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Study confirms superior sound of a Stradivari is due to the varnish

Knock on wood — Chemicals used to soak the wood include borax, zinc, copper, alum, and lime water. Jennifer Ouellette – Sep 16, 2021 11:30 pm UTC Enlarge / A 1729 Stradivari known as the “Solomon, Ex-Lambert” on display at Christie’s in New York in March 2007.Along with Andrea Amati and Andrea Guarneri, Antonio Stradivari…

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Study reveals gophers’ biofluorescence

A pocket gopher illuminated with UV light. Credit: University of Georgia You can learn a lot about animals by simply watching them. But some secrets can only be revealed in the dark … with an ultraviolet flashlight. This happens to be the case for pocket gophers, small rodents that live underground in sandy soil. A…

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Study: IT security for electric cars in China

New survey of Chinese cybersecurity and data protection regulations for the electric and connected car industry published by Fraunhofer SIT and Fraunhofer Singapore Darmstadt/Singapore – The world’s largest automotive market, China, is experiencing high growth rates for electric cars. In order to successfully compete in China, international automakers must comply with Chinese cybersecurity, cryptography and…

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Study highlights experiences of adults diagnosed with autism

Credit: CC0 Public Domain New research led by psychologists at Edge Hill University has placed a spotlight on the quality of life and mental health issues experienced by adults diagnosed with autism. Dr. Liam Cross and Dr. Gray Atherton have worked with partners on a new study that explores the link between the age that…

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Study provides basis to evaluate food subsectors’ emissions of three greenhouse gases

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain A new, location-specific agricultural greenhouse gas emission study is the first to account for net carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide emissions from all subsectors related to food production and consumption. The work, led by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign atmospheric sciences professor Atul Jain, could help identify the primary plant- and…

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New study reveals signs of dementia are written in the blood

PCA of 33 AD or 6 selected dementia-related compounds showed significant differences between patients with dementia and HE subjects. Blood data of dementia and HE subjects were subjected to PCA. (A) A PCA plot using abundances of 33 (7 increased and 26 decreased) dementia-related compounds. Dementia and HE subjects were separated into two domains (see…

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Study of voles on Arctic island advances knowledge of small-mammal population dynamics

An East European vole on Spitzbergen island. These animals were introduced to the Svalbard islands over a few decades. With no predators, their presence provides scientists with a living system to assess the impacts of predators on the populations cycles of small Arctic mammals. Credit: Nigel Yoccoz A decades-long study of voles on the Norwegian…

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Study finds firefighters at the World Trade Center are more likely to develop cancer

Today marks 20 years since terrorists attacked the United States on September 11, 2001. Those attacks killed many innocent Americans who were simply going about their day. While the tragedy in human lives was great, we also saw some stunning acts of heroism, particularly from first responders, including firefighters, who rushed towards the site of…

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Yale study details breakthrough COVID cases and who is most at risk

Yale University has published a new study that evaluates who is most at risk of breakthrough COVID-19 infections after being fully vaccinated. Though the infections remain very rare compared to those who aren’t vaccinated, the number of cases has increased as variants spread, particularly the highly infectious Delta variant. In most cases, fully vaccinated individuals…

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Caught in a web: Study reveals that immune cells cooperate to trap and kill bacteria

Scanning electromicrograph of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. Credit: NIAID Like a spider trapping its prey, our immune system cells cooperate to capture and “eat” bacteria. The newly identified antibacterial mechanism, reported Sept. 10 in Science Advances, could inspire novel strategies for combating Staphylococcus aureus (staph) and other extracellular bacterial pathogens. It was known that neutrophils—first responder…