Our weight tells how we assess food

Science Daily - Fri, 22/09/2017 - 3:17pm
A new study demonstrated that people of normal weight tend to associate natural foods such as apples with their sensory characteristics. On the other hand, processed foods such as pizzas are generally associated with their function or the context in which they are eaten. But that's not all. The research also highlighted the ways in which underweight people pay greater attention to natural foods and overweight people to processed foods.
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Residents: Frontline defenders against antibiotic resistance?

Science Daily - Fri, 22/09/2017 - 3:17pm
Residents often decide which antibiotics to start a patient on so they could become the first line of defense against antibiotic resistance.
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Strategy might prevent infections in patients with spinal cord injuries

Science Daily - Fri, 22/09/2017 - 3:17pm
A new study sheds light on how to reduce the number of infections in patients with spinal cord injuries without using antibiotics.
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Usher syndrome: Gene therapy restores hearing and balance

Science Daily - Fri, 22/09/2017 - 3:17pm
Scientists have recently restored hearing and balance in a mouse model of Usher syndrome type 1G characterized by profound congenital deafness and vestibular disorders caused by severe dysmorphogenesis of the mechanoelectrical transduction apparatus of the inner ear's sensory cells. These findings open up new possibilities for the development of gene therapy treatments for hereditary forms of deafness.
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T-Mobile, Sprint Close To Agreeing Deal Terms

Slashdot - Fri, 22/09/2017 - 2:40pm
From a report: T-Mobile US is close to agreeing tentative terms on a deal to merge with peer Sprint Corp, people familiar with the matter said on Friday, a major breakthrough in efforts to merge the third and fourth largest U.S. wireless carriers. The development follows more than four months of on-and-off talks this year between T-Mobile and Sprint, and comes as the U.S. telecommunications sector seeks ways to tackle investments in 5G technology that will greatly enhance wireless data transfer speeds.

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Dwarf Planet Pluto: Facts About the Icy Former Planet

Space.com - Fri, 22/09/2017 - 2:00pm
Learn about the discovery of dwarf planet Pluto, its fascinating orbit and atmosphere and the controversy surrounding its planetary status.
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Review: Leica Sofort

Wired News - Fri, 22/09/2017 - 2:00pm
The cheapest-ever Leica camera is cute as a button.
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London Has Decided To Ban Uber

Slashdot - Fri, 22/09/2017 - 2:00pm
Johana Bhuiyan, writing for Recode: Transport for London, the taxi regulating service in London, announced today that it would not be renewing Uber's license to operate because of concerns over the company's "lack of corporate responsibility" in relation to public safety issues. The ride-hail company, which launched in London in 2012, is appealing the TfL's decision and will be allowed to continue to operate until a court makes a decision on that appeal. That process could take months. London is a significant market for Uber: The company says there are 40,000 drivers and 3.5 million riders on its platform in London. And like New York City, it is one of the most regulated markets where Uber operates. Unlike most markets across the U.S., Uber drivers in London and New York City are required to participate in government administered background checks.

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Image of the Day

Space.com - Fri, 22/09/2017 - 2:00pm
Citizen scientist Gerald Eichstädt processed data from NASA's Juno spacecraft to create this picture of a sliver of Jupiter. The view focuses on features in Jupiter's dark band that are nicknamed "Whale's Tail" and "Dan's Spot."
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A sustainable future powered by sea

Science Daily - Fri, 22/09/2017 - 1:40pm
Researchers develop turbines to convert the power of ocean waves into clean, renewable energy.
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Assembly of nanoparticles proceeds like a zipper

Science Daily - Fri, 22/09/2017 - 1:40pm
It has always been the Holy Grail of materials science to describe and control the material's structure-function relationship. Nanoparticles are an attractive class of components to be used in functional materials because they exhibit size-dependent properties, such as superparamagnetism and plasmonic absorption of light. Furthermore, controlling the arrangement of nanoparticles can result in unforeseen properties, but such studies are hard to carry out due to limited efficient approaches to produce well-defined three-dimensional nanostructures.
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Stimuli fading away en route to consciousness

Science Daily - Fri, 22/09/2017 - 1:40pm
Whether or not we consciously perceive the stimuli projected onto our retina is decided in our brain. A recent study shows how some signals dissipate along the processing path to conscious perception. This process begins at rather late stages of signal processing. By contrast, in earlier stages there is hardly any difference in the reaction of neurons to conscious and unconscious stimuli.
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Ancient textiles reveal differences in Mediterranean fabrics in the 1st millennium BC

Science Daily - Fri, 22/09/2017 - 1:40pm
Analysis of Iron Age textiles indicates that during c. 1000-400 BC Italy shared the textile culture of Central Europe, while Greece was largely influenced by the traditions of ancient Near East.
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Crowning the 'king of the crops': Sequencing the white guinea yam genome

Science Daily - Fri, 22/09/2017 - 1:40pm
Scientists have, for the first time, provided a genome sequence for the white Guinea yam, a staple crop with huge economic and cultural significance on the African continent and a lifeline for millions of people.
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Winter cold extremes linked to high-altitude polar vortex weakening

Science Daily - Fri, 22/09/2017 - 1:40pm
When the strong winds that circle the Arctic slacken, cold polar air can escape and cause extreme winter chills in parts of the Northern hemisphere. A new study finds that these weak states have become more persistent over the past four decades and can be linked to cold winters in Russia and Europe.
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Hurricane Maria: See the Latest Videos from Space

Space.com - Fri, 22/09/2017 - 1:32pm
NOAA satellites and International Space Station cameras have been capturing imagery of the storm since it was developing in the Atlantic Ocean.
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Flint's water crisis led to fewer babies and higher fetal death rates, researchers find

Science Daily - Fri, 22/09/2017 - 1:16pm
An estimated 275 fewer children were born in Flint, Michigan, while the city was using lead-contaminated water from the Flint River, according to new research findings.
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Breathing dirty air may harm kidneys

Science Daily - Fri, 22/09/2017 - 1:16pm
Outdoor air pollution may increase the risk of chronic kidney disease and contribute to kidney failure, say researchers. Scientists culled national VA databases to evaluate the effects of air pollution and kidney disease on nearly 2.5 million people over a period of 8.5 years, beginning in 2004. The scientists compared VA data on kidney function to air-quality levels collected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as well as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
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Effective help is available for migraine sufferers

Science Daily - Fri, 22/09/2017 - 1:15pm
Although it’s the third most prevalent illness in the world, migraine is widely misunderstood and frequently undiagnosed. Until quite recently a common “remedy” for migraine was to lie in a dark room and wait for the pain to pass. But today there are treatments that work – and new medications formulated specifically for migraine are in the pipeline.
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Rainbow colors reveal cell history

Science Daily - Fri, 22/09/2017 - 1:14pm
A system called "Beta-bow", which allows the history of beta-cells to be traced by genetic bar-coding and multicolor imaging, has been developed by researchers.
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