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Brain Scan Reveals Out-of-Body Illusion

May 1, 2015 | by Karolinska Institutet | Comments

The feeling of being inside one’s own body is not as self-evident as one might think. In a new study neuroscientists created an out-of-body illusion in participants placed inside a brain scanner. They then used the illusion to perceptually ‘teleport’ the participants to different locations in a room and show that the perceived location of the bodily self can be decoded from activity patterns in specific brain regions.

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Study: Global Warming to Push 1 in 13 Species to Extinction

May 1, 2015 10:29 am | by Seth Borenstein, Associated Press Science Writer | Comments

Global warming will eventually push 1 out of every 13 species on Earth into extinction, a new study projects.

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Researchers Create DNA Repair Map of Entire Human Genome

May 1, 2015 10:20 am | by UNC | Comments

The new experimental assay can help scientists find the precise locations of repair of DNA damage caused by UV radiation and common chemotherapies. The invention could lead to better cancer drugs or improvements in the potency of existing ones.

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DNA Suggests All Early Eskimos Migrated from North Slope

May 1, 2015 10:04 am | by Northewestern University | Comments

First evidence to genetically tie all Inuit populations to Alaska's North Slope. Genetic testing of Iñupiat people currently living in Alaska’s North Slope is helping scientists fill in the blanks on questions about the migration patterns and ancestral pool of the people who populated the North American Arctic over the last 5,000 years.

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Biotech Workers Win $58 Million Lottery Drawing, to Split Prize

May 1, 2015 9:51 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The “Lucky 16 Trust” lived up to its name.

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How the Brain Tells Good From Bad

April 30, 2015 10:04 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | Comments

Eating a slice of chocolate cake or spending time with a friend usually stimulates positive feelings, while getting in a car accident or anticipating a difficult exam is more likely to generate a fearful or anxious response.

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3 Boys Saved by Customized Airway Tube Made on 3-D Printer

April 30, 2015 9:04 am | by Lauren Neergaard, Associated Press Medical Writer | Comments

In a striking example of how 3-D printers could customize medical care, doctors turned powdered plastic into tiny devices that saved the lives of three baby boys by holding open defective airways so they could breathe - and the implants even expanded as the tots grew.

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Cardiorespiratory Fitness Contributes to Successful Brain Aging

April 29, 2015 10:08 am | by Boston University | Comments

Cardiorespiratory fitness may positively impact the structure of white matter in the brains of older adults. These results suggest that exercise could be prescribed to lessen age-related declines in brain structure.

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Bringing Order to Big Data of Human Biology

April 29, 2015 10:02 am | by Simons Foundation | Comments

'Network-guided association study,' or NetWAS, led to identification of gene interaction networks for organs as diverse as the kidney, the liver and the whole brain.

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Rare Dune Plants Thrive on Disturbance

April 29, 2015 9:53 am | by Washington University in St. Louis | Comments

Stabilizing dunes suppresses native species and makes the dunes themselves more prone to erosion.

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New Technology Speeds Analysis of Whole Genome Sequence Tenfold

April 29, 2015 9:10 am | Comments

 Results achieved in approximately six hours, compared to 60 hours with standard software.  

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Affordable Personalized RNA Cancer Vaccine Works, Aided by CD4 T Cells

April 29, 2015 8:53 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Comments

A team from Johannes Gutenberg University engineered a relatively cheap, and comparatively easy-to-make, personalized vaccine—and wiped out lung, skin, and colon cancer cells in mice.

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Genetic Testing Moves into World of Employee Health

April 28, 2015 4:32 pm | by Tom Murphy, Associated Press Business Writer | Comments

Your employer may one day help determine if your genes are why your jeans have become too snug.

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Scientists Uncover Surprising New Details of Potential Alzheimer’s Treatment

April 28, 2015 10:14 am | by TSRI | Comments

Scientists have uncovered some surprising details of a group of compounds that have shown significant potential in stimulating the growth of brain cells and memory restoration in animal models that mimic Alzheimer’s disease.

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Microneedle Patch for Measles Vaccination Could be Global Game Changer

April 28, 2015 10:08 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

A new microneedle patch being developed by the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) could make it easier to vaccinate people against measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases.

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Study Blames Global Warming for 75 Percent of Very Hot Days

April 28, 2015 9:53 am | by Seth Borenstein, Associated Press Science Writer | Comments

If you find yourself sweating out a day that is monstrously hot, chances are you can blame humanity. A new report links three out of four such days to man's effects on climate.

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