Bacteria’s shapeshifting behaviour clue to new treatments for urinary tract infections

Urinary tract infections are both very common and potentially very dangerous. More than half of all Australian women will suffer from a UTI in their lifetime, and nearly one in…

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New way in which T cells learn to tell friend from foe

The human immune system is a nearly perfect defense mechanism. It protects the body from disease-causing bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens. It detects nascent tumors and eradicates them. It cleans…

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Emergency care and hospitalizations higher among cannabis users, study finds

Visits to the emergency department and hospitalizations are 22 per cent higher among individuals who use cannabis compared with those who do not, according to a new study. Visits to…

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DOE backs Rice physicists’ collaboration

HOUSTON – (June 27, 2022) – Two Rice University nuclear physicists have received Department of Energy backing to continue their research on the fundamental properties of matter in extreme conditions. HOUSTON…

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Single-atom tractor beams power chemical catalysis

By trapping light into tiny gaps only a few atoms wide, a team from the NanoPhotonics Centre has magnified optical forces a thousand-fold, strong enough to force atoms into positions…

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Deadly fungus can multiply by having sex, which could produce more drug-resistant, virulent strains

Researchers at McMaster University have unlocked an evolutionary mystery of a deadly pathogen responsible for fueling the superbug crisis: itcan reproduce by having sex. And while such fraternizing is infrequent,…

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Virus discovery offers clues about origins of complex life

The first discovery of viruses infecting a group of microbes that may include the ancestors of all complex life has been found, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin…

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Microbial link between Western-style diet and incidence of colorectal cancer uncovered

New research builds the case that a Western-style diet — rich in red and processed meat, sugar and refined grains/carbohydrates — is tied to higher risk of colorectal cancer through…

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Oxytocin spreads cooperation in social networks

Administering oxytocin to the central members of a social network spreads cooperation via increased punishment of uncooperative behavior, according to new research published in JNeurosci. Administering oxytocin to the central…

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Tough new robots will aim to think and act for themselves in the most hazardous places on Earth – and beyond

A new generation of smart robots is being developed at The University of Manchester as part of an ambitious R&D programme to help the UK maintain its leadership in automatation…

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