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April 14, 2015
Recruiting the entire immune system to attack cancer
MIT studies finds that stimulating both major branches of the immune system halts tumor growth more effectively.

Queen's researchers in £5 million program to improve bowel cancer survival
Researchers at Queen's University Belfast have launched a revolutionary personalized treatment program to help improve bowel cancer survival rates.

Electron Photon Science Center announces joint research division with Clean Planet
With the aim of creating revolutionary innovation in the energy industry, the Research Center for Electron Photon Science at Tohoku University and Clean Planet Inc. have established a Condensed Matter Nuclear Reaction Division.

The life force of African rivers
A new study shows the ecological importance of hippopotamus-vectored subsidies.

Seeing the unseen: PET/CT scans reveal worms' hidden life
What are lugworms and other small animals doing in the seabed?

To fight nasty digestive bugs, scientists set out to build a better gut -- using stem cells
If you've ever been hit with an 'intestinal bugs,' you've felt the effects of infectious microbes on your digestive system.

Unresolved composition of Lantana camara: Impediment to its management
A group of plant invasion ecologists from University of Delhi, India, have highlighted the need to disentangle the composition of the highly variable Lantana species complex in order to facilitate management efforts towards this highly invasive species.

Syngenta wins 2015 INFORMS Edelman Prize, leading award in analytics, O.R.
Syngenta, which used analytics and operations research to improve food supplies to an increasingly crowded planet, has won the 2015 Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research and the Management Sciences.

Violent video games not linked to aggression in adults with autism
Following the 2012 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, some in the media and the public speculated a link existed between autism spectrum disorder and violence and, in particular, that violent video games may cause gamers with autism to act violently.

The neural network necessary for 'normal face' recognition
The neural network necessary for normal face recognition has been not fully understood until now.

Extreme geohazards: Reducing the disaster risk and increasing resilience
Extreme hazards -- rare, high-impact events -- pose a serious and underestimated threat to humanity.

Infectious ants become antisocial
IST Austria researchers published the cover story in the theme issue in this week's Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B with colleagues from the Helmholtz Center in Munich.

Study shows novel pattern of electrical charge movement through DNA
Research reveals a new mechanism of charge transport in DNA that differs from the two recognized patterns in which charge either tunnels or hops along bases of the DNA chain.

Experimental drug that may repair nerve damage in MS moves forward
A new study suggests that an investigational drug for multiple sclerosis may repair myelin, the fatty material that protects nerves and is damaged in MS, according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 67th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., April 18-25, 2015.

TSRI scientists find that nicotine use increases compulsive alcohol consumption
Why do smokers have a five to 10 times greater risk of developing alcohol dependence than nonsmokers?

Too few minority women breastfeed -- can ob/gyns change their minds?
Obstetricians and gynecologists have a unique opportunity to educate and encourage minority women to nurse their infants to help reduce persistent racial and ethnic disparities in breastfeeding.

Intrauterine exposure to maternal gestational diabetes linked with risk of autism
Among a group of more than 320,000 children, intrauterine exposure to gestational diabetes mellitus diagnosed by 26 weeks' gestation was associated with risk of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), according to a study in the April 14 issue of JAMA.

Nanoparticles at specific temperature stimulate antitumor response
Seeking a way to stimulate antitumor responses via the immune system, Dartmouth researchers have identified the precise temperature that results in a distinct body-wide antitumor immune response that resists metastatic disease.

Harvesting energy from electromagnetic waves
This week in the journal Applied Physics Letters, from AIP Publishing, researchers from the University of Waterloo in Canada report a novel design for electromagnetic energy harvesting based on the 'full absorption concept.' This involves the use of metamaterials that can be tailored to produce media that neither reflects nor transmits any power -- enabling full absorption of incident waves at a specific range of frequencies and polarizations.

After lung transplantation: Go back to work and feel better
In an original article in Deutsches Ärzteblatt International, Hendrik Suhling and coauthors report the findings of the first study ever performed in Germany on the percentage of lung-transplant patients who resume employment after transplantation and the reasons that keep the others from going back to work.

Disabled girls vulnerable to abuse by carers and partners due to isolation and incapacity
Disabled girls and women are vulnerable to abuse by carers and partners because of their isolation and physical incapacity, new research says.

