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  • Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR orders to begin on December 10
    You’ll finally be able to order the new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR on Tuesday, December 10, according to a “Save the Date” email Apple sent to some customers earlier this evening. Last month, Apple announced it would ship in December, but today the first time we’ve seen an actual date. Notably, Apple has yet to say when the Mac Pro will actually ship.To read this article in full, please click here
  • How to buy a refurbished Mac, MacBook, iPhone, or iPad from Apple
    Looking for a way to save some money on the latest Apple products? Consider a refurbished MacBook, refurbished iPhone, or refurbished iPad from the Apple Certified Refurbished store. A refurbished product is just like a new, but at a lower price.Here’s a quick guide with links to the best deals you can find on the refurb store, along with a FAQ guide if you want to know more about the ins and outs of the Apple Certified Refurbished store and buying a refurbished MacBook, desktop Mac, iPhone, or iPad. We make a recommendation of what to buy, but feel free to check out the store inventory to find the right model for you.To read this article in full, please click here
  • Apple TV+ original shows, series, and movies: Apple buys documentary film about Billie Eilish
    Apple is planting its own flag in the streaming wars with Apple TV+, its in-house streaming service that features only original programming—no reruns of hit TV shows or last year’s blockbuster movies.The company is said to be spending several billion dollars a year on original programming. That’s a lot of TV! It’s nothing compared to the $12 billion Netflix spent on content in 2018, but it’s still a very big investment.What can you get for all that money? Apple is attracting some of the best talent in TV and film production, including huge stars and directors, and locking down the television and movie rights to best-selling books.To read this article in full, please click here
  • Filmic Firstlight review: Subscription model holding back slick camera app
    Following the App Store’s debut in 2008, a cottage industry for third-party iPhone camera apps began to flourish, a testament to how underwhelming Apple’s software was at the time. Over time, Apple started catching up, with the latest iOS releases proving the company now takes the Camera app as seriously as the hardware that drives it.Third-party developers responded by finding new ways to differentiate their camera apps from the one already built in. The latest to face this challenge head-on is Filmic, virtually a brand name when it comes to shooting mobile video. Can the makers of popular video app Filmic Pro conjure similar magic with photos as well?To read this article in full, please click here
  • Amazon Echo Buds review: An excellent value plagued by small annoyances
    They sound pretty good. They have active noise reduction. They let you summon a digital assistant hands-free. They are relatively comfortable and not too big. And the Echo Buds true wireless earbuds from Amazon only cost $129. What’s the catch?The catch, besides an obvious and expected bent toward Alexa and Amazon services, is that these earbuds annoy you with a series of small aggravations that make them feel like the economical choice, not the best choice.My time with the Echo Buds alternated between being surprised at what you get for “only” $130 and frustrated that Amazon didn’t put more care into their design, craftsmanship, and quality. Echo Buds are a good value, especially if you’re already all-in with Alexa, but those who don’t care about hands-free Alexa integration should probably consider other options.To read this article in full, please click here
  • Chamberlain myQ Smart Garage Hub review: The smart garage controller to beat is also the least expensive
    This wire-free smart controller doesn’t just work well, it’s also priced to move (just be aware of the cost to control a second door opener).
  • Cord cutting: A beginner's guide
    How to cut the cord: All the devices, services, and knowledge you need to ditch cable and save money.
