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Nurses' regular use of disinfectants is associated with developing COPD

Nurses' regular use of disinfectants is associated with developing COPD | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
Regular use of disinfectants is linked to a higher risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to new research looking at incidence of the disease in over 55,000 nurses in the USA, to be presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress.
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Interrupting Parkinson's Disease

Interrupting Parkinson's Disease | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
A new study reports antioxidant intervention during early stages of Parkinson's disease may help slow its progression.
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Scientists Have Uncovered The Atomic Structure of a Key Alzheimer's Protein For The First Time

Scientists Have Uncovered The Atomic Structure of a Key Alzheimer's Protein For The First Time | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
For the first time, scientists have revealed the chemical structure of one of the key markers of Alzheimer's disease, capturing high-resolution images of the abnormal tau protein deposits suspected to be behind Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative conditions.
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Pathway to 'rejuvenating' immune cells to fight cancers and infections

Pathway to 'rejuvenating' immune cells to fight cancers and infections | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
A new discovery of the mechanism of T cell exhaustion will lead to treatments to enhance immunotherapies against cancers and such viruses as HIV.
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Stem cells shown safe, beneficial for chronic stroke patients, clinical trial finds

Stem cells shown safe, beneficial for chronic stroke patients, clinical trial finds | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
Injecting modified, human, adult stem cells directly into the brains of chronic stroke patients proved not only safe but effective in restoring motor function, according to the findings of a small clinical trial led by Stanford University School of Medicine investigators.
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Progress in Development of First Vaccine for Alzheimer’s Disease

Progress in Development of First Vaccine for Alzheimer’s Disease | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
An international team of researchers from the United States and Australia has made a successful vaccine formulation that targets pathological proteins associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
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Brain cell death in Alzheimer's linked to structural flaw

Brain cell death in Alzheimer's linked to structural flaw | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
Researchers have identified a new biological pathway involved in Alzheimer's disease. In experiments using fruit flies, blocking the pathway reduced the death of brain cells, suggesting that interfering with the pathway could represent a promising new strategy to treat the disease in human patients.
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Gravitational Wave Detector Finds Double Colliding Black Holes — Again (Woot!)

Gravitational Wave Detector Finds Double Colliding Black Holes — Again (Woot!) | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
Distortions in the fabric of space-time, predicted by Albert Einstein a century ago, have been directly detected for the second time.
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IBM scientists achieve storage memory breakthrough

IBM scientists achieve storage memory breakthrough | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
For the first time, scientists at IBM Research have demonstrated reliably storing 3 bits of data per cell using a relatively new memory technology known as phase-change memory (PCM).
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Sensory illusion causes cells to self-destruct

Sensory illusion causes cells to self-destruct | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it

Magic tricks work because they take advantage of the brain's sensory assumptions, tricking audiences into seeing phantoms or overlooking sleights of hand. Now a team of researchers has discovered that even brainless single-celled yeast have sensory biases that can be hacked by a carefully engineered illusion, a finding that could be used to develop new approaches to fighting diseases such as cancer.

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Scientists Discover 5400 mph Winds Battering Far Away Planet

Scientists Discover 5400 mph Winds Battering Far Away Planet | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
Strong gusts of wind at 5400 miles per hour are battering in the atmosphere of exoplanet HD 189733b, a new study revealed. The discovery is the first ever weather map of a planet outside the solar system.
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TSRI-led team finds long-sought protein sensor for the 'sixth sense' -- proprioception

TSRI-led team finds long-sought protein sensor for the 'sixth sense' -- proprioception | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
For decades, biologists have been trying to find the crucial sensor protein in nerve endings that translates muscle and tendon stretching into proprioceptive nerve signals. Now in a study published in Nature Neuroscience on Nov. 9, a team led by scientists from The Scripps Research Institute has identified this sensor protein in mice.
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Toppling conventional 'textbook' view from 1960s, stem-cell scientists redefine how blood is made

