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Study validates East Antarctic ice sheet to remain stable even if western ice sheet melts.

A new study from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis validates that the central core of the East Antarctic ice sheet should remain stable even if the West Antarctic ice sheet melts.

- PhysOrg - NL

In a nutshell: Walnuts activate brain region involved in appetite control.

Double-blind test bolsters observational data that walnuts promote feelings of fullness. Results provide a quantitative measure for testing other compounds' ability to control appetite, including potential medications for the treatment of obesity.

- ScienceDaily - US

Eye patterns in children: The development of anxiety and emotion.

We now know that anxious children tend to avoid making eye contact, and this has consequences for how they experience fear. New research shows that the shorter and less frequently they look at the eyes of others, the more likely they are to be afraid of them, even when there may be no reason to be.

- ScienceDaily - US

Princeton continues to support graduate student imprisoned in Iran.

Princeton University issued the following statement Thursday, Aug. 17, regarding Xiyue Wang, a Princeton graduate student conducting dissertation research in Iran who was sentenced to 10 years in prison after having been accused of espionage.

- Princeton University - US

Estrogen-mediated brain protection directly linked to intake of fatty acids found in oils.

Scientists are increasingly appreciating estrogen's role in brain health. The latest research connecting DHA synthesis to estrogen production, and consequentially brain health, backs up further the old adage that a daily intake of fish oil is good for you.

- ScienceDaily - US

Woman Born Without a Vagina Speaks Out About Rare Condition.

A woman in Arizona who was born without a vagina — the result of a rare condition — is speaking out about her condition.

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Best Astronomy and Astrophysics Books.'s editors present a list of the astrophysics and astronomy books worth a read-through.

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Scientists discover why bubbles zig-zag as they rise through water.

New research suggests the zig-zagging motion of air bubbles rising in water can be explained by the bubbles' rotation -- its 'moment of inertia.'

- UPI - US

E-cigarettes are a gateway to real cigarettes for Britain's young.

MilsiArt/ShutterstockYoung people in Britain who use e-cigarettes are nearly four times more likely to start smoking cigarettes than their non-vaping peers, our latest study has found. When e-cigarettes first entered the market a decade ago, they were considered to be as dangerous as cigarettes. But views have changed since ...

- The Conversation - UK

For sniffing out crime and missing persons, science backs blood-detection dogs.

Dogs can reliably sniff out human blood, even after two years of environmental degradation. Jason Korbol/shutterstockIt's difficult to contemplate the tragedy of losing a loved one and never knowing what happened to them. Every year, an estimated 38,000 people go missing in Australia. While almost 95% of these individuals ...

- The Conversation - UK

If High Court decides against ministers with dual citizenship, could their decisions in office be challenged?.

It'd be better for ministers like Barnaby Joyce to have any potentially contentious decisions made by an acting minister until their citizenship issues are resolved. AAP/Mick TsikasWhat would happen if the High Court found that ministers Barnaby Joyce, Fiona Nash and Matthew Canavan had not been validly elected at the last ...

- The Conversation - UK

The Blind Can Experience the Eclipse with This Cool Sensory App and Braille Book

A new multisensory app and tactile guide help blind and visually impaired communities experience the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21.

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'Euro Devil': Fossil of carnivorous marsupial relative discovered in E Europe

Scientists have discovered fossil remains of a new carnivorous mammal in Turkey, one of the biggest marsupial relatives ever discovered in the northern hemisphere.

- ScienceDaily - US

Lithuanian man brought to US to face $100 million fraud case

A Lithuanian man has been extradited to the United States to face charges that he duped Google and Facebook into sending him over $100 million.

- PhysOrg - NL

Satellites show Hurricane Gert being affected by wind shear

NASA's Aqua satellite and NOAA's GOES-East satellite provided an infrared and visible look at Atlantic Hurricane Gert. Both images showed the storm was being affected by wind shear and had become elongated.

- PhysOrg - NL

Solar eclipse viewers spark Oregon traffic nightmare

As the U.S. experiences its first total solar eclipse since 1979, the impending traffic situations are already cropping up, most notably in Oregon.

- FOX News - US

Timbuktu destruction: landmark ruling awards millions to Malians

MINUSMA/Marco Dormino, CC BY-NC-SAThe International Criminal Court has ordered Malian radical Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi to pay €2.7m in reparations for his role in the destruction of the UNESCO world heritage site in Timbuktu in 2012. This is the first time the court has demanded reparations for the destruction of cultural ...