Selecting the right tool for the job
Randomized clinical trials of new drugs have long been considered the 'gold standard' in determining safety and efficacy before drugs, biologics, vaccines or devices are introduced to the general public.

Rare, deadly lymphoma demystified
This is the first-ever systematic study of the genomes of patients with ALK-negative anaplastic large cell lymphoma, a particularly aggressive form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Are health apps beneficial for healthy people?
Health apps have the potential to make a broad impact on the health of the general population, argues one expert in The BMJ this week.

Most comprehensive study to date reveals evolutionary history of citrus
Citrus fruits -- delectable oranges, lemons, limes, kumquats and grapefruits -- are among the most important commercially cultivated fruit trees in the world, yet little is known of the origin of the citrus species and the history of its domestication.

Springer and Altmetric to launch new platform for book impact at the London Book Fair: Bookmetrix
Springer is the first publisher to offer title and chapter level metrics across all of their books via a new platform, Bookmetrix.

Five days of eating fatty foods can alter how your body's muscle processes food
After just five days of eating a high-fat diet, the way in which the body's muscle processes nutrients changes, which could lead to long-term problems such as weight gain, obesity, and other health issues, a new study has found.

Lorne Tyrrell wins Killam Prize
Dr. Lorne Tyrrell, a professor in the University of Alberta's Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry and the director of the Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology, has been named the winner of the 2015 Killam Prize for Health Sciences.

Simultaneous drinking and smoking marijuana increases odds of drunk driving and other dangers
Marijuana is becoming increasingly permitted in the US for medical and recreational use.

Childhood self-control linked to enhanced job prospects throughout life
Parents who work to instill self-control in their children will see them reap the benefits not only in the short-term but throughout their working life, according to new research in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

European study provides new insight into public interest in medicines research
Researchers at the University of Manchester and Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have published data for the first time about public knowledge of and interest in the process of medicines research and development.

Six questions about HIV/AIDS that deserve more attention
As HIV investigators work to control and eradicate the virus worldwide, certain myths or misconceptions about the disease have been embraced, whereas other concepts with merit have been left relatively unexplored, argues American HIV/AIDS researcher Jay Levy, M.D., in a Trends in Molecular Medicine commentary.

Protecting nature on the fly
Monitoring Europe's vast nature protection areas used to be extremely difficult.

Study: Civic engagement may stave off brain atrophy, improve memory
Instead of shrinking as expected, as part of the normal aging process, the memory center in the brains of seniors maintained their size and, in men, grew modestly after two years in a program that engaged them in meaningful and social activities, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health-led research suggests.

Stem cell injection may soon reverse vision loss due to age-related macular degeneration
An injection of stem cells into the eye may soon slow or reverse the effects of early-stage age-related macular degeneration, according to new research from scientists at Cedars-Sinai.

Potential signs of 'interacting' dark matter suggest it is not completely dark after all
Astronomers believe they might have observed the first potential signs of dark matter interacting with a force other than gravity.

Antimalarial tea -- from herbal remedy to licensed phytomedicine
Malaria is a critical health problem in West Africa, where traditional medicine is commonly used alongside modern healthcare practices.

Children of Holocaust survivors more anxious about Iranian nuclear threat than their peers
As preparations are made to observe Holocaust Remembrance Day (Thursday, April 16), a new Bar-Ilan University study reveals that the adult children of Holocaust survivors are more preoccupied with the threat of a nuclear Iran than their peers whose parents are not Holocaust survivors.

Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation performs first US implant of valve replacement device
Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation physicians are conducting a research study using the first transcatheter mitral valve replacement in the US The Tendyne Bioprosthetic Mitral Valve is designed to give implanting physicians total control because it is fully repositionable and retrievable which allows physicians to see the outcome before the procedure is closed.

New design makes treadmill more like running outdoors
Exercise researchers have developed a new treadmill that automatically changes speed to match the pace of the runner.

EORTC session on cancer and employment at European Business Summit 2015 in Brussels
The EORTC is organizing a session at EBS 2015 on 'Cancer Survivorship & Employment Session: How can businesses tackle new societal issues?' on May 6, 2015, at Palais d'Egmont, Brussels, from 14:30 to 16:30 in the presence of H.R.H Princess Astrid of Belgium.

