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Researchers design technology that sees nerve cells fire
Researchers at Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif., have created a noninvasive technology that detects when nerve cells fire based on changes in shape.
Hearing loss is a risk factor for premature death
A new study links hearing loss with an increased risk for mortality before the age of 75 due to cardiovascular disease.
An intellectually active lifestyle protects against neurodegeneration in Huntington's
Researchers from IDIBELL and the University of Barcelona (UB), in collaboration with several hospitals, have discovered that an intellectually active lifestyle confers protection against neurodegeneration in people with Huntington's disease, delaying the onset of symptoms and loss of grey matter in the brain.
Researchers create first sensor package that can ride aboard bees
Farmers can already use drones to soar over huge fields and monitor temperature, humidity or crop health.
Resting easy: Oxygen promotes deep, restorative sleep, study shows
Exposure to high levels of oxygen encourages the brain to remain in deep, restorative sleep, according to a new study by University of Alberta neuroscientists.
Putting a price on reputation
As Christmas shopping gets into full swing, new research reveals how reputation influences our purchasing decisions and the price we are willing to pay relative to other product features.
Fishery length, angler effort: How they relate
A new study suggests reducing the number of fishing days in a season doesn't reduce catch as much as some would predict.
Exercise following weight loss may reduce colorectal cancer risk, study finds
New research suggests that exercise is a key factor in reducing colorectal cancer risk after weight loss.
GVSU researcher compares running economy in Nike shoe, track spikes
Kyle Barnes, assistant professor of movement science at Grand Valley State University, has researched strategies to improve running economy and performance for years.
Development of world's first vertical Ga2O3 transistor through ion implantation doping
Researchers at the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) and Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT) demonstrate a vertical Ga2O3 metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET) that adopts an all-ion-implanted process for both n-type and p-type doping, paving the way for new generations of low-cost and highly-manufacturable Ga2O3 power electronic devices.
Rice plants that grow as clones from seed
Plant biologists at the UC Davis have discovered a way to make crop plants replicate through seeds as clones.
Stem cell researchers develop promising technique to generate new muscle cells in lab
To help patients with muscle disorders, scientists at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) have engineered a new stem cell line to study the conversion of stem cells into muscle.
Seeing small-molecule interactions inside cells (video)
Like people in a large company, proteins in cells constantly interact with each other to perform various jobs.
Faster, cheaper test can help predict risk of metastasis in prostate cancer patients
A report in The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics describes a new assay to assess copy number alterations that is cheaper, faster, reproducible, and requires less tissue than other diagnostic techniques and has the potential to significantly enhance prostate cancer evaluation.
WSU researchers reverse engineer way pine trees produce green chemicals worth billions
Washington State University researchers have reverse engineered the way a pine tree produces a resin, which could serve as an environmentally friendly alternative to a range of fossil-fuel based products worth billions of dollars.
Climate change imperils Midwest ag production
A new Cornell University-led study shows that Midwest agriculture is increasingly vulnerable to climate change because of the region's reliance on growing rain-fed crops.
College textbooks largely overlook the most common animals
A recent study of textbooks aimed at introductory biology courses finds that they devote less than one percent of their text to discussing insects, which make up more than 60 percent of animal species.
Loss of tight junction protein promotes development of precancerous cells
BIDMC researchers demonstrated that the lack of claudin 18 prompted the development of precancerous, abnormal cells and polyps in the engineered mouse model.
Tiny tech tracks hummingbirds at urban feeders
Urban hummingbird feeders are highly prevalent. UC Davis veterinary researchers want to understand the health implications for birds congregating and sharing food resources at these bird buffets.
Coral larvae use sound to find a home on the reef
A new study from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is starting to unravel that mystery.
Research unlocks secrets of iron storage in algae
New research shows that phytoplankton iron storage strategies may determine which species thrive in changing oceans and impact marine food webs, according to a recent paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Does work stress increase cancer risk?
In an International Journal of Cancer study of data on more than 280,000 people from North America and Europe, work stress was associated with a significantly increased risk of colorectal, esophagus, and lung cancers.
