Large cache of fossilized pterosaur eggs found in China | Viruses found in China's bats could mix into new SARS strain | Unenhanced MRI after ultrasound effective in diagnosing appendicitis
December 1, 2017
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Large cache of fossilized pterosaur eggs found in China
More than 200 fossilized pterosaur eggs have been found at a single site in China, which could show that the prehistoric flying reptiles cared for their offspring in colonies, according to findings published in Science. Study of a hatchling's nearly complete skeleton indicates that bones used in flight weren't fully developed, suggesting that baby dinosaurs needed assistance from their parents in the early days of life.
BBC (11/30) 
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Viruses found in China's bats could mix into new SARS strain
Various SARS-related viruses are present in horseshoe bats found in China and could genetically recombine into a new form of the severe acute respiratory syndrome virus. The findings, published in PLOS Pathogens, help shed light on how the original SARS outbreak in 2002 may have begun.
Science News (11/30) 
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Unenhanced MRI after ultrasound effective in diagnosing appendicitis
Unenhanced MRI can be used instead of CT imaging on children with suspected appendicitis when sonographic findings are equivocal, researchers reported in Radiology. The retrospective study revealed the staged algorithm had a negative predictive value of 99.5%, more than 98% overall sensitivity and specificity above 97%.
Radiology Business (11/27) 
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Gravity changes could help determine quake magnitudes faster
Signals from Earth's gravitational field could help seismologists determine the magnitude of large quakes more quickly, according to a study published in Science. The quicker a temblor's actual size can be determined, the sooner emergency personnel can know how many resources may be needed to respond, researchers say.
Nature (free content) (11/30) 
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Bold magpies, shy elks strike mutually beneficial friendships
A study in Biology Letters demonstrated that shy elk in Alberta, Canada, allow bold magpies to land on them and eat winter ticks, while bold elks scare off magpies and shy magpies avoid elks. The study is among the few to explore how personality shapes interspecies interactions.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (11/29) 
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Brain-computer interface study focuses on amputees
Israeli researchers found that subjects missing an arm were able to use their thoughts to move the corresponding arm of an avatar, performing nearly as well as the able-bodied control group. Another study is testing the ability of subjects to operate a surrogate robotic representation using their thoughts.
No Camels (Israel) (11/30) 
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Funding Watch
Leukemia organization designates $46M for blood cancer research projects
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is earmarking $46 million for blood cancer research globally. The nonprofit will provide grants to dozens of research projects, with many focusing on unusual approaches to treating a number of blood conditions, including myeloma.
Lymphoma News Today (11/30) 
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Energy studies, STEM efforts at university get $1.5M grant
Public Service Enterprise Group has awarded Stevens Institute of Technology a $1.5 million grant. Funding will go toward research into sustainable fuels and scholarships in science, technology, engineering and math.
NJBIZ (New Jersey) (11/30) 
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