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UCI researchers find epigenetic tie to neuropsychiatric disorders

7/21/2014
Irvine, Calif., July 21, 2014 Dysfunction in dopamine signaling profoundly changes the activity level of about 2,000 genes in the brain's prefrontal cortex and may be an underlying cause of certain complex neuropsychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia, according to UC Irvine scientists. This epigenetic alteration of gene activity in brain cells that receive this neurotransmitter sho... [Comments]

Parents rank their obese children as 'very healthy'

7/21/2014
A University of California, San Diego School of Medicine-led study suggests that parents of obese children often do not recognize the potentially serious health consequences of childhood weight gain or the importance of daily physical activity in helping their child reach a healthy weight. The study is published online in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics . "Parent... [Comments]

Catching grease to cut grill pollution

7/21/2014
RIVERSIDE, Calif. A team of University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering students have designed a tray that when placed under the grates of a backyard grill reduces by 70 percent the level of a harmful pollutant produced during cooking. The one-eighth inch thick steel... [Comments]Catching grease to cut grill pollution

Montreal hosts International Union of Microbiology Societies congresses

7/21/2014
Emerging infectious diseases, vaccination, antibiotic resistance, and cheating in science are among the topics to be discussed by leading bacteriology, virology, and mycology experts in Montreal at the three International Union of Microbiological Societies congresses (IUMS) from July 27 to August 1, 2014. Some 2,000 participants from more than 80 countries are expected at the 14th Internationa... [Comments]

International Space Station researcher guides aim to maximize science

7/21/2014
How many times do we see an innovation and think, "Of course! Why didn't I think of that?" Our minds start turning towards thoughts of our own invention, sparking ideas and building possibilities. This type of inspiration is the concept behind the International Space Station Program Science Of... [Comments]International Space Station researcher guides aim to maximize science

Fires in Indonesia, July 2014

7/21/2014
Terra and Aqua satellites detected 154 hotspots in areas across Riau province on Sunday, July 20, indicating forest and land fires had increased again following a decline in rainfall. The number of detected hotspots in Sunday's report was far higher than what had been reported one day prior... [Comments]Fires in Indonesia, July 2014

Another advancement in imaging from INRS professor François Légaré's team

7/21/2014
Franois Lgar's team at the INRS nergie Matriaux Tlcommunications Research Centre successfully imaged a chemical reaction with a spatial and temporal resolution greatly exceeding that obtained to date using microscopes. The team used a femtosecond laser source to shoot a molecular movie of how an acetylene molecule turns into vinylidene. An article presenting the advancement was recently publish... [Comments]

Researchers simplify process to purify water using seed extracts

7/21/2014
Researchers have streamlined and simplified a process that uses extracts from seeds of Moringa oleifa trees to purify water, reducing levels of harmful bacteria by 90% to 99%. The hardy trees that are drought resistant are cultivated widely throughout many countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The protocol, which is outlined in a Current Protocols in Microbiology review, is low-c... [Comments]

Philosopher uses game theory to understand how words, actions acquire meaning

7/21/2014
MANHATTAN, KANSAS -- Why does the word "dog" have meaning? If you say "dog" to a friend, why does your friend understand you? Kansas State University philosopher Elliott Wagner aims to address these types of questions in his latest research, which focuses on long-standing philosophical que... [Comments]Philosopher uses game theory to understand how words, actions acquire meaning

Stem cells aid muscle repair and strengthening after resistance exercise

7/21/2014
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. A new study in mice reveals that mesenchymal (mezz-EN-chem-uhl) stem cells (MSCs) help rejuvenate skeletal muscle after resistance exercise. By injecting MSCs into mouse leg muscles prior to several bouts of eccentric exercise (similar to the lengthening contractions... [Comments]Stem cells aid muscle repair and strengthening after resistance exercise

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