  • Evaluating the rumors of the 2020 and 2021 iPhones
    It hasn’t even been three months since the release of Apple’s latest iPhone lineup and already the rumor mill is working overtime on what might arrive in the company’s smartphones next year and, believe it or not, the year after that.Even if the iPhone is making up a smaller percentage of Apple’s revenue these days, it hasn’t ceased being the product that defines Apple, meaning speculation remains at peak levels. And all the smartwatches, streaming services, and fancy wireless headphones aren’t going to be changing that calculus anytime soon.Certainly the next iPhone is still a way off, but it’s worth taking a moment to look at this latest round of rumors and think critically about what they might portend—even if they don’t end up coming true.To read this article in full, please click here
  • iOS 13.3: Apple releases the fourth beta to developers and public testers
    While iOS 13.2 delivered the last of the features Apple promised when it first introduced iOS 13 back at WWDC, it’s not like the company is just going to kick back and relax until iOS 14 next year. We can expect at least one or two more point-releases with minor new features, and a few bugfix releases, as well.iOS 13.2 brings a handful of minor interface tweaks, like the ability to disable memoji stickers suggestions in the emoji keyboard. It may also address the memory management issue reported by some users, where apps are too aggressively purged from memory and have to be reloaded often.To read this article in full, please click here
  • Apple updates Clips app with Memoji and Animoji support, add new Disney stickers
    Apple on Thursday did not release the Mac Pro that they said would ship in December. The company did, however, release something that probably is more appealing to the general Apple customer: An update to Clips, its iOS app for creating and sharing short video clips.The main feature of the 2.1 update is support for Animoji and Memoji characters. Memoji that was made in the Messages app can be brought into Clips, and Memoji and Animoji characters can be layered with stickers, filters, and animated text. Animated stickers and emoji now follow the movements of a user’s face using the iPhone and iPad's front-facing camera.To read this article in full, please click here
  • Wild rumor teases a full wireless iPhone 13 with no ports at all—and I believe it
    The iPhone 11 has barely been out for two months, but we’ve already got a pretty good picture of what the iPhone 12 is going to bring, with an all-OLED lineup, 5G, and an enhanced camera array. But now MacRumors is reporting that Apple’s best analyst just dropped some news about the 2021 iPhone lineup, and it’s wild.Let’s start at the top. TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that Apple will be seeking to add more space between its pro and non-pro phones with the upcoming models. He expects “the highest-end model would cancel the [Lightning] port and provide the completely wireless experience.” That means, you wouldn’t be able to buy a dongle to connect a pair of USB headphones, nor would you be able to carry around a power bank for a quick charge. Everything you do, from music streaming to charging, would need to be done wirelessly.To read this article in full, please click here
  • 2020 iPhone rumors: Five new iPhone models?
    The 2019 iPhone models haven’t even been officially announced yet, and we’re already starting to see reports about what will be in the 2020 iPhones. We’ve compiled the most notable ones here, but take these with a big grain of salt. Even if these reports are accurate representations of what suppliers are saying, or come from moles within Apple itself, the company’s plans can and do change. There’s still plenty of time before the design and features have to be totally set in stone.Update 12/5/19: Apple could release five new iPhone models next year.The latest rumor: 5 new iPhone models in 2020 Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo issued a research note where he predicts that Apple will release five new iPhones in 2020: 5.4- and 6.1-inch models each with a dual-lens camera; 6.1- and 6.7-inch models with triple-lens cameras and “time of flight sensors”; and a 4.7-inch model. (Kuo also has thoughts on the 2021 iPhones.)To read this article in full, please click here
  • iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Pro rumors, and more
    We’re got iPhone rumors, iPad rumors, and MacBook Pro rumors. All this and more on this episode of the Macworld Podcast.This is episode 678 with Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, and Michael Simon.Listen to episode 678 To read this article in full, please click here
  • Hate the screenshot floater in macOS? Here’s how to get rid of it
    When you make a screen capture in macOS in Mojave or Catalina, a tiny thumbnail appears in the bottom-right corner of the screen for a few seconds. Click it, and a small editing suite appears that lets you modify what you captured or delete the image or images before they’re saved. (We have a complete guide to using this markup tool.)If you don’t want that thumbnail, however, you have to know exactly where to change the setting. It’s not found in any System Preferences pane, and Mojave did away with Grab, the former standalone screen-capture utility built into macOS.Instead, you have to invoke a screen-capture mode to change associated settings. You can either press Command-Shift-5 or launch Applications > Utilities > Screenshot, the not-quite-an-app that replaced Grab.To read this article in full, please click here
  • Yale Assure Lever with Connected by August review: Yale lets you ditch its own app for August’s
    Alas, Yale’s hardware and August’s wireless technology make for truly unhappy bedfellows.