Spitzer, OGLE spot planet deep within our galaxy
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has teamed up with a telescope on the ground to find a remote gas planet about 13,000 light-years away, making it one of the most distant planets known.

Wristband that measures rest, activity schedule may help predict response to antidepressants
A wristband that records motion throughout a 24-hour cycle may be an inexpensive, safe way to determine which patients with major depressive disorder will respond best to commonly prescribed drugs such as Prozac.

New 'cool roof time machine' will accelerate cool roof deployment
A collaboration led by Berkeley Lab scientists has established a method to simulate in the lab the soiling and weathering of roofing materials, reproducing in only a few days the solar reflectance of roofing products naturally aged for three years.

Healthcare professionals must recognize importance of human rights to improve healthcare for women
Women's human rights need to be addressed globally in order to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity, says RCOG Vice President, Professor Lesley Regan, in her lecture tomorrow at the joint RCOG/RANZCOG World Congress in Brisbane, Australia.

New treatment for common digestive condition Barrett's esophagus
New research from the University of Warwick and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust could transform treatments and diagnosis for a common digestive condition which affects thousands of patients.

Making carboxyl(ate) friends
When it comes to supramolecular chemistry, the carboxylic acid group -- and its conjugate carboxylate base -- is one of the chemist's most flexible friends.

Detecting cryptosporidium in China
Recently, researchers at Fudan University's Institute of Biomedical Sciences in Shanghai developed a lab-on-a-chip device that can rapidly diagnose cryptosporidium infections from just a finger prick -- potentially bringing point-of-care diagnosis to at-risk areas in rural China in order to improve treatment outcomes.

Researchers use plant oils for novel bio-based plastics
Washington State University researchers have developed a new way to use plant oils like olive and linseed oil to create polyurethane, a plastic material used in everything from foam insulation panels to tires, hoses and sealants.

Opioid relapse rates fall after jail release, according to pilot study
It has been called a pioneering strategy for treating opioid addiction, and has already been adopted in a small yet growing number of jails and prisons in the United States.

59 percent of California physicians support Affordable Care Act, UCLA study shows
77 percent of California primary care and specialty physicians understand the basics of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and 59 percent support it.

New research sheds light on how popular probiotic benefits the gut
One of the most well-known gut bacteria is Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, which may help in a range of illnesses, including intestinal problems and respiratory infections.

Research details 40 million-year-old family tree of baleen whales
New research from New Zealand's University of Otago is providing the most comprehensive picture of the evolutionary history of baleen whales, which are not only the largest animals ever to live on earth, but also among the most unusual.

Reasons behind an increase in female genital cosmetic surgery in Australia and the UK
Publicly funded labiaplasties in Australia and the United Kingdom have more than doubled over the last decade, leading experts will say tomorrow at the RCOG/RANZCOG World Congress in Brisbane, Australia.

New WHO statement on public reporting of clinical trial results announced
The WHO have announced a new statement on the public disclosure of clinical trial results which updates and expands a previous statement that noted the 'the registration of all interventional trials is a scientific, ethical, and moral responsibility.' The new statement includes timelines by which researchers are expected to report clinical trials results.

Bone-eating worms dined on marine reptile carcasses
A species of bone-eating worm that was believed to have evolved in conjunction with whales has been dated back to prehistoric times when it fed on the carcasses of giant marine reptiles.

Genetically engineered Salmonella promising as anti-cancer therapy
A new study has demonstrated that genetically modified Salmonella can be used to kill cancer cells.

How best to test Ebola treatment
An unconventional clinical trial design might have advantages over classical trials for testing treatments for Ebola virus disease (EVD), suggests a study published this week in PLOS Medicine.

The Lancet Respiratory Medicine: Sleep apnea media alert
The Lancet Respiratory Medicine journal is pleased to announce that the following Review papers will be published to coincide with the European Respiratory Society's Sleep and Breathing Conference 2015.

Study finds gestational diabetes associated with greater risk of autism in children
Children whose mothers developed gestational diabetes by the 26th week of pregnancy were at increased risk of developing autism later in life, according to a new Kaiser Permanente study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

$5 million in USDA food-safety grants to target bacteria
Three new grants from the US Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture will fund research focused on preventing foodborne illnesses.

Study puts a price on help nature provides agriculture
A team of international scientists has shown that assigning a dollar value to the benefits nature provides agriculture improves the bottom line for farmers while protecting the environment.

