Laboratory Equipment’s scientist of the week is Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. He and a team studying a rare premature aging disease, Werner syndrome, have found what they believe to be one of the underlying causes of normal human aging.
Laboratory Equipment’s scientist of the week is Svenja Reinke from Technischen Universität...
Laboratory Equipment’s scientist of the week is Daniel Grumiller from Technische...
Laboratory Equipment’s scientist of the week is Thomas Albrecht-Schmitt from Florida...
Laboratory Equipment’s scientist of the week is Osvaldo Almeida from the University of Western Australia. He and a team found that, despite popular belief, vitamin D deficiency does not cause depression in later life but may be a marker for depression.
Laboratory Equipment’s scientist of the week is Ioannis Ieropoulos from the Univ. of the West of England, Bristol. He and a team created a toilet that generates electricity from urine using microbial fuel cells.
Stories about a living brain in a jar are a mainstay of science fiction B movies. Todd Holmes’ research is moving the concept from movie to lab.
Laboratory Equipment’s scientist of the week is Wenhao Sun from MIT. He worked with a team to discover why calcium carbonate can behave in such different ways in salt water, solving a mystery that has puzzled scientists for nearly a century.
Laboratory Equipment’s scientist of the week is Diane Favro from UCLA. Favro and a team recreated Augustan Rome algorithmically using a technique known as procedural modeling. According to legend, the founder of the Roman Empire, Augustus, boasted, “I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble.” Favro wanted to know if he telling the truth or making an empty claim.
Laboratory Equipment’s scientist of the week is Nils Stenseth, from the Univ. of Oslo. He and a team discovered that a long believed theory is half correct. Climate fluctuation was, indeed, linked to Europe’s plague… but it was Asia’s climate.
Laboratory Equipment’s scientist of the week is Baskaran Thyagarajan from the Univ. of Wyoming. He and a team found that capsaicin— the chief ingredient in chili peppers— could be a diet supplement for weight loss.
Laboratory Equipment’s scientist of the week is Kay Tye from MIT. She and a team found that the desire for sugar and the urge to eat healthy foods are on separate neural circuits. This means that it might be possible to reduce the urge to eat unhealthy foods without impacting the drive to eat healthily when hungry.
Laboratory Equipment’s scientist of the week is Kelsey Witt from the Univ. of Illinois. She and a team found that dogs may have first successfully migrated to the Americas only about 10,000 years ago, thousands of years after the first human migrants crossed a land bridge from Siberia to North America.
This week’s scientist is Flint Dibble from the Univ. of Cincinnati, working with Daniel Fallu, a doctoral student in archaeology at Boston Univ., he has cast traditional research about the Greek village Nichoria into doubt.
This week’s Scientist of the Week is Ola Benderius from Chalmers Univ. of Technology. He and a team solved a 70-year-old driving mystery: why do people jerk the wheel?
This week’s scientist is Ian Armit. He and a team from the Univ. of Bradford definitively proved that climate change did not cause the huge population collapse in Europe at the end of the Bronze Age.
This week’s scientist is Robert Sclafani from the Univ. of Colorado School of Medicine. He and a team discovered that, while alcohol use is a risk factor for head and neck cancer, the chemical resveratrol found in grape skins and in red wine may prevent cancer as well.
This week’s Scientist of the Week is Grant Zazula, a paleontologist for the government of Yukon. He and a team debunked theories that over-hunting by early humans led to the disappearance of mastodons from the Arctic and Subarctic.
This week’s Scientist of the Week is Susanne Renner from Ludwig Maximilians Universität München. She and a team discovered that botanists made a mistake, over 80 years ago, when they concluded that edible watermelon came from South Africa.
This week’s Scientist of the Week is Paul Talalay of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He and a team performed a clinical trial on 40 boys and men between the ages of 13 and 27. Their results suggest that a chemical derived from broccoli sprouts may ease classic behavioral symptoms in those with autism spectrum disorders.
Diego Garcia-Bellido and a team from the Univ. of Adelaide found fossils that were confirmed as distant cousins to humans.
The National Medal of Science, created by Congress in 1959, is the country’s highest honor for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology. A 12-member presidential committee, presented by the National Science Foundation, selects the award recipients. Recently announced by President Obama, the editors catch up with 2014 National Medal of Science winners to get their thoughts on the award.
Jocelyn Dunn, an industrial engineering doctoral student at Purdue Univ., is a part of a project to live on a landscape mimicking Mars for eight months. Along with five other researchers, she will be living in a domed habitat emulating what settlers might have on Mars. While exploring the environment, they will wear spacesuits and their communications will be delayed by 20 minutes to emulate the drag they would experience on the Red Planet.
David Sanders from Purdue Univ. found that the Ebola virus could become airborne as it can enter cells that line the trachea and lungs under controlled laboratory conditions.
Mary Cushman and a team from the Univ. of Vermont College of Medicine discovered that people with blood type AB may be more likely to develop memory loss in later years than people with other blood types.
Justin Yeakel and a team used depictions of animals in ancient Egyptian artifacts to assemble a detailed record of the large mammals that lived in the Nile Valley over the past 6,000 years.
Calvin Miller and a team studying in Iceland found that conditions on Earth for the first 500 million years after it formed may have been surprisingly similar to the present day, not a hellscape as thought.
Sandi Carmen and a team from EPFL discovered that stress activates a cleaving enzyme in the brain that can lead to people being distracted, grumpy, forgetful and more.
The Turkana Basin, which stretches from northern Kenya to southern Ethiopia, is one of the most continuous fossil records of the Plio-Pleistocene, with some fossils as old as the Cretaceous period. This August and September, the treasure trove of prehistoric records was studied by paleontologist Louise Leakey, the granddaughter of the famous Louis and Mary Leakey.
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