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Scientists defy nature to make insta-bling at room temperature
An international team of scientists has defied nature to make diamonds in minutes in a laboratory at room temperature - a process that normally requires billions of years, huge amounts of pressure and super-hot temperatures. (2020-11-17)

Scientists may have a way to let preemies breath easier
The continuing epidemic of pre-term births includes this stark reality: tiny, fragile babies are born with underdeveloped lungs and prone to lifelong respiratory infections and related chronic illnesses. Researchers report new findings in Immunity that that will help in the development of new and cost effective methods to boost innate lung immunity in preterm babies. (2020-02-18)

The unchanging viscosity of cells
The only thing that appears to be unchanging in living cells is that they are constantly changing. However, scientists from the IPC PAS have managed to show that there is a certain parameter that does not change. It's their viscosity. This research, although basic, may contribute to the development of completely new diagnostic and therapeutic methods. (2020-02-06)

Activation of opioid receptor uncovered
Together with colleagues from Shanghai, Brussels, Canada and the USA, researchers from the University of Bonn have uncovered the binding mechanism of an important pain receptor. The results facilitate the development of new active substances. The opioids used today to treat severe pain can be addictive and sometimes have life-threatening side effects. The results are published in the renowned journal Science Advances. (2019-11-27)

Study highlights detrimental effect of overlooking female athletes' nutritional needs
As poor nutrition can negatively affect everything from bone to reproductive health, more attention needs to be paid to the specific nutritional needs of female athletes, a collaborative study from New Zealand's University of Otago and University of Waikato argues. (2019-03-24)

Half moons and pinch points: Same physics, different energy
For the first time, physicists present a unified theory explaining two characteristic features of frustrated magnets and why they're often seen together. (2018-11-11)

Electrons take one step forward without two steps back
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, have, for the first time, successfully used electric dipoles to completely suppress electron transfer in one direction while accelerating in the other. The discovery could aid development of improved solar cells and other energy-conversion devices and hasten the design of new and superb energy and electronic materials. (2018-06-08)

Dance aids healthier aging
A joint research project involving QUT and Queensland Ballet has shown dancing can improve the physical and mental well-being of aging Australians. (2018-04-04)

Biological ballet: Imaging technique reveals complex protein movements in cell membrane
OIST researchers developed a new imaging technique for observing individual protein molecules for a long time, providing new insights into how cells move. (2018-04-02)

Why do some people 'hear' silent flashes?
Up to one in five people may show signs of a synesthesia-like phenomenon in which they 'hear' silent flashes or movement, according to a new study from City, University of London. (2018-03-20)

Science could help search for the next tennis champions
Grouping young tennis players according to their physical maturity rather than their chronological age could help us develop future tennis champions, says research by the University of Bath. (2016-07-06)

How ballet training could learn from football and rugby, says report
A new study from the universities of Bath and Bristol points to using biobanding for ballet. (2016-04-04)

Study: Meditation and ballet associated with wisdom
A new study confirms the age-old conception that meditation is associated with wisdom. Surprisingly, it also concludes that somatic (physical) practices such as classical ballet might lead to increased wisdom. (2016-03-09)

Three 'twisted' photons in 3 dimensions
Researchers at the Institute of Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, the University of Vienna, and the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona have achieved a new milestone in quantum physics: they were able to entangle three particles of light in a high-dimensional quantum property related to the 'twist' of their wavefront structure. The results from their experiment appear in the journal Nature Photonics. (2016-02-29)

Practice makes perfect, York U brain study confirms
The results showed that initial learning and performance at seven weeks led to increase in activation in cortical regions during visualization of the dance being learned when compared to the first week. However, at 34 weeks, it showed reduced activation in comparison to week seven. (2016-01-29)

Icy ebb and flow influenced by hydrothermal activity
Hydrothermal activity along the mid-ocean ridge system suggests that the release of molten rock, or magma, in response to changes in seal level plays a significant role in the earth's climate. (2016-01-29)

Tiny dancers: Can ballet bugs help us build better robots?
High-speed video breaks down the incredible leaping ability of basement-dwelling spider crickets and points the way toward development of robotic long jumpers. (2015-10-20)

Everyone's a star: 21st century theater audiences' part of the show
Audiences in the 21st century are not content to just sit in the dark and be quiet. A new book by QUT Lecturer in Drama Caroline Heim explores the growing trend of audiences to insert themselves in the show and how theaters and performers are increasingly embracing the concept. A former stage actor, she conducted her research in the theaters of New York, London, Toronto, Glasgow and Sydney. (2015-09-07)

Youth dance classes score low in physical activity
For parents who send their kids to dance classes to get some exercise, a new study from researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine suggests most youth dance classes provide only limited amounts of physical activity. (2015-05-18)

Femto-snapshots of reaction kinetics
Following six years' work, an international team comprising 11 research institutions has been successful in observing precisely how light affects the outer electrons of a metallic compound and activates this compound as a catalyst. They developed their own experiment for this investigation at the Linac Coherent Light Source X-ray laser at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, Calif., which provided time resolutions down to 100 femtoseconds, and the synchrotron radiation source BESSY II of Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin. (2015-04-01)

Dragonflies on the hunt display complex choreography
The dragonfly is a swift and efficient hunter. After spotting prey, it takes about half a second to swoop beneath an unsuspecting insect and snatch it from the air. Scientists at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Research Campus used motion-capture techniques to track that chase, and found that a dragonfly's movement is guided by internal models of its own body and the anticipated movement of its prey. Similar internal models are used to guide behavior in humans. (2014-12-10)

