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Your Mood Depends on the Food You Eat, and What You Should Eat Changes as You Get Older

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:05:14 EST

(image) Diet and dietary practices differentially affect mental health in young adults versus older adults, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York.(image)

Breakthrough Listen to Observe Interstellar Object 'Oumuamua

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:05:14 EST

(image) Green Bank Telescope turns its sights on cigar-shaped object moving rapidly through solar system(image)

Scientists Identify Promising New Approach for Immune System Defense Against Cancer

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:00:26 EST

(image) Researchers have identified a promising new strategy to fight infections and cancer. They uncovered a novel function for a protein known as "Runx3" that is key to the development of killer T cells--immune cells important for fighting infections and cancer.(image)

Workshop Examines Urban Infrastructure Systems

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:05:35 EST

(image) A diverse group of engineers, urban planners, data scientists, policymakers, and others came to New York to discuss how to build resilience into urban interconnected critical infrastructure.(image)

Updated Brain Cell Map Connects Various Brain Diseases to Specific Cell Types

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:05:23 EST

Researchers have developed new single-cell sequencing methods that could be used to map the cell origins of various brain disorders, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. By analyzing individual nuclei of cells from adult human brains, researchers have identified 35 different subtypes of neurons and glial cells and discovered which of these subtypes are most susceptible to common risk factors for different brain diseases.(image)

Reseachers Save Baby Alpaca Through Device to Speed Bone Regeneration

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:05:58 EST

(image) Researchers at the Center for Integrative Nanotechnology Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, helped saved the life of an injured baby alpaca using the NuCress(tm) scaffold, a nanomaterial-based bone regeneration device.(image)

UCI Scientists Unveil New Satellite-Based Global Drought Severity Index

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:05:37 EST

Just in time for the holidays, researchers at the University of California, Irvine and other institutions are rolling out a new satellite-based drought severity index for climate watchers worldwide.(image)

A Diamond as the Steppingstone to New Materials, Using Plasma Physics Technology

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:05:59 EST

(image) Physicists want to create novel compounds that surpass diamonds in heat resistance and nearly rival them in hardness. In a paper in the journal Materials, they investigate how the addition of boron, while making a diamond film via plasma vapor deposition, changes properties of the diamond material.(image)

New Animal Model for Zika Developed at Texas Biomed Useful for Testing Vaccines and Treatments

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:05:23 EST

An alternative animal model that mimics key features of the Zika virus infection, including its lingering presence in bodily fluids, has been developed at Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio.(image)

FAU and Max Planck Society Unveil First-of-its-kind Undergraduate Honors Program

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:30:16 EST

(image) A new partnership between FAU and MPFI will establish an undergraduate honors program in neuroscience that will be the first of its kind across the globe.(image)

The Force Is Strong: Amputee Controls Individual Prosthetic Fingers

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:05:54 EST

(image) Luke Skywalker's bionic hand is a step closer to reality for amputees in this galaxy. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have created an ultrasonic sensor that allows amputees to control each of their prosthetic fingers individually. It provides fine motor hand gestures that aren't possible with current commercially available devices.(image)

Cold Suns, Warm Exoplanets and Methane Blankets

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:00:00 EST

(image) Three billion years ago, the sun shone weaker, but Earth stayed surprisingly warm. Carl Sagan thought a greenhouse effect must have been to thank. A model built on 359 chemical processes has finally arrived at scenarios with a reasonable chance of producing enough methane to do the trick.(image)

Hyperlens Crystal Capable of Viewing Living Cells in Unprecedented Detail

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:00:00 EST

(image) A fundamental advance in the quality of an optical material used to make hyperlenses makes it possible to see features on the surface of living cells in greater detail than ever before.(image)

Space Scientist, Geologist Farouk El-Baz to Receive 2018 Inamori Ethics Prize

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:30:25 EST

(image) For his life's work, Farouk El-Baz will receive the 2018 Inamori Ethics Prize from the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University during a ceremony and academic symposium Sept. 13-14.(image)

Clinical Trials on Alzheimer's Disease: Shifting the Focus to Prevention

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:00:38 EST

This past decade, Alzheimer's science has undergone a paradigm shift toward the disease's early, silent phase. For trials, this means change at every level: new participants, new screening tools, new outcome measurements. What's the progress?(image)

Scientists Urge Endangered Listing for Cheetahs

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:00:54 EST

(image) In a study published today in the open-access journal PeerJ, researchers present evidence that low cheetah population estimates in southern Africa support a call to list the cheetah as "Endangered" on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.(image)

'Black Box' Recorder Puts Surgeons' Robotic Surgery Skills Under the Microscope

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 06:05:03 EST

(image) A new study from Keck Medicine of USC finds that data from a novel recorder can be used to objectively measure surgeons' proficiency in robotic-assisted prostate cancer surgery.(image)

Reductions in Individual Plant Growth Sometimes Boost Community Resilience

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:00:00 EST

In sports, sometimes a player has to take one for the team. The same appears to be true in the plant world, where reduced individual growth can benefit the broader community.(image)

Study Finds Road Salt Contamination in Groundwater

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 01:55:31 EST

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Study Explores Use of Checkpoint Inhibitors After Relapse From Donor Stem Cell Transplant for Hematologic Cancers

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 17:00:00 EST

Immunotherapy agents known as checkpoint inhibitors have shown considerable promise in patients with hematologic cancers who relapse after a transplant with donor stem cells. Preliminary results from the first clinical trial in these patients of one such agent - nivolumab - indicate that along with signs of effectiveness, it also produced significant side effects at the dose initially studied. The findings indicate a need for further clinical trials in this group before being considered for off-label use with these patients, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute investigators report.(image)

Three Rare Black-Necked Storks Hatch in Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:05:59 EST

(image) The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Ministry of Environment (MoE) announced today that after five weeks of active nest protection by community members, three Black-necked stork chicks have hatched in Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary (KPWS) in the Northern Plains of Cambodia, giving hope to the future conservation of this rare species in the country.(image)

Finding More Calibration Sites to Improve Accuracy of Satellite Images

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:05:57 EST

(image) Identifying more sites worldwide to determine the accuracy of satellite sensors will allow engineers to select sites ideally suited to specific spectral bands of reflected light.(image)