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“Super-Predator” Humans Kill More Than Was Known

August 27, 2015 | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Comments

Humans are “super-predators” who kill adult land carnivores like bears and lions at nine times the rate that land carnivores do, and kill adult fish at 14 times the rate that marine predators do, says new research in Science.

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Brain Region for Musical Talent Found, Says New Study

September 1, 2015 9:04 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Comments

Musical talent has been located in the human brain, according to research led by a Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI) team, and reported in Cerebral Cortex. Also discovered, the teams reported: a part of the brain that changes as people acquire musical skills—entirely apart from talent.


Unusual Suite of “Women in Science” Initiatives Hailed: Special Report

August 25, 2015 9:28 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Comments

Scientists are hailing an Australian institute’s unusual raft of initiatives aimed at wiping out science gender gaps.


Five Biotech Startups to Check Out This Month

August 25, 2015 8:27 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

These companies are having an interesting month so far.


People Need Less Sleep as They Age, Study Suggests

August 20, 2015 8:36 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

Getting older isn’t all bad. New research from the University of Lausanne in Switzerland found the older population needs less sleep than younger counterparts, and feels more awake during the day.


Storing Digital Information in DNA – a Solution for the Future?

August 19, 2015 8:36 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

Throughout history, information has been stored through ever-changing channels, and increasingly people store pictures, work and other important information digitally. But how do we ensure that important information can be preserved for the long-haul, for even tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of years?  Presenting at the ACS Conference in Boston this week, Robert N. Grass, Ph.D., ETH Zurich, suggests we look to DNA.


Space: The Next Frontier for Next Generation Life Science Research

August 17, 2015 8:24 am | by Michael Roberts, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Center for the Advancement of Science in Space | Comments

Microgravity environments show great promise for enhancing human health and drug discovery.


A Robot That Mimics Human Reflexes

August 14, 2015 8:38 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a bipedal robot that can react with human-like reflexes via a unique balance-feedback interface. 


Targeted Next-Generation Sequencing Takes On Growing Role in Pathogen Detection

August 13, 2015 9:07 am | by Chris Linthwaite | Comments

Pathogen detection is an emerging application where targeted, next-generation sequencing (NGS) holds great potential. Not only can it quickly identify all species in a given sample and guide targeted treatments, it can also be useful to track the evolution of microorganisms, allowing public health officials to develop proactive strategies to help them stay ahead of deadly outbreaks.


Exercise May Impact Reduced Disease Activity in Children with MS

August 13, 2015 8:33 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

Children with multiple sclerosis (MS) who get regular exercise may have a less active disease, according to a new study published online Wednesday in the journal Neurology.


The Role of Cryo-TEM for Structural Biology - Part III

August 11, 2015 9:26 am | by Thomas Wohlfarth, Director of Structural Biology, FEI | Comments

In the final part of this three-part series, Thomas Wohlfarth discusses the value of Integrated Structural Biology with a few examples.


Music Accelerates Neurodevelopment of Teen Minds, Says Study

August 11, 2015 8:35 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Comments

In teens, band practice enhances the brain’s ability to process sound better than ROTC training, says a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science.


The Frogs You'll Regret Picking Up

August 10, 2015 8:38 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

According to the researchers, both species’ skulls consist of numerous bony spines, which are enlarged in the nasal, jaw and occipital regions.


Device Training and Onboarding: Patient Preference of Respiratory Device Training and Educational Tools

August 10, 2015 8:22 am | by Craig Baker, Executive Vice President, Noble | Comments

For patients diagnosed with chronic medical conditions, the proper use of self-administrated drug delivery is necessary for successful patient outcomes.


Sleep Position May Impact Brain’s Ability to Clear Waste

August 7, 2015 9:14 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

How you sleep – on your side, on your back, or face down – is usually thought of as a personal preference, but body position might actually affect how efficiently the brain clears waste, according to new research out of Stony Brook University.  The findings could have implications for the prevention of neurodegenerative diseases that are characterized by plaque buildup.


Exercise During Youth Connected to Lower Risk of Death Later

August 5, 2015 9:00 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

Women who exercise as youths have less risk of death from cancer and all other causes later in life, according to a new study in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.



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