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Researchers Work Toward Sci-fi ‘Bubble’ Theory

July 18, 2014 7:00 am | by Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics | Videos | Comments

Physicists are working to bring the theory that parallel universes exist— called the multiverse hypothesis— firmly into the realm of testable science.

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Comet-chasing Probe Takes Surprising Pictures

July 18, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Frank Jordans | News | Comments

A space probe aiming to become the first to land on a comet has taken images that appear to show its target could actually be two separate lumps of rock and ice, scientists say.

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Bee Genes Respond to Diet

July 18, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Illinois | News | Comments

Researchers have taken a broad look at changes in gene activity in response to diet in the Western honey bee. They found significant differences occur depending on what the bees eat.

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Arthritis Drug Slows Alzheimer’s

July 18, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Southampton | News | Comments

A drug that is commonly used for arthritis has been shown to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s. A small randomized control study tested the drug Etanercept on patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s. Results showed that patients who were given Etanercept did not get any worse during the six month follow up compared to those on the placebo, who did decline.

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Biochemist's Find is New Hope for Hep B Cure

July 18, 2014 7:00 am | by Indiana Univ. | News | Comments

A biochemist’s discovery of a class of anti-viral small molecules that target the function of a virus DNA hidden in the infected livers of hepatitis B patients may lead to a cure for this viral infection that kills more than 600,000 people annually.

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Vesta May Reshape Theories of Planet Formation

July 18, 2014 7:00 am | by EPFL | Videos | Comments

Researchers have a better understanding of the asteroid Vesta and its internal structure, thanks to numerical simulations and data from the space mission Dawn. Their findings question contemporary models of rocky planet formation, including that of Earth.

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One Injection Stops Diabetes in Mice

July 18, 2014 7:00 am | by Salk Institute for Biological Studies | News | Comments

In mice with diet-induced diabetes— the equivalent of type 2 diabetes in humans— a single injection of the protein FGF1 is enough to restore blood sugar levels to a healthy range for more than two days. The discovery could lead to a new generation of safer, more effective diabetes drugs.

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Math Could Speed Internet

July 17, 2014 12:22 pm | by Aalborg Univ. | News | Comments

Mathematical equations can make Internet communication via computer, mobile phone or satellite many times faster and more secure than today. Results from new software are attracting attention in the international technology media.

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Danish DNA Key to Happiness

July 17, 2014 12:10 pm | by Univ. of Warwick | News | Comments

Genetics could be the key to explaining nations’ levels of happiness. Economists have looked at why certain countries top the world happiness rankings. They found that, the closer a nation is to the genetic makeup of Denmark, the happier that country is.

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UPDATE: Forgotten Vials Hold More Than Just Smallpox

July 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press, Matthew Perrone | News | Comments

The same federal scientist who recently found forgotten samples of smallpox at a federal lab also uncovered more than 300 additional vials, many bearing the names of highly contagious viruses and bacteria such as dengue, influenza and rickettsia.

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Cardiovascular Deaths Lowest Among Overweight Patients

July 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by Elsevier Health Sciences | News | Comments

High body mass index is associated with multiple cardiovascular diseases. However, investigators have now confirmed that the risk of total mortality, cardiovascular mortality and myocardial infarction is highest among underweight patients, while cardiovascular mortality is lowest among overweight patients.

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Water Prefers Negative Charges

July 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by EPFL | News | Comments

In the presence of charged substances, H2O molecules favor associating with elements with a negative electrical charge rather than a positive electric charge. Researchers have published a study on the subject that could provide new insights on the processes of cell formation.

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Climate-cooling Arctic Lakes Soak Up Gases

July 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by Univ. of Alaska Fairbanks | News | Comments

New research indicates that arctic thermokarst lakes stabilize climate change by storing more greenhouse gases than they emit into the atmosphere. Countering a widely held view that thawing permafrost accelerates atmospheric warming, a study suggests that arctic thermokarst lakes are “net climate coolers” when observed over longer, millennial time scales.

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Mild TBI May Cause Brain Damage

July 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by American Academy of Neurology | News | Comments

Even mild traumatic brain injury may cause brain damage and thinking and memory problems, according to a study that found that, compared to people with no brain injury, those with injuries had brain damage in brain white matter.

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Microsoft to Cut Up to 18,000 Jobs

July 17, 2014 11:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft has announced the biggest layoffs in its history, saying it will cut up to 18,000 jobs or 14 percent of its staff as it works to cut down on management layers and integrate the Nokia cellphone business it bought in April.

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