Toppling conventional 'textbook' view from 1960s, stem-cell scientists redefine how blood is made | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
Stem-cell scientists led by Dr. John Dick have discovered a completely new view of how human blood is made, upending conventional dogma from the 1960s.
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Aeroices: Newly discovered ultralow-density ice

Aeroices: Newly discovered ultralow-density ice | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
Water has many ice phases that form under different pressure and temperature conditions. The effects of positive pressure have been explored extensively, with the results somewhat predictable: As the pressure increases, s
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New Cause of Schizophrenia Uncovered

New Cause of Schizophrenia Uncovered | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it

Researchers from the University of Copenhagen have made a significant discovery as to how schizophrenia may occur. They discovered a genetic defect that causes damage to glial cells may also impair the production of myelin. Researchers believe the lack of myelin may be a significant controbutor to the development of schizophrenia in some patients. Source: University of Copenhagen..

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Vinegar: A cheap and simple way to help plants fight drought

Vinegar: A cheap and simple way to help plants fight drought | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
Researchers have discovered a new, yet simple, way to increase drought tolerance in a wide range of plants. The study reports a newly discovered biological pathway that is activated in times of drought. By working out the details of this pathway, scientists were able to induce greater tolerance for drought-like conditions simply by growing plants in vinegar.
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Tree Climbing Goats Help Argan Trees Disperse Seeds

Tree Climbing Goats Help Argan Trees Disperse Seeds | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
Scientists have discovered that tree climbing goats help trees disperse seeds. The goats eat the fruit but spit out the seeds.
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Climate change mitigation: turning CO2 into rock | University of Southampton

Climate change mitigation: turning CO2 into rock | University of Southampton | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
An international team of scientists have found a potentially viable way to remove anthropogenic (caused or influenced by humans) carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere – turn it into rock.
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Shocking new role found for the immune system: Controlling social interaction

Shocking new role found for the immune system: Controlling social interaction | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
The unexpected finding could have great implications for neurological conditions such as autism-spectrum disorders and schizophrenia.
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Earth has captured a second moon, says NASA

Earth has captured a second moon, says NASA | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
A mini-moon has been orbiting our planet for only around 100 years.
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Breakthrough as Irish scientists discover a new form of light

Breakthrough as Irish scientists discover a new form of light | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
Irish-based scientists have discovered a new form of light. Using an effect discovered in the 1830s, the breakthrough could transform communications.
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Researchers find new phase of carbon, make diamond at room temperature

Researchers find new phase of carbon, make diamond at room temperature | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
Researchers from North Carolina State University have discovered a new phase of solid carbon, called Q-carbon, which is distinct from the known phases of graphite and diamond. They have also developed a technique for using Q-carbon to make diamond-related structures at room temperature and at ambient atmospheric pressure in air.
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Scientists Discover New Plasma Confinement State: How This Could Change Energy Industry

Scientists Discover New Plasma Confinement State: How This Could Change Energy Industry | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
Researchers found a breakthrough in plasma research: a new plasma confinement state. The discovery could pave the way for the development of efficient fusion reactors that could change the energy industry drastically.
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Researchers learn to fine tune tokamak magnetic fields to mitigate damaging energy bursts

Researchers learn to fine tune tokamak magnetic fields to mitigate damaging energy bursts | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
The swirling plasma in donut-shaped fusion facilities called tokamaks are subject to intense heat bursts that can damage the vessel's walls. Halting or mitigating these bursts, called Edge Localized Modes (ELMs), is a key goal of fusion research.
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Eye drops could clear up cataracts using newly identified chemical

Eye drops could clear up cataracts using newly identified chemical | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it

A chemical that could potentially be used in eye drops to reverse cataracts, the leading cause of blindness, has been identified by a team of scientists from UC San Francisco (UCSF), the University of Michigan (U-M), and Washington University in St. Louis.

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