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Model helps explain why some patients with multiple sclerosis have seizures

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST

(University of California - Riverside) MS patients are three to six times more likely to develop seizures. Using a mouse model, a team of scientists at the University of California, Riverside has found for the first time that chronic demyelination is closely linked to, and is likely the cause of, these seizures.

What's the healthiest way to eat your veggies? (video)

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST

(American Chemical Society) Vegetables are chock-full of essential vitamins and minerals, but how should you eat them to get the most nutritious bang for your buck? Raw? Sauteed? Frozen? Watch the latest Reactions episode to find out how you can use chemistry to get the most out of your veggies:

Autistic researcher tries to smooth the way for other autistic professionals

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST

(Portland State University) The study, led by autistic Portland State researcher Dora Raymaker, aims to determine what helps autistic people do well professionally by interviewing 95 autistic people and those who work with them. This study is both a personal and academic interest for Raymaker, whose own path to professional success has been unconventional. Little research has been done on what helps autistic people be successful in professions.

Students more likely to succeed if teachers have positive perceptions of parents

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST

(University of Missouri-Columbia) Researchers have found that teacher ratings of parental involvement early in a child's academic career can accurately predict the child's academic and social success.

Decision-making suffers when cancer patients avoid math

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST

(Ohio State University) Many of the toughest decisions faced by cancer patients involve knowing how to use numbers -- calculating risks, evaluating treatment options and figuring odds of medication side effects. But for patients who aren't good at math, decision science research can offer evidence-based advice on how to assess numeric information and ask the right questions to make informed choices.

Using statistics ethically to combat 'a scientific credibility crisis'

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST

(Georgetown University Medical Center) Can statistics increase the value of science to society? Georgetown University's Rochelle Tractenberg, chair of the Committee on Professional Ethics of the American Statistical Association, will discuss 'Promoting Ethical Science and Policy With Ethical Statistical Practice' on a panel presenting three disciplinary perspectives on Sunday, Feb. 19, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the AAAS 2017 Annual Meeting in Boston.

The secret of scientists who impact policy

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST

(University of Vermont) Researchers analyzed 15 policy decisions worldwide, with outcomes ranging from new coastal preservation laws to improved species protections, to produce the first quantitative analysis of how environmental knowledge impacts the attitudes and decisions of conservation policymakers.

MU professor first in nation to develop medical curriculum tailored to Native Americans

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST

(University of Missouri-Columbia) Melissa Lewis, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the MU School of Medicine, led the first project in the nation to develop a mandatory medical school curriculum about indigenous health.

New life for 19th-century plants

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST

(Botanical Society of America) Plant specimens stored in herbaria are being used to explore important ecological questions. In a recent study, researchers at Brown University show the effectiveness of herbarium specimens of herbaceous plants to track changes in heavy metal concentrations over time. The study compares concentrations of copper, lead, and zinc in specimens collected around Providence, RI, from 1846 to 1916, and compares these levels to plants collected from the same areas in 2015.

Who benefits from praise?

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST

(University of Konstanz) Verbal recognition of performance works, but perhaps in a somewhat unexpected way: Recognition motivates individuals who were not praised rather than those in the limelight. This is the message of a recent study done by Nick Zubanov, a professor of business economics at the University of Konstanz, and Nicky Hoogveld from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, which is forthcoming in the Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics.

Digital fabrication in architecture

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST

(ETH Zurich/Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) Society faces enormous challenges in constructing high-quality, future-oriented built environments. Construction sites today look much like the building sites did at the beginning of the 20th century. Current research on digital fabrication in architecture indicates that the development and integration of innovative digital technologies within architectural and construction processes could transform the building industry -- on the verge of a building industry 4.0. Digital technologies in architecture and construction could increase productivity creating new jobs.

Zero tolerance policies unfairly punish black girls

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST

(Michigan State University) Black girls are disproportionately punished in American schools -- an 'overlooked crisis' that is populating the school-to-prison pipeline at rising rates, two education scholars argue in a new paper.

RIT selected to receive National Science Foundation I-Corps grant

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST

(Rochester Institute of Technology) Rochester Institute of Technology is among eight National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) sites across the country selected to each receive $30,000 grants to increase participation and promote inclusion of underrepresented populations in the National Innovation Network.

