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The Day in Science: 4th April
Daily compilations of the latest scientific research!

1. Chemists' work with small peptide chains may revolutionize study of enzymes and diseases
Chemists in The College of Arts and Sciences have, for the first time, created enzyme-like activity   using peptides that are only seven amino acids long.

2. Bacteria Could Grow Futuristic 'Self-Healing' Materials
Living materials produced by bacteria could lead to interactive structures programmed to self-  assemble into specific patterns, such as those used on solar cells and diagnostic sensors, and even    self-healing materials that could sense damage and repair it.
3. Wanna Build a Rocket? NASA is About to Give Away a Mountain of Its Code
Next Thursday, NASA will release a master list of software projects it's cooked up over the years. This is more than just stuff than runs on a personal computer. Think robots and cryogenic systems and climate simulators. There's even code for running rocket guidance systems.

4. Underground Ocean Makes This Saturn Moon a Top Bet for Extraterrestrial Life
Scientists have determined that a hidden ocean of liquid water likely lies beneath the frozen crust of Saturnís moon Enceladus. Because the tiny moon freely sends samples of this water into space via spectacular geysers, the finding could rocket Enceladus to the forefront of searches for life beyond our planet.

5. This patch can tell if you'll get sick soon
The future of health monitoring is a tiny electronic patch that sticks to the skin and records your every move.

6. Flipping the switch on scleroderma
Scleroderma is a rare and often fatal disease, causing the thickening of tissue, that currently lacks a cure and any effective treatments. A group of researchers is looking to change that. The group has identified the core signaling pathway that activates the disease and the chemical compounds that can turn it off.

7. Vegetarians are less healthy and have a lower quality of life than meat-eaters, scientists say
Vegetarians are less healthy than meat-eaters, a controversial study has concluded, despite drinking   less, smoking less and being more physically active than their carnivorous counterparts.

8. The Way You're Born Can Mess With the Microbes You Need to Survive
In our first three years of life, a great diversity of microbes self-organizes into a life-support   system. This critical period lays the foundation for all the biological processes that unfold in our   childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old ageóunless something comes along to disrupt it. Today it   is in peril.

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The Day in Science: 3rd April
Daily summaries of the latest scientific research!

1. Morning rays keep off pounds
A surprising new strategy for managing your weight? Bright morning light. People who had most of their daily exposure to bright light in the morning had a significantly lower body mass index (BMI) than those who had most of their light exposure later in the day, reports a new study. The earlier light exposure occurred, the lower the BMI.

2. Crossrail digs up Black Death victims
Skeletons unearthed by London's Crossrail are victims of the Black Death and may be part of a mass grave, forensic tests reveal.

3. Key chocolate ingredients could help prevent obesity, diabetes
Improved thinking. Decreased appetite. Lowered blood pressure. The potential health benefits of dark chocolate keep piling up, and scientists are now homing in on what ingredients in chocolate might help prevent obesity, as well as type-2 diabetes.

4. Wristband Could Measure Your Exposure to Pollutants
A simple silicone wristband can detect more than 1,000 chemicals in the environment, researchers say.

5. Scientists Create an Unprecedented Map of the Developing Human Brain
Scientists released the most detailed map ever made of the fetal human brain today. It contains a massive amount of information about gene activity at a crucial time in development -- just as the cerebral cortex is developing. The scientists believe it holds important clues about the biological origins of disorders like autism, as well as insights into what makes the human brain unique.

6. Biological evidence of positive and negative people in the world
The ability to stay positive when times get tough -- and, conversely, of being negative -- may be hardwired in the brain, finds new research. The study focused on women because they are twice as likely as men to suffer from anxiety related problems.     
7. Robots to operate on astronauts in space
Researchers have developed a fist-sized robot surgeon that slides into the body through an incision in the belly button and can help perform surgery on astronauts in deep space.

8. Male fish becoming 'feminized' by pollutants in Spanish waters
Researchers have found evidence that male fish in the estuaries in Basque Country are becoming “feminized” by chemical pollutants in the water.

Stay tuned for the next series tomorrow!
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The Day in Science - 18th February

1. Why does the brain remember dreams?
Some people recall a dream every morning, whereas others rarely recall one. In a new study, research shows that the temporo-parietal junction, an information-processing hub in the brain, is more active in high dream recallers. Increased activity in this brain region might facilitate attention orienting toward external stimuli and promote intrasleep wakefulness, thereby facilitating the encoding of dreams in memory.

2. New GM potatoes can resist blight
British scientists have developed genetically modified potatoes that are resistant to the vegetable's biggest threat - blight.

3. Study on flu evolution may change textbooks, history books
A new study reconstructing the evolutionary tree of flu viruses challenges conventional wisdom and solves some of the mysteries surrounding flu outbreaks of historical significance.

4. Military's 'Iron Man' Suit May Be Ready to Test This Summer
The first prototypes of a high-tech suit of armor that could give soldiers superhuman abilities could be ready to test this summer, according to top military officials.

5. Designing Collective Behavior in a Termite-Inspired Robot Construction Team
Robots programmed with simple construction rules can work independently but collectively to build a complex structure. 

6. Tropical fish at risk in hot water
The rapid pace of climate change is threatening fish living near the equator, a study has found.

7. Russian satellite Kosmos-1220 to crash to Earth today with ‘very real danger’ to populated areas
A Russian satellite is expected to re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere today, reportedly representing a "very real danger" to densely populated areas.

8. Being lazy could be genetic, scientists say
A mutation in a gene with a critical role in the brain could explain why some people are "couch potatoes" according to researchers.

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Now this is such a brilliant and creative idea. The candle holder collects the wax and thus a new candle is born automatically when the current one burns through.

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Super Cool Science Contributors Circle

I'm creating a new science circle in about 24 hrs. If you like science, then in order to be in the science circle, you must:
Create a public post on YOUR profile about something sciency
Hashtag it with #ILoveScience and LINK to the post here in the comments (simply right click the date of the post and select copy link).

I will take the first 100 people who do it.. compile you up into a SCIENCE circle and share it out. This should give you a few additional science followers. It would then be super awesome if you were in the circle, if you share it out.. because it will truly be a SCIENCE circle... but thats not required. Hopefully this will encourage you to also post about science.. so your new found circles will like interacting with you... 

h/t +Amanda Blain for inspiring this unique kind of circle sharing.
#CircleShare #ILoveScience   
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