Category: Science

Systems approach helps assess public health impacts of changing climate, environmental policies

Systems approach helps assess public health impacts of changing climate, environmental policies

Scientists offer an alternative way to understand and minimize health impacts from human-caused changes to the climate and environment. …read more

Novel small molecule potently attenuates neuroinflammation in brain and glial cells

Novel small molecule potently attenuates neuroinflammation in brain and glial cells

In a preclinical study show that their small molecule drug, SRI-42127, can potently attenuate the triggers of neuroinflammation. These experiments in glial cell cultures and mice now open the door to testing SRI-42127 in models of acute and chronic neurological injury. …read more

If endangered primates disappear, so will their parasites. That’s actually a problem

If endangered primates disappear, so will their parasites. That’s actually a problem

People are more aware of the plight of endangered gorillas than of gorillas’ gut worms, and are understandably more enamored with mouse lemurs than their mites. Half of the world’s roughly 500 primate species are at risk of extinction due to human activities such as hunting, trapping and deforestation. But the demise of the world’s threatened primates could also trigger even more extinctions for the parasites that lurk within them, finds a new study. …read more

A new solid-state battery surprises the researchers who created it

A new solid-state battery surprises the researchers who created it

Engineers created a new type of battery that weaves two promising battery sub-fields into a single battery. The battery uses both a solid state electrolyte and an all-silicon anode, making it a silicon all-solid-state battery. The initial rounds of tests show that the new battery is safe, long lasting, and energy dense. It holds promise for a wide range of applications from grid storage to electric vehicles. …read more

Scientists develop artificial intelligence method to predict anti-cancer immunity

Scientists develop artificial intelligence method to predict anti-cancer immunity

Researchers and data scientists have developed an artificial intelligence technique that can identify which cell surface peptides produced by cancer cells called neoantigens are recognized by the immune system. …read more

Sex and the symbiont: Can algae hookups help corals survive?

Sex and the symbiont: Can algae hookups help corals survive?

Scientists have discovered that symbiotic single-celled algae that live inside of and feed corals can reproduce not only by mitosis, but also sexually. Encouraging sex in these algae can accelerate their evolution to produce strains better able to help reefs cope with climate change. …read more

How a city’s design creates congestion

How a city’s design creates congestion

City planners predict that as more people move into urban areas, traffic jams will get worse. That’s why sustainability experts propose a new way to analyze traffic congestion. Using more precise measures to describe the shape of cities and considering other socioeconomic factors, the model, which was applied to nearly 100 American cities, could lead to a better understanding of the link between congestion and land use. …read more

Metals supercharge promising method to bury harmful carbon dioxide under the sea

Metals supercharge promising method to bury harmful carbon dioxide under the sea

Researchers have found a way to supercharge the formation of carbon dioxide-based crystal structures that could someday store billions of tons of carbon under the ocean floor for centuries, if not forever. …read more

Those earrings are so last year – but the reason you’re wearing them is ancient

Those earrings are so last year – but the reason you’re wearing them is ancient

Shell beads found in a cave in Morocco are at least 142,000 years old. The archaeologists who found them say they’re the earliest known evidence of a widespread form of human communication. …read more

Wind energy can deliver vital slash to global warming

Wind energy can deliver vital slash to global warming

Implementing advance wind energy scenarios could achieve a reduction in global warming atmospheric average temperatures of 0.3 to 0.8 degrees Celsius by the end of the century, according to new research. …read more