At ‘Black Out’ Performances, the Power of Healing Through Community

A handful of playwrights, directors, filmmakers and film lovers have created spaces for black audiences to crack jokes and clap back without apology and, afterward, process complex, nuanced race-related issues. In recent years, there have been many conversations about the importance and impact of positive, multidimensional representation in Hollywood and on Broadway. But white audiences…

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Lil Bub, Pioneer in Internet-Famous Cats, Dies at 8

Lil Bub, the perma-kitten whose droopy tongue and eyes that could vacuum in your soul made her one of the internet’s most beloved feline celebrities, has died, her owner said on Monday. She was 8. Her unexpected death on Sunday, resulting from a bone infection, led a vast collection of fans to mourn her as…

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Looking for a Castle or Country Home? Try Scotland

DRUMNADROCHIT, Scotland — In the second-floor drawing room of a modernized Victorian schoolhouse on Bunloit Estate in the Scottish Highlands, the furnishings are plush, the indoor temperature is comfortable and the views over Loch Ness, about 1,000 feet below, are expansive. At Cairnty, a secluded sporting estate of 563 acres in Aberdeenshire, a new 12,000-square-foot…

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Successful instrument guidance through deep and convoluted blood vessel networks

A team led by Professor Sylvain Martel at the Polytechnique Montréal Nanorobotics Laboratory has developed a novel approach to tackling one of the biggest challenges of endovascular surgery: how to reach the most difficult-to-access physiological locations. Their solution is a robotic platform that uses the fringe field generated by the superconducting magnet of a clinical…

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Harvard Medical School launches project to transform the treatment of pain

In an effort to address the critical public health need for new, safer and more effective medicines to treat pain, a consortium based at the Laboratory of Systems Pharmacology (LSP) at Harvard Medical School has launched an ambitious project titled STOP PAIN (Safe Therapeutic Options for Pain and Inflammation). By combining a wide range of…

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For some corals, meals can come with a side of microplastics

Tiny microplastic particles are about as common in the ocean today as plastic is in our daily lives. Synthetic clothing, containers, bottles, plastic bags and cosmetics all degrade and release microplastics into the environment. Corals and other marine organisms are eating microplastics that enter the waterway. Studies in this emerging field show some harmful effects,…

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Student groups receive grants to promote science in their communities

ARLINGTON, Va.- Research!America and the Rita Allen Foundation are pleased to announce the recipients of microgrant awards of $1,000 to $3,000 provided to 15 graduate student and post-doc led science policy groups for a range of civic engagement activities in their local areas. The 2019 Research!America Microgrant awards focus on engaging both community leaders and…

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How does protein fit in your holiday diet or New Year’s resolutions?

While some diets load up on protein and other diets dictate protein sources, it can be hard to know what to consume while managing weight or during weight loss. A new study by Purdue University nutrition scientists shows that eating more protein daily than what is recommended may benefit only a few — those who…

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