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Newswise: Traces of the European Enlightenment Found in the DNA of Western Sign Languages

Traces of the European Enlightenment Found in the DNA of Western Sign Languages

University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

Sign languages throughout North and South America and Europe have centuries-long roots in five European locations, a finding that gives new insight into the influence of the European Enlightenment on many of the world's signing communities and the evolution of their languages.

Channels: History, Genetics,

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22-Jan-2020 3:35 PM EST
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Arts and Humanities

Report reveals ‘unseen’ human benefits from ocean twilight zone

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

A new report from researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) reveals for the first time the unseen—and somewhat surprising—benefits that people receive from the ocean’s twilight zone. Also known as the “mesopelagic,” this is the ocean layer just beyond the sunlit surface.

Channels: Climate Science, Environmental Science, Marine Science, Nature,

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22-Jan-2020 3:30 PM EST
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Newswise: Global river deltas increasingly shaped by humans, study says

Global river deltas increasingly shaped by humans, study says

Tulane University

The study by current and former researchers at Tulane University looked at nearly every delta in the world.

Channels: Environmental Science, Geology, Nature, Nature (journal), All Journal News,

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22-Jan-2020 3:15 PM EST
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Chemistry finding could make solar energy more efficient

Ohio State University

Scientists for the first time have developed a single molecule that can absorb sunlight efficiently and also act as a catalyst to transform solar energy into hydrogen, a clean alternative to fuel for things like gas-powered vehicles. This new molecule collects energy from the entire visible spectrum, and can harness more than 50% more solar energy than current solar cells can. The finding could help humans transition away from fossil fuels and toward energy sources that do not contribute to climate change.

Channels: Chemistry, Climate Science, DOE Science News, Energy, Nature (journal), All Journal News,

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22-Jan-2020 3:05 PM EST
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Newswise: What's in Puget Sound? New technique casts a wide net for concerning chemicals

What's in Puget Sound? New technique casts a wide net for concerning chemicals

University of Washington

Using a new “non-targeted” approach, University of Washington and UW Tacoma researchers screened samples from multiple regions of Puget Sound to look for potentially harmful compounds that might be present.

Channels: Environmental Science, Food and Water Safety, Marine Science, Pollution, All Journal News,

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22-Jan-2020 2:55 PM EST
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FSU Research: Despite less ozone pollution, not all plants benefit

Florida State University

Policies and new technologies have reduced emissions of precursor gases that lead to ozone air pollution, but despite those improvements, the amount of ozone that plants are taking in has not followed the same trend, according to Florida State University researchers.

Channels: Climate Science, Environmental Health, Plants, Pollution, All Journal News,

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22-Jan-2020 2:55 PM EST
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Newswise: New model helps pave the way to bringing clean fusion energy down to Earth

New model helps pave the way to bringing clean fusion energy down to Earth

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

State-of-the-art simulation confirms a key source of heat and energy loss in spherical fusion facilities.

Channels: DOE Science News, Energy, Fusion, Physics, DOE Science News, All Journal News,

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22-Jan-2020 2:50 PM EST
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Surprise discovery shakes up our understanding of gene expression

University of Chicago

A group of University of Chicago scientists has uncovered a previously unknown way that our genes are made into reality. Rather than directions going one-way from DNA to RNA to proteins, the latest study shows that RNA itself modulates how DNA is transcribed—using a chemical process that is increasingly apparent to be vital to biology. The discovery has significant implications for our understanding of human disease and drug design.

Channels: Cell Biology, Chemistry, Genetics, Pharmaceuticals, All Journal News,

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22-Jan-2020 2:50 PM EST
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