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Coronavirus volunteers: Greater satisfaction thanks to online platforms
Shortly after the lockdown began, a huge number of volunteers signed up to help people in coronavirus risk groups - primarily via online platforms. (2020-10-26)
Tissue grafts of both bone and cartilage could regenerate damage to a crucial jaw joint
Scientists have engineered tissue grafts that, in pigs, regenerated both bone and cartilage in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), a part of the jaw that can cause debilitating pain and disability when damaged. (2020-10-14)
Factors associated with high performance improvement in VA primary care settings
VA researchers whose aim was to identify organizational and contextual factors associated with greater use of patient engagement processes found that high performing clinics were more likely to have fully-staffed primary care teams, clearly defined roles for team members, leadership responsible for implementing team-based care, and team meetings to discuss performance improvement, compared to clinics that performed poorly with regard to use of patient engagement processes. (2020-09-15)
Intestinal bacteriophage alters effects of cancer therapies in mice
Enterococcus, a genus that includes common commensal bacteria found in the gut, harbors a bacteriophage that influences the effects of various cancer immunotherapies in ways that may be clinically relevant, researchers working in mice report. (2020-08-20)
Broad antivirals kill SARS-CoV-2, the MERS virus, and other coronaviruses in cells and mice
A team of scientists has engineered antiviral compounds that can kill several types of coronaviruses, including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. (2020-08-03)
UBCO kindness researcher challenges the notion of mean teens
A UBC Okanagan researcher is hoping to flip the switch on the pre-convinced stereotype that teens are mean. (2020-07-08)
A deep-learned E-skin decodes complex human motion
A deep-learning powered single-strained electronic skin sensor can capture human motion from a distance. (2020-06-18)
Efficient generation of relativistic near-single-cycle mid-infrared pulses in plasmas
Intense few-cycle optical pulses in the mid-infrared region are of great importance yet difficult to obtain with normal optical materials and techniques. (2020-05-25)
Supercapacitor promises storage, high power and fast charging
A new supercapacitor based on manganese oxide could combine the storage capacity of batteries with the high power and fast charging of other supercapacitors, according to researchers at Penn State and two universities in China. (2020-05-05)
Ef­fects of rapid-act­ing an­ti­de­press­ants con­sol­id­ated in sleep?
Ketamine alleviates depressive symptoms within hours, with the most significant change typically seen a day after its administration. (2020-04-22)
An antibody treatment combats life-threatening sepsis in rodents
Sepsis -- the body's extreme and organ-damaging response to severe infections -- is a major contributor to death in patients battling infectious disease. (2020-04-15)
Chatty kids do better at school
A study from the University of York found that children from families of higher socioeconomic status had better language abilities at nursery school age and that these verbal skills boosted their later academic performance throughout school. (2020-03-23)
Resurrecting ancient protein partners reveals origin of protein regulation
After reconstructing the ancient forms of two cellular proteins, scientists discovered the earliest known instance of a complex form of protein regulation. (2020-03-06)
Genetic signature boosts protein production during cell division
A research team has uncovered a genetic signature that enables cells to adapt their protein production according to their state. (2020-02-28)
Additive boosts through a twist in the tail
Unconventional perovskites with an inverted structure see a leap in efficiency and longevity with an amine-based additive. (2020-02-27)
Something from nothing: Using waste heat to power electronics
Researchers from the University of Tsukuba developed an improved thermocell design to convert heat into electricity. (2020-02-12)
Synthetic nerve conduit bridges the gap in arm nerve repair
A team of scientists has created a biodegradable, synthetic conduit that repairs large gaps in injured nerves, which supported recovery and accelerated neuronal healing in a macaque model. (2020-01-22)
Research finds positive community action can help coral reef health
A team of social scientists and ecologists have worked with two communities in Papua New Guinea to document and investigate their enduring success in managing their reefs sustainably. (2019-12-19)
Tweaks behind the rebirth of nearly discarded organic solar technologies
A minuscule chemical tweak is advancing an organic solar technology that was once thought unviable. (2019-12-19)
Toward more efficient computing, with magnetic waves
MIT researchers have devised a novel circuit design that enables precise control of computing with magnetic waves -- with no electricity needed. (2019-11-28)
Protective microparticles shield and deliver micronutrients to people
