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Science Defeats Creationism In Oklahoma In Flawless Victory

Science Defeats Creationism In Oklahoma In Flawless Victory | Science watch | Scoop.it
Three anti-science bills that would have severely set back the education of students in Oklahoma died quietly last week when the legislative session came to an end.
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Researchers recreate bee collapse with pesticide-laced corn syrup

Researchers recreate bee collapse with pesticide-laced corn syrup | Science watch | Scoop.it
Scientists with the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) have re-created the mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder in several honeybee hives simply by giving them small doses of a popular pesticide, imidacloprid.
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New design for a metamaterial could be far more efficient at capturing sunlight than existing solar cells

New design for a metamaterial could be far more efficient at capturing sunlight than existing solar cells | Science watch | Scoop.it
Metamaterials are a new class of artificial substances with properties unlike anything found in the natural world. Some have been designed to act as invisibility cloaks; others as superlenses, antenna systems or highly sensitive detectors.
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Immortal worms defy aging

Immortal worms defy aging | Science watch | Scoop.it
Researchers from The University of Nottingham have demonstrated how a species of flatworm overcomes the ageing process to be potentially immortal.
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Gorilla genome sequenced

Gorilla genome sequenced | Science watch | Scoop.it
The assembly of the gorilla genome was announced today, March 7, by a multi-national group of researchers. The gorilla is the last genus of the living great apes to have its genome decoded.
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Shining light in the ears may alleviate SAD symptoms

Shining light in the ears may alleviate SAD symptoms | Science watch | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress) -- Millions of people experience depression and lower levels of energy in the winter due to seasonal-affective disorder (SAD), or the “winter blues.” Since the disorder is thought to arise due to a shortage of natural light, one...
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Oldest organism with skeleton discovered in Australia

Oldest organism with skeleton discovered in Australia | Science watch | Scoop.it
A team of paleontologists has discovered the oldest animal with a skeleton.
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LED's efficiency exceeds 100%

LED's efficiency exceeds 100% | Science watch | Scoop.it
(PhysOrg.com) -- For the first time, researchers have demonstrated that an LED can emit more optical power than the electrical power it consumes.
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World’s first primate chimeric offspring produced: Research demonstrates not all embryonic stem cells are equal

World’s first primate chimeric offspring produced: Research demonstrates not all embryonic stem cells are equal | Science watch | Scoop.it
Scientists have shed new light on how early embryonic stem cells develop and take part in formation of the primate species.
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Marijuana, a cure for cancer?

Plant-derived cannabinoids, including Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), induce apoptosis in leukemic cells, although the precise mechanism remains unclear.

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Saudi Arabia discovers 9,000 year-old civilization

Saudi Arabia discovers 9,000 year-old civilization | Science watch | Scoop.it
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia is excavating a new archeological site that will show horses were domesticated 9,000 years ago in the Arabian peninsula, the country's antiquities expert said...
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Not so fast -- researchers find that lasting evolutionary change takes about one million years

Not so fast -- researchers find that lasting evolutionary change takes about one million years | Science watch | Scoop.it
In research that will help address a long-running debate and apparent contradiction between short- and long-term evolutionary change, scientists have discovered that although evolution is a constant and sometimes rapid process, the changes that hit...
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Hints fade of elusive physics 'God particle'

Hints fade of elusive physics 'God particle' | Science watch | Scoop.it
International scientists searching to solve the greatest riddle in all of physics said Monday that signs are fading of the elusive Higgs-Boson particle, which is believed to give objects mass.
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Being 'Born-Again' Linked to More Brain Atrophy: Study

But so was having no religious affiliation, researchers say...
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Female physiology shows subtle differences | Pharyngula

Female physiology shows subtle differences | Pharyngula | Science watch | Scoop.it
As a man with a history of heart concerns, I know what to be aware of in me, and know what symptoms would send me off to the hospital (or to the phone —...
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Insects have 'personalities' too, research on novelty-seeking honey bees indicates

Insects have 'personalities' too, research on novelty-seeking honey bees indicates | Science watch | Scoop.it
Thrill-seeking is not limited to humans and other vertebrates, new research suggests. Some honey bees, too, are more likely than others to seek adventure.
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Chimpanzees have policemen, too: study

Chimpanzees have policemen, too: study | Science watch | Scoop.it
Conflict management is crucial for social group cohesion, and while humans may still be working out some of the details, new research shows that some chimpanzees engage in impartial, third-party 'policing' activity as well.
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Researchers prove Landauer was right in saying heat is dissipated when memory is erased

Researchers prove Landauer was right in saying heat is dissipated when memory is erased | Science watch | Scoop.it
(PhysOrg.com) -- For over half a century, physicists and computer scientists have been troubled by a theoretical concept set forth by Rolf Landauer.
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New robot 'Cheetah' breaks land-speed record

New robot 'Cheetah' breaks land-speed record | Science watch | Scoop.it
(PhysOrg.com) -- Up till now researchers at Boston Dynamics have demonstrated four legged robots that appear meant to carry heavy loads as they tromp through and over rough terrain (e.g. Alpha Dog and Petman, LS3).
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Meteorites reveal another way to make life's components

Meteorites reveal another way to make life's components | Science watch | Scoop.it
(PhysOrg.com) -- Creating some of life's building blocks in space may be a bit like making a sandwich – you can make them cold or hot, according to new NASA research.
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'Supersoldier' ants with gigantic jaws

'Supersoldier' ants with gigantic jaws | Science watch | Scoop.it
Researchers at McGill University, Canada, found that they could activate ancient genes present in ant larvae by dabbing them with hormones - and turn them into huge killing machines.
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Evolution in action: Scientists discover lizards on verge of leap from egg-laying to live births

Evolution in action: Scientists discover lizards on verge of leap from egg-laying to live births | Science watch | Scoop.it
The variety of skink has been found laying eggs along the coast of New South Wales but the same species is giving birth to live young in the colder mountain region.
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Scientists identify point of entry for deadly Ebola virus

Scientists identify point of entry for deadly Ebola virus | Science watch | Scoop.it
Using an unusual human cell line, researchers have performed a genetic screen and identified a protein used by the Ebola virus to gain entry into cells and begin replicating.
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500 years ago, yeast's epic journey gave rise to lager beer

500 years ago, yeast's epic journey gave rise to lager beer | Science watch | Scoop.it
(PhysOrg.com) -- In the 15th century, when Europeans first began moving people and goods across the Atlantic, a microscopic stowaway somehow made its way to the caves and monasteries of Bavaria.
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Embryo development obeys the laws of hydrodynamics

Embryo development obeys the laws of hydrodynamics | Science watch | Scoop.it
Vincent Fleury, a researcher at the Paris Diderot University, studied the early stage of development when embryonic cells first form a flat sheet of cells before folding into a U-shape, resembling a folded pancake.
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