University of Miami medical team reports acute findings from Havana embassy phenomenon
A team of University of Miami Miller School of Medicine faculty, along with collaborators from the University of Pittsburgh, today presented the first report of acute symptoms and clinical findings in 25 diplomatic personnel living in the US Embassy in Havana, Cuba, who experienced severe neurosensory symptoms after exposure to a unique sound and pressure phenomenon.
Improved understanding of the pathology of dwarfism may lead to new treatment targets
Pseudoachondroplasia (PSACH) is a severe inherited dwarfing condition In PSACH, a genetic mutation leads to abnormal retention of cartilage oligomeric matrix protein (COMP) within the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) of cartilage-producing cells (chondrocytes), which interferes with function and cell viability.
Crashes increase when speed limits dip far below engineering recommendation
Speed limits set only five miles per hour below engineering recommendations produce a statistically significant decrease in total, fatal and injury crashes, and property-damage-only crashes, according to a group of Penn State researchers.
Moderate consumption of alcohol is associated with fewer hospitalizations
A study of the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention of I.R.C.C.S.
Attention, please! Anticipation of touch takes focus, executive skills
A study by the University of Washington and Temple University examines what happens in children's brains when they anticipate a touch to the hand, and relates this brain activity to the executive functions the child demonstrates on other mental tasks.
Researchers develop mathematical solver for analog computers
University of Notre Dame's Zoltán Toroczkai and collaborators have been working toward developing a novel mathematical approach that will help advance computation beyond the digital framework.
Eligibility criteria unfairly limit minorities' access to hip and knee replacement surgeries
In a study of medical records pulled from a national database, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers have found that underrepresented populations are less likely than others to be eligible for hip or knee replacement surgeries
Lung lavage as new test method improves tuberculosis diagnosis in rhinoceros
An international team of scientists led by institutes in Berlin and Jena, Germany, performed repeated lung lavage as a new approach for tuberculosis diagnosis in rhinoceros.
Fire's effects on soil moisture, runoff
The 2011 Las Conchas mega-fire in New Mexico burned more than 150,000 acres and threatened the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Teens get more sleep with later school start time, researchers find
In 2016, Seattle Public Schools pushed back start times for its 18 high schools by 55 minutes.
Researchers find clue to epidemics in 'bursty' social behavior
Researchers from NYU Tandon School of Engineering and Politecnico di Torino, Italy, have developed a mathematical model that could cure the potential to underestimate how quickly diseases spread.
Live from the ocean research vessel Atlantis
Scientists and engineers on a deep-sea expedition aboard the research vessel Atlantis in the East Pacific Ocean will be broadcasting live to the American Geophysical Union fall meeting exhibit booth from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
3D printing offers helping hand to patients with arthritis
3D printing can cut the cost of adaptive aids that help people with hand arthritis.
The epoch of planet formation, times twenty
A team of astronomers has conducted ALMA's first large-scale, high-resolution survey of protoplanetary disks, the belts of dust and gas around young stars.
Preparation, characterization of major degradation products of Pralatrexate injection
The major degradation products of pralatrexate drug product formed under hydrolytic and light stress conditions were identified, synthesized and characterized using advanced spectroscopic techniques such as NMR, HR-MS and IR.
Insight into cause of rare disorder may aid quest for treatments
New findings about the causes of a rare genetic disorder that affects mainly boys, known as MeCP2 duplication syndrome, may inform the development of treatments for the condition.
Do negative public attitudes toward weight loss surgery stop some patients from having surgery?
Most patients who qualify for weight loss surgery don't have the procedure despite its safety and effectiveness.
Combining three treatment strategies may significantly improve melanoma treatment
A study by a team led by a Massachusetts General Hospital investigator finds evidence that combining three advanced treatment strategies for malignant melanoma -- molecular targeted therapy, immune checkpoint blockade and the use of tumor-targeting viruses -- may markedly improve outcomes.
Developing brains of premature babies benefit from caffeine therapy
New research by the University of Calgary's Dr. Abhay Lodha, MD, shows early caffeine treatment of premature babies born less than 29 weeks' gestation has no long-term negative effects on brain development.
