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Winter Feast: Camera Trap Offers a Candid Look at Idaho’s Scavengers

A research wildlife biologist for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and the executive director of Boise State University’s Intermountain Bird Observatory have teamed up with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to create a series of motion-sensitive camera traps to monitor golden eagle migration and distribution in southwest Idaho.

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REGARDS data show diabetics who use verapamil have lower glucose levels

Lead author of paper published in Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice journal says, while causal relationship cannot be inferred, findings are “absolutely encouraging.”

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Chemical Cages: New Technique Advances Synthetic Biology

Living systems rely on a dizzying variety of chemical reactions essential to development and survival. Most of these involve a specialized class of protein molecules--the enzymes. In a new study, Hao Yan, director of the Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics at ASU's Biodesign Institute presents a clever means of localizing and confining enzymes and the substrate molecules they bind with, speeding up reactions essential for life processes.

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Plant Extract Shows Promise in Treating Pancreatic Cancer

A natural extract derived from India’s neem tree could potentially be used to treat pancreatic cancer, according to a new study in the journal Scientific Reports.

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Wisconsin Researchers Transform Common Cell to Master Heart Cell

By genetically reprogramming the most common type of cell in mammalian connective tissue, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have generated master heart cells — primitive progenitors that form the developing heart. If replicated in human cells, the feat could one day fuel drug discovery, powerful new models for heart disease and the raw material for treating diseased hearts.

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Cornell Astrophysicists Play Vital Role to Validate Detection of Gravitational Waves

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ESF Students Offer Love Letter to the Earth

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, students at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry were asked what they love about the Earth.

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The Big Science Comes From UW-Milwaukee’s Big Data

The detection of gravitational waves came after a nearly 20-year search – the largest and most ambitious project ever funded by the National Science Foundation – and physicists at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee played an essential role in both computing and data analysis.

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Fish Fins Can Sense Touch

The human fingertip is a finely tuned sensory machine, and even slight touches convey a great deal of information about our physical environment. It turns out, some fish use their pectoral fins in pretty much the same way. And do so through a surprisingly similar biological mechanism to mammals.

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Mechanism That Unwinds DNA May Function Similar to an Oil Rig “Pumpjack”

A team of scientists led by Stony Brook University biochemist Huilin Li, PhD, have proposed that DNA is unwound by a type of “pumpjack” mechanism, similar to the way one operates on an oil rig.

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Zika Virus Can Cause Long- and Short-Term Economic Havoc in Americas

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Health Officials Confirm Zika Virus in Ohio

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Robotically Driven System Could Reduce Cost of Drug Discovery

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University have created the first robotically driven experimentation system to determine the effects of a large number of drugs on many proteins, reducing the number of necessary experiments by 70 percent.

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Rise in Marijuana Use Not as High as Previously Reported

Washington University School of Medicine researchers report an estimated 12.5 percent of adults living in the United States use marijuana, but their research also shows that the rate of pot use did not double from 2002 to 2013 — as had been reported in the fall — but instead increased by about 20 percent. Meanwhile, the rate of problems related to the drug has remained steady.

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A 'Nudge' Reduces Doctors' Unnecessary Antibiotic Prescription, Study Finds

Behavioral interventions that appealed to doctors' competitive spirits and desire to strengthen their reputations motivated them to significantly reduce unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions, a new study shows.

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Cockroach Inspires Robot That Squeezes Through Cracks

Creepy bugs can run quickly even when flattened to one-half height.

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Celebrating Canada’s TRIUMF-ant Tradition of Accelerating Discovery

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – TRIUMF is celebrating four decades of discovery enabled by the world’s largest cyclotron – a particle accelerator driving cutting-edge science with tangible impacts on our daily lives. Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan joined TRIUMF’s anniversary celebration and highlighted how the national laboratory continues to advance world-class science and engineering for the benefit of Canada.

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Toddler Avoids Transplant, Mended Heart Is Second Chance at Life

Just two years old at the time, Zoey Jones was told she would need a heart and lung transplant for her failing organs, a complication due to the single ventricle heart defect she was born with. She was referred to Nationwide Children’s Hospital where they began to prepare for a transplant, when a second look in the catheterization laboratory (cath lab) led doctors to believe her heart and lungs were strong enough to avoid transplant altogether.

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The Future of Gaming: Create Your Own Character in Just Four Minutes

Want to see the future of gaming? Look in the mirror.

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Study Details Molecular Mechanism That Regulates How the Heart Pumps Blood

In a finding that could lead to new drugs to treat heart failure, researchers have uncovered the molecular mechanism that regulates how the heart pumps blood. The finding is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The key molecular player in this mechanism is a giant protein called titin, according to a study led by senior author Pieter de Tombe, PhD of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. The study was published Feb. 8, 2016 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.