  • F-Secure Safe for Mac review: No-frills quality protection
    Simplicity is the name of the game when it comes to F-Secure Safe. This antivirus suite provides a lot of protection, but that's about all it offers. You won't find any extras such as encrypted online storage, secure file erase, or a VPN, though F-Secure does have its own VPN called Freedome that can be purchase separately.A lack of extras is not necessarily a bad thing. Many security suites get overloaded with tools that few people use, but a few well-chosen extras such as those mentioned above would've been a nice addition.Still, there's no denying that F-Secure's protection level is very high. Let's dive into the details of this suite.To read this article in full, please click here
  • Best smart lock for a keyless home
    Keys are yesterday’s tech, your smart home needs a smart door lock.
  • The Mac Pro is an important symbol, but you probably shouldn’t buy it
    The new Mac Pro is coming very, very soon—in the next couple of weeks, if we hold Apple to the astronomical definition of “coming this fall.” It’s safe to say that this is the most anticipated Mac in history—if only because its existence was pre-announced more than two and a half years ago, with the specifics following six months ago.The Mac Pro is important and it’s platform defining. And unless you’re someone in the extreme high end of the Mac market, you will never use one. It’s a bundle of expectations built on a precision stainless steel space frame and sheathed in a machined aluminum housing.To read this article in full, please click here
  • What to do if your new 2019 13-inch MacBook Pro randomly shuts down
    Lucky you if you got a new 2019 13-inch MacBook Pro. Unlucky for you if it turns out it has a problem with shutting down at random moments. On Tuesday, Apple seems to have acknowledged the problem and posted a support document to try and fix it.This problem seems to occur with 2019 MacBook Pro models that have two Thunderbolt 3 ports. According to the support document, here’s what you should do. If your MacBook Pro’s battery is less than 90 percent charged, continue to step 2. If your battery is more than 90 percent charged, use your computer until the percentage drops below 90 percent, then continue to step 2. Connect your Mac to its power adapter. Quit all open applications. Close your computer’s lid, which puts your Mac in to sleep mode. Let your Mac charge for at least 8 hours. If this doesn’t fix the problem, the document recommending contacting Apple to schedule a support meeting at your local Apple store.To read this article in full, please click here
  • What the new iOS 13 Wi-Fi message means about nearby available networks
    Since you updated to iOS 13 or iPadOS 13, you may have seen a message appear when you’re away from a Wi-Fi network you’ve joined previously. “Available Wi-Fi Network: ‘Name of Network’ is an available network nearby.” A Join button may appear or you may need to tap the notification to get one to show up.The first time I saw this, I wondered if a malicious party had finally figured out a way to make an illegitimate message somehow appear on my iPhone. Then I remembered this somewhat obscure bit of text at Apple’s announcement of the new operating system updates: Popular Wi-Fi networks. Your iPhone determines which Wi-Fi networks at your location are being used and notifies you if one is available.To read this article in full, please click here
  • iRobot Braava Jet m6 review: a smarter robot mop
    The Braava Jet m6 can map your rooms, recognize carpet, and even clean in sequence with select Roomba vacuums.
  • Adobe Premiere Elements 2020 review: Minor update enhances creative options
    Manipulating still images tends to be easier than editing video—tweak the brightness, add a vignette effect, throw on a filter (or three), and you’ve got a photo worth sharing with others. By comparison, digital video requires a degree of timing and skill to assemble disparate shots into a cohesive whole.Such is the challenge for creators of video editing software: Take something inherently complicated and make it easy enough for anyone to do. Is it really possible to toss random clips onto a timeline and let artificial intelligence assemble them into a slick presentation? Not quite, but we’re inching closer to that goal.Smart tags On the surface, the video editing workflow in Adobe Premiere Elements 2020 remains unchanged since last year’s release. Like sister app Photoshop Elements for images, there are three methods for editing videos: Quick, designed to trim clips or hastily assemble a timeline from multiple videos; Guided, which walks users step-by-step through the entire process; and Expert, which offers freeform editing with more advanced tools but none of the guidance.To read this article in full, please click here
  • Google's latest messaging service is basically DMs for Photos
    Google is rolling out a new messaging service for sharing, liking, and commenting on photos inside the Photos app.