- The Conversation - UK

Noninvasive retinal imaging may improve early detection of Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's disease represents the leading cause of dementia worldwide. Currently, challenges in making an early and definitive diagnosis of AD limit opportunities to intervene with disease-modifying therapies before substantial neurodegeneration occurs. Neurodegeneration in AD has been attributed to the accumulation of ...

- ScienceDaily - US

Solar eclipse will reveal the roiling fog of plasma we call home

The 21 August solar eclipse gives scientists and the public alike a chance to observe the sun's corona, a ring of plasma that stretches as far as Earth

- NewScientist - US

Yes, Scotch Whiskey Is Better With a Splash of Water

A true Scotch drinker doesn't pour an aged Macallan in order to, as less refined revelers might say, get the party started.' Quite the contrary, the seasoned aficionado attends to certain norms and customs before imbibing, not unlike a traditional tea ceremony, in a nod to enlightenment, restraint and discernment—the ...

- Discover - US

Tech companies banishing extremists after Charlottesville

It took bloodshed in Charlottesville to get tech companies to do what civil rights groups have been calling for for years: take a firmer stand against accounts used to promote hate and violence.

- PhysOrg - NL

NASA taps citizen scientists to help study eclipse

Researchers at NASA are counting on the participation of thousands of citizen scientists to document next week's solar eclipse and to gather usable data.

- UPI - US

The laws of attraction: Pheromones don't lie, fruit fly research suggests

For the first time, scientists have shown that a female fruit fly's pheromone signals can actually tell males how much energy her body has invested in egg production versus in storing away energy for her own survival. And it's a signal that she can't change in order to make herself more attractive.

- ScienceDaily - US

Opioids overused in migraine treatment, regardless of race

African-Americans are more likely to experience debilitating migraine headaches than whites, but a new study probing the issue found no evidence of racial disparities in treatment practices. Instead, researchers report a different finding that affects everyone: opioid overuse.

- ScienceDaily - US

Lessons from Adelaide in how a smart city can work to benefit everyone

By the time you've finished reading this article, roughly 20 people will have moved from the country into a city somewhere around the world. In any given week, millions of people head into cities. Cities are growing well beyond anything their founders could have imagined. At the same time, the resources available within ...

- The Conversation - UK

Explaining polygamy and its history in the Mormon Church

Polygamy advocate Brady Williams talks with his five wives during an interview at their home in a polygamous community outside Salt Lake City. AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, FileThe arrest of polygamist leader Lyle Jeffs, evictions of polygamist families and new studies on crippling genetic disorders among small ultra-orthodox or ...

- The Conversation - UK

How particular fear memories can be erased

Researchers have devised a method to selectively erase particular fear memories by weakening the connections between neurons involved in forming these memories. In their experiments, they found that fear memory can be manipulated in such a way that some beneficial memories are retained while others, detrimental to our daily ...

- ScienceDaily - US

Are stem cells the link between bacteria and cancer?

A new mechanism of stomach gland regeneration reveals impact of Helicobacter pylori infection.

- ScienceDaily - US

Ahead by a century: The Hip imagines a better future

A still from the documentary, Long Time Running, premiering at TIFF next month, captures frontman of the Tragically Hip, Gord Downie, as he leads the band through a concert in Vancouver last summer. The writer attended the Tragically Hip's final tour stop in Kingston, Ont. Good poetry is explosive. It makes us re-examine ...

- The Conversation - UK

Solar Eclipse-Chasing Jets Aim to Solve Mystery of Sun's Corona

Scientists will use cameras on two of NASA's WB-57 research jets to make high-resolution moving observations of the sun's corona during the total solar eclipse.

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Finding balance on marriage equality debate a particular challenge for the media

Cory Bernardi's views on same-sex marriage may be crude and ignorant, but the media are nonetheless obligated to report how he uses his power. AAP/Lukas CochCovering the same-sex marriage debate presents the media with an acute ethical dilemma: how to give effect to people's right of free speech while taking into account ...

- The Conversation - UK

Apple CEO makes $2 million pledge to fight hate

Apple is donating $2 million to two human rights groups as part of CEO Tim Cook's pledge to help lead the fight against the hate that fueled the violence in Virginia during a white-nationalist rally last weekend.

- PhysOrg - NL

Journalists successfully used secure computing to expose Panama Papers, researchers say

A team of researchers from Clemson University, Columbia University and the University of Washington has discovered a security success in an unlikely place: the "Panama Papers."

- PhysOrg - NL

Gold nanostars and immunotherapy vaccinate mice against cancer

By combining an FDA-approved cancer immunotherapy with an emerging tumor-roasting nanotechnology, Duke University researchers improved the efficacy of both therapies in a proof-of-concept study using mice.

