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WUSTL's Moon Receives National Science Foundation CAREER Award


Scientists often use things in nature as a model to make new things, such as using birds as models for airplanes. One engineer at Washington University in St. Louis is using a basic cell as a model to make genetically engineered bacteria that would...
4/17/2014 2:00 PM EDT

Baseball Hall of Famer Tony La Russa to deliver WUSTL’s Commencement address


Tony La Russa, who recently was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame and is considered one of the best managers in baseball history, has been selected to give the 2014 Commencement address at Washington University in St. Louis. The university’s...
4/11/2014 5:00 PM EDT

Groundbreaking Optical Device Could Enhance Optical Information Processing, Computers


At St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, a section of the dome called the Whispering Gallery makes a whisper audible from the other side of the dome as a result of the way sound waves travel around the curved surface. Researchers at Washington...
4/8/2014 10:00 AM EDT

Smoking May Dull Obese Women’s Ability to Taste Fat and Sugar


Cigarette smoking among obese women appears to interfere with their ability to taste fats and sweets, a new study shows. Despite craving high-fat, sugary foods, these women were less likely than others to perceive these tastes, which may drive them...
4/3/2014 3:30 PM EDT

Ancient Nomads Spread Earliest Domestic Grains Along Silk Road


Charred grains of barley, millet and wheat deposited nearly 5,000 years ago at campsites in the high plains of Kazakhstan show that nomadic sheepherders played a surprisingly important role in the early spread of domesticated crops throughout a...
4/2/2014 11:20 AM EDT

Likely Culprit in Spread of Colon Cancer Identified


New research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville has implicated a poorly understood protein called PLAC8 in the spread of colon cancer.
3/28/2014 12:00 PM EDT

New Clue to Autism Found Inside Brain Cells


The problems people with autism have with memory formation, higher-level thinking and social interactions may be partially attributable to the activity of receptors inside brain cells, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St....
3/26/2014 1:00 PM EDT

Scientists Find a Molecular Clue to the Complex Mystery of Auxin Signaling in Plants


Plants fine-tune the response of their cells to the potent plant hormone auxin by means of large families of proteins that either step on the gas or put on the brake in auxin’s presence. Scientists at Washington University have learned that one of...
3/23/2014 3:00 PM EDT

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SCOTUS Decision Dooms Campaign Finance Regulation as We Know It​​


The U.S. Supreme Court, in the McCutcheon v. FEC decision, removed the cap on the number and amount of donations a person can give during political campaigns. Gregory Magarian, JD, election law expert and professor of law at Washington University in...
4/3/2014 8:00 AM EDT

In Search of the American Dream


Is the American Dream slipping away? Maybe, says Mark R. Rank, PhD, one of the country’s foremost experts on inequality and social justice. “More than at any time in our past,” Rank says, “there are serious questions regarding the American...
4/1/2014 11:00 AM EDT

Contraception Mandate Challenge Tues.: Health Law Expert, #SCOTUS Brief Author Available


3/24/2014 10:00 AM EDT

Daylight Savings Offers No Savings, Poses Health Risks, Expert Says


3/7/2014 11:00 AM EST

SCOTUS Preview: First Amendment Expert on Legislative Prayer and the “Mistakes of the Past, Present and Future”​​


The Supreme Court is expected to rule this spring on whether prayers before town hall meetings violate the First Amendment clause that prohibits the establishment of religion. John Inazu, a First Amendment expert and professor of law at Washington...
2/3/2014 8:00 AM EST

Privacy Law Expert Says Obama’s Surveillance Reforms a Good but Incomplete Start

3.5 out of 12 – That is the score the Electronic Frontier Foundation gave President Obama’s highly anticipated address on NSA spying last week. And while lauding Obama for recognizing the dangers of government surveillance and the importance of...
1/27/2014 3:00 PM EST

Recent Immigration Agency Chief Counsel Criticizes House Leadership for Stalling Immigration Reform


“The House leadership’s procedural excuses for blocking a vote on critical immigration reform make little sense,” says Stephen Legomsky, professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis and the recent Chief Counsel of U.S. Citizenship...
1/23/2014 4:00 PM EST

Spot-on NSA Ruling Rightfully Questions Effectiveness of Phone Surveillance, Says Privacy Law Expert

12/18/2013 6:00 PM EST

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