New insight into stem cell behavior 'highlights therapeutic target for cancer treatment'
Research led by the University of Plymouth and Technische Universität Dresden has identified a new therapeutic target for cancer treatment and tooth regeneration -- a protein called Prominin-1.
#BlackGirlMagic: Black women in STEM are driving forward -- educators need to catch up
The need for more scientists and engineers is a persistent issue plaguing industries throughout the United States.
Students around the globe collect quality, eye-opening research data on mammals
Researchers at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and NC State University, running a large-scale camera-trap study called eMammal, recently enlisted the help of K-12 students from 28 schools and four countries -- the United States, India, Mexico and Kenya.
Governments, researchers underestimate impact of inefficient land-use on climate change
Policymakers and researchers have underestimated the effect that changes in land management and people's diets would have on limiting greenhouse gas emissions and countering the effects of climate change, according to a study led by Princeton University.
Calories in popular restaurant chain meals 'excessive' warn experts
The calorie content of popular main meals served in UK and international restaurant chains is excessive and only a minority meet public health recommendations, finds a University of Liverpool study published in the Christmas issue of The BMJ.
Deep-learning technique reveals 'invisible' objects in the dark
Deep-learning technique reveals transparent objects in the dark.
Deep biosphere beneath the seafloor explored at American Geophysical Union fall meeting
The scientists are working to understand the nature of subseafloor microbial communities and whether these communities are unique.
Study evaluates efficacy and safety of pancreatic cancer treatment
In a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Manuel Hidalgo, MD, PhD, and colleagues conducted a phase I/II trial designed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of nab-paclitaxel given in combination with gemcitabine in patients with pancreatic cancer and reduced health status.
Low-cost catalyst from U of T Engineering boosts hydrogen production from water
A future powered by carbon-free fuel depends on our ability to harness and store energy from renewable but intermittent sources, such as solar and wind.
Why deep oceans gave life to the first big, complex organisms
Why did the first big, complex organisms spring to life in deep, dark oceans where food was scarce?
New transport mechanism of nanomaterial through a cell membrane: membrane stretching
The team of theoretical physics at Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona, led by Dr.
SFU scientists automated electrolyte composition analysis for aluminium production
A team from Siberian Federal University (SFU) suggested a new method for automatic composition analysis of electrolyte samples from electrolysis baths.
Scientists develop a cellulose biosensor material for advanced tissue engineering
I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University teamed up together with Irish colleagues to develop a new imaging approach for tissue engineering.
Researchers report acute findings from Havana embassy phenomenon
Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and University of Miami describe the acute symptoms and associated clinical findings following their assessment of 25 US diplomats living in Cuba.
Cardinals living in adjacent deserts are sharply distinct in genetics and song
New research suggests that populations of the Northern Cardinal -- one of the most ubiquitous backyard birds in the United States -- are undergoing speciation in two adjacent deserts.
Buzz! Slap! Ow! Taking the virus out of a mosquito's bite
They approach with the telltale sign -- a high-pitched whine.
NSF-supported scientists present new research results on Earth's critical zone
To develop a deeper understanding of the critical zone, the National Science Foundation (NSF) supports nine Critical Zone Observatories (CZOs) across the US NSF CZO scientists study how the critical zone responds to changes in climate and land use.
IIT researchers show how plants can generate electricity to power LED light bulbs
An interdisciplinary team of researchers at IIT-Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Pontedera (Pisa, Italy), discovered that living plants are literally 'green' power source: they can generate, by a single leaf, more than 150 Volts, enough to simultaneously power 100 LED light bulbs.
Pesticide exposure raises risk for cardiovascular disease among Latino workers
Latinos who are exposed to pesticides in their workplaces are twice as likely to have cardiovascular disease compared with Latinos who are not exposed to pesticides at work, according to a new study published in the journal Heart.
Pitt professor models system using baking soda filled capsules to capture CO2 emissions
Coal and natural gas represent the majority of the US energy supply.
New research questions the 'Glass Cliff' and corroborates the persistent 'Glass Ceiling'
Are women more likely to be appointed to leadership positions in crisis situations when companies are struggling with declining profits?
