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Undergraduates Design and Build ‘Sandbox’ to Show How Gravity Works

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The University of Iowa has a new sandbox—and it’s used to explain gravity. Undergraduates physics and astronomy designed and built an augmented-reality sandbox where users can design their own universe and then watch how gravity affects an object as it travels through the imagined environment.

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Rural ER Patients See Health Care Provider More Quickly if Hospital Is Equipped with Telemedicine Services

Patients at rural hospitals with telemedicine services see a health care provider six minutes more quickly than patients in hospitals that have no such technology, according to a new study from University of Iowa researchers.

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Animals, Cognition, Behavior, Animal intelligence, Evolution, Psychology

Pigeons Can Discriminate Both Space and Time

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Pigeons aren't so bird-brained after all. New research from the University of Iowa shows that pigeons can discriminate the abstract concepts of space and time, likely using a different region of the brain than humans and primates to do so. Results appear in the journal Current Biology.

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The Lonely Shopper

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A University of Iowa researcher finds that lonely people tend to buy more stuff because their loneliness wears them out, making it harder for them to resist their urge to acquire new things. They also tend to bond with the things they buy, forming meaningful relationships with them.

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Kicking the Habit, Online

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Online social networks designed to help smokers kick the tobacco habit are effective, especially if users are active participants, according to a new study from the University of Iowa and the Truth Initiative, a nonprofit anti-tobacco organization.

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Biology, Cell Biology, Aging, Neurodegenative Disease, Alzheimer's Disease, Huntington's Disease, Dementia

Worms Learn to Smell Danger

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University of Iowa researchers report that a roundworm can learn to put on alert a defense system important for protecting cells from damage. The finding could lead to a new approach for treating neurodegenerative diseases in humans caused by damaged cells.

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Physicists Win Grant for Potential Mission to Study Earth's and Sun's Magnetic Fields

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A team led by University of Iowa physicist Craig Kletzing has won $1.25 million from NASA to conceptualize a potential mission that would study the mysterious, powerful interactions between the magnetic fields of the sun and Earth.

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Prostaglandin E1 Inhibits Leukemia Stem Cells

Two drugs, already approved for safe use in people, may be able to improve therapy for chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), a blood cancer that affects myeloid cells, according to results from a University of Iowa study in mice.

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Kidney, Renal agenesis, Renal and Kidney, Biology, Medicine & Health, Hereditary Disease, Hereditary Disorders, CRISP/Cas9, whole exome sequencing

Biologists Identify Gene Involved in Kidney-Related Birth Defects

A team led by University of Iowa researchers has identified a gene linked to rare kidney-related birth defects. When working properly, a gene called GREB1L activates a cascade of signals that ultimately tells other genes what they need to do to create a kidney. Results published in the journal Genetics.

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Hospitalization Costs From Gun Injuries Exceeds $622 Million a Year

Hospitalization costs associated with gun injuries in the U.S. exceeded $622 million a year, much of it paid for by taxpayers through Medicare and Medicaid, according to a new study by the University of Iowa College of Public Health.







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