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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Health News:Mantis shrimp inspires new body armor, football helmet design ♦ Cell models accelerate research into brown fat ♦ Trade agreement prompts concern over imported shrimp

Trade agreement prompts concern over imported shrimp Members of the U.S. shrimp industry are voicing concerns that elements of a major trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, could weaken the ability of regulators to reject unsafe seafood imports. The concern arises as more shrimp imports from Southeast Asia are testing positive for banned antibiotics and foodborne pathogens..
Mantis shrimp inspires new body armor, football helmet design The mantis shrimp is able to repeatedly pummel the shells of prey using a hammer-like appendage that can withstand rapid-fire blows by neutralizing certain frequencies of 'shear waves,' according to new research. Using this information, researchers suggest that these shrimp may therefore be a model to inspire new body armor and even football helmet design.
Human cell models accelerate research into brown fat A team of researchers has created cell lines of human brown and white fat precursor cells that will help investigators to pick apart the factors that drive the development and activity of each type of cell
Vehicle direction, not driver biometrics, best way to detect drowsiness Drowsy drivers take a heavy toll on the nation's highways, so finding a reliable way to test for fatigue to mitigate its potential damage could have a significant impact on highway safety. Researchers have determined that a reliable, less intrusive way to detect fatigue or drowsiness in a driver is to monitor vehicle behavior rather than the biometrics of the person behind the wheel.
Tracking the viral parasites cruising our waterways Humans aren't the only ones who like to cruise along the waterways -- viruses do too. For the first time, a map of fecal viruses traveling our global waterways has been created using modeling methods to aid in assessing water quality worldwide

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