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Midlife Crisis is Real, but Doesn’t Linger, Study Shows

November 23, 2015 2:10 pm | by University of Warwick | News | Comments

There really is such a thing as a midlife crisis. But don’t worry, it doesn’t last. Research shows that satisfaction with life follows a U-shape—gradually falling from early adulthood and reaching a low point around the ages of 40 to 42. But it then reverses direction and keeps rising to the age of 70.


Stone Age Europeans Adapted Quickly for Agriculture, Immunity

November 23, 2015 1:57 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Beginning 8,500 years ago, Europe became a dynamic cauldron of change. Humans quickly altered their environment through farming and organizing denser communities – and they themselves quickly adapted to the changing society.


Ancient Viral Molecules Essential for Human Development

November 23, 2015 1:41 pm | by Stanford University Medical Center | News | Comments

Genetic material from ancient viral infections is critical to human development, according to researchers. They've identified several noncoding RNA molecules of viral origins that are necessary for a fertilized human egg to acquire the ability in early development to become all the cells and tissues of the body.


Early Anthropoid Primate Species Found in Libya

November 23, 2015 1:35 pm | by University of Kansas | News | Comments

During upheaval in Libya in 2013, a window of opportunity opened for scientists to perform research at the Zallah Oasis, a promising site for unearthing fossils from the Oligocene period, roughly 30 million years ago. From that work, the team published a description of a previously unknown anthropoid primate — a forerunner of today’s monkeys, apes and humans.


Vitamin D Not Linked to Reduced Colds in Asthma Patients

November 23, 2015 1:24 pm | by American Thoracic Society | News | Comments

Vitamin D supplements do not reduce the number or severity of colds in asthma patients, according to a new study. Researchers conducted a randomized, controlled trial of adults with mild-to-moderate asthma, which produced surprising results.


Ebola Response was ‘$5 Billion Scramble’ Leaving Thousands Dead

November 23, 2015 9:43 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

As the last vestiges of the Ebola outbreak are being eradicated in West Africa, health officials are evaluating how agencies across the world responded to the outbreak which began two years ago, and killed more than 11,000 people.


'Whiffs' from Algae Responsible for Earth's Oxygen

November 23, 2015 9:37 am | by University of Waterloo | News | Comments

Earth's oxygen-rich atmosphere emerged in whiffs from a kind of blue-green algae in shallow oceans around 2.5 billion years ago, according to new research. These whiffs of oxygen likely happened in the following 100 million years, changing the levels of oxygen in Earth's atmosphere until enough accumulated to create a permanently oxygenated atmosphere around 2.4 billion years ago.


Seaweed may Reduce Cardiovascular Disease Risk

November 23, 2015 9:30 am | by University of Southern Denmark | News | Comments

Adding seaweed to processed foods will reduce cardiovascular diseases, concludes a new scientific article. Cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of premature death globally. Ironically, many of the pathologies leading to premature death from cardiovascular diseases are not only widespread, but they are preventable.


New Early-warning System Protects Earth from Explosive Space Weather

November 23, 2015 9:15 am | by The Conversation, David Jess | News | Comments

The energetic particles released by solar flares tunnel a path through our inner solar system with speeds regularly exceeding 6 million kph. If the Earth is unfortunate enough to sweep through the path of these particles, they can cause catastrophic problems by acting like bullets of radiation, damaging electrical and electronic equipment.


Electric Fields Remove Nanoparticles from Blood

November 23, 2015 9:04 am | by University of California, San Diego | News | Comments

Engineers developed a new technology that uses an oscillating electric field to easily and quickly isolate drug-delivery nanoparticles from blood. The technology could serve as a general tool to separate and recover nanoparticles from other complex fluids for medical, environmental and industrial applications.


New Method Enables Biomedical Imaging at Fraction of Cost

November 23, 2015 8:59 am | by MIT | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a biomedical imaging system that could ultimately replace a $100,000 piece of a lab equipment with components that cost just hundreds of dollars. The system uses a technique called fluorescence lifetime imaging, which has applications in DNA sequencing and cancer diagnosis, among other things.


Laughs from Lab: November 23, 2015

November 23, 2015 8:47 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

The editors of Laboratory Equipment want you to start your week off with a smile. So, here's a science joke you might light. This week's joke was sent in by a reader. Q: what did Algebra's friends say to him in their latest e-mail exchange?


Automated Micro-CT Accommodates Range of Samples

November 20, 2015 4:33 pm | by Bruker BioSpin Corp. | Bruker BioSpin Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Bruker’s SKYSCAN 1275 highly automated, self-optimizing desktop X-ray microtomograph is ideal for materials and life scientists in both research and industrial applications.

Ultra-Low Flow Technology for Drug Delivery

November 20, 2015 4:25 pm | by MOTT CORP. | Product Releases | Comments

Mott’s technology controls the flow rate of a liquid or drug in devices over extended periods of time.

Spectroscopy System Used for Brain Imaging Research

November 20, 2015 4:09 pm | by Shimadzu Scientific Instruments | Shimadzu Scientific Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments offers its LABNIRS functional near-infrared spectroscopy system, which features multi-channel, high-sensitivity optical measurements of blood oxygen level dependent signals that originate in the cerebral cortex.


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