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Diets that ‘trick’ the body may offer protection against poor eating habits

Diets that ‘trick’ the body may offer protection against poor eating habits

Researchers with the University of California have found that diets mimicking fasting offer health benefits in mice, at least when followed regularly on five-day cycles. The faux fasting diet helped counteract the health impact of the high-calorie and high-fat diet fed to the mice, which were split into three groups and studied for more than two years.

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AAA study finds vehicle safety systems are negatively impacted by rain

AAA study finds vehicle safety systems are negatively impacted by rain

Researchers from AAA have published a new study looking at how moderate to heavy rain affects the ability of modern vehicle safety systems to function. AAA conducted testing in a closed course environment simulating rainfall and discovered that test vehicles equipped with automatic emergency braking they were traveling at 35 mph collided with stopped vehicles 33 percent of the time during rain. Other vehicle safety features were also impacted during rain.

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Common makeup and plastic chemical may fuel premature deaths

Common makeup and plastic chemical may fuel premature deaths

A chemical found in many consumer cosmetic and plastic products may be responsible for around 100,000 premature deaths in the US every year, according to a new study from NYU Langone Health. Phthalates, which are a group of plasticizers, can be found in many soaps, shampoos, hair spray products, nail polish, food packaging, and even plastic toys.

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MIT team develops robotic textiles that can help control breathing

MIT team develops robotic textiles that can help control breathing

Researchers working together from MIT and Sweden have developed a new robotic textile that can be woven into clothing. The textile can sense stretching and compression, giving immediate tactile feedback via pressure, lateral stretch, or vibration. Researchers believe the fabric could be used to make garments that singers and athletes can use to improve breath control.

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Evidence of persistent water vapor discovered on Europa

Evidence of persistent water vapor discovered on Europa

Our solar system has a lot of interesting planets and moons. One of the most interesting objects in the solar system is a moon orbiting the gas giant Jupiter, called Europa. Previously, the Hubble Space Telescope found water vapor in the atmosphere of one of Jupiter's moons called Ganymede. Now Hubble has discovered persistent water vapor in the atmosphere of another moon orbiting Jupiter, this time Europa.

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Severe virus infections in teens may fuel MS development later in life

Severe virus infections in teens may fuel MS development later in life

A new study explores the link between certain viral infections during one's youth and the onset of multiple sclerosis (MS) later in life. The autoimmune disease cannot be cured and though studies have shed light on how the condition may come about, there are still many mysteries that need to be unraveled.

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Ancient fossils reveal Iron Age miners had a taste for beer and cheese

Ancient fossils reveal Iron Age miners had a taste for beer and cheese

Though nearly 3,000 years have passed, a new study on ancient fossils reveals that Iron Age miners had a relatable dietary habit: the consumption of beer and cheese. The discovery was made by analyzing well-preserved fossilized feces found in Iron Age salt mines; the presence of certain fungi commonly used to make beer and bleu cheese were found in abundance.

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China’s FAST radio telescope captures over 1600 FRBs

China’s FAST radio telescope captures over 1600 FRBs

China's Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) has been used to detect over 1600 independent Fast Radio Burst (FRB) transmissions. Chinese astronomers detected a huge number of signals over 47 days from FRB 121102. In all, Chinese radio astronomers detected 1652 independent bursts over 47 days beginning on August 29, 2019.

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Researchers build a smart cane with integrated navigation for the visually impaired

Researchers build a smart cane with integrated navigation for the visually impaired

Stanford University researchers have constructed a cane that could be of significant use to the blind or visually impaired. The cane costs about $400 and is augmented with the ability to self navigate. Researchers leveraged technology designed for autonomous vehicles in the design to guide the visually impaired safely and efficiently through the environment.

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Distant galaxy resembles the future of our solar system

Distant galaxy resembles the future of our solar system

Our sun will run out of fuel in the distant future and become a white dwarf after going through a red giant phase. Astronomers at the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii have discovered a distant planetary system that resembles the future fate of our solar system. The star system has a Jupiter-like gas giant that orbits at a distance from its star similar to Jupiter.

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NIH says common water pill shows promise as repurposed Alzheimer’s drug

NIH says common water pill shows promise as repurposed Alzheimer’s drug

There are many existing drugs that have, in some cases, been on the market for decades with authorization for specific conditions. The National Institutes of Health recently funded research into an exploration of these existing drugs for one that can potentially be repurposed as an Alzheimer's treatment -- and, the NIH has announced, a possible candidate has been discovered. The potential Alzheimer's treatment is a common water pill (diuretic) that is already FDA approved.

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World’s most precise neutron lifetime measurement has been made

World’s most precise neutron lifetime measurement has been made

A group of researchers from around the world have performed what they call the most precise measurement of the lifetime of a neutron in the world. The feat could shed light on questions scientists have concerning the early universe. The international team of physicists on the project was led by researchers from Indiana University Bloomington.

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