Monthly Archives: February 2016

Blood vessels sprout under pressure

It is blood pressure that drives the opening of small capillaries during angiogenesis. A team of researchers has observed the process for the first time.

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Researchers make key improvement in solar cell technology

Researchers have reached a critical milestone in solar cell fabrication, helping pave the way for solar energy to directly compete with electricity generated by conventional energy sources.

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Illuminating the broad spectrum of disease

A new method that dramatically simplifies an arduous experimental process in early drug discovery has been described by researchers in a new report. Their method, called PRISM, uses a molecular barcoding system to test potential drug compounds on cance...

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Loss of MHCI in motor neurons leads to ALS astrocyte toxicity

Until recently, the role of astrocytes, glial cells that normally support motor neurons, in motor neuron death has been a mystery, but new research sheds light on molecular mechanisms responsible for motor neuron death in ALS. In this study, scientists...

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Many prostate cancer patients saved from unnecessary treatments and side effects

Men with slow-growing prostate cancer are increasingly avoiding unnecessary and potentially harmful treatment in favor of an approach called active surveillance -- monitoring the cancer with regular tests and treating it only if it changes to a higher ...

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Study defines social motivations of urban farms

Two thirds of urban farmers have a social mission that goes beyond food production and profits, finds new American research. The researchers found that food production is an essential part of the mission for all urban farms, but approximately two third...

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Immune therapy breaks down wall around pancreatic tumors for chemo to attack

In a new preclinical study, researchers have uncovered the poorly understood mechanics of how macrophages can be “re-educated” by an experimental immune therapy to help tear down the scaffolding that surrounds and protects pancreas cancer from chemotherapy.

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I’ll cry if i want to: Emotional exhaustion harms society’s outcasts

Most theories suggest some people are willing to view stigmatized individuals, such as drug addicts, as less than human because believing people in these situations don't have the capacity to think and feel like others makes it easier to marginalize them. Research has now found another reason why people may dehumanize society’s outcasts: emotional exhaustion.

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Is rare wildlife traded on the darknet?

Unlike illicit trade in drugs, guns or pornography, illicit trade in rare wildlife doesn't have to hide on the 'darknet' because people can find whatever rare species they want in the open marketplace. The so-called darknet is not required for trade in...

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Device ‘fingerprints’ could help protect power grid, other industrial systems

Researchers are using the unique electronic 'voices' produced by devices on the electrical grid to determine which signals are legitimate and which signals might be from attackers. These fingerprints could also be used to protect networked industrial c...

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