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...

Engineering researchers use laser to ‘weld’ neurons

A research team based in the University of Alberta Faculty of Engineering has developed a method of connecting neurons, using ultrashort laser pulses–a breakthrough technique that opens the door to new medical research and treatment opportunities. The team is...

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...

Homeownership a ‘dream deferred’ for millennial generation

For previous generations of Americans, homeownership was seen as one of the final rites of passage into adulthood and financial independence. Despite the Great Recession and the subsequent housing crash, more than 85 percent of the millennial generation — that...

Rare bumble bee may be making a comeback in Pacific northwest

Bombus occidentalis used to be the most common bumble bee species in the Pacific Northwest, but in the mid 1990s it became one of the rarest. Now, according to an article in the Journal of Insect Science offers, it may be making a comeback. “The population seems...

Researchers pinpoint origin of sighing reflex in the brain

“You must remember this: a kiss is just a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh.” Contrary to the words immortalized by the piano singer in “Casablanca,” a sigh is far more than a sigh. Heaving an unconscious sigh is a life-sustaining reflex that helps preserve lung function....

China policies will cut CO2 emissions without hurting economy

A new study co-authored by an MIT professor shows that China’s new efforts to price carbon could lower the country’s carbon dioxide emissions significantly without impeding economic development over the next three decades. Based on a unique model that links China’s...

New polymer takes its shape from your body heat

It’s nothing new for polymers to change shape when exposed to heat. But researchers at the University of Rochester have created one that can derive its plastic yoga by body heat alone. The new material, created by Mitch Anthamatten and grad student Yuan Meng, is...

Fossil fish had a HUUUGE mouth

Researchers have uncovered a couple of new fossils of fish that dined on plankton. They come from the genus Rhinconichthys, lived around 92 million years ago, and to say they were big-mouths doesn’t do them justice. Examples of Rhinconichthys are rare, according...

Gross creepy-crawly inspires robot design

The fact that that U.S. cockroaches (Periplaneta americana) can ooze their way into rooms or cupboards through the smallest cracks, and hide in tiny crevices, freaks Americans out on some primal level. That the critters can then run at top speed, even when flattened...

Engineers 3D-print a New Lifelike Liver Tissue for Drug Screening

A team led by engineers at the University of California, San Diego has 3D-printed a tissue that closely mimics the human liver’s sophisticated structure and function. The new model could be used for patient-specific drug screening and disease modeling. The work was...

2015 was the worst year on record for shark attacks

It’s the kind of record no one wants to break: the most shark attacks in a single year. But 2015 did just that, with 98 unprovoked attacks worldwide, beating the previous record of 88 set in 2000, according to the International Shark Attack File housed at the...

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