Machine learning discovers new sequences to boost drug delivery

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a rare genetic disease usually diagnosed in young boys, gradually weakens muscles across the body until the heart or lungs fail. Symptoms often show up by age 5; as the disease progresses, patients lose the ability to walk around age 12. Today, the average life expectancy for DMD patients hovers around […]

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Climate Change Reduces the Abundance and Diversity of Wild Bees

Wild bees are more affected by climate change than by disturbances to their habitats, according to a team of researchers led by Penn State. The research data suggest that addressing land-use issues alone will not be sufficient to protect these important pollinators. “Our study found that the most critical factor influencing wild bee abundance and […]

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Microbes turn back the clock, reverse aging in the brain.

Research from APC Microbiome Ireland (APC) SFI Research Centre at University College Cork (UCC) published today in the leading international scientific journal Nature Aging introduces a novel approach to reverse aspects of aging-related deterioration in the brain and cognitive function via the microbes in the gut. As our population ages one of the key global challenges is to […]

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Politicians in areas with most climate risk tweet about it least

Politicians are more likely to tweet about climate change if they are Democrats, represent wealthier districts and if their constituents are concerned about the climate, according to a new Cornell University study. Meanwhile, communities most at risk from climate change are less likely to see their political leaders tweet about it, the multidisciplinary team of […]

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New gene to make plants heat-tolerant in rising temperatures

With temperatures rising globally, agricultural crops are feeling the stress. Warmer weather can cause a large reduction in crop yield. The Kendal Hirschi Lab at Baylor College of Medicine recently had a patent approved for a gene to make plants more tolerant to higher temperatures. Drs. Kendal Hirschi and Ninghui Cheng discuss the importance of the patent and its environmental impact. […]

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More Efficient, Superfast Charging Lithium Batteries Closer To Markets

With the support of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) Office of Commercialization and Entrepreneurship, Texas A&M University researcher Choongho Yu, professor in the J. Mike Walker ’66 Department of Mechanical Engineering, and entrepreneurial partner Ranga Vasudevan have successfully launched a lithium-based battery technology startup called Flexodes. “High-energy density and low cost are the two most important […]

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New carnivorous plant must balance trapping prey and being pollinated

Botanists at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the University of British Columbia have discovered a new carnivorous plant in western North America. Triantha occidentalis makes its home in wetlands and bogs from Alaska to California and inland to Montana. In the summer, it shoots up tall flowering stems coated with sticky hairs that trap small insects […]

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COVID-19 During Pregnancy Associated with Preterm Birth

Individuals who contract COVID-19 while pregnant face a higher risk of having a very preterm birth, as well as any preterm birth, according to a large study led by researchers at UC San Francisco. Risk of very preterm birth, which occurs at less than 32 weeks of gestation, was 60 percent higher for people infected […]

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Drug-Resistant Bacteria Found In The Guts Of Lemurs Who Live Around Humans

Antibiotic resistance, which the CDC calls one of the world’s most urgent public health crises, is now being found in the guts of lemurs, our distant primate cousins. In a new study appearing Aug. 9 in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, Duke researchers have found evidence for antibiotic resistance in the microbiome of lemurs living […]

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Brain connectivity can build better AI

A new study shows that artificial intelligence networks based on human brain connectivity can perform cognitive tasks efficiently. By examining MRI data from a large Open Science repository, researchers reconstructed a brain connectivity pattern, and applied it to an artificial neural network (ANN). An ANN is a computing system consisting of multiple input and output […]

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