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Breaking News
International Journal of Obesity
The 92 percent clean plate club
If you're a member of the Clean Plate Club -- you eat pretty much everything you put on your plate -- you're not alone! A new Cornell University study shows that the average adult eats 92 percent of whatever he or she puts on his or her plate. 'If you put it on your plate, it's going into your stomach,' says Brian Wansink Ph.D., author of the forthcoming book, Slim by Design, Professor of Marketing and Director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab.

Contact: Sandra Cuellar
Cornell Food & Brand Lab

Feature Story
Keeping the heart on beat
Scientists have figured out how to genetically tweak heart tissue to keep the heart beating normally. The findings appear in the July 16 issue of the journal Science Translational Medicine.

Contact: Science Press Package
American Association for the Advancement of Science

Breaking News
Brain of world's first known predators discovered
Scientists have found the fossilized remains of the brain of the world's earliest known predators, from a time when life teemed in the oceans but had not yet colonized the land. The discovery reveals a brain much simpler than those known in some of the animal's prey and helps answer questions surrounding the evolution of arthropods.
National Natural Science Foundation of China, Leverhulme Trust, Center for Insect Science, University of Arizona, Air Force Research Laboratory

Contact: Daniel Stolte
University of Arizona

Breaking News
The Mathematical Intelligencer
Fair cake cutting gets its own algorithm
Mathematician Julius Barbanel of Union College, and political scientist Steven Brams of New York University, both in the US, published an algorithm in Springer's The Mathematical Intelligencer by which they show how to optimally share cake between two people efficiently, in equal pieces and in such a way that no one feels robbed.

Contact: Alexander K. Brown
Springer Science+Business Media

Feature Story
Amid revelations of a universe rich with planets, what's next for exoplanet hunters?
In the midst of recent and surprising revelations about planets outside our solar system, three astrophysicists -- Zachory Berta-Thompson, Bruce Macintosh and Marie-Eve Naud -- joined a live Google Hangout to consider what's next for exoplanet hunters, including the search for other Earth-like worlds.

Contact: James Cohen
The Kavli Foundation

Feature Story
Smaller plastic, bigger problem
Even very small fragments of plastic can be harmful to life in the ocean, according to a new Policy Forum in the July 11 issue of Science. In this Policy Forum, Kara Law and Richard Thompson explain the dangers of pieces of plastic smaller than a few millimeters, called microplastics.

Contact: Science Press Package
American Association for the Advancement of Science

Breaking News
Journal of Pediatrics
Go play outside! Outdoor time promotes physical activity in youth
The World Health Organization recommends that youth participate in a minimum of 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) each day. Studies have shown that youth experience most of their MVPA during school hours. Therefore, it stands to reason that increasing outdoor time after school hours would increase MVPA. In a new study scheduled for publication in the Journal of Pediatrics, researchers confirmed that time spent outdoors after school was positively associated with MVPA.

Contact: Becky Lindeman
Elsevier Health Sciences

Feature Story
Astronomers clean up a dusty mystery
We are all made of material that was produced in the hearts of stars and catapulted throughout the universe when they come to the explosive end of their lives. How these materials survive and grow into larger clumps without being destroyed by the harsh environments in which they are created is a mystery. But we're now one step closer to finding out!

Contact: Sarah Eve Roberts
Leiden University

Breaking News
Medicinal Chemistry Communications
Rotten egg gas holds key to healthcare therapies
It may smell of flatulence and have a reputation for being highly toxic, but when used in the right tiny dosage, hydrogen sulfide is now being being found to offer potential health benefits in a range of issues, from diabetes to stroke, heart attacks and dementia.

Contact: Louise Vennells
University of Exeter

Feature Story
From antibiotics to yeast: Latest student science heads for space
Mission 5 of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station on July 11. A total of 1,344 proposals yielded 15 selected investigations for the flight.

Contact: Laura Niles
NASA/Johnson Space Center

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