Overweight youths at greater risk for heart failure

Science Daily - Wed, 29/06/2016 - 2:58pm
Losing weight as an adult is fine if you want to reduce your risk of heart attack. But you don't necessarily reduce the risk of other heart problems if you only start focusing on proper weight and fitness later in life. High BMI when you're young increases the risk of heart failure, say researchers, even if you're dieting away the pounds as you get older. Research indicates that yo-yo dieting is the worst.
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Crowd-sourced competition to create 'big data' diagnostic tools

Science Daily - Wed, 29/06/2016 - 2:58pm
A crowdsourced collaboration/competition known as DREAM 9 set out three years ago to develop ideas for computational tools that would help treat patients with acute myeloid leukemia.
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Jasmonate-deficient tobacco plants attract herbivorous mammals

Science Daily - Wed, 29/06/2016 - 2:58pm
Scientists have demonstrated the importance of jasmonate-dependent nicotine production for the survival of tobacco plants which are attacked by mammalian herbivores.
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Certain red flags indicate an increased need for intensive care among patients with asthma

Science Daily - Wed, 29/06/2016 - 2:58pm
In patients admitted to the hospital for asthma, illicit drug use and low socioeconomic status were linked with an increased risk of requiring admission to the intensive care unit. Not adhering to asthma prevention medication further increased this risk.
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Physical activity boosts kids' brain power, academic prowess

Science Daily - Wed, 29/06/2016 - 2:57pm
Exercise boosts kids' and young people's brain power and academic prowess, experts say, adding that time taken away from lessons for it is time well spent.
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Sexual arms race drives range expansion in UK diving beetle species

Science Daily - Wed, 29/06/2016 - 2:57pm
Sexual conflict and relative mating success seems to be driving a dramatic shift in the distribution of diving beetles in the UK, a new shows.
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Windows 10 Anniversary Update To Roll Out On August 2

Slashdot - Wed, 29/06/2016 - 2:40pm
Windows 10's first major update -- dubbed Anniversary Update -- will be released to users on August 2, according to a blog post published by Microsoft (Archive link). The company presumably posted the blog post ahead of the original publication plans, and as a result, quickly pulled the story. Windows 10 Anniversary Update will bring with it a number of major changes including extensions to Edge, and improvements to Cortana and Hello biometric feature. It will also mark the end of the one-year free Windows 10 update offer for Windows 7 and Windows 8.x users.

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It's not just a grunt: Pigs really do have something to say

Science Daily - Wed, 29/06/2016 - 2:03pm
The grunts made by pigs vary depending on the pig's personality and can convey important information about the welfare of this highly social species, new research has found.
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Tracking solar eruptions in 3D

Science Daily - Wed, 29/06/2016 - 2:03pm
Scientists have developed an automated method for three-dimensional tracking of massive eruptions from the Sun, called Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs). The Automated CME Triangulation (ACT) system uses data from three space-based observatories that orbit the Sun at different locations, allowing scientists to view the Sun and CMEs from different angles. ACT's ability to track whether a CME is heading towards Earth, and when it is likely to reach us, should lead to significant improvements in space weather forecasting.
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Space team discovers universe is self-cleaning

Science Daily - Wed, 29/06/2016 - 2:03pm
Astronomers have released a catalog of the hidden universe, which reveals the unseen sources of energy found over the last 12 billion years of cosmic history.
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How planetary age reveals water content

Science Daily - Wed, 29/06/2016 - 2:03pm
Water is necessary for life as we know it, but too much water is bad for habitability. Therefore, to study the habitability of extrasolar planets, determining the abundance of water is a key element. Astronomers now show that the observation of exoplanets at different ages can be used to set statistical constraints on their water content -- an important result for future space missions.
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Skype data of 500 million people reveals the real patterns of social adoption

Science Daily - Wed, 29/06/2016 - 2:02pm
Global patterns of adoption spreading are induced by local adoption cascades initiated by multiple spontaneous adopters arriving at a constant rate, amplified by a large number of adoptions induced by social influence, and controlled by individuals who are immune to the actual adoption. This study shows that the structure of real-world adoption clusters is radically different from previous expectations. Vulnerable adoptions, induced by a single adopting neighbor, appear to be important only locally. Instead stable adopters, who are initially resisting to be exposed, are actually responsible for the emergence of global social adoption.
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Test to predict sepsis in burns patients developed

Science Daily - Wed, 29/06/2016 - 2:02pm
A potentially life-saving new test has been developed that will allow clinicians to predict which burn victims will develop sepsis during their treatment, report investigators.
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Cancer cells play hide-and-seek with immune system

Science Daily - Wed, 29/06/2016 - 2:02pm
When the immune system attacks cancer, the tumor modifies itself to escape the immune reaction, report scientists in a new report.
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Grapevines of Southern Spain will suffer more from the impact of climate change

Science Daily - Wed, 29/06/2016 - 2:02pm
Researchers are studying the effects of climate change on Spanish vineyards and they suggest adopting adaptation choices of crops in order to make premium wines more globally competitive.
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Can healthy eating reduce diabetes risk?

Science Daily - Wed, 29/06/2016 - 2:02pm
A diet rich in vegetables and fruit may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, according to new research. The study identified a combination of foods that reduce biomarkers of inflammation and oxidative stress, known risk factors for type 2 diabetes. This dietary pattern, high in vegetables and fruit, and low in chips, sugar, and white bread, is also associated with reduced prevalence of type 2 diabetes.
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Special properties of pneumococci affect their ability to cause meningitis

Science Daily - Wed, 29/06/2016 - 2:02pm
Structures on the surface of pneumococci determine the ability of these bacteria to enter the brain and cause severe infections, according to a new paper. Their findings suggest that certain pneumococci that are small in size, and which have a special protein on their surface, can more easily pass through the blood-brain barrier and cause meningitis that may be lethal.
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No risk of contracting dementia through blood transfusion

Science Daily - Wed, 29/06/2016 - 2:00pm
Previous studies have shown that neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s can be induced in healthy laboratory animals, causing concern that dementia diseases can be transmitted between individuals, possibly via blood transfusions. However, in a new study shows that the diseases are not transmitted.
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UK's oldest deep-water Marine Protected Area successfully protects coral reefs

Science Daily - Wed, 29/06/2016 - 2:00pm
Deep, cold-water corals are very slow to recover from damage, a new, unique study shows. Therefore, say researchers, deep-water Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) protect vulnerable marine ecosystems most effectively when they are put in place before that damage occurs.
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Want to See Daniel Radcliffe’s Body Used as a Rocket? Here You Go

Wired News - Wed, 29/06/2016 - 2:00pm
Check out a new clip from 'Swiss Army Man' here. The post Want to See Daniel Radcliffe’s Body Used as a Rocket? Here You Go appeared first on WIRED.
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