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US political polarization linked to TV news deregulation: Unique study focuses on moment media system changed

US political polarization linked to TV news deregulation: Unique study focuses on moment media system changed

Science Newsfrom research organizationsDate:Source:Washington State UniversitySummary:Increasing American political polarization is linked to television news deregulation following the federal Telecommunications Act of 1996, according to a new study.Share:FULL STORYIncreasing American political polarization is linked to television news deregulation following the federal Telecommunications Act of 1996, according to a Washington State University study."After 1996, we see changes in polarization based on how much television people are using," said researcher Jay Hmielowski, assistant professor...

September 15, 2015
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Aquatic robots can remove contaminant particles from water

Aquatic robots can remove contaminant particles from water

Science Newsfrom research organizationsDate:Source:University of WarwickSummary:Scientists have developed a 1cm by 1cm wireless artificial aquatic polyp, which can remove contaminants from water. Apart from cleaning, this soft robot could be also used in medical diagnostic devices by aiding in picking up and transporting specific cells for analysis.Share:FULL STORYCorals in the Ocean are made up of coral polyps, a small soft creature with a stem and tentacles, they are responsible for nourishing the corals, and aid the coral's survival by generating self-made currents through motion of...

August 20, 2020
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Plastic-eating enzyme 'cocktail' heralds new hope for plastic waste

Plastic-eating enzyme 'cocktail' heralds new hope for plastic waste

Science Newsfrom research organizationsDate:Source:University of PortsmouthSummary:The same team who re-engineered the plastic-eating enzyme PETase have now created an enzyme 'cocktail' which can digest plastic up to six times faster.Share:FULL STORYPlastic bottles and other waste (stock image).Credit: © vladimirzuev / stock.adobe.comPlastic bottles and other waste (stock image).Credit: © vladimirzuev / stock.adobe.comCloseThe scientists who re-engineered the plastic-eating enzyme PETase have now created an enzyme 'cocktail' which can digest plastic up to six times faster.A second enzyme,...

September 20, 2020
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Statins reduce COVID-19 severity, likely by removing cholesterol that virus uses to infect

Statins reduce COVID-19 severity, likely by removing cholesterol that virus uses to infect

Science Newsfrom research organizationsDate:Source:University of California - San DiegoSummary:Analyzing anonymized patient medical records, researchers discovered that cholesterol-lowering statins reduced risk of severe COVID-19 infection, while lab experiments uncovered a cellular mechanism that helps explain why.Share:FULL STORYThere are no Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved treatments for COVID-19, the pandemic infection caused by a novel coronavirus. While several therapies are being tested in clinical trials, current standard of care involves providing patients with fluids...

September 20, 2020
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'Trojan horse' approach to kill cancer cells without using drugs

'Trojan horse' approach to kill cancer cells without using drugs

Science Newsfrom research organizationsDate:Source:Nanyang Technological UniversitySummary:Cancer cells are killed in lab experiments and tumor growth reduced in mice, using a new approach that turns a nanoparticle into a 'Trojan horse' that causes cancer cells to self-destruct.Share:FULL STORYCancer cells are killed in lab experiments and tumour growth reduced in mice, using a new approach that turns a nanoparticle into a 'Trojan horse' that causes cancer cells to self-destruct, a research team at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has found.The researchers...

September 20, 2020
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Decades-old antidepressant may fend off prostate cancer's return: MAO inhibitor disrupts tumor growth pathway

Decades-old antidepressant may fend off prostate cancer's return: MAO inhibitor disrupts tumor growth pathway

Science Newsfrom research organizationsDate:Source:University of Southern CaliforniaSummary:An antidepressant from the '50s, repurposed to fight prostate cancer, lowered PSA levels in men with recurrent disease, pilot study shows.Share:FULL STORYAn antidepressant in use for decades, repurposed to fight prostate cancer, shows promise in helping patients whose disease has returned following surgery or radiation, a pilot study at USC shows.The drug -- an MAO inhibitor called phenelzine -- represents a potential new treatment direction with fewer side effects for men with recurrent prostate...

March 20, 2020
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Super-potent human antibodies protect against COVID-19 in animal tests: Scientists isolate powerful coronavirus-neutralizing antibodies from COVID-19 patients and successfully test in animals

Super-potent human antibodies protect against COVID-19 in animal tests: Scientists isolate powerful coronavirus-neutralizing antibodies from COVID-19 patients and successfully test in animals

Science Newsfrom research organizationsDate:Source:Scripps Research InstituteSummary:Researchers have discovered antibodies in the blood of recovered COVID-19 patients that provide powerful protection against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes the disease, when tested in animals and human cell cultures.Share:FULL STORYA team led by Scripps Research has discovered antibodies in the blood of recovered COVID-19 patients that provide powerful protection against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes the disease, when tested in animals and human cell cultures.The research, published today...

June 20, 2020
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Climate change threatens breeding birds: Birds risk starvation if they start breeding early due to climate change

Climate change threatens breeding birds: Birds risk starvation if they start breeding early due to climate change

Science Newsfrom research organizationsDate:Source:Max-Planck-GesellschaftSummary:Surviving on a warming planet can be a matter of timing -- but simply shifting lifecycle stages to match the tempo of climate change has hidden dangers for some animals, according to new research. The study has uncovered drastic consequences for birds that are breeding earlier in lockstep with earlier starts of spring: chicks hatching earlier face increased risk of poor weather conditions, food shortages and mortality.Share:FULL STORYThe researchers, who examined decades of data on weather, food availability...

September 20, 2020
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Tool to protect children's online privacy: Tracking instrument nabs apps that violate federal law with 99% accuracy

Tool to protect children's online privacy: Tracking instrument nabs apps that violate federal law with 99% accuracy

Science Newsfrom research organizationsDate:Source:University of Texas at DallasSummary:A new study of 100 mobile apps for kids found that 72 violated a federal law aimed at protecting children's online privacy. Researchers developed a tool that can determine whether an Android game or other mobile app complies with the federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).Share:FULL STORYA University of Texas at Dallas study of 100 mobile apps for kids found that 72 violated a federal law aimed at protecting children's online privacy.Dr. Kanad Basu, assistant professor of electrical and...

June 20, 2020
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Intensive farming increases risk of epidemics

Intensive farming increases risk of epidemics

Science Newsfrom research organizationsDate:Source:University of BathSummary:Overuse of antibiotics, high animal numbers and low genetic diversity from intensive farming increase the risk of animal pathogens transferring to humans.Share:FULL STORYOveruse of antibiotics, high animal numbers and low genetic diversity caused by intensive farming techniques increase the likelihood of pathogens becoming a major public health risk, according to new research led by UK scientists.An international team of researchers led by the Universities of Bath and Sheffield, investigated the evolution of...

May 20, 2020
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