Decade of rising seas slowed by land soaking up extra water

New measurements from a NASA satellite have allowed researchers to identify and quantify, for the first time, how climate-driven increases of liquid water storage on land have affected the rate of sea level rise. A new study by scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion...

I want her to want me: Where men, sex and personality meet

A man walks into a bar. He thinks the attractive woman smiling at him from across the room wants to have sex with him. True? Or is it all in his head? Research has shown that in general, men have a tendency to misjudge a woman’s sexual intent, often based on...

Social Hormone Promotes Cooperation in Risky Situations

A hormone implicated in monogamy and aggression in animals also promotes trust and cooperation in humans in risky situations, Caltech researchers say. The findings, published the week of February 8 in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of...

Internet searches reflect vaping’s surge

The Oxford Dictionaries selected “vape”–as in, to smoke from an electronic cigarette–as word of the year in 2014. It turns out that Internet users’ search behavior tells a similar story. Between 2009 and 2015, the number of people in the...

New milestone for device that can ‘smell’ prostate cancer

A research team from the University of Liverpool has reached an important milestone towards creating a urine diagnostic test for prostate cancer that could mean that invasive diagnostic procedures that men currently undergo eventually become a thing of the past....

Southwest sliding into a drier climate

The weather patterns that typically bring moisture to the southwestern United States are becoming more rare, an indication that the region is sliding into the drier climate state predicted by global models, according to a new study. “A normal year in the...

Lipid-based diets effectively combat Alzheimer’s in mouse model

Alzheimer´s disease (AD) is the most common disease underlying memory problems and dementia in the elderly. One of the invariable pathologies in AD is degeneration of cholinergic synapses in brain cortex and hippocampus. Despite enormous effort to find out an...

Worldwide bee epidemic linked to human cause: colony trafficking

Just as world travel is contributing to the Zika virus epidemic spreading through Latin America and into North America, so too is world traffic in bee colonies fueling a worldwide bee epidemic. The finding comes from a study by UC Berkeley and Exeter University...

Mothers may pass brain structure linked to depression to daughters

A study of 35 families led by a UC San Francisco psychiatric researcher showed for the first time that the structure of the brain circuitry known as the corticolimbic system is more likely to be passed down from mothers to daughters than from mothers to sons or from...

Would fewer men in prison cut HIV spread?

Putting fewer men behind bars should lower the spread of HIV and other STDs, according to a new computer model from the University of Michigan. The study finds that reducing incarceration rates may also lower how many sexual partners men and women have, which in...

A star’s moment in the spotlight

The glowing region in this new image from the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope is a reflection nebula known as IC 2631. These objects are clouds of cosmic dust that reflect light from a nearby star into space, creating a stunning light show like the one captured here. IC...

Hydrogels can put stem cells to sleep

Unlike normal cells, stem cells are pluripotent — they can become any cell type, which makes them powerful potential treatments for diseases such as diabetes, leukemia and age-related blindness. However, maintaining this versatility until the time is right is a...

Women are winners when it comes to crowdfunding

Research conducted in part by a Berkeley-Haas School of Business professor shows that women in the business world may struggle to keep up with their male counterparts when it comes to jobs and financing, but come out ahead with crowdfunding. Andreea Gorbatai, an...

So that’s why! Riddle of cement’s structure is finally solved

Concrete is the world’s most widely used construction material, so abundant that its production is one of the leading sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Yet answers to some fundamental questions about the microscopic structure and behavior of this ubiquitous...

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