A team of scientists has created a new microparticle-based platform that can preserve, protect and deliver micronutrients such as iron to rodents and human volunteers. (2019-11-13)
Focus on employability boosts universities' success in the Teaching Excellence Framework
Universities' Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) grades -- designed to help students choose where to study -- are being boosted for the institutions that highlight employability post-university and student outcomes in their TEF submission reports, according to a new study published in Educational Review. (2019-10-08)
Scaling up a nanoimmunotherapy for atherosclerosis through preclinical testing
By integrating translational imaging techniques with improvements to production methods, Tina Binderup and colleagues have scaled up a promising nanoimmunotherapy for atherosclerosis in mice, rabbits and pigs -- surmounting a major obstacle in nanomedicine. (2019-08-21)
Researchers develop tools to help manage seagrass survival
A new QUT-led study has developed a statistical toolbox to help avoid seagrass loss which provides shelter, food and oxygen to fish and at-risk species like dugongs and green turtles. (2019-08-18)
Two-pronged gene therapy for glioblastoma proves safe in phase 1 trial
A phase 1 clinical trial has demonstrated that a two-step gene therapy treatment was safe and effective in 31 patients with recurrent glioblastoma -- a stubborn form of brain cancer -- potentially overcoming a major hurdle that has hindered the use of systemically administered interleukin 12 (IL-12)-based regimens. (2019-08-14)
The drug combination effective against bovine leukemia
Scientists have succeeded in reducing levels of the bovine leukemia virus (BLV) in cows with severe infections by combining an immune checkpoint inhibitor and an enzyme inhibitor. (2019-08-01)
Boosting the anti-inflammatory action of the immune system
Researchers have identified a molecular switch that causes macrophages to clean up cellular debris caused by infections instead of contributing to inflammation and tissue injury. (2019-07-30)
Good home learning in early years boosts your secondary school achievements
The positive effects of a rich home learning environment during a child's early years continue into adolescence and help improve test scores later in life, according to a new study published in School Effectiveness and School Improvement. (2019-07-07)
Immunological discovery opens new possibilities for using antibodies
Researchers from the University of Turku have discovered a new route that transports subcutaneously administered antibodies into lymph nodes in just a few seconds. (2019-06-26)
Could boosting the gut microbiome be the secret to healthier older age?
Fecal transplants from young to aged mice can stimulate the gut microbiome and revive the gut immune system, a study by immunologists at the Babraham Institute, Cambridge, UK, has shown. (2019-06-04)
New study shows scientists who selfie garner more public trust
Many scientists today have embraced social media as tools to communicate their research and to engage broader audiences in scientific discovery and its outcomes. (2019-05-10)
The new 'runner's high'? MJ users often mix weed, workouts
A study of cannabis users in states where it's legal found 82 % use the drug before and/or after exercise, with many reporting it increases enjoyment, enhances recovery, and heightens motivation. (2019-04-30)
Holy Pleistocene Batman, the answer's in the cave
Examining a 3-meter stack of bat feces has shed light on the landscape of the ancient continent of Sundaland. (2019-04-25)
Better performance for mixed tin-lead perovskite solar cells
Using a new solution chemistry, researchers have made mixed tin-lead perovskite solar cells more efficient. (2019-04-18)
People choose healthy and sustainable lunches if given the green light
People are likely to choose healthier and more sustainable canteen meals if they are labelled with a traffic light system, according to research from Queen Mary University of London. (2019-03-19)
How listening to music 'significantly impairs' creativity
The popular view that music enhances creativity has been challenged by researchers who say it has the opposite effect. (2019-02-27)
A muscle protein promotes nerve healing
Damaged fibres in the brain or spinal cord usually don't heal at all. (2019-01-23)
Two compounds in coffee may team up to fight Parkinson's
Rutgers scientists have found a compound in coffee that may team up with caffeine to fight Parkinson's disease and Lewy body dementia -- two progressive and currently incurable diseases associated with brain degeneration. (2018-12-10)
Pumping up fitness app features may add muscle to workout commitment
Fitness apps are easy to download and can help motivate people to start workout routines, but that may not be enough to sustain those routines in the long run. (2018-12-06)
On the trail of the Higgs Boson
In a quest to understand the production mechanisms for the Higgs Boson, Silvia Biondi from the National Institute of Nuclear Physics, Bologna, Italy investigated the traces of a rare process, called ttH, in which the Higgs Boson is produced in association with a pair of elementary particles referred to as top quarks. (2018-12-05)
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