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Monthly Archives: November 2015

Dead-easy test to tackle parasites

Science has a new weapon in the global war against parasitic worms that kill hundreds of thousands or people annually: xWORM. While testing various…
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Lower survival rates in women with breast cancer diagnosed with depression

Women with breast cancer who subsequently had a recorded diagnosis of depression had a 45% higher risk of death from all causes, according to…
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Discovery of an embryonic switch for cancer stem cell generation

Decreases in a specific group of proteins trigger changes in the cancer microenvironment that accelerate growth and development of therapy-resistant cancer stem cells (CSCs),…
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Genetic study of patients with inflammatory bowel disease could lead to better treatments

Genetic variation in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) appears to play a major role in determining how sick they will become and could…
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Global warming may affect pesticide effectiveness

The effectiveness of permethrin, an important mosquito-fighting insecticide, may be impaired by global warming, according to a recent study. People involved in mosquito-control efforts…
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Brook trout study identifies top climate change pressure factor

Results of a 15-year study of factors affecting populations of Eastern brook trout with climate change show high summer air temperatures have a large…
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Gender segregation in jobs is not rooted in early family planning

Despite decades of efforts to banish the idea of ‘jobs for men’ — construction worker, firefighter, mechanic — and ‘jobs for women’ — teacher,…
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Black women less likely to benefit from early chemotherapy, study shows

Among minority women treated with early chemotherapy, black women fare worse than the other groups, new research shows. While the cause of this is…
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Robot adds new twist to antenna measurements and calibrations

Researchers have been pioneering antenna measurement methods for decades, but a new robot may be the ultimate innovation, extending measurements to higher frequencies while…
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Super-absorbent material soaks up oil spills

In hopes of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material,…
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Income-based school assignment policy influences diversity, achievement

When public schools in Wake County, North Carolina switched from a school assignment policy based on race to one based on socioeconomic status, schools…
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What’s behind a tarantula’s blue hue?

Researchers have found that many species of tarantulas have independently evolved the ability to grow blue hair using nanostructures in their exoskeletons, rather than…
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