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November 2, 2015

Into how many pieces does a balloon burst?

A moderately inflated rubber balloon pricked with a needle bursts into two large fragments. However, if you inflate it until it bursts spontaneously, you get dozens of shreds, new research…
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November 2, 2015

Devastating effect war, violence has on children’s mental health

Violence and conflict in areas affected by war, such as Gaza, can have a devastating effect on the mental health of the children exposed to it, according to research.
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November 2, 2015

Scientists identify ‘checkpoint’ to prevent birth defects, spontaneous miscarriage

Eggs have a protective ‘checkpoint’ that helps to prevent DNA damaged eggs being fertilized, new research suggests. Damage to an egg’s DNA can result in infertility, birth defects and miscarriages.…
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November 2, 2015

Studying cancer DNA in blood may help personalize treatment in liver cancer

Fragments of cancer DNA circulating in a patient’s bloodstream could help doctors deliver more personalized treatment for liver cancer, researchers report. The new research may help address a particular challenge…
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November 2, 2015

Treetop leaves of tall trees store extra water

Botanists have discovered that the water storage tissue that they recently found in the world's tallest tree, Sequoia sempervirens (coast redwood), is also found in Japan's tallest trees, Cryptomeria japonica…
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November 2, 2015

Herpes viruses with an unusual broad host range

In general, herpes viruses are considered to be specific to a single species or group of related animals. Recent research findings contradict this assumption by showing that two equine herpes…
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November 2, 2015

Peer-to-peer accommodation services change travel patterns in many ways

Have you ever used Airbnb or other peer-to-peer accommodation services when traveling? If yes, you are likely to travel more than you used to, you choose your destination from among…
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November 2, 2015

Hypersexual disorder linked to overactive stress systems

Hypersexual disorder – known popularly as sex addiction – can be linked to hyperactive stress systems, new research shows. In a stress regulation test using the cortisone drug dexamethasone, men…
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November 2, 2015

Incompressible electrons

Helium usually reminds people of colorful gas balloons. However, helium is much more than the filling for these children’s treats. It also helps quantum physicists to study the most exotic…
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November 2, 2015

New applications for tried and tested medicines

The effectiveness of tried and tested medicines for the treatment of some of the heaviest burdens of our modern society including diseases such as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. One…
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