Biologists: Media Sensationalizes Animal Sex

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Here paired female albatross; while the urge is to call these birds “lesbians,” two biologists say that can give the misinformation that human sexuality is a “disease” that can be “cured.” | Credit: Eric VanderWerf. Media reports on animal sex are often sensationalistic, with many humanizing our wild-animal friends “in the sack,” for instance. The result can lead to a misunderstanding about the nature of human sexuality, two biologists write this week in the journal Nature. University of London researcher … Continue reading “Biologists: Media Sensationalizes Animal Sex”

ISRO aims for April 2018 launch of Chandrayaan-2

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Picture for Representation , ISRO.gov.in The ISRO today said it is aiming for an April launch of the Chandrayaan-2 satellite to the moon, this time it plans to send a rover to explore the lunar surface. If the April launch of the Chandrayaan-2, the country’s second mission to the Moon, is not possible, then the ISRO will aim for a launch by October. “We are aiming for the launch of Chandrayaan-2 in April. In case we are unable to do so, … Continue reading “ISRO aims for April 2018 launch of Chandrayaan-2”

Hydrogen adsorption on doped MoS2 nanostructures

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Abstract Electrochemical devices for efficient production of hydrogen as energy carrier rely still largely on rare platinum group metal catalysts. Chemically and structurally modified metal dichalcogenide MoS2 is a promising substitute for these critical raw materials at the cathode side where the hydrogen evolution reaction takes place. For precise understanding of structure and hydrogen adsorption characteristics in chemically modified MoS2 nanostructures, we perform comprehensive density functional theory calculations on transition metal (Fe, Co, Ni, Cu) doping at the experimentally relevant MoS2 surfaces at … Continue reading “Hydrogen adsorption on doped MoS2 nanostructures”

Obesity promotes resistance to anti-VEGF therapy in breast cancer by up-regulating IL-6 and potentially FGF-2

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Tailored treatment for cancer in obesity Antiangiogenic therapy with inhibitors of the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) has not proven effective in patients with many tumor types, including breast cancer. Meanwhile, obesity is a well-known risk factor in many cancer types, and once again, this includes breast cancer. Now, Incio et al. link these two observations, having discovered a mechanism by which obesity promotes resistance to VEGF inhibitor therapy through increased interleukin-6 and possibly also fibroblast growth factor 2 in the … Continue reading “Obesity promotes resistance to anti-VEGF therapy in breast cancer by up-regulating IL-6 and potentially FGF-2”

Underlying cause of brain injury in stroke

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The study shows how identifying the source of damaging glutamate in stroke leads to discovery of brain protection with QNZ-46, a novel form of preventative treatment with clinical potential. Summary: New research shows how the drug QNZ-46 can help to lessen the effects of excess release of glutamate in the brain — the main cause of brain injury in stroke. As stroke is the second leading cause of disability and early death in the UK, this study could offer hope … Continue reading “Underlying cause of brain injury in stroke”

A Bizarre Tectonic Plate “Bend” Is Causing Mexico’s Terrible Earthquakes, Study Shows

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Six months have passed since a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck Mexico City, toppling 40 buildings and killing over 300, but the memory remains fresh. Condemned structures dot many neighborhoods, their facades crumbling. And after an earthquake 225 miles (360 km) away in Oaxaca state shook the capital city again on 16 February 2018, the city mayor said hospitals treated dozens of people for panic attacks. Seismologists, too, are still studying the September 19 earthquake, trying to better understand what’s happening underneath Mexico City. Our new … Continue reading “A Bizarre Tectonic Plate “Bend” Is Causing Mexico’s Terrible Earthquakes, Study Shows”

Mars 2020: The Red Planet’s Next Rover

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Another artist’s concept showing NASA’s Mars 2020 rover exploring Mars.  | Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA’s next Mars rover won’t just explore the Red Planet; it will, the space agency hopes, make it so a little bit of Mars might make it to Earth. Known as Mars 2020, the upcoming rover will hunt for signs of habitable environments on Mars while searching for signs of past microbial life. The robotic traveler will also cache a series of samples that can be returned … Continue reading “Mars 2020: The Red Planet’s Next Rover”

New Horizons’ next target has been dubbed Ultima Thule

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The name was chosen from about 34,000 submissions ULTIMATE DESTINATION  NASA has chosen Ultima Thule as the name of the next destination of the New Horizons spacecraft, depicted in this artist’s impression as a binary system. And the winner is in. Of the roughly 34,000 submissions sent in by the public, NASA has finally chosen an official nickname for the New Horizons spacecraft’s next destination: Ultima Thule. New Horizons is scheduled to visit the tiny Kuiper Belt object on New Year’s … Continue reading “New Horizons’ next target has been dubbed Ultima Thule”

Strange, elongated skulls reveal medieval Bulgarian brides were traded for politics

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Medieval Bavarian skulls on the left and in the middle show signs of deformation; the one on the right is not deformed. | BAVARIAN STATE ARCHAEOLOGICAL COLLECTION In a handful of medieval Bavarian farming hamlets populated mostly by blue-eyed blondes, more than a dozen women with dark hair, dark eyes, and unusual elongated skulls would have stood out. A new DNA study suggests that these women, whose striking skulls have been unearthed from nearby grave sites, were high-ranking “treaty brides” … Continue reading “Strange, elongated skulls reveal medieval Bulgarian brides were traded for politics”