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Want a Longer Life? Too Bad, Stopping Aging Process is Mathematically Impossible

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 06:25

It is logically, theoretically and mathematically impossible to stop the aging process, scientists have said. In a blow to researchers currently working to slow or even stop the detrioration of cells in the human body, Joanna Masel and Paul Nelson, from the University of Arizona, have found a catch-22 when it comes to anti-aging science: it can cause cancer. In their research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Masel and Nelson looked at exactly what happens to cells in the body as they age to see if there is any way to halt the process in multicellular organisms like humans.

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Shortfall in climate action is 'catastrophic': UN

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 05:01

There is a "catastrophic" gap between national pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the actions needed to cap global warming below two degrees Celsius, the UN's environment chief warned Tuesday, days ahead of global climate talks in Bonn. Record-setting extreme weather in 2017 -- including monsoon flooding, raging fires, and a trio of deadly hurricanes -- likely bears the fingerprint of global warming, it noted. "One year after the Paris Agreement entered into force, we still find ourselves in a situation where we are not doing nearly enough to save hundreds of millions of people from a miserable future," said Eric Solheim, head of the UN agency.

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Hands On With iPhone X, Apple’s Radical New Smartphone

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 04:00

Innovations like Face ID are useful for much more than you think.

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Frédéric Chopin’s telltale heart

Nature News & Comment - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 03:51

Scientists have written another chapter in the curious case of the composer’s heart. But it is unlikely to be the end of the story.

Nature 551 5 doi: 10.1038/551005a

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Listen To The Spookiest Sounds Ever Detected In Space

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 03:32

For some real Halloween chills, check out NASA’s new playlist of spooky signals picked up by its spacecraft over the years.

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'It's Time to Wake Up.' Read John McCain's Speech to Naval Academy Graduates

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 02:53

"We have to fight isolationism, protectionism, and nativism"

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An Arrest Warrant Has Been Issued for Rose McGowan in Connection to Drug Charge

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 02:06

An arrest warrant was issued for the former actress on Feb. 1

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Notice of Change to Application Package for RFA-CA-17-059 and RFA-CA-17-061

NIH Funding Opportunities - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 01:15
Notice NOT-CA-18-017 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts
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One Dead in University of Utah Shooting as Police Search for Gunman

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 00:28

One death has been confirmed while police continue to search for the suspected gunman, 24-year-old Austin Boutain

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Questions Arise in the Story of Two Women Lost at Sea for 5 Months

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 22:24

Their boat had an emergency beacon but they didn't use it, according to the Coast Guard

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Former Trump Campaign Chief Paul Manafort Pleads Not Guilty to Russia Investigation Indictments

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 22:05

Former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates pleaded not guilty to all charges brought against them.

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How Donald Trump Hired and Fired Paul Manafort

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 21:41

Conflicting accounts of the former campaign chief now under indictment

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Smart mosquito trap could prevent deadly diseases

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 21:30

A smart mosquito trap developed by Microsoft only catches disease-spreading mosquitos by sensing their wing length and wing beats per second.

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Researchers uncover massive prehistoric “sea monster” measuring nearly 20 feet

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 20:02

The oceans of modern day Earth are scary enough already, with all kinds of creatures that could make your blood run cold if you accidentally happened upon one, but back in the Jurassic period things were no safer. If you were taking a dip in the Jurassic ocean, an ichthyosaur would have been one of the more intimidating animals you could bump into, and the fossilized remains of one was just discovered in India for the very first time.

The specimen measures some 18 feet long, though they could reach as large as 30 feet, and this particular example is remarkably well preserved. But the part of the these new fossils that is most exciting to the researchers is its jaw, and the lessons its teeth can teach us about what the massive beast ate on a daily basis.

The nearly 20-foot-long aquatic reptile was a big fan of eating crunchy ocean creatures, and its remains were discovered in proximity to what scientists believe were its typical daily fare. Mollusks and other shelled sea animals were all fair game for dinner, and the ichthyosaur's powerful jaws and robust teeth made short work of them.

"We could infer from wear patterns on its teeth that this ichthyosaur was a top-tier predator that fed on hard and abrasive food material, including marine molluscs (ammonoids and belemnites), fish and possibly other marine reptiles," lead researcher Guntupalli Prasad explains in an interview published in PLOS One.

The researchers are hopeful that continued exploration in the region will help them uncover even more fossils, and potentially spark further interest for paleontologists in India.

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Mass seal deaths in Russia's Lake Baikal

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 18:58

Around 130 dead seals have washed up on the shores of Russia's Lake Baikal, authorities said Tuesday, as they launched a probe into the latest problem to hit the world's deepest lake. The Baikal seal is the smallest in the world, and exactly how and when the species colonised the ancient Siberian lake is still a mystery. "There were about 130 animals found dead" over the past few days, said environmental ministry spokesman Nikolai Gudkov.

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