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- NASA’s 9 Most Teachable Moments This Decade and Beyond
- Possible dementia vaccine closer after mice studies
- Life could have emerged from lakes with high phosphorus
- More Chinese scientists in America are going back home
- Better Adhesives Mean Stronger, Cheaper Wood Products
- The making of a ‘couch potato mouse’
- Persistent organic pollutants in maternal blood linked to smaller fetal size
- A sign that aliens could stink
- When machine learning packs an economic punch
- Storing medical information below the skin’s surface
|NASA’s 9 Most Teachable Moments This Decade and Beyond
Posted: 31 Dec 2019 07:42 AM PST
Whether discovering something about our own planet or phenomenon billions of miles away, NASA missions and scientists unveiled a vast universe of mysteries this past decade. And with each daring landing, visit to a new world and journey into the unknown came new opportunities to inspire the next generation of explorers. Read on for a … Continue reading NASA’s 9 Most Teachable Moments This Decade and Beyond
|Possible dementia vaccine closer after mice studies
Posted: 31 Dec 2019 07:40 AM PST
A preventive treatment for dementia may proceed to clinical trials after successful animal testing. The US-led research is looking to develop effective immunotherapy via a new vaccine to remove ‘brain plaque’ and tau protein aggregates linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Recent success in bigenic mice models supports progression to human trials in years to come, the … Continue reading Possible dementia vaccine closer after mice studies
|Life could have emerged from lakes with high phosphorus
Posted: 31 Dec 2019 07:38 AM PST
Life as we know it requires phosphorus. It’s one of the six main chemical elements of life, it forms the backbone of DNA and RNA molecules, acts as the main currency for energy in all cells and anchors the lipids that separate cells from their surrounding environment. But how did a lifeless environment on the … Continue reading Life could have emerged from lakes with high phosphorus
|More Chinese scientists in America are going back home
Posted: 31 Dec 2019 07:25 AM PST
A growing number of Chinese scientists working in the United States and other parts of the world are returning to their homeland, enhancing China’s research productivity. In a new study, researchers found that more than 16,000 researchers have returned to China from other countries since that nation has opened up to international engagement. More than … Continue reading More Chinese scientists in America are going back home
|Better Adhesives Mean Stronger, Cheaper Wood Products
Posted: 31 Dec 2019 07:24 AM PST
Although engineered wood — such as plywood or particle board — is great for a range of building and manufacturing uses, it has its limitations, especially in outdoor applications. One of the biggest limitations is not the wood, but the adhesive used to glue the wood veneers or particles together. These adhesives are one of … Continue reading Better Adhesives Mean Stronger, Cheaper Wood Products
|The making of a ‘couch potato mouse’
Posted: 31 Dec 2019 07:22 AM PST
Some people love to exercise, but others hate it. Many researchers consider genetics to be the reason for a person’s inclination to exercise, or not to, but at Baylor College of Medicine Dr. Robert A. Waterland has found evidence for a different molecular level of regulation. “We study developmental programming, which refers to how the … Continue reading The making of a ‘couch potato mouse’
|Persistent organic pollutants in maternal blood linked to smaller fetal size
Posted: 31 Dec 2019 07:21 AM PST
Pregnant women exposed to persistent organic pollutants, or POPs, had slightly smaller fetuses than women who haven’t been exposed to these chemicals, according to an analysis of ultrasound scans by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and other institutions. The researchers also found that the women in their study had lower levels of POPs … Continue reading Persistent organic pollutants in maternal blood linked to smaller fetal size
|A sign that aliens could stink
Posted: 31 Dec 2019 07:14 AM PST
A molecule that’s known for its smelly and poisonous nature on Earth may be a sure-fire sign of extraterrestrial life. Phosphine is among the stinkiest, most toxic gases on Earth, found in some of the foulest of places, including penguin dung heaps, the depths of swamps and bogs, and even in the bowels of some … Continue reading A sign that aliens could stink
|When machine learning packs an economic punch
Posted: 31 Dec 2019 07:14 AM PST
Study: After eBay improved its translation software, international commerce increased sharply. A new study co-authored by an MIT economist shows that improved translation software can significantly boost international trade online — a notable case of machine learning having a clear impact on economic activity. The research finds that after eBay improved its automatic translation program … Continue reading When machine learning packs an economic punch
|Storing medical information below the skin’s surface
Posted: 31 Dec 2019 07:13 AM PST
Every year, a lack of vaccination leads to about 1.5 million preventable deaths, primarily in developing nations. One factor that makes vaccination campaigns in those nations more difficult is that there is little infrastructure for storing medical records, so there’s often no easy way to determine who needs a particular vaccine. MIT researchers have now … Continue reading Storing medical information below the skin’s surface
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