  • Sony firmware update adds AirPlay 2 and Homekit to some 2018 and 2019 TV models
    Back in January at CES, several TV manufacturers announced their intent to support both HomeKit and AirPlay 2 on some of their current and upcoming TVs. Most of the announced products have now either shipped or had firmware updates to add the necessary support, but Sony has been a little slower than LG, Vizio, or Samsung.On Tuesday, Sony is rolling out firmware updates for several TV lines that run Android TV, upgrading them to Android 9 Pie. The update adds several new features, including Dolby Atmos support, and of course HomeKit and AirPlay 2 support.To read this article in full, please click here
  • Live-streamed Billie Eilish concert to cap Apple’s year-end app, game, and music awards
    Apple has expanded its annual year-end awards this year to include Apple Music artists, and to celebrate, one of the biggest performers of the year is giving a free concert.On Wednesday, December 4 at 6:30 p.m. Pacific, Billie Eilish will give “a bespoke performance” at the Steve Jobs Theater, which will be streamed live on Apple Music. Apple says the show “will be unlike anything ever seen from this unanimously crowned Artist of the Year.” Apple routinely features popular artists during its product launches, but this is the first time it’s live-streamed a concert from the Apple Park campus. The annual iTunes/Apple Music Festival, which featured performances by Elton John, Chance the Rapper, and Coldplay, was held at various venues around the work before its 2017 cancellation.To read this article in full, please click here
  • ‘Servant’ review: A deliciously creepy thriller that creeps along
    Servant is a show that makes you question what is real and what is not, and a show that might make you suspicious of people you live with and even love. Does the educated, professional woman it shows us truly believe the obvious falsehood before her, or does she embrace it solely because it makes her happy? Are spooky shenanigans really afoot, or do the protagonists have a relatively workaday crisis on their hands? For that matter, you might find yourself thinking, is there anyone in this world who’s not utterly awful?All of which is to say that Servant is a perfect show for our times. That’s said with tongue firmly planted in cheek, but there’s plenty of evidence that producer (and sometime director) M. Night Shyamalan wants Servant to be exactly that. Every scene of this extremely watchable creepshow suggests that it’s dying to say so many things.To read this article in full, please click here
  • FontExplorer X Pro 7 review: Helpful tools to find the font you need
    While an up-to-date font management utility is a necessary tool for creative professionals, version 7 of FontExplorer X Pro adds features that make it appealing to any Mac user who wants to explore their font collection. In addition to the arsenal of useful features and tools in previous versions, version 7 adds helpful and educational features, such as automatic classification of your fonts by style, suggested usage, or theme, as well as the ability to show you similar fonts, and to show you fonts that pair well with a selected font.To read this article in full, please click here
  • Fluance RT85 turntable review: A great-sounding turntable for the vinyl enthusiast on a budget
    You'd typically need to spend hundreds more to get the upgrades and performance in Fluance's budget-priced turntable.
  • How to add trusted phones to your Apple ID two-factor authentication
    The two-factor authentication (2FA) system Apple developed to protect access to your Apple ID account and associated purchases and the ability to make purchases has safeguards in place to make sure that you shouldn’t easily lose access to your account even if you lose one piece of the authentication puzzle.When you enroll in 2FA, all Macs, iPhones, and iPads logged into the same Apple ID become “trusted devices,” capable of letting you approve access from a given location and then receiving the code that you must enter to complete a log in when setting up a device, setting up store access, or accessing your account at the Apple ID site.To read this article in full, please click here
  • Cherished traditions: Where are the iPhone production cut rumors?
    Looking at the calendar on the wall, The Macalope sees it’s December and if you’ve paid attention all these years you know that it’s time once again for the inevitable reports that Apple is cutting iPhone orders.This is the moment The Macalope trains for every year. He hydrates. He lifts. He does squat lunges.So many squat lunges.He’s not really sure why he does squat lunges. They have literally nothing to do with writing about Apple’s iPhone pipeline. The hydration, sure. But squat lunges? Makes no sense.Anyway, let’s do this! Time to start the annual loose rumor-based speculation! It’s tradition!Here we go!“JPMorgan raises iPhone sales estimates.”To read this article in full, please click here

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  • Closing critical gap in weather forecasting
    Scientists working on the next frontier of weather forecasting are hoping that weather conditions 3-to-4 weeks out will soon be as readily available as seven-day forecasts. Having this type of weather information--called subseasonal forecasts--in the hands of the public and emergency managers can provide the critical lead time necessary to prepare for natural hazards like heat waves or the next polar vortex.
