Another distant planet suspected to be in Kuiper Belt | Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter snaps image of Curiosity rover | Chimp groups' hunting behavior changed by researchers' presence
June 23, 2017
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Another distant planet suspected to be in Kuiper Belt
Another planet, in addition to the so-called Planet Nine predicted last year, may be circling the sun in the Kuiper Belt, according to a study scheduled to be published in The Astronomical Journal. Researchers detected something between the size of Earth and Mars causing a warp in the orbits of asteroids, comets and dwarf planets within the Kuiper Belt.
Space (6/22) 
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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter snaps image of Curiosity rover
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has captured an image of the Curiosity rover far below on the surface of the red planet. The rover was snapped on June 5 and shows up in the false-color image as a blue dot.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (6/22) 
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Chimp groups' hunting behavior changed by researchers' presence
The presence of researchers may have affected chimpanzees' hunting habits, a study published in PLOS ONE suggests. Researchers compared the behavior of neighboring groups of chimps, one group that was used to the researchers' presence and the other not so comfortable with it, and found that the less comfortable group's behavior changed.
BBC (6/23) 
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600-year-old sword found in bog in Poland
A 600-year-old medieval sword has been found in a bog in Poland. The 13th- or 14th-century sword is very well preserved, archaeologists say, and it's been sent to Warsaw for analysis and restoration.
National Geographic online (6/22) 
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Ancient hieroglyphs with cosmic message found in Egypt
Large, ancient hieroglyphs bearing a cosmic message have been found inscribed in rocks in Egypt, according to the country's antiquities ministry. The hieroglyphs date back about 5,200 years and are likely "an expression of royal authority over the ordered cosmos," said expedition co-director John Darnell of Yale University.
LiveScience (6/22) 
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Wooden prosthetic toe found on 3,000-year-old mummy
A wooden prosthetic toe found on a 3,000-year-old mummy in Egypt is offering insights about ancient medical practices. Researchers have determined that the toe was refitted several times, likely to make it look more natural and be more comfortable, according to findings yet to be published.
LiveScience (6/22) 
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CDC: Placental, fetal tissue can help determine Zika infection in newborns
CDC researchers tested the placental and fetal tissue of newborns for Zika virus infection, and they found that only 10% of at-risk infants were actually infected and that infection did not directly correlate to birth defects. The findings were published in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
HealthDay News (6/22) 
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Research suggests best treatments for diabetes patients with osteoporosis
Patients with type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis should be treated with medications that help protect the bones, such as dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor, glucagonlike peptide-1 receptor agonists, metformin and sulfonylureas, according to a study in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Greek researchers reviewed past studies and guidelines, as well as key journals and abstracts, and noted that "avoiding strict targets for blood glucose levels is important for jointly managing T2D and osteoporosis for the fear of hypoglycemia, falls and fractures." (U.K.) (6/22) 
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Funding Watch
Australian Football League to provide $189,000 annually to study concussions
The Australian Football League has included a minimum of about $189,000 per year for concussion research as part of its collective bargaining agreement with players. The funding "provides a process for us to work with the AFL to understand concussion further," said Brett Murphy, general manager of player relations for the AFL Players Association.
Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia) (tiered subscription model) (6/22) 
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Malaria research project to receive $9.3M NIH grant
The University of Washington's Malaria Evolution in South Asia initiative will be the recipient of a $9.3 million grant from the NIH to continue research in the fight against drug-resistant malaria, particularly in India. "By getting a clearer picture of malaria in India, we're 'closing the gap' on how this complex parasite behaves globally," said Pradipsinh Rathod, director of NIH International Center of Excellence for Malaria Research for South Asia.
GeekWire (6/20) 
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