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The proton conduction mechanism in protic ionic liquids
Researchers from Niigata University, Japan along with their collaborators from Tokyo University of Science, Japan, Yamagata University, Japan and University of Regensburg, Germany have reported a marked shift in the hydrogen ion hopping mechanism as a function of acid/alkali index in protic ionic liquids. The study holds immense potential to revolutionize the development of protonic conductors for fuel cells. These promising results are now published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry B. (2021-02-04)

Study recommends rugby league invests in young players' diets
New QUT study recommends NRL rugby league clubs 'invest' in young players' diets to aid performance and recovery with the research outlining specific nutritional needs for the high-impact sport. (2021-01-22)

Do tumors stiff-arm the immune system?
Cancer cells use an ancient mechanism of self-nonself discrimination to remain hidden from the immune system. A nanoscale molecular machine, akin to an arm that flexes and extends, allows cancer cell to fend off immune. defenders. The stiff-arm is delivered by components of the complement system. It prevents the initiation of immune responses, without which the current generations of immunotherapeutics, like checkpoint inhibitors, are not effective. The hypotheses presented in the paper are pre-clinical. (2020-12-15)

Sea-level rise will have complex consequences
Rising sea levels will affect coasts and human societies in complex and unpredictable ways, according to a new study that examined 12,000 years in which a large island became a cluster of smaller ones. (2020-11-04)

Mass screening method could slash COVID-19 testing costs, trial finds
Using a new mathematical approach to screen large groups for COVID-19 could be around 20 times cheaper than individual testing, a study suggests. (2020-10-21)

Increased risk of injury in contact sports after prolonged training restrictions
Athletes who play contact sports are being particularly hard-hit by the prolonged restrictions imposed on games and training, according to a new study. (2020-07-06)

Simple oral health steps help improve elite athletes' performance
Elite athletes who adopted simple oral health measures, such as using high fluoride toothpaste and cleaning between their teeth, reported significantly reduced negative effects on performance related to poor oral health, finds a study led by UCL. (2020-06-18)

How to break new records in the 200 metres?
Usain Bolt's 200m record has not been beaten for ten years and Florence Griffith Joyner's for more than thirty years. And what about if the secret behind beating records was to use mathematics? Thanks to a mathematical model, french researchers have proved that the geometry of athletic tracks could be optimised to improve records. They recommend to build shorter straights and larger radii in the future. (2020-03-25)

Scientists proposed a way of producing water-soluble fullerene compounds for medicine
Scientists developed a single-step method to obtain water-soluble fullerene compounds with remarkable biological properties, such as the ability to effectively suppress the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). (2020-03-17)

Study points to 'unintended consequences' of heavy data surveillance in rugby
New research suggests that intense monitoring and surveillance in rugby can lead players to think more about their own results than those of the team. (2020-01-27)

Blueprint for nanomaterial development offers hope to newborns, elderly and busy doctors
Scientist hopes 'blueprint' leads to a new golden age of healthcare. (2019-12-11)

Esports gamers face same level of psychological pressure as pro-athletes, study finds
Videogamers competing in major esports tournaments are under as much pressure and stress as professional athletes. In the first study of its kind, scientists examined the psychological challengers encountered by elite esports competitors and found players exhibited 51 different stress factors. (2019-11-12)

Blood-brain barrier damage occurs even with mild head trauma -- Ben-Gurion U study
'While the diagnosis of moderate and severe TBI is visible through magnetic resonance imaging [MRI] and computer-aided tomography scanning [CT], it is far more challenging to diagnose and treat mild traumatic brain injury, especially a concussion which doesn't show up on a normal CT,' explains Professor Alon Friedman, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Friedman is a groundbreaking neuroscientist and surgeon, who established the Inter-Faculty Brain Sciences School at BGU. (2019-09-25)

Repetitive impacts key to understanding sports-associated concussions
Scientists have made a significant advance in our understanding of mild head trauma (concussive brain injury) and how it may be managed and treated in the future. It seems that repetitive impacts -- as opposed to single events -- cause the all-important damage to blood vessels in the brain. These repetitive impacts can be visualized via an MRI signal. (2019-09-09)

Protein tangles linked with dementia seen in patients after single head injury
Scientists have visualized for the first time protein 'tangles' associated with dementia in the brains of patients who have suffered a single head injury. (2019-09-04)

Elite athletes have poor oral health despite brushing twice daily
Elite athletes have high rates of oral disease despite brushing their teeth more frequently than most people, finds a new UCL study published in the British Dental Journal. (2019-08-23)

More children suffer head injuries playing recreational sport than team sport
An Australian/ New Zealand study examining childhood head injuries has found that children who do recreational sports like horse riding, skate boarding and bike riding are more likely to suffer serious head injuries than children who play contact sport like AFL or rugby. (2019-08-20)

Study: Rugby-style tackling may have lower force of impact than football-style tackling
The style of tackling used in rugby may be associated with a lower force of impact than the style used in football, according to a preliminary study of college athletes released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology Sports Concussion Conference in Indianapolis July 26-28, 2019. (2019-07-16)

Hubble spots a stunning spiral galaxy
NGC 2903 is located about 30 million light-years away in the constellation of Leo (the Lion), and was studied as part of a Hubble survey of the central regions of roughly 145 nearby disk galaxies. (2019-05-03)

Alcohol ads in sport fuel drinking culture
Repeated exposure to alcohol advertising in sport -- either at venues or during media coverage of matches -- can have long-term effects on drinking attitudes, according to a new international study. (2019-04-29)

