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October 14, 2012
Research shows legume trees can fertilize and stabilize maize fields, generate higher yields
Inserting rows of

Sitting for protracted periods increases risk of diabetes, heart disease and death - study
Sitting around compromises health of people- even if they meet typical physical activity guidelines.

Poor parents not encouraging high school completion: Study
Parents from poorer backgrounds are less likely to encourage their kids to finish high school, according to a new analysis from the University of Melbourne.

For materials science burlesque, Australian researcher wins Science's 'Dance Your Ph.D.' contest
This is the fifth year of the

Panel discussion: Pathological gambling
Neurobiological study findings show that pathological gambling is more than just an impulse control disorder, since it is characterized by brain activation patterns of reward-seeking addictive behaviors and seems to fit well with recent models of addiction.

Researchers present new targets for treating depression at Neuroscience Annual Meeting
Researchers from Mount Sinai School of Medicine are presenting important discoveries on the involvement of the immune system and dopamine cells in the onset of depression at Neuroscience 2012, the Society for Neuroscience's 42nd annual meeting on Oct.

AAPS announces 2012 Fellows
The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists is pleased to announce its 2012 AAPS Fellows.

Solar wind particles likely source of water locked inside lunar soils
The most likely source of the water locked inside soils on the moon's surface is the constant stream of charged particles from the sun known as the solar wind, a University of Michigan researcher and his colleagues have concluded.

Breakthrough could help sufferers of fatal lung disease
Pioneering research conducted by the University of Sheffield is paving the way for new treatments which could benefit patients suffering from the fatal lung disease pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Making a layer cake with atomic precision
Graphene and associated one-atom-thick crystals offer the possibility of a vast range of new materials and devices by stacking individual atomic layers on top of each other, new research from the University of Manchester shows.

Report reveals key concerns of UK's aging society
One in six people in England aged over 50 are socially isolated.

Rare cells regulate immune responses; may offer novel treatment for autoimmune diseases
Reproducing a rare type of B cell in the laboratory and infusing it back into the body may provide an effective treatment for severe autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis or rheumatoid arthritis, according to researchers at Duke University Medical Center.

Applied physics as art
Harvard researchers have demonstrated a new way to customize the color of metal surfaces by exploiting a completely overlooked optical phenomenon.

Early-Earth cells modeled to show how first life forms might have packaged RNA
A chemical model that mimics a possible step in the formation of cellular life on Earth four-billion years ago has been developed at Penn State University.

An immunosuppressive drug could delay the onset of neurodegenerative diseases
Rapamycin, a drug used to prevent rejection in transplants, could delay the onset of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

Traumatic injury research working to improve the lives of citizens and soldiers
New studies presented today offer vivid examples of how advances in basic brain research help reduce the trauma and suffering of innocent landmine victims, amateur and professional athletes, and members of the military.

Too much of a good thing can be bad for corals
New study by Univ. of Miami Researchers Ross Cunning and Andrew Bake in Nature Climate Change reveals that having too many algal symbionts makes corals bleach more severely in response to warming.

Adding up autism risks
The causes of autism and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are complex, and contain elements of both nature (genes) and the environment.

Suicide in children and adolescents
As part of suicide prevention, evaluation of suicide risk should be carried out on a regular basis in order to attempt early intervention.

Relapse or recovery? Neuroimaging predicts course of substance addiction treatment
An Indiana University study has provided preliminary evidence that by measuring brain activity through the use of neuroimaging, researchers can predict who is likely to have an easier time getting off drugs and alcohol, and who will need extra help.

Exemplary researchers awarded at AAPS Annual Meeting and Exposition
During the Opening Session of the 2012 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Annual Meeting and Exposition, AAPS President David Y.

What you hear could depend on what your hands are doing
New research demonstrates that the two hemispheres specialize in different kinds of sounds (left: rapidly changing sounds, such as consonants; right: slowly changing sounds, such as syllables or intonation).
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