Scientists Re-Define What’s Healthy in Newest Analysis for Human Microbiome Project

A new look at the Human Microbiome Project by the University of Michigan shows wide variation in the types of bacteria found in healthy people. Based on their findings in today’s Nature, there is no single healthy microbiome. Rather each person harbors a unique and varied collection of bacteria that’s the result of life history as well their interactions with the environment, diet and medication use.

– University of Michigan Health System|4/16/2014 1:00 PM EDT

Shade Grown Coffee Shrinking as a Proportion of Global Coffee Production

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According to a new study, over the past couple of decades, global coffee production has been shifting towards a more intensive, less environmentally friendly style. That's pretty surprising if you live in the U.S. and you've gone to the grocery store or Starbucks, where sales of environmentally and socially conscious coffees have risen sharply and now account for half of all U.S. coffee sales by economic value.

– University of Texas at Austin|4/16/2014 12:05 PM EDT

Waterloo Global Science Initiative Release a New Blueprint for 21st Century Education

The Waterloo Global Science Initiative has released the Equinox Blueprint: Learning 2030, a vision for redesigning high school education to best prepare students for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

– Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics|4/16/2014 12:00 PM EDT

Scientists Explain How Memories Stick Together

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Scientists at the Salk Institute have created a new model of memory that explains how neurons retain select memories a few hours after an event. This new framework provides a more complete picture of how memory works, which can inform research into disorders liked Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, post-traumatic stress and learning disabilities.

– Salk Institute for Biological Studies|4/16/2014 12:00 PM EDT

Significant Baseline Levels of Arsenic Found in Soil Throughout Ohio Are Due to Natural Processes

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Geologic and soil processes are to blame for significant baseline levels of arsenic in soil throughout Ohio, according to a new study. Every sample had concentrations higher than the screening level of concern recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

– Pacific Northwest National Laboratory|4/16/2014 11:55 AM EDT

Study Discovers Novel Pathway for Parasite Invasion and Dissemination

Researchers in the Center for Immunity and Inflammation at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School describe a novel hybrid invasion pathway that starts with the host cell eating the Toxoplasma parasite which, in turn, escapes to form its own vacuolar niche. This study has been published by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

– Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences|4/16/2014 11:00 AM EDT

Making New Materials an Atomic Layer at a Time

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Researchers at Penn State’s Center for 2-Dimensional and Layered Materials and the University of Texas at Dallas have shown the ability to grow high quality, single-layer materials one on top of the other using chemical vapor deposition.

– Penn State Materials Research Institute|4/16/2014 10:35 AM EDT

Safely Dispose Unused Medications

The next nationwide medication disposal day is Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

– St. Louis College of Pharmacy|4/16/2014 10:00 AM EDT
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