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Eating fruits with high-pesticide residue associated with infertility

Lite-Trac Pesticide Sprayer

Eating more fruits and vegetables with high-pesticide residue was associated with a lower probability of pregnancy and live birth following infertility treatment for women using assisted reproductive technologies. Is preconception intake of fruits and vegetables with pesticide residues associated with outcomes of assisted reproductive technologies? Animal studies suggest ingestion of pesticide …

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How postdoctoral researchers are categorized

Postdoctoral

In a forthcoming opinion piece in the journal eLife, eight scientists and science policy experts make the case for standardizing how postdoctoral researchers are categorized by human resources offices and provide a framework that willing institutions can follow. The authors argue that the widespread use of inconsistent titles for researchers …

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Genes that make bacteria resistant to last-resort antibiotics

Human neutrophil ingesting MRSA

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have found several previously unknown genes that make bacteria resistant to last-resort antibiotics. The genes were found by searching large volumes of bacterial DNA and the results are published in the scientific journal Microbiome. The increasing number of …

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Pest resistance to Bt proteins produced by biotech crops

Pest resistance

In 2016, farmers worldwide planted more than 240 million acres (98 million hectares) of genetically modified corn, cotton and soybeans that produce insect-killing proteins from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt. These Bt proteins kill some voracious caterpillar and beetle pests, but are harmless to people and considered environmentally friendly. …

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Examination of electron behavior within nanoelectronics

Fullerene Nanogears

Researchers from Concordia have made a breakthrough that could help your electronic devices get even smarter. Their findings, which examine electron behavior within nanoelectronics, have been published in the journal Nature Communications. The article was co-authored by current PhD student Andrew McRae (MSc 13) and Alexandre Champagne, associate professor of physics in …

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A way to accelerate chemical simulations using artificial intelligence.

artificial intelligence

 Drastic advances in research of artificial intelligence have led to a wide range of fascinating developments in this area over the last decade. Autonomously driven cars, but also everyday applications such as search engines and spam filters illustrate the versatility of methods from the field of artificial intelligence. Now scientists have …

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