  • Dramatic health benefits following air pollution reduction
    Reductions in air pollution yielded fast and dramatic impacts on health-outcomes, as well as decreases in all-cause morbidity, according to new findings.
  • Electronic map reveals 'rules of the road' in superconductor
    Using a clever technique that causes unruly crystals of iron selenide to snap into alignment, physicists have drawn a road map that reveals the quantum ''rules of the road'' that electrons must follow in the enigmatic superconductor.
  • Study debunks notion that C-section would increase risk of obesity in the child
    Women who have C-sections are no more likely to have children who develop obesity than women who give birth naturally, according to a large study. The findings contradict several smaller studies that did find an association between C-section deliveries and offspring obesity but did not consider the numerous maternal and prenatal factors that the researchers did in this study.
  • New ultra-miniaturized scope less invasive, produces higher quality images
    Johns Hopkins engineers have created a new lens-free ultra-miniaturized endoscope, the size of a few human hairs in width, that is less bulky and can produce higher quality images.
  • Nanocontainer ships titan-size gene therapies and drugs into cells
    Scientists report they have created a tiny, nanosize container that can slip inside cells and deliver protein-based medicines and gene therapies of any size -- even hefty ones attached to the gene-editing tool called CRISPR.
  • New kind of soft elastic material has medical and technological applications
    Gel-like materials have a wide range of applications, especially in chemistry and medicine. However, their usefulness is sometimes limited by their inherent random and disordered nature. Researchers have found a way to produce a new kind of gel which overcomes this limitation. It is still malleable and adaptable like existing gels, but it has a more ordered structure, which can open up a new range of possible uses in various fields.
  • Gamma-ray laser moves a step closer to reality
    A physicist has performed calculations showing hollow spherical bubbles filled with a gas of positronium atoms are stable in liquid helium. The calculations take scientists a step closer to realizing a gamma-ray laser.
  • Reduced soil tilling helps both soils and yields
    By monitoring crops through machine learning and satellite data, scientists have found farms that till the soil less can increase yields of corn and soybeans and improve the health of the soil -- a win-win for meeting growing food needs worldwide.
  • Simple experiment explains magnetic resonance
    Physicists have designed an experiment to explain the concept of magnetic resonance. A versatile technique employed in chemistry, physics, and materials research, magnetic resonance describes a resonant excitation of electron or atomic nuclei spins residing in a magnetic field by means of electromagnetic waves.
  • Novel way to ID disease-resistance genes in chocolate-producing trees found
    Chocolate-producing cacao trees that are resistant to a major pathogen were identified by an international team of plant geneticists. The findings point the way for plant breeders to develop trees that are tolerant of the disease.
  • Current treatment for fungal meningitis is fueling drug resistance
    A common first-line treatment approach for cryptococcal meningitis in low-income countries is being compromised by the emergence of drug resistance, new research warns. The findings highlight the need to develop new drugs and treatment regimens for the lethal brain infection, which kills around 180,000 people each year.
  • Link between vitamin A and brain response in Monarch butterflies
    Biologists are making strides in understanding biological clock function in several model organisms and translating these studies into broader implications for human health.
  • Empowering mucosal healing with an engineered probiotic
    Researchers developed a living material approach that uses a strain of genetically engineered E.coli Nissle bacteria as a locally acting probiotic. The engineered bacteria produce a network of nanofibers that directly binds to mucus to fill inflamed areas like a patch, shielding them from gut microbes and environmental factors. This probiotic-based therapeutic strategy protected mice against the effects of colitis induced by a chemical agent and promoted mucosal healing.
  • Dial-a-frog -- researchers develop the 'FrogPhone' to remotely call frogs in the wild
    Researchers have developed the 'FrogPhone', a novel device which allows scientists to call up a frog survey site and monitor them in the wild. The FrogPhone is the world's first solar-powered remote survey device that relays environmental data to the observer via text messages, whilst conducting real-time remote acoustic surveys over the phone.
