Studies

Breaking research from science, medicine and technology.

Thirty percent of all positive hospital blood culture samples are discarded every day because they reflect the presence of skin germs instead of specific disease-causing bacteria. Now Tel Aviv University research demonstrates that rather than toss these samples into the trash, clinicians may be able …

People and institutions who are marginal members of a high-status or well-esteemed group tend to emphasize their group membership more than those who are squarely entrenched members of the group, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological …

Astronomers using the National Science Foundation’s Green Bank Telescope have discovered that filaments of star-forming gas near the Orion Nebula may be brimming with pebble-size particles — planetary building blocks 100 to 1,000 times larger than the dust grains typically found around protostars. …read more …

Karina finally became a remnant low pressure area after roaming around in the Eastern Pacific for two weeks. Satellite data on August 27 showed that the now shapeless former hurricane was being drawn into nearby Hurricane Marie’s circulation. …read more Source: EurekAlert

South Africa is entering what is described by the Volunteer Wildfire Services of South Africa as ‘Cape Fire Season.’ The Eastern Cape provincial government warned residents in certain parts of the province on Monday of strong winds and veld fires. …read more Source: EurekAlert

Now that health advocates’ campaigns against trans-fats have largely succeeded in sidelining the use of the additive, they’re taking aim at sugar for its potential contributions to Americans’ health conditions. But scientists and policymakers are still wrangling over the best way to assuage the nation’s …

Apes hardly ever act selflessly without being solicited by others; humans often do. What has caused this curious divergence, which is arguably the secret to our species’ unparalleled success? A team headed by an anthropologist from the University of Zurich now reveals that cooperative care …

An experimental drug designed to help regulate the blood’s iron supply shows promise as a viable first treatment for anemia of inflammation, according to results from the first human study of the treatment published online today in Blood, the Journal of the American Society of …

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