Psychologists awarded £250,000 to delve inside the minds of contemporary dancers
The mental imagery and preparation used by performers to push the boundaries of contemporary dance is to be analysed in a study led by Plymouth University. (2014-10-24)

Sugared soda consumption, cell aging associated in new study
Sugar-sweetened soda consumption might promote disease independently from its role in obesity, according to UC San Francisco researchers who found in a new study that drinking sugary drinks was associated with cell aging. (2014-10-16)

CTRC doctor wins $1.6 million FDA orphan grant to treat deadly brain tumors
Glioblastomas, while lethal, are not common and so considered 'orphan diseases' that don't attract much private research money. The FDA is awarding the CTRC in San Antonio a $1.62 million orphan disease grant to study TH-302 in these deadly brain tumors. (2014-10-03)

The transmission of information via proteins could revolutionize drug discovery
Published in Nature Communications, the article furthers a key theoretical field for drug discovery, as it would allow the discovery of many more drug binding sites in proteins of biomedical interest. (2014-06-12)

A molecular ballet under the X-ray laser
An international team of researchers has used the world's most powerful X-ray laser to take snapshots of free molecules. The research team headed by Professor Jochen Küpper of the Hamburg Center for Free-Electron Laser Science choreographed a kind of molecular ballet in the X-ray beam. With this work, the researchers have cleared important hurdles on the way to X-ray images of individual molecules, as they explain in the scientific journal Physical Review Letters. (2014-02-28)

American University to study Pennsylvania performing arts organizations
Changing lifestyles, economic pressures and the digital age have made it more challenging for performing arts organizations to stay ahead. To help address the situation, the William Penn Foundation awarded American University's Arts Management Program a three-year, $350,000 research grant to study the challenges facing performing arts institutions in Pennsylvania. AU, the William Penn Foundation, and AEA Consulting will partner to examine the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Opera Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Ballet. (2013-10-24)

Ballet dancers' brains adapt to stop them getting in a spin
Scientists have discovered differences in the brain structure of ballet dancers that may help them avoid feeling dizzy when they perform pirouettes. (2013-09-26)

Going through the motions improves dance performance
Dance marking -- loosely practicing a ballet routine by (2013-07-23)

Frontiers news briefs
This week's news briefs include: differential roles of orexin receptors in the regulation of sleep/wakefulness; reclaimed water as a reservoir of antibiotic resistance genes; and cholesterol accelerating the binding of Alzheimer's beta-amyloid peptide. (2013-05-16)

Astronomers discover surprising clutch of hydrogen clouds lurking among our galactic neighbors
In a dark, starless patch of intergalactic space, astronomers have discovered a never-before-seen cluster of hydrogen clouds strewn between two nearby galaxies, Andromeda (M31) and Triangulum (M33). The researchers speculate that these rarefied blobs of gas -- each about as massive as a dwarf galaxy -- condensed out of a vast and as-yet undetected reservoir of hot, ionized gas, which could have accompanied an otherwise invisible band of dark matter. (2013-05-08)

ORNL microscopy uncovers 'dancing' silicon atoms in graphene
Jumping silicon atoms are the stars of an atomic scale ballet featured in a new Nature Communications study from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. (2013-04-03)

Crag keeps the light 'fantastic' for photoreceptors
The ability of the eye of a fruit fly to respond to light depends on a delicate ballet that keeps the supply of light sensors called rhodopsin constant as photoreceptors turn on and off in response to light exposures, said researchers from Baylor College of Medicine and the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children's Hospital in an article that appears online in the journal PLOS Biology. (2012-12-04)

Researchers confirm the 'Pinocchio Effect': When you lie, your nose temperature raises
This study demonstrates that body temperature in the orbital muscle -placed in the inner corner of the eye- increases when we lie, and face temperature raises when we have an anxiety attack. (2012-12-03)

A cell's first steps: Building a model to explain how cells grow
A collaboration between Lehigh University physicists and University of Miami biologists addresses an important fundamental question in basic cell biology: how do living cells figure out when and where to grow? (2012-05-18)

Swarming and transporting
On its own, an ant is not particularly clever. But in a community, the insects can solve complicated tasks. Researchers intend to put this 'swarm intelligence' to use in the logistics field. Lots of autonomous transport shuttles would provide an alternative to traditional materials-handling technology. (2012-03-23)

Brains of frequent dance spectators exhibit motor mirroring while watching familiar dance
Experienced ballet spectators with no physical expertise in ballet showed enhanced muscle-specific motor responses when watching live ballet, according to a March 21 report in the open access journal PLoS ONE. (2012-03-21)

It takes two: Brains come wired for cooperation, neuroscientist asserts
The brain was built for cooperative activity, whether it be dancing on a TV reality show, building a skyscraper or working in an office. (2011-11-03)

Common drugs initiate a molecular pas de quatre at the surface of the cell membrane
In a Nature article, an international consortium reveals the complete 3-D structure of an activated GPCR (beta-2AR) in a complex with its G protein. The Jan Steyaert Lab (VIB-VUB) produced the Xaperone that holds these proteins together. (2011-07-26)

Surgery without external scars is gaining traction
Innovative minimally invasive procedure called Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES) is allowing surgeons to perform organ removal surgery without any visible incisions. Northwestern Medicine physicians were among the first in the US to perform several types of the procedure and are leading the charge in organ removal through the mouth or vagina. (2011-03-10)

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