Taking the “Ewww”… out of snail cream
June 17, 2014 – 11:07 pm | One Comment

Great news for all those women (and men) who have wanted to try the beautifying effects of snail slime but could never get past the “ick” factor. 20yrsyounger.com promises to get rid of the Ewww… while still letting women reap the anti-aging and rejuvenating benefits of snail slime cream. The process itself is called lyophilisation […]

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Rats! Humans and rodents face their errors
October 22, 2013 – 11:54 pm | No Comment
Rats! Humans and rodents face their errors

Rats! Humans and rodents face their errors Evidence of error/ Low-frequency brainwaves in the human medial frontal cortex change from low-power (blue) to high-power (red-orange) at the recognition of a mistake. What happens when the brain recognizes an error? A new study shows that the brains of humans and rats adapt in a similar way to […]

Algorithm aids in cancer research
October 22, 2013 – 11:54 pm | No Comment
Algorithm aids in cancer research

Algorithm aids in cancer research A computer algorithm developed by Brown computer scientists is helping to unlock the genetic drivers behind a variety of cancers. Research reported in the journal Nature identified a suite of mutations common in 12 types of cancer, including cancers of the breast, uterus, lung, colon, brain, and kidney. The research […]

BrainGate team wins $1M prize in Israel
October 21, 2013 – 11:53 pm | No Comment
BrainGate team wins $1M prize in Israel

BrainGate team wins $1M prize in Israel The team that created the investigational BrainGate brain-computer interface has won a major international award, the $1-million Moshe Mirilashvili Memorial Fund B.R.A.I.N. Prize, at a brain science technology conference in Israel Oct. 15, 2013. For the betterment of humanity/Arto Nurmikko, left, and John Donoghue receive the B.R.A.I.N. Prize […]

More meals for seniors could save $
October 11, 2013 – 11:22 pm | No Comment
More meals for seniors could save $

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Nobel in Physics: A long time in the making
October 9, 2013 – 11:14 pm | No Comment
Nobel in Physics: A long time in the making

Nobel in Physics: A long time in the making Nearly 50 years of experiments and billions of dollars in equipment followed the prediction of the Higgs mechanism by theoretical physicists in 1964. Ulrich Heintz and Meenakshi Narain, two of the particle physicists at Brown University who worked on experiments at Fermilab and at CERN, note […]

Naps Can Help Preschool Children Learn
September 30, 2013 – 11:24 pm | No Comment
Naps Can Help Preschool Children Learn

Naps Can Help Preschool Children Learn Classroom naps can enhance memory and support learning in preschool children, a new study showed. The results might help educators make informed decisions about allotting time for naps in preschools. Studies in adults show that sleep can enhance certain mental functions, including memory, reasoning, and problem-solving. Naps, which can […]

Smartphone Microscope Detects Nanoparticles and Viruses
September 30, 2013 – 9:15 pm | No Comment
Smartphone Microscope Detects Nanoparticles and Viruses

Smartphone Microscope Detects Nanoparticles and Viruses Researchers developed a lightweight microscope that attaches to a cell phone. The compact fluorescent imaging device can detect single nanoparticles and viruses. It might one day be used to conduct biomedical tests in remote and resource-limited areas. A human hair has a diameter of around 100 microns. You can […]

Method Quickly Assesses Antibiotics
September 30, 2013 – 8:04 pm | No Comment
Method Quickly Assesses Antibiotics

Method Quickly Assesses Antibiotics Researchers developed a method to quickly identify antibiotics that can treat multidrug-resistant bacteria. The approach can also reveal how these bacteria-killing medications work. Decades of widespread antibiotic use have encouraged the spread of bacteria with resistance to multiple antibiotics. Many diseases—including tuberculosis, gonorrhea, and Staphlycoccus aureus infections (“staph”)—can be nearly impossible to treat […]

Patient Outcomes Improved by Pay-For-Performance
September 23, 2013 – 11:34 pm | No Comment
Patient Outcomes Improved by Pay-For-Performance

Patient Outcomes Improved by Pay-For-Performance Pay incentives for clinician performance can improve cardiovascular care in small primary care clinics that use electronic health records, a new study reports. Management of chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, is important in improving patient health and reducing health care costs. One new health care model is […]

Vaccine Clears Away Monkey AIDS Virus
September 23, 2013 – 10:45 pm | No Comment
Vaccine Clears Away Monkey AIDS Virus

Vaccine Clears Away Monkey AIDS Virus An experimental vaccine given to monkeys triggered a lasting immune attack that eliminated all traces of an AIDS-causing virus after a year or more. The finding points to a possible new strategy in the search for an effective AIDS vaccine. HIV, which causes AIDS in people, and the similar […]