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Scientist of the Week: Thiago Verano-Braga

April 17, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Verano-Braga and a team from the Univ. of Southern Denmark discovered that nanosilver can penetrate our cells and cause damage.

Scientist of the Week: Thomas Junk

April 10, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Thomas Junk and a team from the Univ. of Louisiana at Lafayette developed a method to turn fat...

Scientist of the Week: Arif Cetin

April 3, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Arif Cetin and a team from EPFL have developed an "optical lab on a chip,” a hand-held...

Scientist of the Week: Nir Krakauer

March 27, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Nir Krakauer, from the City College of New York, worked with his father and found that a...

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Scientist of the Week: Graham Kendall

March 6, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Graham Kendall and Phil Hingston from the Univ. of Nottingham solved the famous knight’s tour chess problem with ants.

Scientist of the Week: Yael Vodovotz

February 27, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Yael Vodovotz and a team from The Ohio State Univ. used black raspberry-based foods to see if they could improve post-surgery outcomes for men with prostate cancer.

Scientist of the Week: Cristian Varela

February 20, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Cristian Varela and a team from the Australian Wine Research Institute found that special yeast can produce a lower level of alcohol in wine, helping to preserve the flavor.

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Scientist of the Week: Jens Krog

February 13, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Jens Krog and a team from the Univ. of Southern Denmark preformed new calculations that confirm that the universe may one day collapse– and they concluded that the risk of a collapse is even greater than previously thought.

Scientist of the Week: Julie Boergers

February 6, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Julie Boergers and a team from Lifespan linked later school start times to improved sleep and mood in teens.

Scientist of the Week: Theodore Garland

January 30, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Theodore Garland and a team from UC Riverside found that Darwin was right: island lizards exhibit less fear and appear “tame.”

Scientist of the Week: Herman Pontzer

January 23, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Herman Pontzer, of Hunter College, and a team made up of individuals from many organizations found that humans and other primates burn 50 percent fewer calories each day than other mammals.

Scientist of the Week: James Wray

January 16, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

James Wray and a team from the Georgia Institute of Technology found that Mars is much more geologically complex than believed and has a mineral found in granite, known as feldspar.

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Scientist of the Week: Robert Hazen

January 9, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Robert Hazen from the Carnegie Institution for Science compiled a list of every plausible mineral species on the early Earth and concluded that no more than 420 different minerals would have been present at or near Earth’s surface.

Scientist of the Week: Maki Inoue-Choi

December 26, 2013 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Maki Inoue-Choi and a team from the Univ. of Minnesota School of Public Health found that postmenopausal women who consumed sugar-sweetened beverages were more likely to develop the most common type of endometrial cancer compared with women who did not drink sugar-sweetened beverages.

Scientist of the Week: Kathryn Medler

December 19, 2013 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Kathryn Medler and a team from the Univ. at Buffalo found that being severely overweight impaired the ability of mice to detect sweet flavors.

Scientist of the Week: Peter Grace

December 12, 2013 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Peter Grace, and a team from the Univ. of Colorado at Boulder, found that using morphine to fight pain after abdominal surgery may actually prolong a patient's suffering, doubling or even tripling the amount of time it takes to recover.

Scientist of the Week: Matthew McCluskey

December 5, 2013 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Matthew McCluskey and a team from Washington State Univ. achieved a 400-fold increase in the electrical conductivity of a crystal simply by exposing it to light.

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Scientist of the Week: David Cook

October 31, 2013 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

David Cook and a team from the Univ. of Washington School of Medicine found that just one mild explosion can cause changes in the brain that have similarities to those found in diseases like Alzheimer's disease and chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

Scientist of the Week: Graham Colditz

October 24, 2013 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Graham Colditz and a team from the Washington Univ. School of Medicine in St. Louis found that girls ages nine to 15 who regularly ate peanut butter or nuts were 39 percent less likely to develop benign breast disease by age 30.

Scientist of the Week: John Lupton

October 17, 2013 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

John Lupton and a team from the Univ. of Utah created wheel-shaped organic molecules for use in LEDs.

Scientist of the Week: Dean Falk

October 10, 2013 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Dean Falk and a team from Florida State Univ. found that the left and right hemispheres of Albert Einstein's brain were unusually well connected to each other and may have contributed to his brilliance.

Scientist of the Week: Chunhua Qi

September 5, 2013 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Using the ALMA telescope, Chunhua Qi and his team took the first-ever image of a snow line in an infant solar system.

Scientist of the Week: David Freidel

August 29, 2013 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

David Freidel from Washington Univ. in St. Louis led a team that discovered an intricately carved stone monument with hieroglyphic text detailing the exploits of a little-known sixth-century Maya princess.

Scientist of the Week: Juan Sanchez-Ramos

August 22, 2013 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Juan Sanchez-Ramos and colleagues from the Univ. of South Florida found that low doses of a psychedelic drug found in mushrooms erased conditioned fear in mice and may be a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Scientist of the Week: Emily Brodsky

August 15, 2013 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Emily Brodsky and a team from UC Santa Cruz found that the production of geothermal power can cause earthquakes.

Scientist of the Week: Jorge Galan

August 8, 2013 8:19 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Jorge Galan and a team from Yale Univ. School of Medicine discovered the cause of one of the oldest recognized human diseases, typhoid fever.

Scientist of the Week: Frédéric Pont

August 1, 2013 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Frédéric Pont and a team from the Univ. of Exeter used the Hubble Space Telescope to deduce the actual color of a planet orbiting another star 63 light-years away. It’s blue.

Scientist of the Week: Yihai Cao

July 25, 2013 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Yihai Cao and a team from the Karolinska Institutet found that more people die from heart-disease in the winter because of the accelerated growth of atherosclerotic plaque in the blood vessels caused by the activation of brown fat by the cold.

Scientist of the Week: Dwayne Heard

July 18, 2013 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Dwayne Heard and a team from the Univ. of Leeds found that an “impossible” reaction at cold temperatures actually occurs with vigor, which could change our understanding of how alcohols are formed and destroyed in space.

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