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An example of liquid crystals in the nematic phase, in which their rod-like molecules line up in a disorderly yet parallel fashion. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Unknown Features Of Liquid Crystals Could Improve Screens

Liquid crystals are used in everything from tiny digital watches to huge television screens, from optical devices to biomedical detectors. Yet little is known of their precise molecular structure when portions of such crystals interact with air. New research led […]

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Busted Moon Could Put Rings Around Mars

Early Mars may have had rings like Saturn, and might have them again, according to a new model. The research suggests that debris, pushed into space from an asteroid or other body, slammed into the red planet around 4.3 billion years […]

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These Chimpanzees In Uganda Enjoy Really Long Lives

Under the right ecological conditions, some of our close primate relatives can lead surprisingly long lives in the wild, according to a 20-year demographic study of a large chimpanzee community in Uganda’s Kibale National Park. In its sample of 306 […]

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How Buying Lunch A Lot Can Kill Your Budget

Dining out frequently can make it harder to control a food budget, new research suggests. People who eat out often tend to underestimate the amount they’d spend over the week and then raise the following week’s budget. Lunch Rather than […]

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Scrap Images Give Surgeons 3D Bladder ‘Map’

The way doctors examine the bladder for tumors or stones is like exploring the contours of a cave with a flashlight. Using cameras attached to long, flexible instruments called endoscopes, they find that it’s sometimes difficult to orient the location […]

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A Good Night’s Sleep Is Like Hitting The Jackpot

Working on getting a better night’s sleep can lead to optimal physical and mental well-being over time—but quality of sleep is more important than quantity. For a new study, researchers analyzed the sleep patterns of more than 30,500 people in […]

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Tool Alerts Surgeons If Their Posture Is A Problem

Surgeons can spend hours in awkward positions in the operating room. It’s not uncommon for them to report shoulder, neck, and lower back pain. A new tool called ErgoPART helps identify poor posture and spot pain-inducing positions—an initial step toward […]