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Experimental Lung Treatment Could Make Breathing Easier

NPR - May 1, 2018 - 2:49pm

Lung surfactant coats tiny air sacs in the lung. Without it, every breath is a struggle, like blowing up millions of little balloons. With surfactant, breathing is as easy as blowing soap bubbles.

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How More Than Half the Art in This French Museum Was Forged

National Geographic - May 1, 2018 - 2:39pm
This small museum in southern France spent more than $190,000 on forged or fake art.
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World's Oldest Spider Dies At 43

NPR - May 1, 2018 - 2:33pm

Australian scientists have reported that a spider — assumed to be the world's oldest — has died at 43, outliving its nearest rival by 15 years. The arachnid is believed to have survived for so long by sticking to one protected burrow its entire life and expending minimal energy.

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'On Fire For God's Work': How Scott Pruitt's Faith Drives His Politics

NPR - May 1, 2018 - 2:33pm

Before Scott Pruitt became the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, his political career was guided in large part by his Southern Baptist faith and a faith-based agenda.

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Terrawatch: rocks could have a role in combatting climate change

The Guardian - May 1, 2018 - 2:30pm

German scientists propose using basalt and dunite to soak up carbon from the atmosphere

They might seem solid, but rocks gradually erode. Wind, rain, ice and snow all contribute to weathering; nibbling away at mountains, sea cliffs, limestone pavements and even solid granite tors.

Freshly exposed rock surfaces react with carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to make bicarbonate ions, which flow down to the ocean (hitching a ride on rivulets of rainwater) and are used by ocean critters to make limestone. This natural process helps to keep the Earth cool by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and locking it up in rocks underground for a few million years.

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Deer fawns more likely to survive in agricultural landscapes than forest

Science Daily - May 1, 2018 - 2:18pm
The cruel truth is that throughout the white-tailed deer's range only about half of all fawns live to see their first birthday -- most are killed by predators. However, they have a much better chance of surviving if they are born in farmland rather than in forest, according to researchers.
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One detector doesn't 'fit all' for smoke in spacecraft

Science Daily - May 1, 2018 - 2:18pm
Researchers describe how they looked at the smoke particles produced by five materials commonly used aboard crewed spacecraft, defined their characteristics and evaluated how well they could be detected by two traditional smoke detection systems.
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Dehydration prompts more blood feeding by mosquitoes

Science Daily - May 1, 2018 - 2:18pm
Biologists have found that dry conditions prompted house mosquitoes to seek a blood meal. This could explain why researchers have found higher rates of disease transmission during droughts.
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Taking the guesswork out of discovering new high-entropy alloys

Science Daily - May 1, 2018 - 2:18pm
Scientists have developed a method of computational analysis that can help predict the composition and properties of as-yet unmade high performance alloys.
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Study challenges 'shock and kill' approach to eliminating HIV

Science Daily - May 1, 2018 - 2:18pm
Researchers have provided new insight into the cellular processes behind the 'shock and kill' approach to curing HIV, which they say challenges the effectiveness of the treatment.
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Single injection treats hemophilia B for life, in proof-of-concept study

Science Daily - May 1, 2018 - 2:18pm
Researchers have demonstrated in mice that hemophilia B can be treated for life with one single injection containing disease-free liver cells that can produce their missing clotting factor.
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Mercury Rising: New evidence that volcanism triggered the late Devonian extinction

Science Daily - May 1, 2018 - 2:18pm
The late Devonian extinction, about 370 million years ago, is one of the 'Big Five.' It killed up to 80 percent of species, obliterating the lavish Devonian coral reef ecosystem. The final pulse in this multi-step crisis, called the Frasnian-Famennian event, was its most devastating. But what, exactly, did the killing?
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Environmental impact of electric vehicles in China? It depends on how they are charged

Science Daily - May 1, 2018 - 2:18pm
Electric vehicles play a key role in China's plan to improve air quality and reduce CO2 emissions but, with the majority of China's electricity still coming from coal-fired power plants, many question just how effective this strategy will be. Now, researchers have found that how electric vehicles are charged -- whether in the low-energy slow mode or high-energy fast mode -- plays a significant role in the reduction of CO2 and the integration of wind energy.
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Sea turtle nesting beaches threatened by microplastic pollution

Science Daily - May 1, 2018 - 2:18pm
Tiny pieces of plastic could be jeopardizing sensitive sea turtle nesting beaches.
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Formate prevents most folic acid-resistant neural tube defects in mice

Science Daily - May 1, 2018 - 2:17pm
A multi-institutional research team has developed a novel folic acid-resistant neural tube defect mouse model of the human condition by silencing the Slc25a32 gene, and, in most of the mutant mice, neural tube defects can be prevented by formate supplementation.
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A reimagined future for sustainable nanomaterials

Science Daily - May 1, 2018 - 2:17pm
Engineered nanomaterials hold great promise for medicine, electronics, water treatment, and other fields. But when the materials are designed without critical information about environmental impacts at the start of the process, their long-term effects could undermine those advances. A team of researchers hopes to change that.
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Down side of being dubbed 'class clown'

Science Daily - May 1, 2018 - 2:17pm
Being dubbed the class clown by teachers and peers has negative social repercussions for third-grade boys that may portend developmental and academic consequences for them, researchers found.
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One-dimensional material packs a powerful punch for next generation electronics

Science Daily - May 1, 2018 - 2:17pm
Engineers have demonstrated prototype devices made of an exotic material that can conduct a current density 50 times greater than conventional copper interconnect technology.
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Scientists discover balance of thermal energy and low climate stress drive coral species diversity

Science Daily - May 1, 2018 - 2:17pm
Marine scientists have identified two key factors that create the ideal conditions needed for high species diversity in coral reefs: thermal energy in the form of warm water and low climate stress.
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Novel theranostic approach for treating pancreatic cancer patients shows promise

Science Daily - May 1, 2018 - 2:10pm
German researchers have developed a novel diagnostic and therapeutic (theranostic) procedure for patients with ductal pancreatic adenocarcinoma, a deadly cancer with an extremely poor prognosis (five-year survival rate of less than 5 percent) and limited treatment options.
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