Matter: Why Would an Animal Trade One Body for Another?

As a child growing up in the Netherlands, Hanna ten Brink spent many days lingering by a pond in her family’s garden, fascinated by metamorphosis. Tadpoles hatched from eggs in the pond and swam about, sucking tiny particles of food into their mouths. After a few weeks, the tadpoles lost their tails, sprouted legs and…

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Shopping Guide: Shopping for Ceiling Fans

The mere mention of ceiling fans may conjure up sweltering summer days, but they can be useful at any time of year, in almost any climate. “Even in wintertime, in a room that has a fire going, a fan on low can keep the heat circulating,” said Michael Cox, the principal of the New York…

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Personal Health: The Risks to Babies of Older Fathers

People are becoming parents at ever-increasing ages, a trend that can have implications for the health of the pregnancy, the babies and the women who birth them. But while most women know that reproductive risks to themselves and their babies rise as they get older, few men past 40 realize that their advancing years may…

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Aspirin to fight an expensive global killer infection

VIDEO: Green platelets sticking to red blood vessels next to sites of infection by blue bacteria. Pathogenic platelets are the green cells that stick next to the bacteria for a few… view more  Research led by the Centenary Institute in Sydney has found a brand new target for treating drug-resistant tuberculosis; our scientists have uncovered that…

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UBC researchers develop new heart valve aimed at high-risk patients

VIDEO: Researchers at UBCO have created the first-ever nanocomposite biomaterial heart-valve developed to reduce or eliminate complications related to heart transplants. view more  Researchers at UBC have created the first-ever nanocomposite biomaterial heart-valve developed to reduce or eliminate complications related to heart transplants. By using a newly developed technique, the researchers were able to build a…

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Engineering cellular function without living cells

IMAGE: The method uses a cell-free system in combination with a high-throughput microfluidic device. view more  Credit: Zoe Swank / EPFL Genes in living cells are activated — or not — by proteins called transcription factors. The mechanisms by which these proteins activate certain genes and deactivate others play a fundamental role in many biological processes.…

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