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Microscopy Takes Giant Leap

March 2, 2015 7:00 am | by Univ. of Cambridge | Videos | Comments

There is a resolution revolution underway. Building powerful instruments that shatter the physical limits of optical microscopy, scientists are beginning to watch molecular processes as they happen, and in three dimensions.  

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Commercialization Boot Camp for Scientists

March 2, 2015 7:00 am | by Michelle Taylor. Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

In the last three years, the NSF has taught more than 700 teams of scientists how to commercialize their technology using serial entrepreneur Steve Blank’s “Lean Startup” method. Sharing a common interest to promote societal benefits, NSF teamed with the NIH to pioneer the same program to support biomedical innovation and translation.  

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Laughs from Lab: March 2

March 2, 2015 7:00 am | News | Comments

The editors of Laboratory Equipment want you to start your week with a smile on your face. With years of science experience, we've heard every science joke there is. This week’s joke was submitted to us by Mark. Q: Why did the chemist die? 

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Laboratory Equipment: February 2015

February 27, 2015 5:05 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Laboratory Equipment’s February issue gets you ready for Pittcon, which is just two weeks away in New Orleans. Inside, find a cover story examining the research discoveries that push science forward year after year, and expect to make a showing at this year’s Pittcon. Life science articles discuss personalized medicine and its effect on cancer, as well as system integration as the key to efficiency. Other articles include how to choose the right plastic tubing, and how to choose the right rotary evaporation pump. Don’t forget to check out the supplements, Chromatography Techniques and the Pittcon Digest 2015. 

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Your Brain Knows Your Next Move Before You Do

February 27, 2015 3:00 pm | by Howard Hughes Medical Institute | News | Comments

With half a second's planning, an animal’s brain prepares it to quickly and precisely execute complex movements. Scientists have identified a neural circuit that transforms the flurry of activity that occurs during this preparatory period into commands that direct muscle movements.

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Smokers Use Nicotine in Multiple Forms

February 27, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press, Lauran Neergaard | News | Comments

The first peek at a major study of how Americans smoke suggests many use combinations of products, and often e-cigarettes are part of the mix. It's a preliminary finding, but it highlights some key questions as health officials assess electronic cigarettes.

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Raw Milk is More Dangerous than Beneficial

February 27, 2015 3:00 pm | by Tufts Univ. | News | Comments

Raw milk is milk that has not undergone pasteurization, the bacteria-killing heat treatment designed to reduce human pathogens and increase shelf life. Unpasteurized milk can contain potentially harmful and deadly pathogens. So, why do people go so crazy for raw milk? They do so because of the supposed health benefits, which include improved immunity, allergy relief and gastrointestinal health.

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Cancer Drug Tested in Dogs Moves on to Humans

February 27, 2015 3:00 pm | by Univ. of Illinois | News | Comments

A new drug that prompts cancer cells to self-destruct while sparing healthy cells is now entering phase I clinical trials in humans. The drug, called PAC-1, first showed promise in the treatment of pet dogs with spontaneously occurring cancers, and is still in clinical trials in dogs with osteosarcoma.

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Statistical Mechanics Will Save You from Zombies

February 27, 2015 3:00 pm | by American Physical Society | News | Comments

Reading World War Z, an oral history of the first zombie war, inspired researchers to explore how an "actual" zombie outbreak might play out in the U.S. Focusing on a fictional zombie outbreak as an approach to disease modeling suggests heading for the hills, in the Rockies, to save your brains from the undead.

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Algae Key to Coral Survival in the World's Hottest Reefs

February 27, 2015 3:00 pm | by Univ. of Southampton | News | Comments

A new species of algae has been discovered in reef corals of the Persian Gulf where it helps corals to survive seawater temperatures of up to 36 C— temperatures that would kill corals elsewhere.

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Cheap Catalyst Performs as Well as Traditional

February 27, 2015 3:00 pm | by Case Western Reserve Univ. | News | Comments

For nearly half a century, scientists have been trying to replace precious metal catalysts in fuel cells. Now, for the first time, researchers have shown that an inexpensive metal-free catalyst performs as well as costly metal catalysts at speeding the oxygen reduction reaction in an acidic fuel cell.

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Immune ‘Hotspots’ Improve Breast Cancer Outcome

February 27, 2015 3:00 pm | by The Institute of Cancer Research | News | Comments

Scientists have developed a new test that can predict the survival chances of women with breast cancer by analyzing images of “hotspots” where there has been a fierce immune reaction to a tumor. Researchers used statistical software previously used in criminology studies of crime hotspots to track the extent to which the immune system was homing in and attacking breast cancer cells.

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This Week @ NASA, February 27, 2015

February 27, 2015 11:00 am | Podcasts | Comments

“Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” U.S. spacewalks continue on ISS

Asian Herb May Treat Ebola

February 27, 2015 7:00 am | by Texas Biomedical Research Institute | News | Comments

A team of scientists has announced that a small molecule called Tetrandrine, derived from an Asian herb, has shown to be a potent small molecule inhibiting infection of human white blood cells in vitro or petri dish experiments and prevented Ebola virus disease in mice.

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Wheat Discovery Points to Ancient Trading Links

February 27, 2015 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Frank Jordans | News | Comments

Britons may have discovered a taste for bread thousands of years earlier than previously thought, thanks to trade with more advanced neighbors on the European continent. That's the conclusion scientists have drawn after discovering that samples from a now-submerged prehistoric camp in southern England contained traces of ancient wheat DNA.

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