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New Method Provides Better Look at How HIV Infects, Takes Over Host Cells

May 24, 2016 2:16 pm | by Rockefeller University | Comments

A new approach offers an unprecedented view of how a virus infects and appropriates a host cell, step by step. Researchers applied the method to HIV, a virus whose genome is less than 100,000 the size of ours.


Low Hormone Levels Linked to Early Obesity

May 24, 2016 2:07 pm | by Endocrine Society | Comments

Obese teenagers already show signs of hormonal differences from normal-weight peers that may make them prone to weight gain, according to a new study.


Light 'Heals' Defects in Some Solar Cells

May 24, 2016 1:54 pm | by MIT | Comments

A family of compounds known as perovskites, which can be made into thin films with many promising electronic and optical properties, has been a hot research topic in recent years.


Squids on the Rise as Oceans Change

May 24, 2016 1:50 pm | by University of Adelaide | Comments

Unlike the declining populations of many fish species, the number of cephalopods (octopus, cuttlefish and squid) has increased in the world’s oceans over the past 60 years.


U.S. Biochemical Engineer Wins $1.2 Million Technology Prize

May 24, 2016 1:35 pm | by Associated Press, Matti Huuhtanen | Comments

American biochemical engineer Frances Arnold, whose discoveries in "directed evolution" have helped produce medicines, including drugs for treating diabetes, on Tuesday was awarded this year's Millennium Technology Prize.


New Platform for Antibiotic Discovery Developed

May 24, 2016 1:28 pm | by Harvard University | Comments

Researchers have created a new, greatly simplified, platform for antibiotic discovery that may go a long way to solving the crisis of antibiotic resistance.


Hearing Snap, Crackle, Pop May Help Heal Your Knee

May 24, 2016 1:22 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

Research engineers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are developing a knee band with microphones and vibration sensors to listen to and measure the sounds inside the joint.


Loss of Y Chromosome in Blood Cells Associated with Alzheimer's Development

May 24, 2016 10:07 am | by Uppsala University | Comments

Men with blood cells that do not carry the Y chromosome are at greater risk of being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. This is in addition to an increased risk of death from other causes, including many cancers.


Theranos Voids Two Years of Tests Amid Building Pressure

May 24, 2016 9:59 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Theranos, the $9-billion company built around the concept of a fingerprick blood draw for dozens of tests, has voided two years’ worth of tests done with its marquee technology. The erroneous tests could have led to misdirected health-care decisions.


How Couples Argue Linked to Health Ailments

May 24, 2016 9:55 am | by University of California, Berkeley | Comments

New research based on how couples behave during conflicts suggests outbursts of anger predict cardiovascular problems. Conversely, shutting down emotionally during conflict raises the risk of musculoskeletal ailments such as a bad back or stiff muscles.


World's Largest Coral Gene Database Created

May 24, 2016 9:42 am | by Rutgers University | Comments

A team of scientists has conducted the world's most comprehensive analysis of coral genes, focusing on how their evolution has allowed corals to interact with and adapt to the environment.


Researchers Recommend Steps to Limit Drone Disturbance of Wildlife

May 24, 2016 9:32 am | by University of Adelaide | Comments

Environmental researchers have called for a ‘code of best practice’ in using unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) for wildlife monitoring and protection, and other biological field research.


Impact of Black Death Mapped in Unique Detail

May 24, 2016 9:17 am | by University of Lincoln | Comments

An innovative new archaeological study has revealed in detail for the first time how individual towns, villages and hamlets across swathes of medieval England were decimated by the Black Death.


Kicking the Habit: Adult Smoking Rate in U.S. is Falling Fast

May 24, 2016 8:43 am | by Associated Press, Mike Stobbe | Comments

The nation seems to be kicking its smoking habit faster than ever before. The rate of smoking among adults in the U.S. fell to 15 percent last year thanks to the biggest one-year decline in more than 20 years.


How Does the Brain Connect Memories Over Time?

May 23, 2016 2:29 pm | by UCLA Health Sciences | Comments

Neuroscientists boost ability of aging brain to recapture links between related memories in mice. The findings suggest a possible intervention for people suffering from age-related memory problems.



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