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Tufts Researcher Elected 2010 AAAS Fellow for Work in Superbugs and Heat-Stable Vaccines

Abraham L. (Linc) Sonenshein, PhD, professor of molecular biology and microbiology at Tufts University School of Medicine and member of the genetics and molecular microbiology program faculties at the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts has been awarded the distinction of AAAS Fellow. He is using the harmless B. subtilis bacterium as the basis for low-cost, needle-free and heat-stable vaccines.

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Chandra Images Torrent of Star Formation

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A new Chandra X-ray Observatory image of Messier 82, or M82, shows the result of star formation on overdrive. At a distance of only 12 million light years, M82 provides a unique cosmic laboratory for studying conditions similar to those that existed billions of years ago when stars were forming at a furious rate in most galaxies.

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Cattle Health and Welfare at the Heart of K-State Research

A Kansas State University research team is working to reduce the percentage of cattle affected by bovine lameness.

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New Predator “Dawn Runner” Discovered in Dinosaur Graveyard

A team of paleontologists and geologists from Argentina and the United States on Jan. 13 announced the discovery of a lanky dinosaur that roamed South America in search of prey as the age of dinosaurs began, about 230 million years ago. Sporting a long neck and tail and weighing only 10 to 15 pounds, the dinosaur has been named Eodromaeus, the “dawn runner.”

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National Center For Atmospheric Research, NCAR, Jeff Kiehl, Carbon Dioxide, Climate, palo, Greenhouse Gases, National Science Foundation, NSF

Earth’s Hot Past Could be Prologue to Future Climate

The magnitude of climate change during Earth’s deep past suggests that future temperatures may eventually rise far more than projected if society continues its pace of emitting greenhouse gases, a new analysis concludes. Building on recent research, the study examines the relationship between global temperatures and high levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere tens of millions of years ago.

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Writing About Worries Eases Anxiety, Improves Test Performance

Students can combat test anxiety and improve performance by writing about their worries immediately before the exam begins, according to study published in the journal Science. Researchers found that students who were prone to test anxiety improved their test scores by nearly one grade point after they were given 10 minutes to write about their worries.

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Hot Jupiter Exoplanet Discovery Opens Gateway to Understanding Evolution of Planetary Systems

The discovery of a hot Jupiter exoplanet that transfers orbital momentum to its host star may hold the key to a clearer understanding of the evolution of common planetary systems, according to findings presented to the American Astronomy Society this week by a team of Villanova University astronomy researchers.

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NSAID Receptor Responsible for Olive Oil’s ‘Cough’ and More

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Scientists from the Monell Center and collaborators report that two structurally unrelated anti-inflammatory compounds both activate the TRPA1 receptor. One, oleocanthal, is found in extra virgin olive oil while ibuprofen is an over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). The findings may provide novel insights into anti-inflammatory pharmacology.

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Software Quantifies Leaf Vein Networks, Enables Plant Biology Advances

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By studying a plant’s vein network pattern, plant biologists can investigate a plant’s response to changing environments. In order to quickly examine the patterns of many leaves, researchers have developed a user-assisted software tool that extracts macroscopic vein structures directly from leaf images.

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Nanoparticles, Material Science, Biosensors, Biomedical, Nanoengineering, Biotechnology

Brightest Fluorescent Nanoparticles Synthesized

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Clarkson University Physics Professor Igor Sokolov and his team have discovered a method of making the brightest ever synthesized fluorescent silica nanoparticles.







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