Southwest sliding into a drier climate

The weather patterns that typically bring moisture to the southwestern United States are becoming more rare, an indication that the region is sliding into the drier climate state predicted by global models, according to a new study. “A normal year in the...

Lipid-based diets effectively combat Alzheimer’s in mouse model

Alzheimer´s disease (AD) is the most common disease underlying memory problems and dementia in the elderly. One of the invariable pathologies in AD is degeneration of cholinergic synapses in brain cortex and hippocampus. Despite enormous effort to find out an...

A star’s moment in the spotlight

The glowing region in this new image from the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope is a reflection nebula known as IC 2631. These objects are clouds of cosmic dust that reflect light from a nearby star into space, creating a stunning light show like the one captured here. IC...

Hydrogels can put stem cells to sleep

Unlike normal cells, stem cells are pluripotent — they can become any cell type, which makes them powerful potential treatments for diseases such as diabetes, leukemia and age-related blindness. However, maintaining this versatility until the time is right is a...

Women are winners when it comes to crowdfunding

Research conducted in part by a Berkeley-Haas School of Business professor shows that women in the business world may struggle to keep up with their male counterparts when it comes to jobs and financing, but come out ahead with crowdfunding. Andreea Gorbatai, an...

So that’s why! Riddle of cement’s structure is finally solved

Concrete is the world’s most widely used construction material, so abundant that its production is one of the leading sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Yet answers to some fundamental questions about the microscopic structure and behavior of this ubiquitous...

Sneezing: Not the simple, liquidy mess you imagined

Here’s some incentive to cover your mouth the next time you sneeze: New high-speed videos captured by MIT researchers show that as a person sneezes, they launch a sheet of fluid that balloons, then breaks apart in long filaments that destabilize, and finally disperses...

Prozac trial to assess prenatal treatment of Down syndrome

Paul Watson is a father, a husband and a Southwest Airlines pilot. But as an explorer, he searches each city he lands in for the labs of local scientists studying Down syndrome. He’s also the “ideas man” behind the first human trial to test fluoxetine, also known as...

Music to My Ears: Playing Video Games Might be Good for You

Wait! What? Playing video games might actually be good for you? Well, it might be, at least when it comes to playing music video games such as the enormously popular Rock Band and Guitar Hero, a UNLV study has found. The study, conducted by UNLV psychology professors...

Barley can help improve blood sugar levels and reduce appetite

A recent study from Lund University in Sweden shows that barley can rapidly improve people’s health by reducing blood sugar levels and risk for diabetes. The secret lies in the special mixture of dietary fibres found in barley, which can also help reduce...

The universe’s primordial soup flowing at CERN

Researchers have recreated the universe’s primordial soup in miniature format by colliding lead atoms with extremely high energy in the 27 km long particle accelerator, the LHC at CERN in Geneva. The primordial soup is a so-called quark-gluon plasma and...

Superconductivity: Footballs with no resistance

Superconductors have long been confined to niche applications, due to the fact that the highest temperature at which even the best of these materials becomes resistance-free is minus 70 degrees Celsius. Nowadays they are mainly used in magnets for nuclear magnetic...

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