What Really Happened at That ‘Mormon Millionaire’ Dating Event?

In May, a handful of billboards went up around Salt Lake City, announcing that an “LDS millionaire” was hosting an “exclusive VIP event” that would result, he hoped, in him meeting his wife. It would be like a sober version of “The Bachelor,” minus the camera crew and meddling producers. About 2,500 women applied through…

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You Love to ‘Hate to See It’

I saw it from a friend, who saw it from teen students who forgot their permission slips. Other people saw it during the 2019 N.B.A. playoffs, or while reading about wives in The New Yorker. If you’re active on social media, there’s a good chance you’ve already seen it; even if you aren’t, it’s coming…

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Medical News Today: How does your brain take out the trash?

In this Spotlight, we introduce the glymphatic system: the brain’s dedicated waste clearance system. Now implicated in various conditions, it is high time that we became acquainted. Astroglia (illustrated above) play a pivotal role in the brain’s trash collection service. Many of us are relatively familiar with the lymphatic system; it performs a number of…

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Immunology — not just supporting actors

Non-classical monocytes were long thought to play a purely surveillance role in the immune system. With the aid of a novel marker (PD-L1), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich researchers have now shown that they are directly involved in the regulation of immune response. Monocytes comprise a functionally specific group of white blood cells and are known…

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‘Nanoemulsion’ gels offer new way to deliver drugs through the skin

IMAGE: MIT chemical engineers have devised a way to convert liquid nanoemulsions into solid gels. These gels (red) form almost instantaneously when drops of the liquid emulsion enter warm water. view more  CAMBRIDGE, MA — MIT chemical engineers have devised a new way to create very tiny droplets of one liquid suspended within another liquid, known…

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PolyU wins two global innovation awards at TechConnect 2019

IMAGE: The PolyU awardees at TechConnect 2019 are: Dr Cong MA, Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology (3rd from right) and Dr Nuruzzaman NOOR, Research Assistant Professor, Institute… view more  It is the third year in a row that PolyU research teams snatched the awards in the world’s largest multi-sector event for fostering…

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Structural development of the brain

IMAGE: When Ncad expression and adhesiveness were reduced in R7, which is usually situated at the central core region of the column, R7 terminals were redirected to the peripheral region of… view more  Credit: Kanazawa University The human brain consists of neurons arranged into microscopic columns. The cortex, which is the seat of most cerebral functions…

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Mystery of immunosuppressive drug’s biosynthesis finally unlocked

Mycophenolic acid (MPA), discovered in 1893, was the first natural antibiotic to be isolated and crystallized in human history. Today, this fungal metabolite has been developed into multiple first-line immunosuppressive drugs to control immunologic rejection during organ transplantation and treat various autoimmune diseases. However, the biogenesis of such an old and important molecule was an…

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Newly discovered immune cells at the frontline of HIV infection

IMAGE: The image shows sampling of HIV (red) by the newly described dendritic cells (green). view more  Credit: The Westmead Institute for Medical Research Researchers at The Westmead Institute for Medical Research have discovered brand new immune cells that are at the frontline of HIV infection. Known as CD11c+ dendritic cells, these new cells are more…

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Discovery of the cell fate switch from neurons to astrocytes in the developing brain

IMAGE: In the process of fetal brain development, neural stem cells generate both neurons and astrocytes. Neurons are formed first (left) and astrocytes later (right). The present study has revealed the… view more  Background Neurons1 and astrocytes2 are prominent cell types in the cerebral cortex. Neurons are the primary information processing cells in the brain, whereas…

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