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Scientists race to save Monkey Island research center
Cayo Santiago, Puerto Rico — As thousands of troops and government workers struggle to restore normal life to Puerto Rico, a small group of scientists is racing to save more than 1,000 monkeys whose brains may contain clues to mysteries of the human mind. One of the first places Hurricane Maria hit in the U.S. territory Sept. 20 was Cayo Santiago, known as Monkey Island, a 40-acre outcropping off the east coast that is one of the world’s most important sites for research into how primates think, socialize and evolve   Read More ...
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DeVos attends opening of Michigan State research center
Grand Rapids — U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos joined Michigan State University officials and other dignitaries to mark the official opening the school’s Grand Rapids Research Center. The Lansing State Journal reports a couple dozen people protested DeVos’ visit Wednesday to her hometown. A similarly sized group gathered in support. Critics say she’s hostile to public education and indifferent to civil rights   Read More ...
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Research on Chad Carr's brain tumor released
Chad Carr, whose battle with brain cancer made headlines and captured hearts around the world over the last two years, is helping researchers look for a cure. On Thursday, researchers released results of the first study based on Chad's tumor. Their findings appear in npj Precision Oncology, an international, online peer-review journal that publishes scientific research in the study and treatment of tumors   Read More ...
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Study sheds light on how bacterial organelles assemble
Scientists are providing the clearest view yet of an intact bacterial microcompartment, revealing at atomic-level resolution the structure and assembly of the organelle's protein shell. The work, led by scientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Michigan State University (MSU), will appear in the June 23 issue of the journal Science. They studied the organelle shell of an ocean-dwelling slime bacteria called Haliangium ochraceum   Read More ...
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Will Trump administration support bioenergy research?
MILWAUKEE — Nine years ago this month, the University of Wisconsin-Madison was awarded its largest single federal grant ever: $125 million to launch a bioenergy research center. Now, bioenergy researchers at UW and their partners at Michigan State University are watching closely to see what the future holds for them under President-elect Donald Trump and his nominee for Energy secretary, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Will a Trump administration heavily   Read More ...
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Genetics: Heart-health variants found
Mutations in a gene targeted by a new wave of medicines for lowering cholesterol levels may protect against heart attacks, but perhaps also increase the risk of diabetes. Drugs that inhibit a protein called PCSK9 lower cholesterol, but have not yet been shown definitively to reduce the risk of heart disease. Brian Ference of Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan, and his colleagues, gathered data from 112,772   Read More ...
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Study finds biofuels worse for climate than gasoline
Years of number crunching that had seemed to corroborate the climate benefits of American biofuels were starkly challenged in a science journal on Thursday, with a team of scientists using a new approach to conclude that the climate would be better off without them. Based largely on comparisons of tailpipe pollution and crop growth linked to biofuels, University of Michigan Energy Institute scientists estimated that powering an American vehicle with   Read More ...
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New study: it would be cheap to retrain coal workers for solar jobs
Coal is in the US, and solar is . That’s good news for a whole variety of reasons, but it sucks for the people who work in the coal industry, which has shed . What if all those unemployed coal workers could get jobs in the solar industry? That’s the scenario explored in a new study published in the journal Energy Economics, by scholars Joshua Pearce of Michigan Technological University   Read More ...
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Report: Antarctica’s ozone hole is starting to heal
In a triumph of international cooperation over a man-made environmental problem, research from the United States and the United Kingdom shows that the September-October ozone hole is getting smaller and forming later in the year. The study in Thursday’s journal Science also shows other indications that the ozone layer is improving after it was being eaten away by chemicals in aerosols and refrigerants. Ozone is a combination of three oxygen   Read More ...
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The Scientific Reason You Should Take a Beach Vacation
You probably already know that a is relaxing, but now there's a scientific reason you should be booking an oceanside escape. A new study by Michigan State University revealed that living in a location where you have the chance to see a lot of blue spaces, like a body of water, leads to lower levels of "psychological distress." The research focused on the city of Wellington in New Zealand, and   Read More ...
