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Science Daily: Religious people more likely to oppose reproductive technologies

April 27, 2017 | Science

As new and more effective human reproductive genetic technologies (RGTs) develop, people of faith are more likely to disapprove of these tools than nonreligious people, a new Rice University study found. Evangelical Christians are the most likely of any religious group to stand in opposition, the researchers found. The study examined how religious and nonreligious […]

PHYS.ORG: NASA balloon mission launches, with goal of breaking flight record

April 27, 2017 | Science

NASA on April 24 launched a football-stadium-sized, super-pressure balloon on a mission that aims to set a record for flight duration while carrying a telescope that scientists at the University of Chicago and around the world will use to study cosmic rays. Researchers from 16 nations hope the balloon, which lifted off from an airfield […]

Science Daily: Neural basis for parasitic cowbird’s secret password identified by researchers

April 20, 2017 | Science

If you are raised by other species, then how do you know who you are? Although heterospecific foster parents rear brood parasitic brown-headed cowbird chicks, juvenile cowbirds readily recognize and affiliate with other cowbirds. That’s because they have a secret handshake or password. Specifically, the “password” hypothesis helps explain this paradox of species recognition: Social […]

NY Post: Dogs apologize better than some humans

April 20, 2017 | Science

Who’s a guilty boy? Dogs know when they’ve screwed up — and their tail-between-the-legs pose is actually a highly evolved “apology bow,” according to CUNY researchers. http://nypost.com/2017/04/18/dogs-apologize-better-than-some-humans/

Washington Post: Elephant body awareness

April 12, 2017 | CUNY in the News, Science

Humans have been handing mirrors to animals since at least the early 1800s, when a young Charles Darwin proffered a polished glass to a pair of orangutans at the London Zoo. “Both were astonished beyond measure at looking glass, looked at it every way, sideways, & with most steady surprise,” Darwin wrote in his notebook. More […]

Yale News: Focusing on grains, researchers solve a mystery of rivers’ flow

March 30, 2017 | Science

Taking a simpler approach to a complex problem, Yale researchers have an answer for why large grains move more easily than smaller ones when driven by fluid flow along a riverbed — a question that has confounded scientists for decades. Much of the natural world is shaped by flowing water that moves sediment, sand, pebbles, […]

The Truce: Guns and Hate Crime: What We Know About The Role Firearms…

March 23, 2017 | Science

Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed and his friend, Alok Madasani, was wounded. Both men were legal immigrants working at Garmin, a technology company that makes GPS devices. A third man who tried to intervene was also shot and wounded. https://www.thetrace.org/2017/03/guns-hate-crimes-bias-attacks/

PHYS.ORG: Common Cuckoos can distinguish the calls of their neighbors from

March 17, 2017 | Science

Male cuckoos appear to have a unique call that makes them distinguishable to and from other males. A new study appearing in Animal Behaviour shows that an individual cuckoo call may determine how a male responds to an interloper in his territory—behaving more tolerantly towards neighbors and more aggressively towards strangers. Common cuckoos, Cuculus canorus, […]

PHYS.ORG: Scientists describe a function for autophagy in germlike stem-cell proliferation

March 13, 2017 | Science

Scientists study the germline of the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans to identify the mechanisms that control stem cell proliferation and homeostasis, as well as to advance our molecular understanding of homologous signaling pathways humans. Recently, researchers have begun to describe the function of autophagy, a cellular recycling process critical for homeostasis, in germline stem-cell proliferation of […]

Crains: Subway ads for junk food target the poor

March 13, 2017 | Science

Subway advertising for junk food and alcohol in the Bronx was more common in neighborhoods with higher poverty rates, higher percentages of Hispanic residents and higher percentages of children in nearby residential areas, according to a study published Wednesday in the Journal of Urban Health. http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20170309/HEALTH_CARE/170309873/subway-ads-for-junk-food-target-the-poor-study-from-albert-einstein-college-of-medicine-and-lehman-college-in-the-bronx-and-new-york-university-finds