Relativistic heavy ion collider smashes record for polarized proton luminosity
Thanks to accelerator advances, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, a powerful nuclear physics research facility at the US Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, just shattered its own record for producing polarized proton collisions at 200-giga-electron-volt collision energy.

World experts gather for refocusing on patients with small cell lung cancer
Small cell lung cancer will be the concentrated focus when 100 global experts in the field meet for a workshop hosted by the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer on April 22-24, 2015 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

Study identifies factors linked to greater adherence to use of anticoagulant
Among patients with atrial fibrillation who filled prescriptions for the anticoagulant dabigatran at Veterans Health Administration sites, there was variability in patient medication adherence across sites, with appropriate patient selection and pharmacist-led monitoring associated with greater adherence to the medication, according to a study in the April 14 issue of JAMA.

Springer launches Regenerative Engineering and Translational Medicine
Springer has launched Regenerative Engineering and Translational Medicine in partnership with the newly formed Regenerative Engineering Society.

Facebook use can worsen as well as improve mental health conditions
Facebook can help people recover from mental health problems but it needs to be used cautiously and strategically as it can also make symptoms worse, new research shows.

Blood disorder study illustrates the challenges to parsing genetic data
Does a particular genetic variation translate into a predisposition to an illness, or is it simply a benign rearrangement of genetic code?

The microscopic topography of ink on paper
A team of Finnish scientists has found a new way to examine the ancient art of putting ink to paper in unprecedented 3-D detail.

Quantization of 'surface Dirac states' could lead to exotic applications
Researchers from the RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science in Japan have uncovered the first evidence of an unusual quantum phenomenon -- the integer quantum Hall effect -- in a new type of film, called a 3-D topological insulator.

Science shows there is more to a Rembrandt than meets the eye
Art historians and scientists use imaging methods to virtually 'dig' under or scan various layers of paint and pencil.

New potential cause for Alzheimer's: Arginine deprivation
A Duke University study suggests that in Alzheimer's disease, certain immune cells in the brain abnormally consume an important nutrient: arginine.

Taking aircraft manufacturing out of the oven
Aerospace engineers at MIT have now developed a carbon nanotube film that can heat and solidify a composite without the need for massive ovens.

Benefits of heroin treatment for drug users
Drug users who do not benefit from conventional treatments for heroin addiction should be able to access the drug through the health system, urges a Canadian expert in The BMJ today.

LA BioMed 2015 Innovation Showcase
Join us for a full day of networking and learn about the latest developments on the efforts to bring to market technologies developed at LA BioMed.

Brain imaging changes in individuals with Down's may help advance Alzheimer's trials
Researchers have characterized three brain imaging changes in individuals with Down's, who are at very high risk for development of Alzheimer's, even before onset of progressive memory and thinking problems.

No long-term survival difference found between types of mitral valve replacements
In a comparison of mechanical prosthetic vs bioprosthetic mitral valves among patients 50 to 69 years of age undergoing mitral valve replacement, there was no significant difference in survival at 15 years, although there were differences in risk of reoperation, bleeding and stroke, according to a study in the April 14 issue of JAMA.

UT Arlington physicist awarded Aldo Menzione Prize for Time Projection Chamber
Renowned particle physicist and University of Texas Arlington professor David Nygren is to be awarded the prestigious Aldo Menzione Prize for his Time Projection Chamber invention.

Ancient herbal therapy can prevent -- and reverse -- cardiac hypertrophy in mice
A natural compound from magnolia bark can protect the heart from hypertrophy by activating SIRT3, a protein associated with delayed aging, stress resistance and metabolic regulation.

High fidelity: SLU researcher finds keys to genome integrity
Lesions in DNA can occur as often as 100,000 times per cell per day.

Researchers discover an inactive tumor suppressor gene in lung cancer
Researchers at Genes and Cancer group at Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute, led by Montse Sanchez-Cespedes, have identified the PARD3 gene as a tumor suppressor that is inactivated in lung cancer squamous type.

Heart attack risk high in divorced women, even after remarrying
Divorced women suffer heart attacks at higher rates than women who are continuously married, a new study from Duke Medicine has found.

