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Nerve Cells Warn Brain of Damage to the Inner Ear

November 11, 2015 10:34 am | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

 Some nerve cells in the inner ear can signal tissue damage in a way similar to pain-sensing nerve cells in the body, according to new research. If the finding, discovered in rats, is confirmed in humans, it may lead to new insights into hyperacusis, an increased sensitivity to loud noises that can lead to severe and long-lasting ear pain.


New Smartphone Sensor Detects Nitrogen Dioxide Levels

November 11, 2015 10:26 am | by RMIT University | News | Comments

People could soon be using their smartphones to combat a deadly form of air pollution, thanks to a potentially life-saving breakthrough by researchers.


Static-Sensing Ionizing Bar

November 10, 2015 10:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

 Terra Universal introduces its new Static Sensing Ionizing bar from Keyence. Positive and negative ions are uniformly dispensed across a wide area to neutralize electro-static discharge (ESD), protecting static-sensitive parts from damage.


Team Finds Long-Sought Protein Sensor for the ‘Sixth Sense’—Proprioception

November 10, 2015 10:20 am | by The Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

For decades, biologists have been trying to find the crucial sensor protein in nerve endings that translates muscle and tendon stretching into proprioceptive nerve signals. Now a team of scientists has identified this sensor protein in mice.


What Counts as Fair?

November 10, 2015 10:15 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In studies, young children usually default to splitting up resources equally. However, as children get older, they shift toward a merit-based approach, in which people who work harder on a task are rewarded with a bigger portion. New research from neuroscientists suggests that this shift is heavily influenced by children’s ability to count.


Researchers Shed Pharmacological Light on “Dark” Cellular Receptors

November 10, 2015 10:03 am | by UNC | News | Comments

Scientists have created a general tool to probe the activity of orphan receptors, illuminating their roles in behavior and making them accessible for drug discovery.


Implantable Wireless Devices Trigger — and May Block — Pain Signals

November 10, 2015 9:56 am | by Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Building on wireless technology that has the potential to interfere with pain, scientists have developed flexible, implantable devices that can activate — and, in theory, block — pain signals in the body and spinal cord before those signals reach the brain.


Study: Even the Normal-weight Should Watch That Apple Shape

November 10, 2015 9:06 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A pot belly can be a bad thing - even if you're not considered overweight. New research suggests normal-weight people who carry their fat at their waistlines may be at higher risk of death over the years than overweight or obese people whose fat is more concentrated on the hips and thighs.


Breakthrough Prize Awards $15 M to Life Scientists

November 10, 2015 8:50 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Five scientists, working in the area of life sciences, each received a $3 million award on Sunday night as winners of the Breakthrough Prize.


Special Report: Many Distant Ancestors of Humans Could Regenerate Limbs, Says New Study

November 10, 2015 8:44 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | News | Comments

A variety of ancient tetrapods—four-limbed ancestors of man, and modern amphibians, reptiles, and other mammals —could regenerate limbs and tails, says a startling paper in Nature.


Gravity Oven

November 9, 2015 9:54 am | LabStrong Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

LabStrong Corporation, a leader in designing and manufacturing innovative laboratory products, has collaborated with North Central Laboratories (NCL) to create the next generation laboratory gravity oven. The NCL LabStrong Gravity Oven offers significant improvements in performance over existing technology. The oven offers industry leading temperature uniformity performance at an exceptional price point.

Tissue Engineers Recruit Cells to Make Their Own Strong Matrix

November 9, 2015 9:50 am | by Brown University | News | Comments

A team reports culturing cells to make extracellular matrix (ECM) of two types and five different alignments with the strength found in natural tissue and without using any artificial chemicals that could make it incompatible to implant.


Cellular Stress Process Identified in Cardiovascular Disease

November 9, 2015 9:44 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

Combining the investigative tools of genetics, transcriptomics, epigenetics and metabolomics, a research team has identified a new molecular pathway involved in heart attacks and death from heart disease.


Circadian Clock Controls Insulin and Blood Sugar In Pancreas

November 9, 2015 9:39 am | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

A new study has pinpointed thousands of genetic pathways an internal body clock takes to dictate how and when our pancreas must produce insulin and control blood sugar, findings that could eventually lead to new therapies for children and adults with diabetes.


Rocket Scientists Bring Expertise to Analyzing Breath of Sick Children

November 9, 2015 9:28 am | by Stanford University | News | Comments

Three engineering students work to create a disease breathalyzer. It would be a gadget straight out of Star Trek - a quick, noninvasive way to detect everything from diabetes to cancer.



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