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July 27, 2016

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July 27, 2016

Historical Love-Affair With Indulgent Foods

July 26, 2016 — Our desire for indulgent meals may be over 500 years old. A new analysis of European and American paintings across five centuries shows that salt, bread, sausage, and shellfish were among the most ... read more

July 20, 2016 — Getting fit and athletic -- while sitting? Researchers are developing an active chair. At first glance, the chair looks just like another other reclining chair with a footrest you would find in a ... read more

Garlic Aroma Found in Breast Milk

July 15, 2016 — Food chemists have found that garlic aroma is evident in the breast milk of women who have consumed garlic. This is caused by allyl methyl sulfide -- a metabolite which is first formed in a strong ... read more

Spit Personality

July 13, 2016 — In the name of spit science, Douglas Granger and his colleagues have collected saliva samples from a restless polar bear, a college marching band and Navy medics dodging bullets in simulated combat. ... read more

July 11, 2016 — A new temporary 'electronic tattoo' that can measure the activity of muscle and nerve cells researchers is poised to revolutionize medicine, rehabilitation, and even business and marketing ... read more

July 7, 2016 — Architectural design is often concerned with energy efficiency or aesthetics, not microbial exposure. But, in a new article environmental engineers make a case for assessing the benefits of having ... read more

July 6, 2016 — Mathematicians have shown it is theoretically possible to design ideal climbing ropes to safely slow falling rock and mountain climbers like brakes decelerate a car. They hope someone develops a ... read more

July 1, 2016 — Ideally, injectable or implantable medical devices should not only be small and electrically functional, they should be soft, like the body tissues with which they interact. Scientists set out to see ... read more

June 30, 2016 — A study of the University of Cambridge anatomy collection dating from the 1700s and 1800s shows how the bodies of stillborn fetuses and babies were valued for research into human development, and ... read more

June 30, 2016 — Stimulating the brain with a mild electrical current can temporarily sharpen vision without glasses or contacts, researchers have ... read more

June 29, 2016 — Crucial new evidence has revealed modern humans (Homo sapiens) were likely using fire at Liang Bua 41,000 years ago, narrowing the time gap between the last hobbits (Homo floresiensis) and the first ... read more

June 29, 2016 — Scientists have found preliminary evidence that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other compounds found in marijuana can promote the cellular removal of amyloid beta, a toxic protein associated with ... read more

Lost Hormone Is Found in Starfish

June 28, 2016 — Biologists have discovered that the evolutionary history of a hormone responsible for sexual maturity in humans is written in the genes of the humble ... read more

June 27, 2016 — Strands of cow cartilage substitute for ink in a 3-D bioprinting process that may one day create cartilage patches for worn out joints, according to ... read more

June 23, 2016 — Engineering graduate students, one of whom lost his hands to meningitis, design and build a foot-activated video game ... read more

June 20, 2016 — Researchers have designed and produced a self-assembling protein shell shaped like an icosahedron -- similar to those that encapsulate viruses. The achievement may open new avenues for engineering ... read more

June 7, 2016 — Researchers have developed a system that allows real-time optical and electrical observations of the gut's nervous system in a live animal. The system will allow researchers to study how this ... read more

June 2, 2016 — Researchers have demonstrated the existence of an olfactory receptor in pigment-producing cells in human skin, the so-called melanocytes. They have shown that the violet-like scent Beta-Ionone can ... read more

Rapid Bone Growth and Underwater Breathing: Putting the Science of Harry Potter’s Universe to the Test

May 27, 2016 — In the world of Harry Potter the young wizard undergoes two magical biological transformations: eating Gillyweed to grow gills in order to breathe underwater and drinking Skele-Gro to repair broken ... read more

No Dessert for You! When It Comes to Diabetes, 'Nagging Is Caring'

May 25, 2016 — For men, an unhappy marriage may actually slow the development of diabetes and promote successful treatment once they do get the disease, finds an American ... read more

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