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- With older, gas-fired appliance use unhealthy air in homes is oftentimes found
- Sharing of tacit knowledge is most important aspect of mentorship
- Race and mass criminalization in the U.S.
- A simple way to reduce mosquito-borne diseases
- Researchers design clinical trial on use of exercise for severe liver disease
- Study identifies potential approach to treat severe respiratory distress in patients with COVID-19
- Microglia in the olfactory bulb have a nose for protecting the brain from infection
- Transparent graphene electrodes might lead to new generation of solar cells
- How hard-to-recycle plastic is being made as good as new
|With older, gas-fired appliance use unhealthy air in homes is oftentimes found
Posted: 08 Jun 2020 07:01 PM PDT
Natural gas. It is used to dry our clothes, cook our food, heat our water and warm our homes. All true. Hot water heater But, from an air quality standpoint, how clean-burning or unhealthy are the gas-fired appliances that we use? Many, apparently, just don’t make the grade. As far as unhealthy indoor air quality […]
|Sharing of tacit knowledge is most important aspect of mentorship
Posted: 08 Jun 2020 02:29 PM PDT
When it comes to education and mentorship, Northwestern University researchers believe that Albert Einstein had the right idea. The most important aspect of teaching, Einstein thought, isn’t relaying facts but imparting tacit knowledge that students will build on for the rest of their lives. In one of the largest ever multidisciplinary investigations into mentorship and […]
|Race and mass criminalization in the U.S.
Posted: 08 Jun 2020 08:47 AM PDT
For Matthew Clair, the protests following the death of George Floyd are a stark reminder of the U.S.’s turbulent racial history. “In 2012 when I was in graduate school, I attended several protests in Boston following the acquittal of George Zimmerman, who killed Trayvon Martin, a Black teenager,” said Clair, who is an assistant professor of […]
|A simple way to reduce mosquito-borne diseases
Posted: 08 Jun 2020 08:46 AM PDT
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, another source of deadly and increasingly frequent disease outbreaks goes largely unnoticed by much of the world. Stanford researchers working in rural Kenya have identified the most productive breeding habitats for certain mosquitoes – spreaders of untreatable viruses that sicken millions every year – and revealed related community perspectives […]
|Researchers design clinical trial on use of exercise for severe liver disease
Posted: 08 Jun 2020 08:05 AM PDT
A team of Penn State researchers developed a first-of-its-kind clinical trial to test the use of exercise as a treatment for patients with a severe form of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is the leading cause of chronic liver disease in the United States. People with this disease have an extra fat build […]
|Study identifies potential approach to treat severe respiratory distress in patients with COVID-19
Posted: 08 Jun 2020 08:04 AM PDT
Early data from a clinical study suggest that blocking the Bruton tyrosine kinase (BTK) protein provided clinical benefit to a small group of patients with severe COVID-19. Researchers observed that the off-label use of the cancer drug acalabrutinib, a BTK inhibitor that is approved to treat several blood cancers, was associated with reduced respiratory distress […]
|Microglia in the olfactory bulb have a nose for protecting the brain from infection
Posted: 08 Jun 2020 08:03 AM PDT
Researchers at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), a part of the National Institutes of Health, have identified a specific, front-line defense that limits the infection to the olfactory bulb and protects the neurons of the olfactory bulb from damage due to the infection. Neurons in the nose respond to inhaled odors […]
|Transparent graphene electrodes might lead to new generation of solar cells
Posted: 08 Jun 2020 08:02 AM PDT
A new way of making large sheets of high-quality, atomically thin graphene could lead to ultra-lightweight, flexible solar cells, and to new classes of light-emitting devices and other thin-film electronics. The new manufacturing process, which was developed at MIT and should be relatively easy to scale up for industrial production, involves an intermediate “buffer” layer […]
|How hard-to-recycle plastic is being made as good as new
Posted: 08 Jun 2020 05:46 AM PDT
Plastic waste is a growing environmental concern. About 60 million tonnes of plastics are produced in Europe every year while only 30% of it is recycled. Of all the plastic waste ever generated, 79% has ended up in landfill or as litter in the natural environment. But as Europe transitions to a more circular economy – where […]
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