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On the Origin of (Robot) Species

August 12, 2015 11:09 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

Researchers have observed the process of evolution by natural selection at work in robots, by constructing a ‘mother’ robot that can design, build and test its own ‘children’, and then use the results to improve the performance of the next generation, without relying on computer simulation or human intervention. 

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Vitamin Supplement May Prolong Onset of Psychosis

August 12, 2015 10:22 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Patients eligible for participating in this study were between the ages of 13 and 25 because young people are typically most at risk for developing schizophrenia and demonstrate at least one of three risk factors for psychosis. 

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Identifying Defective Heart Genes

August 12, 2015 10:13 am | by Stanford University | News | Comments

A new technique could eventually enable doctors to diagnose genetic heart diseases by rapidly scanning more than 85 genes known to cause cardiac anomalies.

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Scientists Say Fetal Tissue Essential for Medical Research

August 12, 2015 10:00 am | by Collin Binkley and Carla K. Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

The furor on Capitol Hill over Planned Parenthood has stoked a debate about the use of tissue from aborted fetuses in medical research.

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Portable Laboratory Glove Box

August 11, 2015 10:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Terra Universal, the leader in controlled-environment equipment and furnishings, announces the addition of a portable glove box to their economic ValuLine products. The compact, two-port design is ideal for everyday use in a space-conscious laboratory or clean room.

Scientists Determine How Antibiotic Gains Cancer-Killing Sulfur Atoms

August 11, 2015 10:50 am | by The Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

In a discovery with implications for future drug design, scientists have shown an unprecedented mechanism for how a natural antibiotic with antitumor properties incorporates sulfur into its molecular structure, an essential ingredient of its antitumor activity.

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New Simple Proteins Play Active Role in Cellular Function

August 11, 2015 10:45 am | by Yale University | News | Comments

Scientists have developed simple new proteins almost devoid of chemical diversity that still play a surprisingly active and specific role in cellular function, causing cells to act like cancer cells.

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Toward Smarter Selection of Therapy for Psychiatric Disorders

August 11, 2015 10:19 am | by Elizabeth Dougherty, MIT | News | Comments

Researchers find that brain scans can predict the success of treatment for social anxiety disorder.

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Kids With Cancer Get Futuristic Chance at Saving Fertility

August 11, 2015 10:04 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Barely 2 years old, Talia Pisano is getting tough treatment for kidney cancer that spread to her brain. She's also getting a chance at having babies of her own someday.

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

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

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

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Music Accelerates Neurodevelopment of Teen Minds, Says Study

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

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Customized Fume Hoods

August 10, 2015 10:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Flow Sciences Process Enclosures are designed and customized to protect the process equipment and the personnel. The EVP Series provides safety from chemical vapors generated during processes such as flash chromatography, evaporation from rotary evaporators, and other process equipment applications.

It Was California or Bust

August 10, 2015 10:06 am | by Harvard University | News | Comments

A group of students pedaled its way to the Pacific Ocean from Washington, D.C., with stops along the way to lead science “learning festivals” to promote STEM learning among children.

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Super-small Needle Technology For the Brain

August 10, 2015 9:56 am | by Toyohashi University of Technology | News | Comments

A research team has developed a methodology to temporarily enhance the stiffness of a long, high-aspect-ratio flexible microneedle (e.g., < 5 μm in diameter and > 500 μm in length), without affecting the needle diameter and flexibility in tissue.

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Brain's Ability to Dispose of Key Alzheimer's Protein Drops Dramatically With Age

August 10, 2015 9:49 am | by Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

The greatest risk factor for Alzheimer's disease is advancing age. After 65, the risk doubles every five years, and 40 percent or more of people 85 and older are estimated to be living with the devastating condition. Researchers have identified some of the key changes in the aging brain that lead to the increased risk. The changes center on amyloid beta 42, a main ingredient of Alzheimer's brain plaques

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