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Sugar mimics guide stem cells toward neural fate

7/30/2014
Embryonic stem cells can develop into a multitude of cells types. Researchers would like to understand how to channel that development into the specific types of mature cells that make up the organs and other structures of living organisms. One key seems to be long chains of sugars that dangle from proteins on surfaces of cells. Kamil Godula's group at the University of California, Sa... [Comments]

Chinese mosquitos on the Baltic Sea

7/30/2014
The analysis of the roughly 3,000 pieces is still in its infant stage. But it is already evident that the results will be of major significance. "Amazingly often, we are findingin addition to Asian formsthe same insect species in Fushun amber that we found in Baltic amber," explained Bonn pa... [Comments]Chinese mosquitos on the Baltic Sea

Nano-Bio Manufacturing Consortium Awards Funding to Binghamton University for Development of Electronics and Biometric Sensor Platforms

7/30/2014
SAN JOSE, Calif. , July 30, 2014 The Nano-Bio Manufacturing Consortium (NBMC), an industry-academia partnership with the United States Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), has awarded funding for a project proposed by Binghamton University to develop electronics and biometric sensor platforms for human performance monitoring (HPM). The $425,000 project, with contributions... [Comments]

Peru's carbon quantified: Economic and conservation boon

7/30/2014
Washington, DCToday scientists unveiled the first high-resolution map of the carbon stocks stored on land throughout the entire country of Per. The new and improved methodology used to make the map marks a sea change for future market-based carbon economies. The new carbon map also reveals... [Comments]Peru's carbon quantified: Economic and conservation boon

Big data confirms climate extremes are here to stay

7/30/2014
In a paper published online today in the journal Scientific Reports , published by Nature , Northeastern researchers Evan Kodra and Auroop Ganguly found that while global temperature is indeed increasing, so too is the variability in temperature extremes. For instance, while each year's average hottest and coldest temperatures will likely rise, those averages will also tend to fall within a... [Comments]

Research shows impact of soft drinks in meal planning

7/29/2014
New research by academics in the University of Bristol's Nutrition and Behaviour Unit (NBU) has looked into whether we take liquid calories into account when planning meals. The research, to be presented at the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior Conference (SSIB 2014) in Seattle, USA this week [29 July to 2 August], argues that we do. The team was led by Professor Jeff Brunstr... [Comments]

SPIE launches Neurophotonics journal with special section on BRAIN Initiative

7/29/2014
BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA The advanced optical methods and applications for imaging and manipulation of the brain that are driving a revolution in the neurosciences were the inspiration behind Neurophotonics , a new peer-reviewed journal published by SPIE, the international society for... [Comments]SPIE launches Neurophotonics journal with special section on BRAIN Initiative

Huge waves measured for first time in Arctic Ocean

7/29/2014
As the climate warms and sea ice retreats, the North is changing. An ice-covered expanse now has a season of increasingly open water which is predicted to extend across the whole Arctic Ocean before the middle of this century. Storms thus have the potential to create Arctic swell huge waves that could add a new and unpredictable element to the region. A University of Washington researcher... [Comments]

Underwater elephants

7/29/2014
In the high-tech world of science, researchers sometimes need to get back to basics. UC Santa Barbara's Douglas McCauley did just that to study the impacts of the bumphead parrotfish ( Bolbometopon muricatum ) on coral reef ecosystems at two remote locations in the central Pacific Ocean. ... [Comments]Underwater elephants

Menu secrets that can make you slim by design

7/29/2014
If you've ever ordered the wrong food at a restaurant, don't blame yourself; blame the menu. What you order may have less to do with what you want and more to do with a menu's layout and descriptions. After analyzing 217 menus and the selections of over 300 diners, the Cornell study published this month in the International Journal of Hospitality Management showed that when it comes to... [Comments]

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