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Thanks to recent scientific advances and plunging costs in genetic sequencing, consumers now can order simple, inexpensive, mail-in genetic tests to learn more about health risks, inherited traits, and ancestry. But, is it a good idea to bypass your doctor’s office when it comes to interpreting health risks? [ Bit.ly Link ]

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The all-in-one wastewater treatment system developed by Masdar Institute’s Dr. Shadi Wajih Hasan, assistant professor of chemical and environmental engineering, is being further enhanced in an effort to advance the field of wastewater purification: [ Bit.ly Link ]

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02/25/2017 at 17:25. Facebook
Americans are spending their lives farther from forests than they did at the end of the 20th century and, contrary to popular wisdom, the change is more pronounced in rural areas than in urban settings: [ Bit.ly Link ]

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Study Shows Rural U.S. Loses Forests Faster than Cities | Lab Manager

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02/25/2017 at 14:35. Facebook
Recent GC and MSD technology enhancements help labs save time and money. Learn more in our upcoming webinar, "Increasing Productivity and Sustainability of Environmental GC/MS Methods Through Improved Technology and Instrumentation" on Feb. 28, 2017 at 11 AM EST. Can't make it? You can still register to watch later on demand: [ Bit.ly Link ]

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02/24/2017 at 21:30. Facebook
The human heart beats more than 2.5 billion times in an average lifetime. Now scientists at Vanderbilt University have created a three-dimensional organ-on-a-chip that can mimic the heart’s amazing biomechanical properties: [ Bit.ly Link ]

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02/24/2017 at 17:01. Facebook
In a new study published Feb. 22 in the journal PLOS ONE, Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have taken a condensed matter physics concept usually applied to the way substances such as ice freeze, called “frustration,” and applied it to a simple social network model of frustrated components. They show that inequality of wealth can emerge spontaneously and more equality can be gained by...
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02/24/2017 at 14:44. Facebook
We asked NASA what special considerations will need to be taken for a manned lab on Mars in our most recent "Labs Less Ordinary" profile: [ Bit.ly Link ]

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02/24/2017 at 13:06. Facebook
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02/23/2017 at 21:40. Facebook
In movies and TV shows, dolphins are often portrayed as heroes who save humans through remarkable feats of strength and tenacity. Now dolphins could save the day for humans in real life, too—with the help of emerging technology that can measure thousands of proteins and an improved database full of genetic data: [ Bit.ly Link ]

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02/23/2017 at 17:02. Facebook
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water: [ Bit.ly Link ]

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02/23/2017 at 14:25. Facebook
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A group of researchers at Waseda University has developed processes and materials for ultrathin stick-on electronic devices using elastomeric "nanosheet" film, achieving ease of production while also preserving high elasticity and flexibility fifty times better than previously reported polymer nanosheets: [ Bit.ly Link ]

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02/22/2017 at 18:51. Facebook
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“Fake news about science has always existed,” says University of Wisconsin–Madison life sciences communication professor Dominique Brossard. “What has changed now is social media and the potential to disseminate this kind of news much faster among social networks.” [ Bit.ly Link ]

Communications Expert Advises How Science Should Respond to Fake News | Lab Manager

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02/22/2017 at 14:55. Facebook
Flow cytometry has been instrumental in the discovery of rare cells and in understanding how they differ from more abundant cells: [ Bit.ly Link ]

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02/21/2017 at 21:40. Facebook
Researchers at the University of Minnesota and University of Milano-Bicocca are bringing the dream of windows that can efficiently collect solar energy one step closer to reality thanks to high tech silicon nanoparticles: [ Bit.ly Link ]

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02/21/2017 at 17:20. Facebook
The Stand Up for Science rally took place in Boston on Sunday (Feb. 19). Hundreds of scientists participated. The event aimed to build on other scientist-led efforts since the US election and will soon include the March for Science set to take place in DC and other cities around the world on April 22. See footage from Feb. 19 rally here, courtesy of ClimateTruth.org: [ Facebook.com Link ]
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02/21/2017 at 14:32. Facebook
“Make sure you use the right instrument for the right job. A refractometer must be sensitive to the required accuracy, with features that eliminate potential confounding issues,” says one expert: [ Bit.ly Link ]

Refractometers: Secrets of Accurate Measurement | Lab Manager

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02/20/2017 at 21:45. Facebook
Malfunctioning computers, data entry errors, and other hard-to-spot problems can skew datasets and mislead people—everyone from data scientists to data hobbyists—trying to draw conclusions from raw data.

Vizier, a software tool under development by a University at Buffalo-led research team, aims to proactively catch those errors: [ Bit.ly Link ]

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