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Researchers think eagles could help track toxin in nature
MONROE, Mich. (AP) — Researchers who band baby eagles in Michigan are hoping blood samples analyzed for signs of cancer-causing DDT and PCBs will eventually also help monitor for the toxin microcystin (meye-kro-SEYE'-stihn). The (Toledo, Ohio) Blade reports (http://bit.ly/1TBFdzC ) researchers are trying to develop a way to track the toxin. Dave Best, a retired U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologist who spent 28 years doing mostly eagle research, said during   Read More ...
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Looking out over the ocean can improve mental health, says new study
A new study published this week in the journal Health & Place has for the first time found a link between mental health and a view of the sea or ocean. Carried out by researchers from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and Michigan State University in the US, the study looked at a possible association between an increased visibility of nature and a lower level of psychological distress.   Read More ...
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Study: US Oil Field Source of Global Uptick in Air Pollution
An oil and natural gas field in the western United States is largely responsible for a global uptick of the air pollutant ethane, according to a new study. The team led by researchers at the University of Michigan found that fossil fuel production at the Bakken Formation in North Dakota and Montana is emitting roughly 2 percent of the ethane detected in the Earth's atmosphere. Along with its chemical cousin   Read More ...
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Study: US oil field source of global uptick in air pollution - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com
By MICHAEL BIESECKER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - An oil and natural gas field in the western United States is largely responsible for a global uptick of the air pollutant ethane, according to a new study. The team led by researchers at the University of Michigan found that fossil fuel production at the Bakken Formation in North Dakota and Montana is emitting roughly 2 percent of the ethane detected in   Read More ...
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Study: US oil field source of global uptick in air pollution
WASHINGTON (AP) — An oil and natural gas field in the western United States is largely responsible for a global uptick of the air pollutant ethane, according to a new study. The team led by researchers at the University of Michigan found that fossil fuel production at the Bakken Formation in North Dakota and Montana is emitting roughly 2 percent of the ethane detected in the Earth's atmosphere. Along with   Read More ...
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Non-profit work: Take my advice
Not many graduate students who spend 50–60 hours in the laboratory each week are eager to take on an outside job — especially one that pays nothing. But Michael Lang, a PhD student in cell and developmental biology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, has added two part-time, unpaid positions to his workload. He's the president and co-founder of miLEAD Consulting, an independent, non-profit company based in Ann   Read More ...
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Toyota to open third U.S. research lab to advance self-driving cars
SAN JOSE, Calif. Toyota Motor Co said on Thursday it would open its third U.S. research lab in Ann Arbor, Michigan in June for the study of artificial intelligence, robotics and materials science to spur the development of self-driving cars. The Japanese automaker already has a research lab in the Silicon Valley technology hub of Palo Alto, where it works with Stanford University, and another in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where it   Read More ...
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Character traits: Scientific virtue
Honesty and curiosity are the most important traits underlying excellent science, according to a survey of around 400 members of elite US scientific societies, such as the National Academy of Sciences. A pilot study led by survey co-organizer Robert Pennock, a philosopher at Michigan State University in East Lansing, had previously identified the ten most widely held values among scientists who have been honoured by their peers for being exemplary.   Read More ...
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Evolution: Bacteria cannot stop adapting
One of biology's longest-running experiments suggests that adaptation can be endless, even in extremely stable environments.To test the assumption that evolution is stimulated by environmental change, Richard Lenski at Michigan State University in East Lansing and his colleagues maintained the same populations of Escherichia   Read More ...
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Researchers predict severe harmful algal bloom for Lake Erie
University of Michigan researchers and their colleagues predict that the 2015 western Lake Erie harmful algal bloom season will be among the most severe in recent years and could become the second-most severe behind the record-setting 2011 bloom.   Read More ...
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Vehicle fuel economy down, emissions up
Gas mileage of new vehicles sold in the U.S. slipped last month, according to researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.   Read More ...
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Applying research agendas to sport fishing
As one of the most highly prized game fish in the upper Midwest, muskellunge (also known as muskies) and northern pike help support a $20 billion sport fishing industry. Facing declines in natural reproduction, a team of scientists, including a Michigan State University inland fisheries researcher, has developed a list of research and management needs to help keep the fish—and the industry—thriving.   Read More ...
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