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Physicists Shed Light on Strange Medical Condition

April 1, 2015 | by Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Physicists have shed light on the intricate dynamics underpinning a mysterious tongue condition that has been puzzling the medical community for decades. Known as geographic tongue, the condition affects around 2 percent of the population and is characterized by evolving red patches on the surface of the tongue that can have a map-like resemblance.

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April 3, 2015 7:00 am | News | Comments

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Next-gen GMOs are Colorful, Healthy

April 1, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press, Mary Jalonick | News | Comments

Cancer-fighting pink pineapples, heart-healthy purple tomatoes and less fatty vegetable oils may someday be on grocery shelves alongside more traditional products. These genetically engineered foods could receive government approval in the coming years, following the OK recently given to apples that don't brown and potatoes that don't bruise.


Gel May Improve Painkiller Delivery

April 1, 2015 3:00 pm | by Univ. of York | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a new drug release gel, which may help avoid some of the side effects of painkillers such as ibuprofen and naproxen. Specific interactions between the gel nanofibers and the drugs means that high loadings can be achieved, and more importantly, the release of the drug could be precisely controlled.


Worm Lizards Traveled the World by Sea

April 1, 2015 3:00 pm | by Univ. of Bristol | News | Comments

Tiny, burrowing reptiles known as worm lizards became widespread long after the breakup of the continents, leading scientists to conclude that they must have dispersed by rafting across oceans soon after the extinction of the dinosaurs, rather than by continental drift as previously thought.


Blood Test Foresees Severity of Food Allergies

April 1, 2015 3:00 pm | by Mount Sinai | News | Comments

To detect food allergies, physicians typically use skin prick tests or blood tests that measure levels of allergen-specific IgE, a protein made by the immune system. However, these tests cannot predict the severity of allergic reactions. A new blood test promises to predict which people will have severe allergic reactions to foods.


Only Some Urban Ants Like Human Food

April 1, 2015 3:00 pm | by North Carolina State Univ. | News | Comments

Research has found that some— but not all— of the ant species on the streets of Manhattan have developed a taste for human food, offering insight into why certain ants are thriving in urban environments. The findings stem from a study that tested isotope levels in New York City ants to determine the makeup of their diet.


Faulty Models Overestimated Ebola Numbers

April 1, 2015 3:00 pm | by Univ. of Michigan | News | Comments

Frequently used approaches to understanding and forecasting emerging epidemics— including the West African Ebola outbreak— can lead to big errors that mask their own presence, according to an ecologist and his colleagues.  


Antioxidants May Treat Concussions

April 1, 2015 3:00 pm | by Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology | News | Comments

Common among athletes and soldiers, it is estimated that 3.4 million concussions occur each year in the U.S. The development of a readily available oral supplement would have the potential to improve brain function in a percentage of concussion sufferers. A study suggests antioxidants may play a key role in reducing the long-term effects of concussions and could potentially offer a unique new approach for treatment.


Google, Microsoft in Price War

April 1, 2015 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Michael Liedtke, Anick Jesdanun | News | Comments

Google is releasing its cheapest Chromebook laptops yet, two versions priced at $149 aimed at undercutting Microsoft's Windows franchise and gaining ground in even more classrooms. Their arrival coincides with Microsoft's rollout of a lower-priced Surface tablet in an effort to reach students and budget-conscious families.


Cancer Drug Restores Memories in Mice with Alzheimer’s

April 1, 2015 7:00 am | by Yale School of Medicine | News | Comments

A drug, AZD05030, proved disappointing in treating solid tumors but appears to block damage triggered during the formation of amyloid-beta plaques, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. A new study, funded by an NIH program to test failed drugs on different diseases, has led to the launch of human trials to test the efficacy of the drug in Alzheimer’s patients.


Wearable Tech May Warn of Asthma Triggers, Attacks

April 1, 2015 7:00 am | by National Science Foundation | Videos | Comments

What if you could wear something that would alert you when pollution, such as smog, is about to take its toll on your heart or lungs? That is what's "in the air" for a multidisciplinary team using nanotechnology to develop small, wearable sensors that monitor a person's immediate environment, as well as the wearer's vital signs.


Nature of Nurture is All About Mom

April 1, 2015 7:00 am | by Univ. of Guelph | News | Comments

When it comes to survival of the fittest, it's all about your mother— at least in the squirrel world. New research shows that adaptive success in squirrels is often hidden in the genes of their mother.


Upgraded Equipment Leads to Lower Methane Emissions

April 1, 2015 7:00 am | by Washington State Univ. | News | Comments

Research has found that methane emissions from local natural gas distribution systems in cities and towns throughout the U.S. have decreased in the past 20 years with significant variation by region. Upgrades in metering and regulating stations, changes in pipeline materials, better instruments for detecting pipeline leaks as well as regulatory changes have led to methane emissions that are from 36 to 70 percent lower than EPA estimates.


Tiny Bird Migrates 1,500 Miles Nonstop

April 1, 2015 7:00 am | by Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst | News | Comments

For more than 50 years, scientists had tantalizing clues suggesting that a tiny, boreal forest songbird departs each fall from New England and eastern Canada to migrate nonstop in a direct line over the Atlantic Ocean toward South America. Now, biologists are reporting "irrefutable evidence" that the birds complete a nonstop flight ranging from about 1,410 to 1,721 miles in just two to three days.


Seahorses’ Tails are Clues to Flexible, Strong Devices

April 1, 2015 7:00 am | by Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology | News | Comments

Researchers are making progress in using computer modeling and 3-D shape analysis to understand how the unique grasping tails of seahorses evolved. These prehensile tails combine the seemingly contradictory characteristics of flexibility and rigidity, and knowing how seahorses accomplish this feat could help engineers create devices that are both flexible and strong.



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