Neanderthals manipulated the bodies of adults and children shortly after death
Neanderthals from the French region of Poitou-Charentes cut, beat and fractured the bones of their recently deceased companions, as revealed by the fossil remains of two adults and a child found at the Marillac site.

3-D printing blossoms into powerful new tool for ecologists
3-D printing has been used to make everything from cars to medical implants.

Parents' country of origin influences risk of stillbirth
Parents' country of origin influences the risk of their baby being stillborn in Canada, a new study has found.

LOCUST: Autonomous, swarming UAVs fly into the future
Officials at the Office of Naval Research announced today recent technology demonstrations of swarming unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) -- part of the Low-Cost UAV Swarming Technology program.

Can YouTube and Instagram contribute to classroom learning?
New research from Concordia proves that social media can be a powerful educational device -- especially when a student isn't doing so well to begin with.

New ORNL, NC State and LanzaTech DNA dataset is potent, accessible tool
Scientists focused on producing biofuels more efficiently have a new powerful dataset to help them study the DNA of microbes that fuel bioconversion and other processes.

Injury prevention programs not widely used in high schools, study shows
Injury prevention programs can help reduce ankle, knee and other lower extremity injuries in sports, but the programs are not being widely used in high schools, a new study from Oregon State University has found.

How Salmonella survives the macrophage's acid attack
New research reveals that Salmonella fights acid with acid, by lowering the pH of its own interior in response to the acidification of the Salmonella-containing compartment by the macrophage, and by using that low pH as a signal to turn on genes needed to establish an infection.

PharmaMar to present data on anticancer candidates PM1183 and plitidepsin at the AACR 2015
The new data on PharmaMar's anticancer compounds PM1183 and plitidepsin will be discussed at the AACR 2015 during poster sessions throughout the meeting.

Bury nuclear waste down a very deep hole, say UK scientists
Technologies that will enable nuclear waste to be sealed 5 km below the Earth's surface could provide a safer, cheaper and more viable alternative for disposing of the UK's high level nuclear waste.

First signs of self-interacting dark matter?
For the first time dark matter may have been observed interacting with other dark matter in a way other than through the force of gravity.

Stronger muscles make for healthier bone development
Scientists at the University of Southampton have shown that higher muscle mass is strongly linked with healthier bone development in children.

Ludwig scientists to present at 2015 AACR Annual Meeting
Ludwig Cancer Research previewed today the full scope of discoveries to be presented by more than 40 Ludwig scientists at this year's American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa., April 18-22.

Alcohol may elevate the expression of two enzymes called CYP2E1 and CYP2U1
The prefrontal cortex and amygdala are brain regions that not only referee cognitive functions and emotional states, but also contribute to the reinforcing effects of alcohol and tobacco.

Virginia Tech assistant professor addresses philosophical questions of machines, research
How might machines carry out scientific research on their own?

New biomarker for uterine cancer discovered
Researchers at Uppsala University have, together with researchers from Turku and Bergen, discovered a new biomarker which makes it possible to identify women with uterine cancer who have a high risk of recurrence.

The app for frequent fliers and those who are radiation-conscious
Frequent fliers are now able to monitor their personal radiation exposure when flying using the TrackYourDose app.

Graphene pushes the speed limit of light-to-electricity conversion
Researchers from ICFO, MIT and UC Riverside have been able to develop a graphene-based photodetector capable of converting absorbed light into an electrical voltage at ultrafast timescales.

Typhoon Haiyan's storm surge may contaminate aquifer for years
In 2013, Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, killing more than 6,000 people and destroying nearly $3 billion worth of property.

Paternal alcohol problems, death from liver disease, signal offspring risk for cirrhosis
While heavy drinking is known to lead to liver cirrhosis, not all heavy drinkers develop the disease.

Forsyth study details how gum disease treatment can prevent heart disease
A new study from the Forsyth Institute is helping to shed more light on the important connection between the mouth and heart.

Interactivity tools can boost persuasiveness of websites
Messages conveyed on websites may be more persuasive if these websites are interactive, according to researchers.

'Parachuting' boron on benzene rings
Tuning the para-position of benzene moieties is significant for creating biologically active compounds and optoelectronic materials.

Unearthing new antivirals
A team of biologists from San Diego State University has developed a platform for identifying drugs that could prove to be effective against a variety of viral diseases.

