Grad Student Uses Her Disease to Fuel Research

It was in April 2013 that University of Arizona student Laura Hopkins was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic autoimmune disease that causes the body’s defense system to attack itself. In rheumatoid arthritis, which disproportionately affects women,...

Three Charged in $1 Billion Gov’t Health Fraud

Three Miami-area health care providers were charged today in a fraud scheme that resulted in more than $1 billion in losses. In what Department of Justice officials called the largest-ever criminal health care fraud case brought against individuals, prosecutors allege...

Resistance to antidepressants linked to metabolism

Often, clinical depression has company; it shows up in the brain alongside metabolic abnormalities, such as elevated blood sugar, in the body. While studying an experimental antidepressant in rats, Rockefeller University researchers and their colleagues at Karolinska...

Koreans say they’ll help develop Hyperloop technology

Imagine one could make a train trip from Seoul to Busan in about 16 minutes. This may sound implausible, but a team of researchers at UNIST are developing core technologies to produce a new form of futuristic transportation to bring that dream to life: the supersonic...

NSF, other federal science websites down

From the National Science Foundation website: A power failure in the NSF Data Center Thursday evening caused all servers to shut down. This means that NSF IT Systems are unavailable to NSF staff and our research community of applicants and awardees. Here is what you...

Seeing the Milky Way’s Giant Black Hole with New Eyes

At the center of our Milky Way galaxy lies a cosmic beast called Sagittarius A*. This supermassive black hole packs about four million sun-masses into a volume roughly the size of our solar system. Recently, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope began exploring this...

Artificial muscle for soft robotics: low voltage, high hopes

Soft robots do a lot of things well but they’re not exactly known for their speed. The artificial muscles that move soft robots, called actuators, tend to rely on hydraulics or pneumatics, which are slow to respond and difficult to store. Dielectric elastomers, soft...

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