Monthly Archives: January 2016

Do asthma and COPD truly exist?

Defining a patient's symptoms using the historical diagnostic labels of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an outdated approach to understanding an individual's condition, according to experts writing in the European Respiratory...

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As the ‘blue Arctic’ expands thanks to global warming, an icebreaker finds no ice to break

Shrinking Arctic sea ice — now at record-low levels — has implications for ecosystems, climate, weather, and people During a recent mission off the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, a Norwegian Coast Guard icebreaker encountered unusual winter conditions for an area just 800 miles from the North Pole. Open water. At this time of year, sea ice usually closes in around Svalbard's northern and eastern coasts. But not this year. The sturdy 340-foot-long, 6,375-ton KV Svalbard had no ice

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New elements recently added to periodic table

A physicist lays claim to being instrumental in the discovery of four new super-heavy chemical elements—atomic numbers 113, 115, 117, and 118—recently added to the periodic table.

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New elements recently added to periodic table

A physicist lays claim to being instrumental in the discovery of four new super-heavy chemical elements—atomic numbers 113, 115, 117, and 118—recently added to the periodic table.

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Tiniest particles shrink before exploding when hit with x-ray laser

Researchers assumed that tiny objects would instantly blow up when hit by extremely intense light from the world’s most powerful X-ray laser. But to their astonishment, these nanoparticles initially shrank instead – a finding that provides a glimpse of the unusual world of superheated nanomaterials that could eventually also help scientists further develop X-ray techniques for taking atomic images of individual molecules.

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Biologists develop method for antibiotic susceptibility testing

A team of biologists and biomedical researchers has developed a new method to determine if bacteria are susceptible to antibiotics within a few hours, an advance that could slow the appearance of drug resistance and allow doctors to more rapidly identi...

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Biologists develop method for antibiotic susceptibility testing

A team of biologists and biomedical researchers has developed a new method to determine if bacteria are susceptible to antibiotics within a few hours, an advance that could slow the appearance of drug resistance and allow doctors to more rapidly identi...

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Shallow flooding reduces a major rice pest, researchers find

Shallow flooding of rice fields can help reduce rice water weevil populations during Florida’s growing season, between April and September, new research shows. Previous studies of the effect of flood depth on the pest have been inconsistent.

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Lab keeps cancer treatment radiation machines honest

As radiation sources used to map disease and attack cancer grow in number and complexity, experts continue to offer the last word on accurate radiation doses. A lab fine-tunes instruments used by clinics to measure radiation doses from X-ray machines, ...

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Understanding the magnetic sun

Scientists have turned to a combination of real time observations and computer simulations to best analyze how material courses through the corona.

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Oncologists issue guidance for allocating scarce chemotherapy drugs

Claiming that clinicians lack formal and concrete allocation guidance when faced with a critical drug shortage, experts in pediatric oncology and bioethics have issued a framework to avoid waste and guide difficult prioritization decisions among childr...

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