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Clemson study focuses on improving facemasks to help reduce football brain injuries
A team of Clemson University researchers and an Upstate businessman believe they can help make football a little safer by creating a facemask that can help reduce the severity of head injuries by increasing overall helmet protection.
Biophysical Society announces 2018 Future of Biophysics symposium speakers
The Biophysical Society is pleased to announce the speakers for the Future of Biophysics Burroughs Wellcome Fund Symposium.
NIAID research aids discovery of genetic immune disorder
NIAID investigators and international colleagues have identified a genetic immune disorder characterized by increased susceptibility and poor immune control of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and, in some cases, an EBV-associated cancer called Hodgkin's lymphoma.
A wolverine inspired material
Scientists, including several from the University of California, Riverside, have developed a transparent, self-healing, highly stretchable conductive material that can be electrically activated to power artificial muscles and could be used to improve batteries, electronic devices, and robots.
NASA sees wind shear's effects on Tropical Cyclone Yvette
Tropical Storm Yvette was being battered by vertical wind shear when NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over the Southern Indian Ocean.
Why chess masters win
What is the secret of successful chess players? Cognitive scientists at the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) at Bielefeld University investigate this question in the project 'Ceege' by recording players' eye movements and facial expressions.
Anti-AXL biologic increases tumor sensitivity to radiation and check-point inhibitors
Aravive-S6 selectively inhibits the AXL-signaling pathway that acts as a 'survival switch' that promotes tumor growth and metastasis, and resistance to common chemotherapeutic agents.
Visualizing gene expression with MRI
A cellular gatekeeper for water molecules finds new use in magnetic resonance imaging.
Biophysical Society announces winners of 2017 Education Travel Awards
The Biophysical Society has announced the winners of its Education Committee Travel Awards to attend the Biophysical Society's 61st Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, Feb.
Genomic sequencing illuminates recent Shigella outbreaks in California
In a study that could have significant impact on how disease outbreaks are managed, researchers at UC Davis and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) have sequenced and analyzed genomes from Shigella sonnei (S. sonnei) bacteria associated with major shigellosis outbreaks in California in 2014 and 2015.
Dr. Chiaravalloti of Kessler Foundation receives $600,000 grant to study cognition and SCI
Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD, of Kessler Foundation is the principal investigator of a Field-Initiated Program award from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).
NASA tracking a stronger Tropical Storm Nock-Ten
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured a visible image of Tropical Storm Nock-ten as it continued to move west toward the Philippines where it is locally called 'Nina.'
Champagne owes its taste to the finely tuned quality of its bubbles
Ever wondered how the fate of champagne bubbles from their birth to their death with a pop enhances our perception of aromas?
First movie of energy transfer in photosynthesis solves decades-old debate
Using ultrafast imaging of moving energy in photosynthesis, scientists have determined the speed of crucial processes for the first time.
Fungus-infecting virus could help track spread of white-nose syndrome in bats
A newly discovered virus infecting the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats could help scientists and wildlife agencies track the spread of the disease that is decimating bat populations in the United States, a new study suggests.
Stability challenge in perovskite solar cell technology
New research reveals intrinsic instability issues of iodine-containing perovskite solar cells.
The incorrigibles
When people's political beliefs are challenged, their brains become active in areas that govern personal identity and emotional responses to threats, neuroscientists at the University of Southern California found.
Biophysical Society announces winners of 2017 International Travel Awards
The Biophysical Society has announced the winners of its international travel grants to attend the Biophysical Society's 61st Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Feb.
Biophysical Society announces winners of 2017 CPOW Travel Awards
The Biophysical Society has announced the winners of its annual CPOW Travel Awards to attend the Biophysical Society's 61st Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, Feb.
NJIT's 'lead tank' motors to a medal at the Chem-E-Car Championship
The 'Lead Tank,' a 25-pound driverless car with an intimidating name and an intricate timing mechanism, made NJIT history by medaling for the first time in the championship round of the Chem-E-Car Competition, held in San Francisco in November.
Biophysical Society announces winners of 2017 Inclusion and Diversity Travel Awards
The Biophysical Society has announced the winner of its Committee for Inclusion and Diversity (CID) Travel Awards to attend the Biophysical Society's 61st Annual Meeting at the Ernest N.

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