Blood test could lead to cystic fibrosis treatment tailored to each patient
Researchers at Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute at Ann & Robert H.
Fighting obesity -- could it be as plain as dirt?
It costs the global economy an estimated US $2 trillion annually and has been dubbed a modern day health epidemic, but new research from the University of South Australia has unearthed a possible cure for obesity -- and it is as plain as dirt!
'Eavesdropping' on groupers' mating calls key to survival
Many fish produce sounds for courtship and mating, navigation, and defending their territories.
RUDN medics called the world to action against hepatitis in Somalia
Using mathematical statistics methods, RUDN medics analyzed the data of 30 studies of the cases of hepatitis in Somalia.
Record-wet and record-dry months increased in regions worldwide
More and more rainfall extremes are observed in regions around the globe -- triggering both wet and dry records, a new study shows.
Indian ocean may be more disruptive to tropical climate than previously believed
The Indian Ocean played a far greater role in driving climate change during the last ice age than previously believed and may disrupt climate again in the future.
New foldable drone flies through narrow holes in rescue missions
A research team from the University of Zurich has developed a new drone that can retract its propeller arms in flight and make itself small to fit through narrow gaps and holes.
Johns Hopkins researchers examine testosterone use to increase BMD in HIV-infected men
A new study has shown that HIV-infected men had lower median bone mineral density (BMD) scores at the hip compared to HIV-uninfected men, and all men who received testosterone had significantly greater BMD scores at the lumbar spine.
Study suggests improved compliance with the NIH sex as a biological variable policy
In 2016, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) implemented a policy which requires grant applicants to 'consider sex as a biological variable (SABV)' in vertebrate animal and human studies.
Declining snowpack over western US mapped at a finer scale
Researchers mapped the changes in snow mass from 1982 to 2016 onto a grid of squares 2.5-miles on a side over the entire contiguous U.S.
Rethinking school suspensions: School climate offers a clue
Now, researchers at the University of Missouri and the University of Virginia have found that when educators and administrators focus on creating a positive school climate, the likelihood of a student being suspended decreases by approximately 10 percent.
Independent expert panel on medical assistance in dying releases three reports
The Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) has released three reports on requests for medical assistance in dying (MAID), the result of an independent Expert Panel review conducted at the request of the federal government.
Ritalin drives greater connection between brain areas key to memory, attention
Louis Populin and collaborators at the University of Wisconsin-Madison collaborators published a study this week in the Journal of Neuroscience describing increased connections between key parts of the brains of monkeys who have taken methylphenidate (Ritalin).
Killing the liver-stage malaria parasite with baculovirus: a drug discovery approach
Currently, few antimalarial treatments exist that effectively kill liver-stage malaria parasite Plasmodium vivax, which can lay dormant for months or even years.
Are suicidal thoughts, attempts more likely in people with eczema?
Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is a chronic inflammatory skin disease that affects millions of adults and children and has been associated with depression and anxiety.
Maria's far-reaching effects on Puerto Rico's watersheds and forests
Scientists at the National Science Foundation (NSF) co-located Luquillo Critical Zone Observatory (CZO) and Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites in Puerto Rico spent the past year evaluating the impacts of Hurricane Maria, a powerful category 5 storm that struck Puerto Rico head-on in September 2017.
Studying how unconventional metals behave, with an eye on high-temperature superconductors
By trapping atoms in a lattice of light, researchers explore how unconventional metals conduct electricity, with an eye toward understanding high-temperature superconductors
More 'heatwave' summers will affect animals
Heatwaves similar to those experienced in Europe in 2018 can have a very negative impact on animals.
News release: Increased motor activity linked to improved mood
Increasing one's level of physical activity may be an effective way to boost one's mood, according to a new study from a team including scientists at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in collaboration with the National Institute of Mental Health Intramural Research Program.
How bullying affects the brain
The effects of constantly being bullied are more than just psychological.
Clearest view ever of cell membrane yields unexpected structure, research possibilities
Working with a Nobel Prize-winning biophysicist, a team of researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University has gained the clearest view yet of a patch of cell membrane and its components, revealing unexpected structures and opening up new possibilities for pharmaceutical research.