Altimeter assists in MESSENGER's low-altitude navigation
As NASA's MESSENGER mission draws to a close, an on-board science instrument that mapped the surface of Mercury is helping the navigation team with the spacecraft's low-altitude passes.

INFORMS awards 2015 UPS George D. Smith Prize to UBC Sauder School
The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®), the leading association for professionals in advanced analytics and operations research, has awarded its prestigious UPS George D.

Increase seen in data breaches of health information
Between 2010 and 2013, data breaches of protected health information reported by HIPAA-covered entities increased and involved approximately 29 million records, with most data breaches resulting from overt criminal activity, according to a study in the April 14 issue of JAMA.

Socially anxious youth in treatment can enhance recovery through simple service tasks
Often alcoholics and addicts mention a fear of not fitting in, and using alcohol/drugs to alleviate anxiety.

University of Washington to use investigational Medtronic device to advance brain research
Researchers from the University of Washington's departments of Electrical Engineering, Neurological Surgery and Philosophy have teamed up with medical device manufacturer Medtronic to use the Activa PC+S Deep Brain Stimulation system with people who have essential tremor.

Search for advanced civilizations beyond Earth finds nothing obvious in 100,000 galaxies
After searching 100,000 galaxies for signs of highly advanced life, a team of scientists using observations from NASA's WISE satellite has found no evidence of advanced civilizations there.

Chevron named INFORMS prize winner, best analytics, and O.R. company of the year
The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®), the leading association for analytics professionals, today announced the award of its annual INFORMS Prize for excellence in analytics and operations research to Chevron Corporation for its long and innovative history of applying analytics and operations research across the breadth of the worldwide energy company.

Regenerative Medicine Symposium set for April 24 at GRU
Scientists and physicians from the region interested in regenerative and reparative medicine techniques, such as helping aging stem cells stay focused on making strong bone, will meet in Augusta April 24 to hear updates from leaders in the field and strategize on how to move more research advances to patients.

Age-related changes in the brain can have significant impact on individuals, society
Gradual and variable change in mental functions that occurs naturally as people age, not as part of a neurological disease such as Alzheimer's disease, is one of the most challenging health issues encountered by older adults, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

X-ray study images structural damage in lithium-ion batteries
Charging lithium-ion batteries too quickly can permanently reduce the battery capacity.

Surveys miss majority of poisonings, underestimate cost by billions
An analysis of hospital billing records, patient demographics, exposure information, and outcomes for Illinois hospital visits related to poisonings in 2010 found charges for hospital visits approached $8 billion, representing 425,491 cases, with alcohol and illicit drugs accounting for the majority of visits.

Link between social anxiety and drug use offers opportunities for more effective treatment
A team led by Case Western Reserve researchers has identified a promising approach to lowering relapse rates among youths addicted to illegal drugs or alcohol.

New mesoamerican pine beetle described by SRS scientist and collaborators
A newly-discovered species of tree-killing bark beetle, Dendroctonus mesoamericanus Armendáriz-Toledano and Sullivan, has been described in a paper published online in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America by a group of researchers that includes a US Forest Service scientist.

AAMC CEO Dr. Darrell Kirch to deliver Einstein's 2015 commencement address
Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., president and chief executive officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges will deliver the keynote address at the 2015 commencement ceremony for Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.

E-cigarette use is not risk-free
E-cigarettes are not without health risks for people who vape or for bystanders.

New CU-Boulder technique could slash energy used to produce many plastics
A new material developed at the University of Colorado Boulder could radically reduce the energy needed to produce a wide variety of plastic products, from grocery bags and cling wrap to replacement hips and bulletproof vests.

Adherence to blood thinner best with pharmacist management, Stanford researcher says
Patients are more likely to take a new type of blood thinner correctly and without missing doses when they are managed by pharmacists, rather than only by doctors or nurses, according to a study co-authored by a researcher at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

New source of methane discovered in the Arctic Ocean
A reservoir of abiotic methane has been discovered in the Arctic Ocean.

UV light robot to clean hospital rooms could help stop spread of 'superbugs'
Can a robot clean a hospital room just as well as a person?

Climate connections
Global climate has undergone periods of stability, but also instability, with abrupt, rapid and substantial climate changes occurring as a consequence of natural processes scientists still don't understand.
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