IVF technology might one day spare northern white rhino species | Researchers working to limit false positives in psychology studies | Metal with special electrical properties is based on weaving pattern
March 21, 2018
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IVF technology might one day spare northern white rhino species
There is a small chance that the northern white rhino species can be saved from extinction following the death of Sudan, the world's last male northern white rhino, on Monday. Scientists have collected sex cells over the years from living northern white rhinos and are working on the technology for in vitro fertilization using southern white rhinos as surrogates, since the last two female northern white rhinos can't naturally create offspring.
National Geographic online (3/20) 
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Researchers working to limit false positives in psychology studies
Psychologists are re-evaluating how they conduct and measure their research to limit the possibility of bias in their results. Increasing the size of studies, adding transparency and using preregistration, which involves writing out a plan of what a researcher will do in a study, are some of the ways psychologists are trying to minimize false positives.
LiveScience (3/20) 
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Metal with special electrical properties is based on weaving pattern
The kagome pattern in Japanese basket weaving, which features shared triangular corners, has inspired researchers to create a metal that has special electrical features, a description of the new material published in Nature suggests. "By constructing the kagome network of iron, which is inherently magnetic, this exotic behavior persists to room temperature and higher," said Joseph Checkelsky, a study co-author.
BBC (3/20) 
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Expedition locates sunken WWII warship in South Pacific
The wreck of a US warship torpedoed in 1942 during the World War II Battle of Guadalcanal has been found in the South Pacific by an expedition backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. The remains of the USS Juneau were located Saturday on the ocean floor near the Solomon Islands.
The Guardian (London) (3/20) 
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ESA mission to study planets outside our solar system
A European Space Agency mission to sample the atmospheres of planets outside our solar system is planned for the 2020s to learn if is there is a so-called standard model for planets. "We want to sample lots of planets -- some that are small like the Earth or very big like Jupiter; and at different temperatures -- extremely hot, warm or temperate -- around very different types of stars," said Giovanna Tinetti, a UK astrophysicist who will lead the project.
BBC (3/20) 
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Canadian mathematician wins Abel Prize for discovering math links
The 2018 Abel Prize has been awarded to Robert Langlands, a Canadian mathematician who found links between algebra, number theory and analysis that help researchers approach problems that appear unsolvable in one area but might be easier to understand in another. Langlands developed his method in 1967, and it has been expanded over the years.
Nature (free content) (3/20) 
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SSRIs may be more beneficial than SNRIs for pediatric anxiety disorders
Children and adolescents with anxiety disorders who took selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors had significantly greater improvement after two weeks, which persisted until week 12, compared with those who received selective serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, according to a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Researchers also found earlier clinical improvement with high-dose SSRIs, compared with low-dose SSRIs, but dosing wasn't tied to overall response trajectory.
eMPR (3/19) 
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Galinpepimut-S found to be safe, effective as multiple myeloma treatment
Researchers found that the use of galinpepimut-S is safe and effective in patients with high-risk multiple myeloma, according to data presented at the 44th Annual European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation. The findings also showed that clinical activity was associated with antigen-specific immune responses based on results of testing with 19 multiple myeloma patients with high-risk cytogenesis at diagnosis.
Rare Disease Report (3/19) 
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AI-aided music app firm awarded $225,000 to study effect on ADHD
The National Science Foundation has awarded a $225,000 grant to Brain.fm to study how music affects attention using the company's mobile app. Artificial intelligence curates music within the app that stimulates the brain, and researchers want to see whether the app can help patients with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder have better focus.
CNET (3/20) 
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Federal funds go to W.Va. for program to fight opioid addiction
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has awarded West Virginia $333,000 to create a program to fight opioid addiction. The program looks to have emergency room personnel recognize patients who may be addicted to opioids in order to get them into treatment.
WVNews (Clarksburg, W.Va.) (3/19) 
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