Scientists pave the way for saliva test for Alzheimer's disease
University of Alberta scientists have identified three biomarkers for detecting mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease in saliva samples.
Pain: Perception and motor impulses arise in brain independently of one another
Pain is a negative feeling that we want to get rid of.
New mouse model may speed identification of promising muscular dystrophy therapies
A Massachusetts General Hospital research team has created a new mouse model of a common form of muscular dystrophy with the potential of rapidly distinguishing promising therapeutic drugs from those unlikely to be successful.
Earth's cobalt deposits formed much later than previously believed
Cobalt deposits in the Democratic Republic of Congo, one of Earth's largest cobalt-mining regions, are 150 million years younger than previously thought, according to a new study by University of Alberta geologists.
NASA examines reborn Tropical Cyclone Owen's temperatures
An infrared look by NASA's Aqua satellite found intense storms around the center of the recently revived Tropical Cyclone Owen.
New method for studying ALS more effectively
The neurodegenerative disease ALS causes motor neuron death and paralysis.
High-dose antipsychotics place children at increased risk of unexpected death
Children and young adults without psychosis who are prescribed high-dose antipsychotic medications are at increased risk of unexpected death, despite the availability of other medications to treat their conditions, according to a Vanderbilt University Medical Center study published today in JAMA Psychiatry.
Biologists shed new light on an old question
For nearly 100 years biologists have argued about how exactly natural selection can possibly work.
An integrated approach to finding new treatments for breast cancer
An integrated, multipronged approach aiming at identifying therapeutic targets in cancer has uncovered gene DPYSL3 as a potential contributor to a specific subset of triple-negative breast cancer.
Simple and rapid test for Ebola diagnosis could improve outbreak control
David Sebba and colleagues have created a point-of-care diagnostic test that, in fewer than 30 minutes, distinguishes Ebola infections from other endemic diseases that share similar initial symptoms, such as Lassa fever and malaria.
DNA study shows stethoscopes loaded with bacteria, including staphylococcus
Stethoscopes carried by health care practitioners are loaded with diverse bacteria, including some that can cause healthcare-associated infections, according to a study published today in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.
The stiffest porous lightweight materials ever
Researchers at ETH have developed and manufactured a family of architectures that maximises the stiffness of porous lightweight materials.
UC researchers find chronic rhinitis influences hospital readmissions for asthma and COPD patients
Patients hospitalized for either asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have a higher risk of being readmitted for a hospital stay within 30 days of release if they also suffer from chronic rhinitis, according to a trio of researchers at the University of Cincinnati.
Surgery unnecessary for many prostate cancer patients
Otherwise healthy men with advanced prostate cancer may benefit greatly from surgery, but many with this diagnosis have no need for it.
Excess body weight responsible for nearly 4 percent of cancers worldwide
Excess body weight accounted for approximately 3.9 percent of all cancers worldwide in 2012, a figure that is expected to rise in the coming decades given current trends.
Delayed high school start times in seattle increase sleep, grades and attendance
In Seattle, Washington, delaying the start time of two high schools by nearly an hour lengthened students' daily sleep by more than half an hour, and was associated with reduced sleepiness and increased academic performance.
Light-induced modification of a carboxylic acid with an aminocyclopropenone
Researchers at Kanazawa University report in The Journal of Organic Chemistry that carboxylic acids, functional groups contained in biomolecules, drugs, and materials can be readily modified by light-induced organic reactions using an aminocyclopropenone.
What's behind smelly wine
Aging often improves the flavor of wine, but sometimes the beverage emerges from storage with an unpleasant smell.
Researchers developing nonopioid drug for chronic pain
Researchers from the Virginia Tech School of Neuroscience are teaming with the University of California San Diego and the U.S.
Fallen through the net?
Using long-term data from the ''Butterfly Monitoring Germany'' citizens' research project, scientists have now investigated the matter using butterflies as an example.
Your weight history may predict your heart failure risk
In a medical records analysis of information gathered on more than 6,000 people, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers conclude that simply asking older adult patients about their weight history at ages 20 and 40 could provide real value to clinicians in their efforts to predict patients' future risk of heart failure, heart attacks or strokes.
