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Pollen Could Help Create New Power Source

February 19, 2016 | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

The process involved pyrolysis, which entails heating biological material to an extent where it becomes carbon.


Pathogen Detection Tool Could Change Infectious Diseases Diagnoses

May 27, 2016 11:03 am | by University of Utah Health Sciences | Comments

Nearly 5 million children under age 5 die each year from infectious diseases worldwide, yet many infections are treatable if the pathogen culprit can be quickly and accurately identified.


Astronomers Find Giant Planet Around Very Young Star

May 27, 2016 10:47 am | by Rice University | Comments

Jupiter-like 'CI Tau b' orbits 2 million-year-old star in constellation Taurus.


Compound Switches Between Liquid, Solid States

May 27, 2016 10:43 am | by Kobe University | Comments

Researchers have developed a metal-containing compound that transforms into a solid when exposed to light and returns to liquid form when heated. 


Restoring Chemotherapy Sensitivity by Boosting MicroRNA Levels

May 27, 2016 10:37 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

By increasing the level of a specific microRNA molecule, researchers have for the first time restored chemotherapy sensitivity in vitro to a line of human pancreatic cancer cells that had developed resistance to a common treatment drug.


Top-Down Design Brings New DNA Structures to Life

May 27, 2016 9:51 am | by Arizona State University | Comments

Who knew that DNA's simple properties of self-assembly, and its versatile information-carrying capacity, could be put to many uses never imagined by nature itself.


Teaching Robots to Feel Pain to Protect Themselves

May 27, 2016 9:35 am | by Bob Yirka, TechXplore | Comments

A pair of researchers has demonstrated the means by which robots might be programmed to experience something akin to pain in animals.


Report: 1st U.S. Case of Germ Resistant to Last-Resort Drug

May 26, 2016 6:00 pm | by By Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | Comments

Officials are reporting the first U.S. human case of bacteria resistant to an antibiotic used as a last resort drug. 


FDA Approves First Drug-Oozing Implant to Control Addiction

May 26, 2016 4:00 pm | by By Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | Comments

Federal health officials have approved an innovative new option for Americans addicted to heroin and painkillers: a drug-oozing implant that curbs craving and withdrawal symptoms for six months at a time. 


Mismatch of Vascular, Neural Responses Suggests Limits of fMRI

May 26, 2016 12:27 pm | by Medical University of South Carolina | Comments

Investigators report that, during sensory stimulation, increases in blood flow are not precisely "tuned" to local neural activity, challenging the long-held view that vascular and local neural responses are tightly coupled.


Shining Light on Common Heart Complication after Lung Transplant

May 26, 2016 12:18 pm | by University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences | Comments

Cardiac arrhythmia is a common complication following lung transplantation, and one that has a significant negative impact on long-term patient survival.


Small Offshore Oil Spills Put Seabirds at Risk

May 26, 2016 12:11 pm | by York University | Comments

Did you know chronic pollution from several small oil spills may have greater population-level impacts on seabirds than a single large spill?


New Discovery from the Molecular Machinery for Depression, Addiction

May 26, 2016 12:07 pm | by Aarhus University | Comments

A collaborative project has made it possible to explain what happens in the crucial rate-limiting step in the transport process for neurotransmitters such as serotonin, noradrenaline, GABA and dopamine which are all transported by related proteins with the same mechanism.


Ancient DNA Study Finds Phoenician from Carthage Had European Ancestry

May 26, 2016 12:02 pm | by University of Otago | Comments

A research team co-led by a scientist has sequenced the first complete mitochondrial genome of a 2500-year-old Phoenician dubbed the "Young Man of Byrsa."


Could Optical Clocks Redefine the Length of a Second?

May 26, 2016 9:11 am | by Optical Society of America | Comments

Researchers present a way to use optical clocks for more accurate timekeeping than is possible with today's system of traditional atomic clocks. 


Bacterial Diversity in Soils Was Shaped by Ice Ages

May 26, 2016 8:57 am | by Cornell University | Comments

Since the discovery of the first successful Streptomyces-based antibiotic to treat tuberculosis in 1944, tapping into the diversity from this genus has been a priority for antibiotic discovery.



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