Study of young athletes suggests snoring and sleep apnea are linked to sudden cardiac death
A study of university rugby players has shown that they are more likely to suffer sleep disordered breathing than an average middle-aged man. The study also showed that the athletes who experience this problem are also more likely to have low levels of oxygen in their blood and higher pulse rates during the night, suggesting that athletes with sleep disordered breathing may be at risk of heart abnormalities. (2019-03-10)

Researchers suggest balanced reporting of sports head injuries
A group of more than 60 leading international neuroscientists, including Mark Herceg, Ph.D., a neuropsychologist at Northwell Health's Phelps Hospital in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., and a member of The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, published a correspondence today in The Lancet Neurology, asking for balance when reporting on sports-related injury chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). (2019-02-12)

Why does nuclear fission produce pear-shaped nuclei?
Researchers at University of Tsukuba and Australian National University resolved a longstanding puzzle of nuclear fission why nuclear fission of heavy (actinide) nuclei results predominantly in asymmetric mass-splits. These findings may explain surprising bservations of asymmetric fission of lighter than lead nuclei. (2018-12-20)

MRI technique shows unique signatures of concussion in rugby players
The research team studied the brains of young female athletes and used a technique that combined multiple brain imaging measures to be able to look at structural and functional information at the same time. The result was a much more sensitive and complete picture of concussion injury. (2018-12-19)

Children account for almost half of sport injury-related A&E attendances
Study finds almost half of sport injury-related emergency department attendances and almost a quarter of sport injury-related hospital admissions were in children and adolescents aged 0-19 years. (2018-11-01)

Scientists uncover why knee joint injury leads to osteoarthritis
The mechanisms leading to osteoarthritis are not known. Currently, it is not possible for a physician examining a patient to predict future joint condition and possible development of osteoarthritis. In the future, however, this may be possible, as a new study from the University of Eastern Finland and Massachusetts Institute of Technology now shows that articular cartilage degenerates specifically around injury areas when the fluid flow velocity becomes excessive. (2018-10-25)

Tallinn University researchers helped develop three serious games
When we talk about learning, the most fun way to do it seems to be through games. However, learning by playing tends to get confused with plain entertainment. The border between playing for entertainment and playing as a learning process can be drawn at serious games. Junior researcher Triinu Jesmin and project expert Kadri-Liis Kusmin talk about three serious games developed at Tallinn University as part of the project LEAP: Lean and Agile Practices linking Engineering Higher Education to Industry. (2018-06-29)

Team sports have ancient roots
Competitive team games in which men test their mettle against others are universal across the world, and may have deep roots in our evolutionary past. Among hunter-gatherers, these games enable men to hone their physical skills and stamina, assess the commitment of their team members, and see how each performs under pressure. (2018-06-28)

Bioengineers identify safer way to make rugby tackles
Video analysis, 3-D motion analysis lab trials and model-based image-matching techniques show that tackling the lower trunk of the ball carrier's body -- not the upper trunk or upper legs -- is safer for head injury prevention. (2018-06-06)

Acute and chronic changes in myelin following mild traumatic brain injury
Preliminary research using mcDESPOT magnetic resonance imaging shows changes in the myelin content of white matter in the brain following mild traumatic brain injury. Myelin changes are apparent at the time of injury and three months afterward. (2018-05-01)

Kids born later in the year can still excel in sport
A child's birth month shouldn't affect their long-term prospects in high-level sport and those who hold off on specialising until later years may be the most successful, according to new research from the University of Sydney. (2018-01-31)

Motivational music increases risk-taking but does not improve sports performance
Listening to motivational music increases risk-taking behavior during sport activities and exercise -- particularly in men and when participants made their own playlist -- but does not improve performance, new research shows. (2018-01-29)

Study with female rugby players shows a regular season of play results in changes in the brain
Researchers at Western University have shown that a regular season of play can cause changes in the brain that are similar to changes caused by concussion, though less severe. Using sophisticated Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy the researchers looked at metabolite levels in the brains of female varsity rugby players at the beginning of their season, after suffering a concussion, and again at the end of the season. (2018-01-17)

Mixing cultures and nationalities in rugby teams changes the way they play
The cultural identity of rugby players in a team changes the way the team plays, according to a new study published in Heliyon. The research shows that the Māori All Blacks, a team of players who share the same cultural heritage, are more playful and spontaneous and take more risks than the Japanese National Team, which has a mix of nationalities. (2017-11-28)

Research finds injury from contact sport has harmful, though temporary effect on memory
McMaster University neuroscientists studying sports-related head injuries have found that it takes less than a full concussion to cause memory loss, possibly because even mild trauma can interrupt the production of new neurons in a region of the brain responsible for memory. (2017-11-14)

Tackle and scrum should be banned in school rugby, argue experts
Tackle and scrum should be banned in school rugby, argue experts in The BMJ today. (2017-09-25)

New study recommends alternative pain relief for knee replacement patients
A new study led by researchers at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust and the University of Warwick has recommended an alternative method of pain relief for patients undergoing knee replacement surgery. (2017-07-26)

Experts call for a ban on children rugby tackling
In light of the British Lion's rugby success, Newcastle University experts warn steps need to be taken to ensure children's safety when they play the sport. (2017-07-12)

Study calls into question theories on pulsar phenomena
Researchers at the University of Southampton have cast doubt over established explanations for certain behaviors in pulsars -- highly magnetized rotating neutron stars, formed from the remains of supernovae. (2017-07-03)

Hand that sees offers new hope to amputees
Bioengineers at Newcastle University, UK, have developed a 'hand that sees' which is able to reach for and grasp objects automatically, responding ten times quicker than current prosthetics. (2017-05-03)

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