Science Links


What went on in the science world last month?

by Jessica Beardsley

Neuroscientists at the University of California at Irvine have discovered a new molecular mechanism for long-term memory formation!  Read more about theBaf53b gene and nBAF complex here

 A new form of radiation therapy called boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) has been shown to successfully put cancer into remission in mice, without the harmful side-effects of conventional cancer treatments.

Scientists at the University of Georgia and North Carolina State University are ones step closer toward creating biofuels directly from atmospheric CO2But how?

Ever wonder how fast quantum interactions happen? Faster than light, 10,000 times faster. 

 Approximately 1 in 3 new parents believe that “too many vaccines too soon” cause autism and nearly 1 in 10 parents refuse or delay vaccinations.  Researchers, however, have found that there is no correlation between receiving too many vaccines in a short period of time and autism.

 Is there finally an effective treatment that will cure HIV??? A group of scientists at the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have unveiled a new vaccine design that could be used to target HIV and other fast-mutating viruses

Scientists have successfully mapped telomerase, finding that differences in its gene are associated with both cancer risk and telomere length.  The variants involved in various cancer risks were surprisingly not the same as those that changed telomere length.

DNA re-alignments in stem cells have been shown to be the driving force behind the development of prostate cancer.  This finding allows for the development of drugs that target stem cells, leading more effective prostate cancer therapies.

Computer scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst report on the overall improvement in quality of life of a stroke patient undergoing robot-delivered speech and physical therapy

Have computational intelligence systems gone too far in terms of internet privacy?  Or are they improving our lives like experts say?  Decide for yourself here.

Thanks to Herschel space observatory, astronomers have discovered some of the youngest stars ever seen by man.

Researchers at Stanford University have developed a hydrogel process that will forever change whole-organ imaging.  Researchers were able to render an entire mouse brain transparent, no slicing or sectioning required!

New studies have pinpointed the overlap between gambling and drug addiction.  Understanding the cognitive and neural mechanisms of addiction will allow treatment and prevention of problem gambling.
NASA has announced the first results in its search for dark matter! Their results can be read here.

Recent measurements of the DNA mutation rate in humans challenge early theories about human evolution, including the date when non-Africans and modern African populations diverged.


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