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Study: People tend to locate the self in the brain or the heart – and it affects their judgments and decisions
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Whether people locate their sense of self in the brain or the heart can have a major influence on their decision-making, according to a new study by management and business experts at Rice University and Columbia University.

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Alzheimer protein’s structure may explain its toxicity
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Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have determined the molecular structure of one of the proteins in the fine fibers of the brain plaques that are a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. This molecule, called amyloid beta-42, is toxic to nerve cells and is believed to provoke the disease cascade.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 18 May 2015 18:43
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Cotton fibres instead of carbon nanotubes
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Plant-based cellulose nanofibres do not pose a short-term health risk, especially short fibres, shows a study conducted in the context of National Research Programme "Opportunities and Risks of Nanomaterials" (NRP 64). But lung cells are less efficient in eliminating longer fibres.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 May 2015 14:11
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Study illuminates role of cancer drug decitabine in repairing damaged cells
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A Purdue University study sheds light on how cell damage is reversed by the cancer drug decitabine and identifies a potential biomarker that could indicate a patient's stage of cancer and response to treatment.

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Walking an Extra Two Minutes Each Hour May Offset Hazards of Sitting Too Long
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A new study suggests that engaging in low intensity activities such as standing may not be enough to offset the health hazards of sitting for long periods of time. On the bright side, adding two minutes of walking each hour to your routine just might do the trick. These findings were published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN).

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Chromosome-folding theory shows promise
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 April 2015 15:52
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​Keeping food visible throughout the house is linked to obesity
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Researchers have identified two seemingly unrelated but strong predictors of obesity: having low self-esteem related to one’s weight and keeping food visibly available around the house, outside the kitchen.

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Invasion of the earthworms, mapped and analyzed
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This small worm—Dendrobaena octaedra, sometimes called the octagonal-tail worm—measures less than an inch long, but the invasive species is impacting the ecology of the boreal forest in Alberta. Photo courtesy of Erin Cameron, University of Alberta.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2015 20:34
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Autism and prodigy share a common genetic link
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Researchers have uncovered the first evidence of a genetic link between prodigy and autism.

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Calaveras-Hayward fault link means potentially larger quakes
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UC Berkeley seismologists have proven that the Hayward Fault is essentially a branch of the Calaveras Fault that runs east of San Jose, which means that both could rupture together, resulting in a significantly more destructive earthquake than previously thought.

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New target for anticancer drugs: RNA
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Most of today’s anticancer drugs target the DNA or proteins in tumor cells, but a new discovery by University of California, Berkeley, scientists unveils a whole new set of potential targets: the RNA intermediaries between DNA and proteins.

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