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Robotic Insect Mimics Nature’s Extreme Moves

August 3, 2015 | by Harvard University | Comments

Emulating the natural form of water-based locomotion, an international team of scientists has unveiled a novel robotic insect that can jump off of water’s surface. In doing so, they have revealed new insights into the natural mechanics that allow water striders to jump from ground or water with the same amount of power and height.

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CDC's Top Modeler Courts Controversy With Disease Estimate

August 3, 2015 10:24 am | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | Comments

Last fall, when Martin Meltzer calculated that 1.4 million people might contract Ebola in West Africa, the world paid attention. But the estimate proved to be off. Way, way off.


‘Brain Training’ App May Improve Memory and Daily Functioning in Schizophrenia

August 3, 2015 10:20 am | by University of Cambridge | Comments

A ‘brain training’ iPad game developed and tested by researchers may improve the memory of patients with schizophrenia, helping them in their daily lives at work and living independently, according to research published today.


New Hope in Old Viruses

August 3, 2015 10:08 am | by Harvard University | Comments

Researchers have reconstructed an ancient virus that is highly effective at delivering gene therapies to the liver, muscle, and retina. The discovery, published in Cell Reports, has the potential to advance gene therapies that are not only safer and more potent than available therapies, but also to help a greater number of patients.


Junk Food May Increase Depression Risk

August 3, 2015 9:29 am | by Columbia University | Comments

A diet high in refined carbohydrates may lead to an increased risk for new-onset depression in postmenopausal women, according to a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.


Blood Test Predicts Prognosis for Traumatic Brain Injuries

July 31, 2015 9:44 am | by Johns Hopkins University | Comments

A new blood test could help emergency room doctors quickly diagnose traumatic brain injury and determine its severity.


A Cheaper, High-performance Prosthetic Knee

July 31, 2015 9:29 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT | Comments

Researchers design cheap prosthetic knee that mimics normal walking motion.


Researchers Discover Immune System’s 'Trojan Horse'

July 31, 2015 9:18 am | by University of Oxford | Comments

Researchers have found that human cells use viruses as Trojan horses, transporting a messenger that encourages the immune system to fight the very virus that carries it. The discovery could have implications for the design of new vaccines.


‘Golden Jackals’ of East Africa are Actually Golden Wolves, Biologists Report

July 31, 2015 8:35 am | by UCLA | Comments

Although they look very similar, the “golden jackals” of East Africa and those of Eurasia are two entirely different species, life scientists reported in the journal Current Biology.


Inadequate Hydration Can Lead to Impaired Cognitive, Emotional Function

July 31, 2015 8:34 am | by Harvard University | Comments

More than half of all children and adolescents in the United States are under-hydrated — probably because they’re not drinking enough water — and that could have significant repercussions for their physical health and cognitive and emotional functioning, according to the first national study of its kind.


Identifying a Key Growth Factor in Cell Proliferation

July 31, 2015 8:34 am | by Jessa Gamble, MIT | Comments

Researchers discover that aspartate is a limiter of cell proliferation.


Women’s Immune System Genes Operate Differently From Men’s

July 30, 2015 10:38 am | by Stanford University | Comments

A new technology reveals that immune system genes switch on and off differently in women and men, and the source of that variation is not primarily in the DNA.


Delirium and Inflammation

July 30, 2015 10:25 am | by Harvard University | Comments

Delirium, an acute state of confusion, often affects older adults following surgery or serious illness. Now, a study confirms that inflammation—an immune response that develops when the body attempts to protect itself from harmful stimuli—plays a role in the onset of delirium.


New Computer-Based Technology May Lead to Improvements in Facial Transplantation

July 30, 2015 10:17 am | by Johns Hopkins University | Comments

Following several years of research and collaboration, physicians and engineers say they have developed a computer platform that provides rapid, real-time feedback before and during facial transplant surgery, which may someday improve face-jaw-teeth alignment between donor and recipient.


Expanding the Brain

July 30, 2015 10:05 am | by Harvard University | Comments

A team of researchers has identified more than 40 new “imprinted” genes, in which either the maternal or paternal copy of a gene is expressed while the other is silenced. The findings, described in a recent paper in eLife, reveal how genomic imprinting can dramatically expand biological diversity, and could have important implications for understanding the brain.



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