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Brain’s Compass Relies on Geometric Relationships

October 16, 2014 2:24 pm | Comments

The brain has a complex system for keeping track of which direction you are facing as you move about; remembering how to get from one place to another would otherwise be impossible. Researchers have now shown how the brain anchors this mental compass.

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Scientists Sniff Out Unexpected Role for Stem Cells in the Brain

October 13, 2014 1:09 pm | Comments

Scientists report that newly formed brain cells in the mouse olfactory system— the area that processes smells— play a critical role in maintaining proper connections.                        

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'Good' Fat Can Fight Diabetes

October 10, 2014 10:38 am | Comments

Scientists have discovered a new class of molecules– produced in human and mouse fat– that protects against diabetes. The researchers found that giving this new fat to mice with the equivalent of type 2 diabetes lowered their elevated blood sugar.

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Restoring Familiar Sensations to Amputees

October 9, 2014 1:05 pm | Comments

Even before he lost his right hand to an industrial accident four years ago, Igor Spetic had family open his medicine bottles. Cotton balls give him goose bumps. Now, blindfolded during an experiment, he feels his arm hairs raise when a researcher brushes the back of his prosthetic hand with a cotton ball.

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Toddlers Regulate Behavior to Avoid Making Adults Angry

October 8, 2014 11:56 am | Comments

When kids say “the darnedest things,” it’s often in response to something they heard or saw. Now researchers found that children as young as 15 months can detect anger when watching other people’s social interactions and then use that emotional information to guide their own behavior.

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Lift Weights, Improve Your Memory

October 1, 2014 1:29 pm | Comments

Here’s another reason why it’s a good idea to hit the gym: it can improve memory. A new study shows that an intense workout of as little as 20 minutes can enhance episodic memory, also known as long-term memory for previous events, by about 10 percent in healthy young adults.

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BST This Week #20: Dengue-blocking Mosquito Released in Brazil

September 30, 2014 10:26 am | Comments

On this episode of Bioscience Technology This Week, Christina Jakubowski covers mosquitoes infected with a dengue-blocking bacteria that have been released in Brazil. Our second story highlights new research that has restored natural walking ability in completely paralyzed rats.

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BST This Week #19: Smelly Grass Fights Off Bugs

September 26, 2014 8:30 am | Comments

On this episode of Bioscience Technology This Week, Christina Jakubowski reports on a discovery that claims the smell of mown grass is actually an SOS for help in resisting insect attacks. Our second story covers the possibility that modified vitamin D can help fight pancreatic cancer.

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BST This Week #18: Brain Test May Improve Autism Diagnosis

September 24, 2014 4:07 pm | Comments

On this episode of Bioscience Technology This Week, Christina Jakubowski covers research showing that measuring the brain’s response to sights and sounds can help in classifying people on the autism spectrum. Our second story looks at how the human response to unfairness may have involved in support of long-term cooperation.

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Nanotubes Help Healing Hearts Keep the Beat

September 23, 2014 1:59 pm | Comments

Carbon nanotubes serve as bridges that allow electrical signals to pass unhindered through new pediatric heart-defect patches invented at Rice University and Texas Children’s Hospital.                    

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New Method Developed to Detect Ebola

September 19, 2014 8:30 am | Comments

A group of international scientists have developed a new method to study Ebola virus in wildlife. The research describes the use of fecal samples from wild great apes to identify populations likely to have been exposed to the virus.     

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BST This Week #17: Film Detects Consciousness in Vegetative State

September 19, 2014 8:30 am | Comments

On this episode of Bioscience Technology This Week, Christina Jakubowski focuses on a new study that used a short movie to detect consciousness in vegetative state patients. Our second story explores how the amazing variety in human faces is the result of evolutionary pressure.

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Vitiligo Treatment Holds Promise for Restoring Skin Pigmentation

September 18, 2014 2:35 pm | Comments

A treatment regimen is safe and effective for restoring skin pigmentation in vitiligo patients, according to a new study. Patients were randomly divided into two study groups: Group A received a combination therapy; Group B received only NB UVB treatment.

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BST This Week #16: How Did Life on Earth Begin?

September 17, 2014 1:44 pm | Comments

On this episode of Bioscience Technology This Week, Christina Jakubowski reports on new research seeking to prove how life on Earth began, by tracking the ancestors of RNA and DNA. Our second story focuses on the possibility of developing high-quality computed tomography scans from a lower radiation dose.

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BST This Week #15: Bees May be Key to Antibiotic Alternatives

September 12, 2014 8:30 am | Comments

On this episode of Bioscience Technology This Week, Christina Jakubowski explores the role that bees may play in the search for antibiotic alternatives. Our second story focuses on how increased carbon dioxide levels in water can rob sharks of their ability to sense the smell of food.

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