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Arthritis, Treatment, Algae, brown algae, Biotechnology

Treating Arthritis with Algae

Researchers at ETH Zurich, Empa and the Norwegian research institute SINTEF are pursuing a new approach to treating arthritis. This is based on a polysaccharide, a long-chain sugar molecule, originating from brown algae. When chemically modified, this "alginate" reduces oxidative stress, has an anti-inflammatory effect in cell culture tests and suppresses the immune reaction against cartilage cells, thereby combating the causes of arthritis. The research is, however, still in its infancy.

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Nanoengineering, wearable electronic devices, biofuel cells, Batteries, wearables

Stretchable Biofuel Cells Extract Energy From Sweat to Power Wearable Devices

A team of engineers has developed stretchable fuel cells that extract energy from sweat and are capable of powering electronics, such as LEDs and Bluetooth radios. The biofuel cells generate 10 times more power per surface area than any existing wearable biofuel cells. The devices could be used to power a range of wearable devices.

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Biofuel, Cyanobacteria, Sandia National Laboratories

Biofuels From Bacteria

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Can a group of three single-celled, algae-like organisms produce high quantities of sugar just right for making biofuels? Laboratory results indicate that they can. Sandia National Laboratories is helping Bay Area-based HelioBioSys understand whether these cyanobacteria can be grown large scale.

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loon conservation, Translocation, LOON, Common Loon, Ricketts Conservation Foundation, Biodiversity Research Institute

BRI Announces Findings of Common Loon Translocation Study

Portland, ME—Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) has confirmed today that the translocation of loon chicks from Maine to Massachusetts has resulted in at least one loon returning to its release lake. In its fifth year of a five-year initiative funded by the Ricketts Conservation Foundation, Restore the Call is the largest Common Loon conservation study ever conducted. Research efforts have focused in three key U.S. breeding population areas from the western mountains to the Atlantic seaboard.

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Nature Photonics

New Bioimaging Technique Is Fast and Economical

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A new approach to optical imaging makes it possible to quickly and economically monitor multiple molecular interactions in a large area of living tissue – such as an organ or a small animal; technology that could have applications in medical diagnosis, guided surgery, or pre-clinical drug testing.

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SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Lassa virus, Science, Biological Science, structural molecular biology, X-ray science, X-ray Crystallogaphy, SSRL, Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, Synchrotron, lightsource

Kathryn Hastie Wins Spicer Award for Lassa Virus Work at SLAC’s X-Ray Synchrotron

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Kathryn Hastie, staff scientist at The Scripps Research Institute, has spent the last decade studying how the deadly Lassa virus – which causes up to half a million cases of Lassa fever each year in West Africa – enters human cells via a cell surface receptor.

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UC Santa Cruz Genomics Undergrad Awarded Prestigious NIH Research Scholarship

UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute scholar Stefanie Brizuela has been selected by the Scientific Review Committee of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) as a UGSP Scholar. As a UGSP Scholar, Brizuela will receive a scholarship for qualified educational and living expenses up to $20,000 for the 2017-2018 academic year.

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Biochemistry, Neurochemistry, Neurobiolgy, Parkinson's Disease

Researchers Make Surprising Discovery About How Neurons Talk to Each Other

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New findings challenge existing dogma that neurons release fixed amounts of chemical signal at any one time and could have implications for brain disorders including Parkinson's and schizhophrenia.

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The Laws of Attraction: Pheromones Don’t Lie, Research in Fruit Flies Shows

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For the first time, scientists have shown that a female fruit fly’s pheromone signals can actually tell males how much energy her body has invested in egg production versus in storing away energy for her own survival. And it’s a signal that she can’t change in order to make herself more attractive.

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OpenCon, Open Access, Open Data, open science, National Harbor, Maryland, 232nd ECS Meeting, Meeting, Meetings, Conference

ECS OpenCon 2017 Explores Ideas for Next Generation Research

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ECS OpenCon will be the Society’s first, large community event to discuss the future of how research is designed, shared, vetted, and disseminated, with the ultimate goal of making scientific progress faster. Featuring vocal advocates in the open movement, ECS OpenCon will examine the intersection of advances in research infrastructure, the researcher experience, funder mandates and policies, as well as the global shift that is happening in traditional scholarly communications.







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