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Will chemo cause heart failure? A new test may have answers

Posted: 20 Jun 2020 10:34 AM PDT

Yale doctors have developed a technique to predict whether cancer patients receiving a common chemotherapy drug are likely to experience heart failure as a result. The chemotherapy drug, called doxorubicin, is used to treat a number of cancers, including breast and bladder cancers, lymphoma, and Kaposi’s sarcoma. It is a powerful medication, researchers say, and […]
Off the Scales: Fish Armor Both Tough and Flexible

Posted: 20 Jun 2020 10:19 AM PDT

Humans have drawn technological inspiration from fish scales going back to ancient times: Romans, Egyptians, and other civilizations would dress their warriors in scale armor, providing both protection and mobility. Now, using advanced X-ray imaging techniques, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) scientists have characterized carp scales down to the nanoscale, enabling them to understand […]
Simulating wind farm development

Posted: 20 Jun 2020 10:12 AM PDT

Wind farms are large, highly technical projects but their development often relies on personal decisions made by individual landowners and small communities. Recognizing the power of the human element in wind farm planning, Stanford University researchers have devised a model that considers how interactions between developers and landowners affect the success and cost of wind […]
Optical Microcomb Device May Result in Improved Telecommunications, Sensors, Clocks

Posted: 20 Jun 2020 10:11 AM PDT

Modern communications technology increasingly relies on light to transmit data over fiber optics. And the high data rates that fuel the internet are achieved using many frequencies (colors) of light, each carrying a portion of data. The more colors, the more information that can be carried. A team of researchers from Caltech, UC Santa Barbara, and […]
Even During Pandemic Lockdown, Air Quality Remained Poor in Parts of China

Posted: 20 Jun 2020 10:11 AM PDT

The viral before-and-after images of improved air quality around the world resulting from the COVID-19 lockdown may not paint an entirely accurate picture, at least not in China. According to a new study published on June 17 in the journal Science, although there was a dramatic reduction in pollution emission during the lockdown that far outstripped […]
Natural Fluid Injections Triggered Cahuilla Earthquake Swarm

Posted: 20 Jun 2020 10:10 AM PDT

Machine-learning algorithm helps geoscientists create a 3-D picture of a fault zone, generating new insight into seismic processes A naturally occurring injection of underground fluids drove a four-year-long earthquake swarm near Cahuilla, California, according to a new seismological study that utilizes advances in earthquake monitoring with a machine-learning algorithm. In contrast to mainshock/aftershock sequences, where […]
Adolescents From Disadvantaged Neighborhoods Show Gene Regulation Differences

Posted: 20 Jun 2020 10:09 AM PDT

The neighborhood a child grows up in may influence their health for years to come in previously invisible ways. A long-term study of 2,000 children born in England and Wales and followed to age 18 found that young adults raised in communities marked by more economic deprivation, physical dilapidation, social disconnection and danger display differences […]
Human activity on rivers outpaces, compounds effects of climate change

Posted: 20 Jun 2020 10:07 AM PDT

The livelihoods of millions of people living along the world’s biggest river systems are under threat by a range of stressors caused by the daily economic, societal and political activity of humans – in addition to the long-term effects of climate change, researchers report. A new paper by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign geology and geography professor Jim Best and University […]
Engineers design a device that operates like a brain synapse

Posted: 20 Jun 2020 10:05 AM PDT

Teams around the world are building ever more sophisticated artificial intelligence systems of a type called neural networks, designed in some ways to mimic the wiring of the brain, for carrying out tasks such as computer vision and natural language processing. Using state-of-the-art semiconductor circuits to simulate neural networks requires large amounts of memory and […]
Unique sugar-sensing neurons work together to prevent severe hypoglycemia in mice.

Posted: 20 Jun 2020 10:05 AM PDT

Keeping blood sugar in balance can be a challenge, especially for people with type 1 diabetes who rely on intensive insulin therapy to prevent blood sugar from going too high. At Baylor College of Medicine, the group of Dr. Yong Xu and his colleagues from other institutions study glucose-sensing neurons in the brain and they have identified a […]

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