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New Cryonics Technique ‘Almost Perfectly Preserves’ Rabbit Brains

February 10, 2016 | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A team at a biotech firm proposed and demonstrated a novel new way of preserving gray matter: by perfusing rabbit and pig brains with preservatives through blood flow before death, preventing damage during freezing and keeping brain intact, down to individual neurons.

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Southwest U.S. Sliding into Drier Climate

February 11, 2016 9:32 am | by National Center for Atmospheric Research | News | Comments

The weather patterns that typically bring moisture to the southwestern United States are becoming more rare, an indication that the region is sliding into the drier climate state predicted by global models.

Lack of Exercise Linked to Smaller Brains Later in Life

February 11, 2016 9:18 am | by American Academy of Neurology | News | Comments

Poor physical fitness in middle age may be linked to a smaller brain size 20 years later. A study found a direct correlation between poor fitness and brain volume decades later.

Update: CDC Has Altered, Removed Controversial Infographic on Women and Drinking

February 11, 2016 9:14 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

On Monday, I wrote a blog expressing my viewpoint about an infographic the CDC released on women and drinking, which I believe was done in a sexist manner. On Wednesday, the agency edited the infographic to include men, both in verbiage and illustration. As of today, the more insulting portion of the infographic has been completely removed from the CDC's website. 

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Food We Eat Could Affect Our Genes

February 11, 2016 9:08 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

Almost all of our genes may be influenced by the food we eat, according to new research. The study was carried out in yeast, which can be used to model some of the body's fundamental processes.

Researchers Develop New Glass Technology

February 11, 2016 9:02 am | by University of British Columbia | News | Comments

Imagine if the picture window in your living room could double as a giant thermostat or big screen TV. A new discovery has brought us one step closer to this becoming a reality.

Underlying Cause of Myeloma Identified

February 11, 2016 8:52 am | by Yale University | News | Comments

Researchers have identified what causes a third of all myelomas. The findings could fundamentally change the way this cancer and others are treated.

Study Challenges Theory of Yellowstone Formation

February 10, 2016 3:02 pm | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

A new study using an advanced computer model casts doubt on previously held theories about the Yellowstone supervolcano's origins, adding to the mystery of Yellowstone's formation.

Australian Plain was Lush Forest that Dried out During Earth Ice Ages

February 10, 2016 2:57 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Nullarbor Plain in Australia portrays an arid and treeless landscape. But a pair of scientists believe the region is a "treasure trove" for understanding the planet's climate past.

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Yeast Converts Sugar to Make Renewable Nylon

February 10, 2016 2:49 pm | by Iowa State University | News | Comments

A new hybrid way to convert sugar into nylon works at room temperature and uses inexpensive materials. The technique combines a genetically engineered strain of yeast with a lead catalyst.

Physics Plays Key Role in How White Blood Cells Fight Infection

February 10, 2016 2:35 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Simple physics may play a larger role than previously thought in helping control key bodily processes such as how the body fights infection.

Blocking Stress Protein Relieves Chronic Pain in Mice

February 10, 2016 2:28 pm | by University College London | News | Comments

A group of drugs being developed to treat mood disorders could also relieve chronic pain. A study reveals how a protein that shapes the body's response to stress also drives chronic pain, and so offers new targets for future pain treatments.

Skeletons in 2,000-year-old Cemetary Offer Clues about Ancient Immigrants

February 10, 2016 2:19 pm | by Plos | News | Comments

Isotope analysis of 2000-year-old skeletons buried in Imperial Rome reveal some were migrants from the Alps or North Africa, according to a study.

Electric-car Battery Materials Harm Soil

February 10, 2016 2:06 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

The growing popularity of battery-powered cars could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but they are not entirely Earth friendly. Problems can creep in when these batteries are disposed of.

Michelangelo Suffered from Osteoarthritis

February 10, 2016 10:05 am | by Sage | News | Comments

Prolonged hammering and chiseling accelerated degenerative arthritis in the hands of Michelangelo Buonarroti, sculptor, painter and one of the greatest artists of all time.

Hydrogels Put Stem Cells to Sleep

February 10, 2016 9:49 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Maintaining the versatility of stem cells until the time is right is a major challenge. But mimicking a natural process called diapause can halt stem cells, effectively putting them to sleep for up to two weeks.

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