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Exploring unknowns in cancer, the human brain, and the road ahead

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Double major Kerrie Greene builds connections in her research and her community. Looking up at the sun-filled atrium of the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Complex, MIT senior Kerrie Greene smiles. “I love this building,” she says about the place that houses the lab where she first became interested in the inner workings of the human...

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Bursting bubbles launch bacteria from water to air

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Study illuminates new mode of bacteria dispersal. Wherever there’s water, there’s bound to be bubbles floating at the surface. From standing puddles, lakes, and streams, to swimming pools, hot tubs, public fountains, and toilets, bubbles are ubiquitous, indoors and out. A new MIT study shows how bubbles contaminated with bacteria can act as tiny microbial...

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FSU researcher improving maternal mental health outcomes in Florida

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About 15 percent of all mothers in Florida report experiencing depression during pregnancy or after childbirth, but fewer than 20 percent of mothers seek or have access to professional help. Much of the problem lies in the lack of routine screening by prenatal care providers. A new grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration...

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Platform helps farmers out of extreme poverty

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Social enterprise Ricult uses digital tools to empower rural farmers in developing countries. More than half of the world’s poorest people live on small farms in rural areas of developing countries, accounting for over 2 billion people living on around two dollars a day. Many of the hardships of smallholder farmers are the result of...

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‘Waltzing’ nanoparticles could advance search for more effective drug delivery methods

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IU scientists watch the 'swirling and spinning' of therapeutic nanoparticles to better understand their cellular binding. BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University researchers have discovered that drug-delivering nanoparticles attach to their targets differently based upon their position when they meet -- like ballroom dancers who change their moves with the music. The study, published today in...

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Weightlifting is good for your heart and it doesn’t take much

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AMES, Iowa – Lifting weights for less than an hour a week may reduce your risk for a heart attack or stroke by 40 to 70 percent, according to a new Iowa State University study. Spending more than an hour in the weight room did not yield any additional benefit, the researchers found. “People may...

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Structure of fossil-fuel source rocks is finally decoded

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Detailed 3-D imaging of kerogen, a source of petroleum and natural gas, could improve estimates of recoverable amounts. The fossil fuels that provide much of the world’s energy orginate in a type of rock known as kerogen, and the potential for recovering these fuels depends crucially on the size and connectedness of the rocks’ internal...

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Brain activity pattern may be early sign of schizophrenia

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In a study that might enable earlier diagnosis, neuroscientists find abnormal brain connections that can predict onset of psychotic episodes. Schizophrenia, a brain disorder that produces hallucinations, delusions, and cognitive impairments, usually strikes during adolescence or young adulthood. While some signs can suggest that a person is at high risk for developing the disorder, there...

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Study uncovers high levels of previously unsuspected pollutant in homes, environment

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Scientists at Indiana University found high levels of a previously unsuspected pollutant in homes, in an electronic waste recycling facility and in the natural environment. People are likely to be exposed to this pollutant by breathing contaminated dust or through skin contact. The chemical, tri(2,4-di-t-butylphenyl) phosphate or TDTBPP, is part of a family of organophosphates...

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FSU researcher testing safety of low-dose ketamine to treat depression

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Mohamed Kabbaj, professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. (Credit: Colin Hackley) People who get no depression relief from Prozac-type medicines have found a fast-acting substitute in a drug called ketamine. But is it safe? The National Institutes of Health has awarded a Florida State University researcher nearly $2 million to investigate ketamine, which some...

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