  • Scientists use crabs to validate popular method to identify unknown human brain neurons
    A crab's nervous system could help scientists learn what causes single neurons in the human brain to become 'out of whack,' which can contribute to the development of neurological diseases like Alzheimer's disease. Knowing exactly how a single neuron operates among the billions housed in the human brain could one day help scientists design innovative ways to prevent and treat these diseases, such as targeted therapies.
  • Infant morbidity decreases with incentive-based prenatal tobacco interventions
    A new study reveals a significant reduction in NICU (up to 55%) and preterm births due to incentive-based programs implemented to help low-income pregnant women stop smoking cigarettes. Colorado saved over 4 million dollars in healthcare costs by providing these programs and has an opportunity to save 16 million. The issue is critical because smoking in the third trimester of pregnancy is three to four times higher among women who live in poverty.
  • Island 'soundscapes' show potential for evaluating recovery of nesting seabirds
    An important tool for monitoring seabird populations involves acoustic sensors deployed at nesting sites to record sounds over long periods of time. But analysis of the recordings to identify and count the calls of different species can be time-consuming, even with computers and artificial intelligence. An alternative approach is to evaluate all of the sounds in an environment as a 'soundscape', using features such as acoustic diversity, complexity, and intensity as indicators of ecosystem health.
  • How do you cultivate a healthy plant microbiome?
    Crops today never see their parents' microbiome, so how do they develop a leaf microbial community that's healthy and resistant to invasion by pathogens? Biologists sequenced the microbiomes of tomatoes through four generations and saw three-quarters of the bacteria disappear, leaving a core community that proved resistant to random invaders. The findings show it's possible to cultivate a robust plant microbiome, and suggests that probiotic additions could survive on crops, providing lasting benefits.
  • 'Conductor' gene found in plant root stem cell 'orchestra'
    Researchers lift the veil on the 'conductor' plant root stem cell gene that helps orchestrate and coordinate stem cell division of different root stem cell types, ensuring the harmonic communication necessary for plant growth and maintenance.
  • 'Junk DNA' affects inherited cancer risk
    A person's risk of developing cancer is affected by genetic variations in regions of DNA that don't code for proteins, previously dismissed as 'junk DNA', according to new research. This new study shows that inherited cancer risk is not only affected by mutations in key cancer genes - known as oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes - but that variations in the DNA that controls the expression of these genes can also drive the disease.
  • Tick box questionnaire could significantly improve esophageal cancer survival rates
    A simple health questionnaire could be a highly effective tool to pre-screen people for early signs of esophageal cancer, enabling much earlier diagnosis and treatment, finds a new study.
  • Long-term study finds faster breast cancer radiation treatment as effective as long course
    Approximately half of the patients were randomly assigned whole breast radiation, delivered once per day over 3 to 5 weeks. The other half received external beam APBI which was given twice a day over 5 to 8 days. The study was long-term, with a median followup of 8.6 years.
  • BPA levels in humans dramatically underestimated
    Researchers have developed a more accurate method of measuring bisphenol A (BPA) levels in humans and found that exposure to the endocrine-disrupting chemical is far higher than previously assumed. The study provides the first evidence that the measurements relied upon by regulatory agencies, including the US Food and Drug Administration, are flawed, underestimating exposure levels by as much as 44 times.
  • Quarter of Californian adults live in a household with a gun, poll indicates
    One in four adults in California lives in a household with a gun, including around 1 in 7 (14%) who personally own a firearm, suggest the results of a survey.
  • Study seeks to answer whether effects of 'abortion pill' can be reversed
    Women who initiate medical abortion but opt to stop in the middle of treatment may be at risk for serious blood loss, a study finds. Researchers found this is true even for women who use an experimental treatment that claims to 'reverse' the effects of the abortion pill. The study provides important insights into the safety of using high doses of progesterone during early pregnancy to try to stop a medical abortion.
  • Assistance during first years of biology major leads to higher retention of first-gen students
    Assistance during the first years of a biology major leads to higher retention of first-generation students.
