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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

ScienceDaily: Strange Science News

ScienceDaily: Strange Science News

If you want an antibiotic, see your doctor later in the day

Posted: 06 Oct 2014 02:43 PM PDT

Doctors appeared to 'wear down' during their morning and afternoon clinic sessions, and antibiotic prescribing rates increased the later the day got. "This corresponds to about 5 percent more patients receiving antibiotics at the end of a clinic session compared to the beginning," explained a reseracher. "Remedies for this problem might include different schedules, shorter sessions, more breaks or maybe even snacks."

Through the combining glass

Posted: 06 Oct 2014 08:40 AM PDT

Trying on clothes when a shop is closed could become a reality thanks to new research that uses semi-transparent mirrors in interactive systems. The system could change the way people interact and collaborate in public spaces, such as museums and shop windows.

Tumors might grow faster at night

Posted: 06 Oct 2014 06:46 AM PDT

A hormone that keeps us alert also suppresses the spread of cancer, researchers have discovered. The study suggests, therefore, that nighttime is the right time for cancer to grow and spread in the body, and that administering certain treatments in time with the body's day-night cycle could boost their efficiency.

Online games and remote experiments could reduce scientific fraud, cherry-picking

Posted: 06 Oct 2014 05:53 AM PDT

One way to combat the rising level of errors and fraud in life sciences research is through massive online laboratories, which use videogames to engage large numbers of non-professional investigators and prevent scientists from manually testing their own hypotheses, researchers say.

Pressing the accelerator on quantum robotics

Posted: 06 Oct 2014 05:51 AM PDT

Quantum computing will allow for the creation of powerful computers, but also much smarter and more creative robots than conventional ones. Scientists have now confirmed that quantum tools help robots learn and respond much faster to the stimuli around them. Quantum mechanics promises to revolutionize the world of communications and computers by introducing algorithms which are much quicker and more secure in transferring information.

Robotic solutions inspired by plants

Posted: 06 Oct 2014 05:51 AM PDT

Researchers are demonstrating revolutionary robotic techniques inspired by plants, featuring a 3D-printed 'trunk', 'leaves' that sense the environment and 'roots' that grow and change direction.

Liquid DNA behind virus attacks

Posted: 06 Oct 2014 05:49 AM PDT

Viruses can convert their DNA from solid to fluid form, which explains how viruses manage to eject DNA into the cells of their victims. This has been shown in two new studies carried out by Lund University in Sweden.

Key to identifying spiders in international cargo

Posted: 01 Oct 2014 03:59 PM PDT

Spiders found in international cargo brought into North America are sometimes misidentified, which can lead to costly and unwarranted eradication measures. A new study provides a key to identifying spiders commonly found in international cargo.

Evolving plumbing system beneath Greenland slows ice sheet as summer progresses

Posted: 01 Oct 2014 10:30 AM PDT

For the first time, researchers directly observed multiple parts of Greenland's subglacial plumbing system and how that system evolves each summer to slow down the ice sheet's movement toward the sea. These new observations could be important in accurately modeling Greenland's future response to climate change.

Antioxidant found in grapes uncorks new targets for acne treatment

Posted: 30 Sep 2014 10:25 AM PDT

Resveratrol, an antioxidant derived from grapes and found in wine, works to inhibit growth of the bacteria that causes acne, researchers have found. The team also found that combining resveratrol with a common acne medication, benzoyl peroxide, may enhance the drug's ability to kill the bacteria and could translate into new treatments.

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