Life Science

The Roomba Air-Pollution Detector

The Roomba Air-Pollution Detector

The Roomba floor-cleaning robot has been around for a few years now, and while most of us have seen it’s infomercial on late night television, researchers at the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (PLOTS) and the Rhode Island ...

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Salamanders as an Ecological Indicator

The world’s smallest salamander, pictured here next to a dime, is found in Georgia. (photo courtesy UGA) The California Tiger Salamander is on the verge of extinction (photo courtesy National Geographic Society) Ranging from the tiny Patch-Nosed Salamander with adults ...

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Laurie O’Keefe-Ant Insect Society

Laurie O’Keefe-Ant Insect Society

The profession of medical and biological illustration is an elite one, with very few members. Of those at the top of their game is Laurie O’Keefe, who created the image featured this week, “Ant Insect Society.” Ms. O’Keefe has a ...

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Cancer Prevention May Begin at the Produce Stand

Cancer Prevention May Begin at the Produce Stand

Georgetown researchers were the first to determine the link between eating cruciferous vegetables and reduced cancer incidence. The medical community has known for some time that eating cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, watercress, and cauliflower seemed to lower cancer risk. It ...

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Purdue Developing New Wound Healing Materials

Purdue Developing New Wound Healing Materials

Alyssa Panitch, an associate professor in Purdue’s Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, peers into a sampling of a scaffold-like material that is designed to be injected into the body. The material starts off as a liquid then fastly hardens to ...

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New Mechanism May Improve Hearing Aids

New Mechanism May Improve Hearing Aids

Diagram of the structure of the human ear. Source: MIT. Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts have been researching how the human ear distinguishes between sounds with subtle differences. They have identified a particular mutation affecting ...

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New Techniques of Bone Analysis Reveal Insights

Department Head, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Project Lead – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Shoulder x-ray. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has developed a technique using “laser-capture microscopy” that allows researchers to collect large amounts of biochemical information from nanoscale bone samples. Since ...

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Herpes Virus Holds New Hope for Gene Therapy

Herpes Virus Holds New Hope for Gene Therapy

Peter O’Hare PhD – Research Director Protein Trafficking and Gene Regulation Laboratory – Marie Curie Institute Scientists at the Marie Curie Institute in Surrey, England have developed a method of disbursement of therapeutic genetic material via fusion to the herpes ...

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Treating Cluster Headaches with LSD

The chemical structure of LSD. Source: Acdx/Wikipedia. Researchers at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts have developed a new treatment for cluster headaches based on the famous psychedelic drug lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) but without the hallucinogenic effects. The drug BOL-148 ...

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Mathematical Model for Carb Loading

A researcher at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts has developed an algorithm for determining how carbohydrates are burned during marathon racing, enabling runners to calculate when to eat and how much food to consume ...

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