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7/19/2018

Lehigh Carbon Community College is set to pilot a program that offers free tuition for those interested in training for careers in manufacturing. The Fundamentals of Manufacturing program will include online and traditional instruction, including skills-based learning and exposure to area manufacturing firms.

7/19/2018

A recent study found that the proximity of human settlements, along with their population density, is a significant predictor of the number of fish that live around coral reefs. This "human gravity" effect is critical, because overfishing can deplete reefs of the seaweed-eating fish that are key to their survival.

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7/19/2018

A recent Nationwide business owners survey found that 71% of millennial business owners use connected technologies to bolster workplace safety. Building sensors, drones, personal wearables and vehicle telematics are among the most commonly used.

7/19/2018

Older adults with apathy had a 1.81 combined risk ratio, 2.39 combined hazard ratio and 17.14 odds ratio of developing incident dementia, but the association between apathy and dementia was slightly weaker among those with cognitive impairment, Dutch researchers reported in JAMA Psychiatry. The findings, based on a systematic review and meta-analysis of 12 studies involving 7,299 memory clinic patients with a median age of 71.6, should prompt health care providers to talk about apathy with caregivers, researcher Jan Willem van Dalen said.

7/19/2018

The first known baby snake fossil has been found preserved in amber in Myanmar and dates to approximately 99 million years ago, according to findings published in Science Advances. The fossil provides some of the first evidence that forests were the habitat for certain Cretaceous Period snakes.

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7/19/2018

Spinal injections of botulinum toxins modified with substance P or dermorphin relieved pain in mice and may lead to pain treatments that are less addictive than opioids, according to findings published in Science Translational Medicine. The long-acting injections target specific neurons that signal the brain about pain.

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The Scientist online
7/19/2018

The final information from the European Space Agency's long-time Planck mission mapping the earliest light in the universe reaffirms the existence of dark matter and dark energy, according to ESA officials. "So far, the standard model of cosmology has survived all the tests, and Planck has made the measurements that show it," said project scientist Jan Tauber.

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7/19/2018

Three new geological ages have been named by the International Union of Geological Sciences. The Meghalayan Age runs from 4,250 years ago to the present; the Greenlandian Age runs from 11,700 years ago to 8,326 years ago; and the Northgrippian Age runs from 8,326 years ago to 4,250 years ago, according to the group.

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LiveScience
7/19/2018

A Feinstein Institute for Medical Research professor has been awarded a $3.5 million grant from the NIH's National Cancer Institute to study post-surgical care for bladder cancer. Michael Diefenbach is working on a care program that addresses the post-surgical needs of both stage II bladder cancer patients and their caregivers.

7/19/2018

SemiSynBio has provided $1.5 million to a University of California at Davis associate professor to create an electrically readable memory device using DNA-based semiconductors. "The goal is to create a platform to read out information electrically instead of sequencing it," said researcher Josh Hihath.

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