A new strategy for brain regeneration after stroke
Dr. Kazunobu Sawamoto (Professor, Nagoya City University and NIPS) and Dr.
Scientists to present new long-term ecological research findings
New results presented by National Science Foundation (NSF) Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) scientists at the 2018 American Geophysical Union fall meeting reveal hidden realms in ice-covered lakes and deep soils.
No female mice? Scientists may still approve NIH grant
An increasing number of scientists are including female animals in their experimental designs and analyses for preclinical studies, as required by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in January 2016, reports a new study.
Study highlights potential benefits of continuous EEG monitoring for infant patients
A recent retrospective study evaluating continuous electroencephalography (cEEG) of children in intensive care units found a higher than anticipated number of seizures.
Stanford researcher deciphers flows that help bacteria feed and organize biofilms
Figuring out how bacteria bring in nutrients could point to ways of killing them without poison.
Researchers identify pathway that drives sustained pain following injury
Research in mice identifies a set of neurons responsible for sustained pain and resulting pain-coping behaviors Findings point to the existence of separate neural pathways that regulate threat avoidance versus injury mitigation Study can inform new ways to gauge the efficacy of candidate pain therapies by assessing behaviors stemming from different pathways
Mini-detectors for the gigantic?
The gravitational waves created in the depths of space indeed reach Earth.
Obtaining polyester from plant oil
University of Konstanz chemist Professor Stefan Mecking publishes a new catalysis concept for obtaining polyester from castor oil.
Chickens to be marker of Anthropocene
New research shows the age of man -- the Anthropocene -- will be defined by the chicken.
Scientists identify new minerals for carbon capture
Research confirms new minerals are capturing and storing carbon in a new paper by University of Alberta geologists and their collaborators.
Antipsychotic treatment and risk of unexpected death in children, young people
Antipsychotic medications can have adverse effects, including those that are life-threatening.
Unlocking the secrets of how cells communicate offers insights into treating diseases
Portland State University researchers have made a significant breakthrough by developing the 3D structure of proteins from inside the eye lens that control how cells communicate with each other, which could open the door to treating diseases such as cataracts, stroke and cancer
Barely scratching the surface: A new way to make robust membranes
Argonne researchers have demonstrated a new technique's viability for membranes.
Helping the anti-parasitic medicine go down
An international team has developed a novel pharmaceutical formulation to administer triclabendazole -- an anti-parasitic drug used to treat a type of flatworm infection -- in billions of tiny capsules.
UNLV study unlocks clues to how planets form
UNLV researchers Shangjia Zhang and Zhaohuan Zhu led a team of international astronomers in a study that used the powerful ALMA telescope to discover that in other parts of the Milky Way Galaxy (seen here) there is potentially a large population of young planets -- similar in mass to Neptune or Jupiter -- at wide-orbit that are not detectable by other current planet searching techniques.
Deportation: Noncitizens fare better in counties that are 20-40 percent Hispanic
An exhaustive new analysis of deportation practices across the country reveals a 'protective effect' for noncitizens living in communities that are 20 percent to 40 percent Hispanic.
Pitt chemical engineers advance olefins production through computational modeling
New research from the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering has introduced a method to effectively screen different catalysts that convert light alkanes to olefins.
Tube travel linked to the spread of flu-like illnesses
Despite the commuter cold being a widely accepted concept, it has never been proven that public transport contributes to the spread of airborne infections.
Gut hormone increases response to food
The holiday season is a hard one for anyone watching their weight.
NJIT researchers shine new light on disease-spreading mosquitoes
Physicists are now exploring laser-based technology traditionally used for studying conditions in the atmosphere -- such as Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) -- to shine a light on the subtlest of features of mosquito activity and better track populations that may carry a viral threat.
Record levels of mercury released by thawing permafrost in Canadian Arctic
Permafrost thaw slumps in the western Canadian Arctic are releasing record amounts of mercury into waterways, according to new research by University of Alberta ecologists.
UMN researchers give new insight to muscular dystrophy patients
New research by University of Minnesota scientists has revealed the three dimensional structure of the DUX4 protein, which is responsible for the disease, facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD).

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