September 14, 2012

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UCLA Study Shows How a Common Gene Mutation Affects Kids with ASD

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A new study from UCLA scientists reveals how a mutation in the MET receptor tyrosine kinase gene affects kids with autism spectrum disorders, showing for the first time that the “C” variant, which reduces MET protein expression, specifically impacts the network of connections among different areas of the brain involved in social behavior, including recognizing […]

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September 14, 2012

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Ultrasound Waves Improve Skin’s Permeability to Drugs

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A team of engineers from MIT found a way to enhance the permeability of skin to drugs by applying two separate beams of ultrasound waves, one of low frequency and one of high frequency, possibly paving the way for noninvasive drug delivery methods. Using ultrasound waves, MIT engineers have found a way to enhance the […]

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September 13, 2012

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Lesula, A New Species of Monkey

A newly published study describes Lesula (Cercopithecus lomamiensis), a recently discovered monkey species living in a remote part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Researchers affiliated with Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History have published the first detailed scientific account of a recently discovered monkey species living in a remote part of the Democratic Republic […]

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September 13, 2012

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NDM-1 Superbug Discovered in a Cat in the USA

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The Indian superbug NDM-1, which has a gene that encodes an enzyme conferring resistance to almost all known antibiotics, has been found in the USA in a household cat. Pets with NDM-1 could be a dangerous vector of infection, since people have close contact with them. The finding was announced by Rajesh Nayak, a research […]

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September 13, 2012

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Human Embryonic Stem Cells Restore Partial Hearing in Gerbils

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There are more than 275 million people that have moderate to profound hearing loss, and many are caused by a breach in the connection between the inner ear and the brain. Researchers have discovered that a key component in repairing the auditory nerve is human embryonic stem cells. The scientists published their findings in the […]

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September 13, 2012

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Synchronization in a Decentralized Power Grid

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As large power plants are replaced by multiple photovoltaic panels on roofs, biogas systems on fields, and wind turbines on hills and offshore, scientists now believe that synchronization in a decentralized power grid may actually be easier than previously thought, as a grid with many generators finds its own shared rhythm of alternating current. Renewable […]

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September 13, 2012

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Mass Social Networking Study Indicates Influence of Close Friends Augmented Voter Participation

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According to a new study, 340,000 extra people turned out to vote in the 2010 US congressional elections because of a single-election day Facebook message. Researchers ran an experiment involving 61 million users of the social network. The scientists published their findings in the journal Nature. It’s the first study of its kind to actually […]

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September 13, 2012

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Remote Controlled Cockroach Biobots

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Madagascar hissing cockroaches aren’t something pleasant to see, but if you’re trapped under a collapsed building, then cockroach biobots might help come to your rescue. The researchers state that the trick to cockroach biobots is to fire wireless signals at the roach’s antennae and other sensory organs to guide it towards a desired location. The […]

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September 13, 2012

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Searching for Better Methods of Making Biofuels from Cellulosic Biomass

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In an effort to replicate the cellulose-destroying capabilities of anaerobic fungi in yeast and create a potentially cost-effective single-organism process for manufacturing cellulosic biofuels, MIT biologists and genetic-sequencing experts have developed a novel analytical approach that will enable them to determine which enzymes in gut fungi are key players in plant digestion and how those […]

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September 13, 2012

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Cloud of Hydrogen and Helium Plunging Toward the Galactic Center

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Scientists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics believe that the recently discovered cloud of hydrogen and helium plunging toward the galactic center represents the shredded remains of a planet-forming disk orbiting an unseen star. Cambridge, Massachusetts – At first glance, the center of the Milky Way seems like a very inhospitable place to try to […]

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September 12, 2012

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Spread of Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes in Europe Prompts Surveillance

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Invasive mosquitoes carrying exotic diseases have made their entry into Europe. Diseases generally absent from Europe, like chikungunya and dengue fever have appeared around the continent. Europe’s entomologists and public-health experts have joined forces to try and defend the region. The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in Stockholm has released new guidelines […]

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September 12, 2012

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Interpretation of Heisenberg’s Principle is Proven False

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Students are taught that quantum uncertainty is always in the eye of the beholder, but that principle might have been proven false by a new experiment that measured a quantum system which doesn’t necessarily introduce uncertainty. It overthrows a common classroom explanation of quantum mechanics, but the fundamental limit of what is knowable at the […]

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