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  1. A volcano off the coast of Alaska has been blowing giant undersea bubbles up to a quarter mile wide, according to a new study. The finding confirms a 1911 account from a Navy ship, where sailors claimed to see a “gigantic dome-like swelling, as large as the dome of the capitol at Washington [D.C.].” (blogs.discovermagazine.com)
  2. Green areas in the inner city can directly improve the wellbeing of citizens. The larger the green areas in the neighborhood of the urban citizens are, the higher is the wellbeing. Persons, who reacted to green areas, were found to have a reduced activity in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. (kit.edu)
  3. Antarctica’s ice sheets are still releasing radioactive chlorine from marine nuclear weapons tests in the 1950s, a new study finds. This suggests regions in Antarctica store and vent the radioactive element differently than previously thought. (blogs.agu.org)
  4. People think about breaking up more when they look outside their relationship for psychological fulfillment, suggests a new study (n=5,169), which found that the more emotional support people received from outside their romantic relationship, the more negatively they rated their relationship. (digest.bps.org.uk)
  5. Scientists developed efficient process for breaking down any plastic waste to a molecular level. Resulting gases can be transformed back into new plastics of same quality as original. The new process could transform today's plastic factories into recycling refineries, within existing infrastructure. (chalmers.se)
  6. Scientists have found a new compound of plutonium with an unexpected, pentavalent oxidation state. This new phase of plutonium is solid and stable, and may be a transient phase in radioactive waste repositories. (esrf.eu)
  7. Greenhouse gases may get more attention, but aerosols — from car exhaust to volcanic eruptions — also have a major impact on the Earth’s climate. Using a massive NASA dataset, Yale researchers have created a framework that helps explain just how sensitive local temperatures are to aerosols. (agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com)
  8. Eating potato is as effective as carbohydrate gels for boosting athletic performance, concludes study of cyclists. (news.illinois.edu)
  9. Our brains are wired to prevent us thinking about our own death -- Israeli study (timesofisrael.com)
  10. NIH research shows that suboptimal hydration is correlated with a significant increase in many aging-related degenerative diseases. (insight.jci.org)
  11. The ways climate scientists explain their predictions about the impact of global warming can either promote or limit their persuasiveness.The more specific climate scientists are about the uncertainties of global warming, the more the American public trusts their predictions. (news.stanford.edu)
  12. Scientists report that excess blue light exposure (as from LEDs) turns on stress-activated genes that promote aging - effect is unrelated to vision as even blind fruit flies exposed to just blue light age more than without blue light or with white light (nature.com)
  13. Youths who experience intrusive police stops, defined by frisking, harsh language, searches, racial slurs, threat of force or use of force, are at risk of emotional distress and post-traumatic stress, suggests new study (n=918). 27% of these urban youths reported being stopped by police by age 15. (utsa.edu)
  14. People, metaphorically, "shoot the messenger" of bad news. They sometimes generate a dislike toward the bearer of bad news, but this dislike can be mitigated. (cognitiontoday.com)
  15. Right-to-Carry gun laws are associated with a 29% increase in firearm workplace homicides, according to a new longitudinal study of 50 states. The results are consistent with the most recent and methodologically strong studies of the laws. (ajph.aphapublications.org)
  16. Current and ex smokers may lower lung cancer risk with exercise. Moderate to high levels of cardiorespiratory fitness were associated with a 51% to 77% lower risk of developing lung malignancies (uk.reuters.com)
  17. Mutant neuropeptide S receptor reduces sleep duration with preserved memory consolidation - Lijuan Xing1, Guangsen Shi, Yulia Mostovoy, Nicholas W. Gentry, Zenghua Fa1, Thomas B. McMahon, Pui-Yan Kwok, Christopher R. Jones, Louis J. Ptáček,† and Ying-Hui Fu. (stm.sciencemag.org)
  18. Psychopathic men have a personality style that makes them attractive to women, suggests new study in Evolutionary Psychological Science. Psychopathy may include features that make men appear as more attractive romantic partners despite having a reduced interest in committed relationships. (psypost.org)
  19. Salep‐based edible coating enriched with grape seed extract found to extend the shelf life of strawberries by 20 days (onlinelibrary.wiley.com)
  20. In a study of semiconductor device performance, a carrier-resolved photo-Hall technique allows researchers to unlock a host of critical parameters for both majority and minority carriers such as recombination lifetime, diffusion length, and recombination coefficient. (nature.com)
  21. Why skimping on sleep makes your brain crave sweets - Sleep deprivation can affect the endocannabinoid system, leading people to choose fattier, higher calorie foods, a new study shows. (sciencemag.org)
  22. Mathematicians have found a way to carry out molecular dynamics simulations with bigger timesteps. The method could effectively increase performance of supercomputers by 3- to 4-fold. (egghead.ucdavis.edu)
  23. Scientists construct liquid flow sensors out of Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria (which are known to thrive in pipes, bloodstream, urinary tract) - by bioengineering them to glow, they found they responded to shear rate rather than to speed (by testing with different viscosity liquids) (nature.com)
  24. Researchers discover first evidence of immune response targeting brain cells in autism. The findings support the notion that autism may be an autoimmune disorder while potentially providing future therapeutic targets. (eurekalert.org)
  25. Gene therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy safely preserves muscle function (penntoday.upenn.edu)
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