Wineglass-shaped bottom-feeder lived 500 million years ago | How spacecrafts release wastewater could explain Enceladus' jets | Women's upper reproductive tract contains bacteria, study says
October 18, 2017
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Wineglass-shaped bottom-feeder lived 500 million years ago
The fossil of a sea creature shaped like a wineglass never before seen by researchers has been found in Utah. Siphusauctum lloydguntheri was a bottom-feeder that lived about 500 million years ago, according to a description published in the Journal of Paleontology.
LiveScience (10/17) 
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Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
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How spacecrafts release wastewater could explain Enceladus' jets
Wastewater flushed from manned spacecraft could help researchers better understand the icy plumes of water that erupt from the south pole of Saturn's moon Enceladus, according to findings presented at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Sciences. "These observations don't tell us directly what's happening on Enceladus, but they provide a sort of anchor for our interpretations of what we're seeing on Enceladus," presenter Ralph Lorenz said.
New Scientist (free content) (10/17) 
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Women's upper reproductive tract contains bacteria, study says
Proof of bacteria in women's upper reproductive tract, which is a controversial topic, has been reported in a study published in Nature Communications. Researchers studied tissue samples taken from 110 women who underwent surgery for gynecological ailments not associated with infection and found evidence of diverse kinds of bacteria.
The Scientist online (10/17) 
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MRI shows promise in determining pediatric MS risk
Forty-two percent of 38 youths with radiologically isolated syndrome seen with MRI developed the first clinical symptoms of multiple sclerosis after a median of two years, which was faster than in adults, researchers reported in the journal Neurology: Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation. The findings also showed the highest risk of MS symptoms among those with spinal fluid abnormalities and spinal cord lesions seen with MRI.
Health Imaging online (10/17) 
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Mud flow on Indonesian island tied to magma, research shows
Scientists say they've learned why hot mud has been flowing from vents on the island of Java in Indonesia since 2006. The vents are linked through faults to the magma chamber from a nearby volcanic complex, and a 2006 earthquake triggered a release of gas pressure from the vents, researchers say.
United Press International (10/17) 
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Service dogs may help people with early-onset dementia
Researchers in Australia are studying whether assistance dogs are beneficial to people with early-onset dementia, and feedback suggests that the animals enhance dementia patients' quality of life. "The dog is able to see that the person is a little bit distressed and confused, and be able to get the family member to come and help them out," said Belinda Nixon from Dementia Australia.
ABC (Australia) (10/17) 
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Ill. university will use $2M grant to study organic corn
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded a grant of about $2 million to the University of Illinois to study organic corn breeding. Researchers will gather responses from consumers on the caliber of food products produced by various organic corn strains.
The News-Gazette (Champaign-Urbana, Ill.) (10/17) 
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Okla. brain research center to study anxiety disorders with $11.3M grant
The NIH has issued an $11.3 million grant to the Laureate Institute for Brain Research in Tulsa, Okla. The funds will go toward research on anxiety and mood disorders to improve treatments.
Tulsa World (Okla.) (10/18) 
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