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Current Biology - Glass Sponge: Uncommonly Strong Glass Houses -...

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Glass Sponge: Uncommonly Strong Glass Houses - Wired Some deep sea sponges have skeletons made of a surprising material: glass. Appearing frail and ethereal, the sponges — one of which is known as...
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Civic hackers: Techies volunteer to rescue government - tech - 02 July 2013 - New Scientist

Civic hackers: Techies volunteer to rescue government - tech - 02 July 2013 - New Scientist | Exploring Life | Scoop.it
Cash-strapped governments are recruiting an army of unlikely helpers to boost public services with quick digital fixes, but are they the solution?
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Linking cannabis and suicide doesn't prove causation - health - 13 September 2014 - New Scientist

Linking cannabis and suicide doesn't prove causation - health - 13 September 2014 - New Scientist | Exploring Life | Scoop.it
A study linking daily cannabis use to suicide got a lot of coverage earlier this week, but, Michael Slezak says, correlation does not mean causation
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Spiky Sea Urchin-Inspired Hydroelectric House Converts Wave Energy into Electricity

Spiky Sea Urchin-Inspired Hydroelectric House Converts Wave Energy into Electricity | Exploring Life | Scoop.it
Dr. Margot Krasojević unveiled designs for a futuristic hydroelectric house in Llandudno, Cape Town.
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How Ebola and Other Viruses Mutate : DNews

How Ebola and Other Viruses Mutate  : DNews | Exploring Life | Scoop.it
Viruses can disguise themselves in order to fool host cells and survive. Continue reading →
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Sugar Substitutes, Gut Bacteria, and Glucose Intolerance | The Scientist Magazine®

The consumption of artificial sweeteners results in glucose intolerance mediated by changes in the gut microbiota in both mice and humans, researchers report.
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Sugar substitutes linked to obesity

Sugar substitutes linked to obesity | Exploring Life | Scoop.it
Artificial sweetener seems to change gut microbiome.
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Anatomy of a Virus | The Scientist Magazine®

A mass spectrometry-based analysis of influenza virions provides a detailed view of their composition.
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Artificial Spleen Cleans Ebola from Blood

Artificial Spleen Cleans Ebola from Blood | Exploring Life | Scoop.it
The newly developed device improves survival in rats after severe infections with everything from E. coli to Ebola
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Extreme insect: Genetic analysis of a species of African midge that can survive harsh conditions

Scientists have completed the genetic analysis on a species of African midge, which can survive a wide array of extreme conditions including large variations in temperature, extreme drought and even airless vacuums such as space. The team successfully deciphered the genetic mechanism that makes the midge invulnerable to these harsh conditions.
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Almost Every Way Of Getting To Work Besides Driving Is Better For Your Mental Health

Almost Every Way Of Getting To Work Besides Driving Is Better For Your Mental Health | Exploring Life | Scoop.it
Ending your terrible car commute is about equivalent to getting married or having a baby, in terms of improved well-being.
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Study sheds new light on why batteries go bad

Study sheds new light on why batteries go bad | Exploring Life | Scoop.it
A comprehensive look at how tiny particles in a lithium ion battery electrode behave shows that rapid-charging the battery and using it to do high-power, rapidly draining work may not be as damaging as researchers had thought -- and that the benefits of slow draining and charging may have been overestimated. The results challenge the prevailing view that 'supercharging' batteries is always harder on battery electrodes than charging at slower rates.
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Vaginal Microbe Yields Novel Antibiotic

Vaginal Microbe Yields Novel Antibiotic | Exploring Life | Scoop.it
A new drug is one of thousands of drug-like molecules that may be produced by our microbiome
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How a Zebra Mussel Convinced Me To Get a Vasectomy - Issue 17: Big Bangs - Nautilus

How a Zebra Mussel Convinced Me To Get a Vasectomy - Issue 17: Big Bangs - Nautilus | Exploring Life | Scoop.it
To view the video, click the “play” icon above. On Feb. 19, 2012, journalist Charlie Foster told a deeply personal and thoughtful…
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Giant DNA Origami | The Scientist Magazine®

Giant DNA Origami | The Scientist Magazine® | Exploring Life | Scoop.it
Researchers create the largest 3-D DNA structures to date, many times bigger than previously constructed origami shapes.
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Workouts are no antidote to death by desk job - health - 04 July 2013 - New Scientist

Workouts are no antidote to death by desk job - health - 04 July 2013 - New Scientist | Exploring Life | Scoop.it
Long periods of desk work or TV viewing can slash your life expectancy, even if you work out every day. So what can you do about doing nothing?
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Sea Urchin-Inspired House Captures Tidal Energy : DNews

Sea Urchin-Inspired House Captures Tidal Energy : DNews | Exploring Life | Scoop.it
Concept structure uses a shell within a shell to trap tidal energy. Continue reading →
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Shrimp Use Eye Trick to Become Invisible in Water : DNews

All is not what it seems underwater, as scientists have determined that some organisms are completely invisible when in water. Continue reading →
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Statins Stimulate Bone Growth? | The Scientist Magazine®

The cholesterol-lowering drugs could be used to treat people with two types of dwarfism, a study suggests.
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Kids exposed in the womb to plasticizers more likely to have asthma — Environmental Health News

Kids exposed in the womb to plasticizers more likely to have asthma — Environmental Health News | Exploring Life | Scoop.it
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Precisely Placed | The Scientist Magazine®

Vein patterns in the wings of developing fruit flies never vary by more than the width of a single cell.
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Rules of thumb for climate change turned upside down: Wet and dry regions recalculated

With a new analysis of land regions, climate researchers are challenging the general climate change paradigm that dry regions are getting drier and wet regions are getting wetter. In some regions they are encountering divergent trends.
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Mice given human brain gene learned tasks faster : study

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Although it's far from the sort of brain transplant beloved by science fiction enthusiasts, scientists have taken one step in that direction: they have spliced a key human brain gene
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Boosting armor for nuclear-waste eating microbes

A microbe developed to clean up nuclear waste has just been improved. In earlier research, Gemma Reguera, a microbiologist identified that Geobacter bacteria's tiny conductive hair-like appendages, or pili, did the yeoman's share of remediation. By increasing the strength of the pili nanowires, she improved their ability to clean up uranium and other toxic wastes.
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Garbled DNA Might Be Good for You

Garbled DNA Might Be Good for You | Exploring Life | Scoop.it
Our bodies are a genetic patchwork, possessing variation from cell to cell. Is that a good thing?
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