study, in Psychological Science, we interpret a person’s emotions by analyzing the expression in their eyes – a process that began as a universal reaction to environmental stimuli and evolved to communicate our deepest emotions.

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New Many-Toothed Clingfish Discovered with Help of Digital Scans

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A set of curious researchers, state-of-the-art visual technology and a bit of good luck helped find a new fish whose tooth collection could put a shark to shame.







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