- PhysOrg - NL

Kidney Stones: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

A kidney stone is a hard mass that forms in the kidneys from minerals in the urine, and if large enough, can cause serve pain.

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Holocaust discovery: Ritual baths uncovered in synagogue complex destroyed by Nazis

Archaeologists have uncovered two ritual baths in the remains of the Great Synagogue of Vilna , in Lithuania, more than 70 years after its destruction during the Holocaust.

- FOX News - US

Whales turn tail at ocean mining noise

A new international study has measured the effect of loud sounds on migrating humpback whales as concern grows as oceans become noisier. Scientists have said one of the main sources of ocean noise was oil and gas exploration, due to geologists firing off loud acoustic air guns to probe the structure of the ocean floor in ...

- ScienceDaily - US

Charlottesville and the politics of fear

Did Trump's rhetoric played a part in radicalizing the far-right protesters in Charlottesville? AP Photo/Steve HelberI have spent nearly 16 years studying how the risk of violence grows in societies around the world and running programs designed to stem the tide. I have seen toxic rhetoric from political leaders result in ...

- The Conversation - UK

Trilobites: Researchers Offer Solution to Puzzle of Sea Snakes With Jet-Black Skin

Turtle-headed sea snakes that live closer to humans develop darker skin, which may be like a pollution trap that they shed.

- New York Times - US

Schoolchildren who use e-cigarettes are more likely to try tobacco

New research suggests that teenagers who had tried an e-cigarette were almost four times more likely to start smoking a conventional cigarette within a year, when compared to classmates who had not.

- ScienceDaily - US

Citizen scientists will take to the field for U.S. eclipse

- When the moon passes directly in front of the sun on Aug. 21, casting a deep shadow across the United States, thousands of citizen scientists will be watching the eclipse while monitoring temperature changes, animal behavior and radio signals bouncing around the atmosphere.

- Reuters - US

Grattan on Friday: Malcolm Turnbull's government has finally defied fiction

With the eligibility of the Nationals' leadership under question, Malcolm Turnbull has had a nightmarish week. Mick Tsikas/AAPIn a week belonging more appropriately to Shaun Micallef comedy than parliamentary reality, it's arguable Pauline Hanson's burqa stunt wasn't the most extraordinary thing that happened in Canberra. ...

- The Conversation - UK

New technique overcomes genetic cause of infertility

Scientists have created healthy offspring from genetically infertile male mice, offering a potential new approach to tackling a common genetic cause of human infertility.

- ScienceDaily - US

This may not be the 'biggest flu season on record', but it is a big one – here are some possible reasons

When the H3N2 strain dominates, we see bigger flu seasons and cases affecting the elderly more than the young. from shutterstock.comThis year, the number of laboratory-confirmed influenza virus infections began rising earlier than usual and hit historic highs in some Australian states. If you have been part of any gathering ...

- The Conversation - UK

Vital Signs: RBA rates decision stuck between jobs growth and household debt

Vital Signs is a weekly economic wrap from UNSW economics professor and Harvard PhD Richard Holden . Vital Signs aims to contextualise weekly economic events and cut through the noise of the data affecting global economies. This week: Employment rising, consumer spending growing but wages are still stuck. Therein lies the ...

- The Conversation - UK

Kenya's post-election violence: the harm that's been done to children

A child's exposure to violence can lead to lasting physical, mental, and emotional harm. Georgina Cranston/ReutersKenya's recent general election was held amid political tension and fear. Election violence is not new to the East African country. About 1,100 people, including children, died in the events that followed the ...

- The Conversation - UK

Engineering team images tiny quasicrystals as they form

What makes quasicrystals so interesting? Their unusual structure. Now scientists are actively pursuing this relatively new area of study.

- ScienceDaily - US

These college students are vying to build Elon Musk's hyperloop

This team of University of Maryland students is hoping to prove it can win SpaceX's hyperloop capsule competition and bring in a new form of transportation to life. It may take years to see if Elon Musk's dream of a hyperloop will lead to humans zipping between cities at hundreds of miles an hour aboard pods packed inside ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Gender norms are still important for women's choice of college major

Traditional cultural norms about gendered roles and femininity still matter for women's choice of college major, according to new research. Researcher have shown how long-held cultural norms about femininity may contribute to ongoing gender segregation in academia, and to the college majors that women decide to pursue in ...

- ScienceDaily - US

New gene catalog of ocean microbiome reveals surprises

Microbes dominate the planet, especially the ocean, and help support the entire marine food web. In a recent report published in Nature Microbiology, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa oceanography professor Ed DeLong and his team report the largest single-site microbiome gene catalog constructed to date. With this new ...

- PhysOrg - NL