  • As China rapidly adopts clean energy, use of traditional stoves persists
    Old habits are hard to break. A new study of replacement of traditional wood and coal burning stoves with clean energy in China suggests that, without a better understanding of the reasons behind people's reluctance to give up traditional stoves, it will be difficult for policies in China and elsewhere in the world to succeed in encouraging this shift towards clean energy.
  • Artificial cells act more like the real thing
    Protocells -- artificial cells -- that are active and mimic living cells by moving independently and that are biocompatible and enzymatically active are now possible using an improved method.
  • 'Buildings' in human bone may hold key to stronger 3D-printed lightweight structures
    The discovery of how a 'beam' in human bone material handles a lifetime's worth of wear and tear could translate to the development of 3D-printed lightweight materials that last long enough for more practical use in buildings, aircraft and other structures.
  • Open source EEG visualization tool
    Researchers have developed a free open source computer program that can be used to create visual and quantitative representations of brain electrical activity in laboratory animals in hopes of developing countermeasures for opioid use disorder.
  • Cellphone distraction linked to increase in head injuries
    Head and neck injuries incurred while driving or walking with a cellphone are on the rise -- and correlates with the launch of the iPhone in 2007 and release of Pokémon Go in 2016, a new study found.
  • NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission explains Asteroid Bennu's mysterious particle events
    Shortly after NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrived at asteroid Bennu, an unexpected discovery by the mission's science team revealed that the asteroid could be active, or consistently discharging particles into space.
  • Developing a digital twin of a vehicle
    In the not too distant future, we can expect to see our skies filled with unmanned aerial vehicles delivering packages, maybe even people, from location to location. Researchers are developing 'digital twins' that combine computational models and machine learning to predict vehicle health and enable autonomous decision-making at the edge.
  • Recycling nutrient-rich industrial waste products enhances soil, reduces carbon
    Recycling biotechnology byproducts can enhance soil health while reducing carbon emissions and maintaining crop yields.
  • Behavioral interventions may be as effective at reducing food intake as anorectic drugs
    Simulations predict that behavioral interventions such as imposing strict no-food restrictions after meals can be as effective as strong anorectic drugs in reducing food intake in rodents, according to a study.
  • Rats exchange information about danger in a reciprocal fashion
    Rats exchange information about danger in a reciprocal fashion, and this information transfer is at least partially mediated by a brain region called the anterior cingulate cortex.
  • Mobile devices blur work and personal privacy raising cyber risks
    Organizations aren't moving quickly enough on cyber security threats linked to the drive toward using personal mobile devices in the workplace.
  • Newly engineered peptide shows potential as long-acting anti-HIV drug
    A newly engineered peptide called IBP-CP24 has the potential to be further developed as a long-acting anti-HIV drug that can be used alone or in combination with a broad neutralizing antibody for the treatment and prevention of HIV-1 infection, according to a new study.
  • Dull teeth, long skulls, specialized bites evolved in unrelated plant-eating dinosaurs
    Herbivorous dinosaurs evolved many times during the 180 million-year Mesozoic era, and while they didn't all evolve to chew, swallow, and digest their food in the same way, a few specific strategies appeared time and time again. An investigation of the skulls of 160 non-avian dinosaurs revealed the evolution of common traits in the skulls and teeth of plant-eating members of otherwise very different families of these extinct reptiles.
  • Nervous system doesn't merely detect Salmonella, it defends the body against it
    Study in mice shows the nervous system not only detects the presence of Salmonella in the gut but actively stops the organism from infecting the body.
  • Root of childhood kidney cancer discovered
    A fundamental change in our understanding of the childhood kidney cancer Wilms' tumor is on the horizon, after the discovery of its earliest genetic root by scientists. By comparing genome sequences from normal kidney tissue and tumors, the team identified patches of normal-looking kidney tissue that in fact carried DNA changes that cause Wilms' tumor.
  • Wildlife in tropics hardest hit by forests being broken up
    Tropical species are six times more sensitive to forests being broken up for logging or farming than temperate species, says new research.
