UCI research finds parents’ unpredictable behavior may impair optimal brain circuit formation

Irvine, Calif., June 2, 2022 – Researchers at the University of California, Irvine are conducting pioneering research into the concept that unpredictable parental behaviors, together with unpredictable environment, such as lack…

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Low-cost gel film can pluck drinking water from desert air

More than a third of the world’s population lives in drylands, areas that experience significant water shortages. Scientists and engineers at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a solution…

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Light pollution can disorient monarch butterflies

Besides planting milkweed in the garden, people interested in helping monarch butterflies might want to turn off the porch light. Besides planting milkweed in the garden, people interested in helping…

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New theory promises to reshape how we think about polymer superstructures

AMHERST, Mass. – Polymer scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently announced in the journal Nature Communications that they have solved a longstanding mystery surrounding a nanoscale structure, formed…

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Laser bursts drive fastest-ever logic gates

A long-standing quest for science and technology has been to develop electronics and information processing that operate near the fastest timescales allowed by the laws of nature. A long-standing quest…

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RNA binding proteins help T cells pick their weapons before battle

Scientists at the Babraham Institute have shown that two RNA binding proteins hold the key to a stronger immune response to influenza in mice. Their findings, published today in Nature…

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Adriatic ecosystems withstand major climate shifts but wither under human impact

An analysis of more than 70,000 fossils indicates that mollusk communities were incredibly resilient to major climatic shifts during the last ice age. An analysis of more than 70,000 fossils…

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New technology solves mystery of respiration in Tetrahymena

Tetrahymena, a tiny single celled-organism, turns out to be hiding a surprising secret: it’s doing respiration — using oxygen to generate cellular energy — differently from other organisms such as…

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Once called cellular debris, tiny bubbles may play key role in understanding, treating diseases

Scientists have long puzzled about a critical way that cells communicate with one another, but Rutgers researchers have used a simple roundworm to solve the mystery. The study, which appears…

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Tufts University researchers investigate how opioid use affects offspring in rats

New research from scientists at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University suggests opioid use before pregnancy—even if not used during pregnancy itself—could result in a higher likelihood that a mother’s…

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