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Floods and Coastal Erosion May Expose Contents of UK Landfills, Study Finds

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The contents of historic coastal landfill sites could pose a significant environmental threat if they erode, according to a new study from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

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Pre-Symptom Alzheimer’s Disease Detected with New Eye Scan

Early structural changes in the back of the eye — now visible with a newly developed eye scan — may indicate the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. The research is being presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) this week in Seattle, Wash.

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Blocking Blue Light May Improve Sleep According to Study

Building on existing evidence, vision researchers have found that limiting exposure to blue light after sunset increases the quality and length of sleep. The research is being presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) this week in Seattle, Wash.

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Study Finds Blueberries May Protect Against Dry Eye Disease

Pterostilbene (PS), a component of blueberries, have been found to protect against dry eye disease according to a new study. The research is being presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) this week in Seattle, Wash.

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Ebola May Lead to Blindness in Survivors According to New Findings

A new study has shown that Ebola survivors may be at risk of severe vision loss or blindness weeks after being declared virus-free. The research is being presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) this week in Seattle, Wash.

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First Skin-to-Eye Stem Cell Transplant in Humans Successful

Researchers have safely transplanted stem cells derived from a patient’s skin to the back of the eye in an effort to restore vision. The research is being presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) this week in Seattle, Wash.

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Supplement Mimics Neuroprotective Effects of Low-Calorie Diet

According to new research, injection of 3-hydroxybutyrate (3HB) offers similar protection as a low calorie diet against nerve degeneration in rats with glaucoma. The research is being presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) this week in Seattle, Wash.

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A Theory Explains Why Gaming on Touchscreens Is Clumsy

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New research challenges the belief that touchscreens are worse input devices because they lack physical buttons. The reason is that key press timing in touchscreen input is unpredictable. When timing is made more predictable, performance improves.

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Fiber-Reinforced Bowling Ball Student Competition Winners

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Student teams from around the world competed in the recent ACI Fiber-Reinforced Concrete Bowling Ball Competition. During this event, students were challenged to design and construct a fiber-reinforced concrete bowling ball that achieves optimal performance for specified tests and tasks, and document and present the team’s work to an audience of industry professionals.

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Seeing Atoms and Molecules in Action with an Electron 'Eye'

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A unique rapid-fire electron source—originally built as a prototype for driving next-generation X-ray lasers—will help scientists at Berkeley Lab study ultrafast chemical processes and changes in materials at the atomic scale.

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Victorian Age Technology Can Improve Virtual Reality, Stanford-Dartmouth Study Finds

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Virtual and augmented reality have the potential to profoundly impact our society, but the technologies have a few bugs to work out to better simulate realistic visual experience. Now, researchers at Dartmouth College and Stanford University have discovered that "monovision" -- a simple technique borrowed from ophthalmology that dates to the monocle of the Victorian Age - can improve user performance in virtual reality environments.

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A Flexible Camera: A Radically Different Approach to Imaging

Columbia Engineering researchers have developed a novel sheet camera that can be wrapped around everyday objects to capture images that cannot be taken with one or more conventional cameras. They designed and fabricated a flexible lens array that adapts its optical properties when the sheet camera is bent. This optical adaptation enables the sheet camera to produce high quality images over a wide range of sheet deformations. (To be presented at ICCP 5/13-15)

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Ludwig Scientists Share New Findings on Immunotherapy, Drug Resistance and Tumor Evolution at 2016 AACR Annual Meeting

Ludwig Cancer Research released today the full scope of advances presented by Ludwig researchers at this year’s American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting in New Orleans, La., April 16–20. Research conducted by more than 70 Ludwig scientists will be presented in symposiums, plenaries and poster sessions, and Ludwig researchers will participate in several workshops and meet-the-expert sessions over the course of the Meeting.

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UW Team Stores Digital Images in DNA — and Retrieves Them Perfectly

University of Washington and Microsoft researchers have developed one of the first complete systems to store digital data in DNA -- allowing companies to store data that today would fill a Walmart supercenter in a space the size of a sugar cube.

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Ancient Algae Offer New Hope for Hard-to-Treat Cancers

In one of the oldest life forms on Earth, scientists have discovered a new compound that shows potent anti-cancer activity. Researchers are pursuing the compound as a possible new therapy for brain tumors and triple negative breast cancer.

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New Microscope Controls Brain Activity of Live Animals

For the first time, researchers have developed a microscope capable of observing—and manipulating—neural activity in the brains of live animals at the scale of a single cell with millisecond precision. The device, which uses lasers to create holographic images within the brain, is envisioned as a “Rosetta Stone” to crack the code on how brains work.

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Move Over, Polar Bear Plunge: Ice Swimming Is Next Big Extreme Winter Water Sport

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Hundreds of athletes around the globe are competing in one-mile ice swims. Performance and human physiological response in water 5 degrees Celsius or less has not been well-studied. Researchers will present new data on how age, gender and environmental factors such as wind chill affect ice swimming performance at Experimental Biology 2016.

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Key to Herbal Remedy’s Success May Be in the Bacteria

Juzen-taiho-to, also known as shi quan da bu tang, is a most popular herbal formula in China and Japan and is used in the West by practitioners of traditional Asian medicine. New research suggests the remedy’s immune-boosting effects are due, at least in part, to bacteria that grow on the roots of one of the formula’s component herbs.

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Blueberries May Offer Benefits for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

In a series of studies conducted in rats, researchers have found that eating blueberries could help to reduce the genetic and biochemical drivers behind depression and suicidal tendencies associated with PTSD.

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Cancer Link Offers Another Reason to Avoid Highly Processed Carbs

A new study finds that consuming sugary beverages, processed foods and other energy-dense carbohydrate-containing foods markedly increased the risk of prostate cancer, choosing healthy carbs like legumes, fruits and whole grains was associated with a substantial reduction in the risk for breast, prostate and colorectal cancers.