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Study: Phenols in cocoa bean shells may reverse obesity-related problems in mouse cells

Thursday June 20th, 2019 04:00:00 AM
A new study by researchers at the University of Illinois suggests that three of the phenolic compounds in cocoa bean shells have powerful effects on the fat and immune cells in mice, potentially reversing the chronic inflammation and insulin resistance associated with obesity.

Advanced NMR at Ames Lab captures new details in nanoparticle structures

Thursday June 20th, 2019 04:00:00 AM
Advanced nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) techniques at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have revealed surprising details about the structure of a key group of materials in nanotechology, mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs), and the placement of their active chemical sites.

Many elderly patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma benefit from targeted therapies

Thursday June 20th, 2019 04:00:00 AM
Many elderly patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) -- who are often underrepresented in clinical trials to treat the kidney cancer -- are seeing overall survival benefits from treatment with targeted therapies, according to a new study published in JAMA Network Open.

Epilepsy and sudden death linked to bad gene

Thursday June 20th, 2019 04:00:00 AM
In sudden death in epilepsy, people stop breathing for no apparent reason and die. Now, a group of UConn neuroscientists have a lead as to why. Many neurologists argue that a bad seizure can travel through the brain to cause breathing or heartbeat malfunction, and that's what kills. But epileptics can die suddenly without having an obvious seizure. Instead, the researchers have evidence a genetic mutation that causes the seizures also disrupts the cells that control breathing.

NASA selects SwRI's PUNCH mission to image beyond the Sun's outer corona

Thursday June 20th, 2019 04:00:00 AM
NASA has selected Southwest Research Institute to lead the 'Polarimeter to Unify the Corona and Heliosphere' (PUNCH) mission, a landmark Small Explorers Program mission that will image beyond the Sun's outer corona.

National emergency alerts potentially vulnerable to attack

Thursday June 20th, 2019 04:00:00 AM
New research shows that hackers, working with limited resources, could send fake emergency alerts to cell phones in a confined area like a sports stadium.

Do ice cores help to unravel the clouds of climate history?

Thursday June 20th, 2019 04:00:00 AM
For the first time, an international research team led by the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS) has investigated atmospheric ice nucleating particles (INPs) in ice cores, which can provide insights on the type of cloud cover in the Arctic over the last 500 years. These INPs play an important role in the formation of ice in clouds and thus have a major influence on the climate.

Rare recessive mutations pry open new windows on autism

Thursday June 20th, 2019 04:00:00 AM
Most genetic variants linked to autism are de novo mutations, which are not inherited and are relatively easy to find. A new study, in one of the largest cohorts to date, instead tracked rare recessive mutations in which a child inherits two 'bad' copies of a gene. The findings provides a likely explanation for up to 5 percent of all autism cases and offer new clues to autism's biological causes.

Largest study of CTE finds it in 6% of subjects

Thursday June 20th, 2019 04:00:00 AM
Nearly 6% of athletes and non-athletes were found to have the neurodegenerative disorder chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in the largest, and broadest, study conducted of the disease to date. Kevin F. Bieniek, Ph.D., of UT Health San Antonio is the lead author.

Astronomers see 'warm' glow of Uranus's rings

Thursday June 20th, 2019 04:00:00 AM
Two telescopes have measured the faint heat from the main, or epsilon ring, of Uranus, enabling astronomers for the first time to determine its temperature: a cool 77 Kelvin. Earlier images of the rings came from reflected light only. The observations by teams at UC Berkeley and the University of Leicester also show that the rings lack dust, which is common in the rings of other planets, and are comprised of centimeter-sized particles and larger.

Animals may have more than one means of surviving hypoxia

Thursday June 20th, 2019 04:00:00 AM
A tidepool crustacean's ability to survive oxygen deprivation though it lacks a key set of genes raises the possibility that animals might have more ways of dealing with hypoxic environments than had been thought.

Crystal with a twist: Scientists grow spiraling new material

Thursday June 20th, 2019 04:00:00 AM
Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have created new inorganic crystals made of stacks of atomically thin sheets that unexpectedly spiral like a nanoscale card deck. Their surprising structures, reported in a new study in the journal Nature, may yield unique optical, electronic and thermal properties, including superconductivity, the researchers say.

Cereal grains scientists fight hidden hunger with new approach

Thursday June 20th, 2019 04:00:00 AM
Global demand for staple crops like maize, wheat, and rice is on the rise -- making these crops ideal targets for improving nutrition through biofortification. Biofortification is the process of developing micronutrient-dense staple crops by combining traditional breeding practices with modern biotechnology.

New research provides medical proof vacation is good for your heart

Thursday June 20th, 2019 04:00:00 AM
New Research from Syracuse University professors Bryce Hruska and Brooks Gump published Wednesday in Psychology and Health shows that using, instead of losing, your vacation time can be beneficial to your heart health.

Looking for freshwater in all the snowy places

Thursday June 20th, 2019 04:00:00 AM
Snowflakes that cover mountains or linger under tree canopies are a vital freshwater resource for over a billion people around the world.

More than 5 million cancer survivors experience chronic pain, twice the rate of the general population

Thursday June 20th, 2019 04:00:00 AM
More than 5 million cancer survivors in the United States experience chronic pain, almost twice the rate in the general population, according to a study published by Mount Sinai researchers

Engineers 3D print flexible mesh for ankle and knee braces

Thursday June 20th, 2019 04:00:00 AM
MIT engineers have designed pliable, 3D-printed mesh materials whose flexibility and toughness they can tune to emulate and support softer tissues such as muscles and tendons. They can tailor the intricate structures in each mesh, and they envision the tough yet stretchy fabric-like material being used as personalized, wearable supports, including ankle or knee braces, and even implantable devices, such as hernia meshes, that better match to a person's body.

'Robot blood' powers machines for lengthy tasks

Thursday June 20th, 2019 04:00:00 AM
Researchers at Cornell University have created a system of circulating liquid -- 'robot blood' -- within robotic structures, to store energy and power robotic applications for sophisticated, long-duration tasks.

Europe: Chronic hepatitis B infections on the rise since 2008

Thursday June 20th, 2019 04:00:00 AM
In 2017, the majority (58%) of the almost 27 000 newly reported hepatitis B cases in the European Union and European Economic Area were classified as chronic infections. This follows a consistent upward trend in reported chronic hepatitis B cases since 2008.

Canadian researchers discover new genetic link to premenopausal breast cancer

Thursday June 20th, 2019 04:00:00 AM
University of Alberta researchers have added a new genetic marker to the breast cancer map, helping to expand the list of genetic mutations clinicians can watch for in cancer screenings.


 

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