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Chinese Institute Funds New Antibiotics Work


Margaret Riley, an evolutionary biologist and pioneer research in antibiotic-resistant bacteria, announced a partnership with a Chinese scientist to develop a new drug platform, pheromonicins, with $400 million per year from Beijing. Riley plans to...
25-Feb-2015 11:30 AM EST

‘Nature’s Medicine Cabinet’ Helps Bees Reduce Disease


Researchers studying interaction between plants, pollinators and parasites say in experiments where bees infected with an intestinal parasite had reduced parasite loads in the gut after seven days when they had consumed natural toxins present in...
18-Feb-2015 11:00 AM EST

A First Peek Beneath the Surface of a Comet


In some of the first research findings to be published from the European Space Agency’s Rosetta Mission to the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, scientists report this week in Science on early measurements of the comet’s subsurface temperature...
22-Jan-2015 2:00 PM EST

Help Wanted: Fast Food Cashier, $15 an Hour – New Report Details How the Industry Can Double Its Minimum Wage


Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) have released a working paper verifying the ability of American fast food restaurants to more than double the minimum wage of their lowest paid workers to...
20-Jan-2015 3:00 PM EST

Non-Native Plants Widespread, Plenty of Space to Invade


The first comprehensive assessment of native vs. non-native plant distribution in the continental U.S., finds non-native plant species are much more widespread than natives, a finding the authors call very surprising. Even species with only a...
20-Jan-2015 8:00 AM EST

Benefits of Naming People, Objects in Baby’s First Year


In a follow-up to earlier studies of learning in infancy, researchers report that talking to babies in their first year, in particular naming things and people, helps them connect what they see and hear. This learning between 6 and 9 months aids...
16-Dec-2014 2:00 PM EST

Help with Balance for People with Multiple Sclerosis


Many people with multiple sclerosis have trouble with balance and a fear of falling, which can negatively affects quality of life. A new study funded by the National MS Society will look at how sensation in the feet relates to balance and whether...
9-Dec-2014 3:00 PM EST

Re-Thinking Southern California Earthquake Scenarios


New 3D numerical modeling that captures far more geometric complexity of an active fault segment in southern California than any other, suggests that the overall earthquake hazard for towns on the west side of the Coachella Valley such as Palm...
8-Dec-2014 3:00 PM EST

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