  • Clinical study finds eating within 10-hour window may help stave off diabetes, heart disease
    Researchers have found that a 10-hour time-restricted eating intervention, when combined with traditional medications, resulted in weight loss, reduced abdominal fat, lower blood pressure and cholesterol for participants. The pilot study could lead to a new treatment option for metabolic syndrome patients who are at risk for developing life-altering and costly medical conditions such as diabetes.
  • Three types of cells help the brain tell day from night
    Researchers report the discovery of three cell types in the eye that detect light and align the brain's circadian rhythm to our ambient light. The study marks the first direct assessment in humans of light responses from these cells, called intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (ipRGCs) -- and the implications for health are substantial.
  • Taming chronic inflammation may reduce illness, save lives
    Scientists are recommending early diagnosis, prevention and treatment of severe chronic inflammation to reduce the risk of chronic disease and death worldwide.
  • Technique shows how individual cancer cells react to drugs
    sci-Plex, a new cell-response screening method, pools genetically different cells and shows what happens to individual cells when the sample is treated, such as with cancer drugs. The technology collects information on changes in genetic expression in each labeled cell, providing data useful in exploring mechanisms triggered by drugs or other agents.
  • Immune system can be coaxed into selecting key antibodies to fight HIV
    Researchers have cleared a major obstacle in the development of an HIV vaccine, proving in animal models that effective, yet short-lasting antibodies can be coaxed into multiplying as a fighting force against the virus.
  • Bats may benefit from wildfire
    Bats face many threats -- from habitat loss and climate change to emerging diseases, such as white-nose syndrome. But it appears that wildfire is not among those threats.
  • Physical forces affect bacteria's toxin resistance, study finds
    A random conversation between two researchers at a child's birthday party led to a collaboration and new understanding of how bacteria resist toxins, which may lead to new tools in the fight against harmful infections.
  • Next generation of CAR-T cells possible
    A new approach to programing cancer-fighting immune cells called CAR-T cells can prolong their activity and increase their effectiveness against human cancer cells grown in the laboratory and in mice, according to a new study.
  • Using green products leads to a warm glow in shoppers
    A new article suggests that spending some of that money on green products might make consumers feel quite a bit better about their purchases. The study looks at the so-called ''greenconsumption effect'' -- how using a green product creates a ''warm glow'' feeling in users -- and what it means for retailers in an increasingly eco-conscious marketplace.
  • A solution for cleaning up PFAS, one of the world's most intractable pollutants
    Engineers have developed a treatment train for a PFAS compound called HFPO-Dimer Acid, also known by its trade name, GenX.
  • Can Arctic 'ice management' combat climate change?
    According to a much-debated geo-engineering approach, both sea-ice retreat and global warming could be slowed by using millions of wind-powered pumps, drifting in the sea ice, to promote ice formation during the Arctic winter.
  • How flowers adapt to their pollinators
    The first flowering plants originated more than 140 million years ago in the early Cretaceous. They are the most diverse plant group on Earth with more than 300,000 species. Evolutionary biologists have now analyzed 3-dimensional models of flowers and found that flower shapes can evolve in a modular manner in adaptation to distinct pollinators.
  • First long-term estimates suggest link between cholesterol levels and risk of heart disease and stroke
    The observational and modelling study which used individual-level data from almost 400,000 people extends existing research because it suggests that increasing levels of non-HDL cholesterol may predict long-term cardiovascular risk by the age of 75 years. Past risk estimates of this kind are based on 10-year follow-up data.
  • Prenatal and early life exposure to multiple air pollutants increases odds of toddler allergies
    A new article shows a significant association between multiple prenatal and early life exposures to indoor pollutants and the degree of allergic sensitivity in 2-year-olds.
  • A momentous view on the birth of photoelectrons
    The creation of photoelectrons through ionization is one of the most fundamental processes in the interaction between light and matter. Yet, deep questions remain about just how photons transfer their linear momentum to electrons. With the first sub-femtosecond study of the linear photon momentum transfer during an ionization process, physicists now provide unprecedented insight into the birth of photoelectrons.
  • Scientists reliably predict people's age by measuring proteins in blood
    Protein levels in people's blood can predict their age, a study has found. The study also found that aging isn't a smoothly continuous process.
  • Damaging rains from hurricanes more intense after winds begin to subside
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