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Pope Francis Reportedly Told a Gay Man 'God Made You Like This'

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 12:17

His comments were embraced by the LGBT community


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The toughest (and weakest) cell phones on the market

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 12:06

Tom's Guide tested all of the major smartphones on the market by dropping them over the course of four rounds from 4 feet and 6 feet onto wood and concrete - and even into a toilet - to see which handset is the toughest. Editor & Chief Mark Spoonauer is here to share some of the results.


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'Clueless' star Alicia Silverstone on trying 63 different outfits for the movie

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 11:53

"I remember being so exhausted with the costume fittings," Silverstone said in an interview for "20/20: Lights, Camera, Summer!" "I didn't have any fashion sense at all at that age."


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Intel Puts Its Own Spin on Quantum Computing

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 11:06

In the wild and wooly world of quantum computing, everything must be taken with a grain of salt. For example, Microsoft’s (MSFT) comment that it will have a production-ready quantum computer in five years’ time—a comment made to this blog in February—is met with a pleasant smile and something of a shrug by James Clarke, the director of quantum hardware for Intel (INTC).


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Scientists to Hunt for DNA Traces of Loch Ness Monster

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 10:57

Next month, however, an international team of scientists led by Neil Gemmell from the University of Otago, New Zealand, will conduct an investigation into the waters of the famous loch which could help to settle the mystery once and for all. The scientists will sample the water using so-called environmental DNA (eDNA), which will enable them to identify tiny remnants of genetic material left behind by any life in the loch.


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AHRQ Small Research Grant Program (R03)

NIH Funding Opportunities - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 10:49
Funding Opportunity PA-18-794 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. This FOA encourages Small Research Grant (R03) applications, and expresses AHRQ priority areas of interest for ongoing small research projects. The R03 grant mechanism supports different types of health services research projects including pilot and feasibility studies; secondary analysis of existing data; small, self-contained research projects; development of research methodology; and development of new research technology.
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Estonia to map DNA of over 10% of population

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 10:42

A trail-blazer in internet technology, cyber-savvy Estonia is rolling out a high-tech DNA database holding the genetic details of over 150,000 residents to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of chronic disease. The database is intended to find and map genetic variations, and will build on existing genetic records for over 52,000 Estonians collected since the centre opened in 2001.


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See Lava From Hawaii's Volcano Spew Into the Ocean and Create Toxic 'Laze'

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 10:37

A steam cloud filled with noxious gases has risen above the Pacific Ocean


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AHRQ Health Services Research Demonstration and Dissemination Grants (R18)

NIH Funding Opportunities - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 10:34
Funding Opportunity PA-18-793 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. The Research Demonstration and Dissemination Grant (R18) is an award made by AHRQ to an institution/organization to support a discrete, specified health services research project. The project will be performed by the named investigator and study team. The R18 research plan proposed by the applicant institution/organization must be related to the mission and priority research interests of AHRQ.
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AHRQ Health Services Research Projects (R01)

NIH Funding Opportunities - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 10:21
Funding Opportunity PA-18-795 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. The Research Project Grant (R01) is an award made by AHRQ to an institution/organization to support a discrete, specified health services research project. The project will be performed by the named investigator and study team. The R01 research plan proposed by the applicant institution/organization must be related to the mission and priority research interests of AHRQ
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Advancing Evidence into Practice through Shared, Interoperable Clinical Decision Support Resources (U18)

NIH Funding Opportunities - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 10:08
Funding Opportunity PA-18-792 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites U18 cooperative agreement applications for innovative research on disseminating evidence into practice through shared, interoperable clinical decision support (CDS) resources.
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Findings of Research Misconduct

NIH Funding Opportunities - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 09:08
Notice NOT-OD-18-183 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts
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Glaucoma test on horizon to prevent most common cause of blindness 

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 09:00

The most common cause of incurable blindness could be stopped early after scientists discovered the genetic blueprint which predicts who is in danger of developing the condition. Around 480,000 people suffer from glaucoma in England which starts with a loss of peripheral vision and gradually spreads. It is thought to be caused by a build-up of pressure in the eye which compresses the optic nerve. But in the early stages, symptoms are often absent and many people are unaware they have the condition until the damage is already one. Now King’s College London,Moorfields Eye Hospital and Harvard Medical School have discovered the 133 genetic variants that put people at risk of developing the condition. It suggests that a test could created that could find out who is susceptible as early as childhood, so treatment could be given before any damage occurs. Lead author, Dr Pirro Hysi from King’s College, said: ‘Knowing someone’s genetic risk profile might allow us to predict what risk of glaucoma he or she carries so that in the future we can focus scarce health care resources on those most at risk.” Most people do not realise they are suffering from glaucoma until the damage has already been done  Credit: Picasa Co-author Dr Anthony Khawaja from the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, said: “With this new knowledge, we are now more able to predict the risk of an individual developing glaucoma.   “The predictive genetic markers could be measured as early as birth, even though glaucoma develops later in adulthood. ‘These results help us to better understand the previously unknown mechanisms that cause this damaging disease. “By understanding how glaucoma develops we can, in time, get ahead of the curve of the condition and support both those living with the disease and those who may develop it.” To find out which genes were responsible, scientists studied 140,000 people drawn from the UK Biobank and EPIC-Norfolk. Eye pressure readings were taken which were compared with a DNA analysis of each patient to assess how likely it was that they would develop the condition. By comparing the pressure test results with a genetic analysis of the many common, small variations in DNA that contribute a tiny amount to overall eye pressure, the team was able to identify 133 genetic variants in the DNA of those who had high pressure readings, and so were at highest risk of developing the condition. The genetic variations were able to predict whether someone might develop glaucoma with 75 per cent accuracy. Dr. Janey Wiggs, co-author from Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Harvard Medical School said: “This study demonstrates the enormous power of large datasets allowing detection of these important genetic risk factors. “Glaucoma remains the leading cause of incurable blindness in the world, but the hope is that this important piece of research could help millions by leading to faster and more accurate diagnoses in the future.” The research was published in Nature Genetics. 


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May challenges scientists to help transform Britain after Brexit

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 08:29

Britain's prime minister challenged scientists on Monday to help diagnose cancer earlier and create zero-emission cars, trying to reboot an industrial strategy all but eclipsed by Brexit, while acknowledging Britain's reliance on foreign scientists. Theresa May, who is struggling to unite her top ministers over plans to leave the European Union, wants to broaden her agenda to show she is more than a leader charged with overseeing Britain's messy divorce with the bloc. In a speech in northern England, May pressed home her desire for Britain to be a leader in scientific research even after it leaves the bloc in March next year.


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