International students' concept of 'home' shapes post-graduation plans

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST

(University of British Columbia) How international university students think about home significantly influences their migration plans upon graduation, according to a new study from the University of British Columbia.

WCSJ2017 organizers announce program themes, fellowships, speakers

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST

(National Association of Science Writers) Organizers of the 10th World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ2017) unveiled details of the upcoming event at an information session held today at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Announcements included program themes, new plenary speakers, an initiative to serve attendees from Latin America and the Caribbean, pre- and post-conference activities, an update on conference fundraising, and travel fellowships.

A simple test allows to identify children prone to suffer cardiovascular diseases

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST

(University of Granada) An international study coordinated by the University of Granada (UGR) has shown that the level of aerobic capacity of children and adolescents (which can be assessed with a simple physical test called 'shuttle run test') is an excellent tool for identifying those who have an increased risk of suffering from a cardiovascular disease or myocardial infarction in the future.

First Israeli nanosatellite for academic research developed by Ben-Gurion U. is launched

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST

(American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) BGUSAT is outfitted with visual and short wavelength infrared cameras. Hovering at 300 miles above the surface of the earth, the nanosatellite's orbital path will enable BGU researchers to study a broad range of environmental phenomena. For example, they will be able to track atmospheric gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) and study Earth's airglow layer, which provides crucial information about climate change.

Students in Ohio's online charter schools perform worse than peers in traditional schools

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST

(New York University) Despite dramatic growth in enrollment in online charter schools in Ohio, students are not achieving the same academic success as those in brick-and-mortar charter and public schools, finds a study by NYU's Steinhardt School and RAND Corporation.

Iowa State engineer addresses need for scientists, engineers to engage the public

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST

(Iowa State University) An Iowa State University engineer says scientists and engineers need to communicate the impacts of their work to the public and need to find ways to advance societal goals such as developing a stronger workforce in technical fields. The engineer will present his ideas during a seminar at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

USDA announces $1.7 million to support research at tribal colleges and universities

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST

(National Institute of Food and Agriculture ) The US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $1.7 million in funding to build research capacity at land-grant tribal colleges and universities. Funding is made through NIFA's Tribal Colleges Research Grants Program (TCRGP).

Subaru & AAAS hold special events to highlight the importance of science education at annual meeting

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST

(American Association for the Advancement of Science) Raising the visibility of science education is more vital now then ever before. To showcase some of the most powerful voices and tools in science education today for children and young adults, Subaru and AAAS' Science Books and Films (SB&F) will hold four events this week. In its 12th year, this partnership and its outreach efforts are flourishing. We hope you will join us.

How could preschool be better aligned with the early elementary grades to improve learning?

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST

(Society for Research in Child Development) With most 4 year olds in the United States now in center-based early care, the need for aligning instruction from preschool through the early grades (PK-3) has becomemore pressing. Yet so far there has been little guidance on how to create alignment. Research on PK-3 alignment seeks to provide general principles for creating instructional continuity that sustains and enhances student learning.

Scheme's success at stopping mums-to-be smoking

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST

(Newcastle University) Pregnant women are almost twice as likely to quit smoking if they are supported from their first midwife appointment -- and then are more likely to have heavier, healthier babies.

Springer Healthcare launches Medicine Matters, a new medical education website

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST

(Springer) Springer Healthcare launches Medicine Matters, a new medical education website. The content-rich portal will provide physicians and healthcare professionals with a reliable, free source of medical education, designed to promote best clinical practice and improved health outcomes. The website currently focuses on the latest advances in diabetes medicine at The global rollout plan includes local language-supported content within new websites for oncology, cardiology, rheumatology, and CNS.

Old rocks, biased data: Overcoming challenges studying the geodynamo

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST

(Michigan Technological University) Bias introduced through analyzing the magnetism of old rocks may not be giving geophysicists an accurate idea of how Earth's magnetic dynamo has functioned. A team led by Michigan Technological University shows there is a way to improve the methodology to get a better understanding of the planet's geodynamo.