The Fix: How to Choose the Right Rug

For a living room to feel pulled together, most designers will tell you, it needs a rug. But rugs can be expensive. And because a large-scale item like that is going to have a big effect on the way a room looks and feels, choosing one can be intimidating. The right rug may live in…

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Reinventing the Tomato for Survival in a Changing World

NAPA, Calif. — In a borrowed van, Brad Gates of Wild Boar Farms sped south on Highway 680 with hundreds of fuzzy tomato seedlings bumping around in the back, their trembling leaves, warmed by the sun, filling the cab with the smell of summer. It was one of a half-dozen deliveries on his to-do list.…

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How Does Your Love of Wine Contribute to Climate Change?

The exquisite vulnerability of grapes to nuances of weather makes wine both particularly susceptible to climate change and a harbinger of what’s to come for many other agricultural products. Do wine consumers have a role in encouraging producers to take stronger steps to combat climate change? Some in the wine industry think they do, particularly…

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Is Dancing the Kale of Exercise?

In a packed ballroom, a dapper man in a silver tuxedo swing dances with a young woman to Count Basie’s jazz classic “Shiny Stockings.” A parade of 93 other women patiently wait their turn. The man smiles wide, playfully wiggling his hips at the end of the eight count beat. He’s surprisingly spry for a…

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To boldly go or anxiously hang back?

MEDIA AVAILABLE: Images of anxiety-promoting VIP interneurons available. Credit: Sohal Lab / UCSF. UC San Francisco research has identified a particular group of nerve cells in the brain that play an important role in anxiety’s influence over behavior. The researchers have found that turning off signaling from this small population of neurons in the front…

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Right combination of diet and bacteria limits cancer progression

The diet of a person can have significant effects on the gut microbiome, i.e. the populations of microorganisms such as bacteria which live in the human gut. It is well recognised that dietary habits through complex metabolic interactions contribute to cancer prevention. More specifically, diets rich in fibre reduce the risk of developing specific cancers…

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Researchers define Alzheimer’s-like brain disorder

A brain disorder that mimics symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease has been defined with recommended diagnostic criteria and guidelines for advancing future research on the condition. Researchers at Rush University Medical Center and scientists from several National Institutes of Health-funded institutions, in collaboration with international peers, described the newly-named pathway to dementia, Limbic-predominant Age-related TDP-43 Encephalopathy,…

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Alumnus gives MIT $4.5 million to establish the Broderick Fund for Phytocannabinoid Research

IMAGE: MIT neuroscientists will study the effects of phytocannabinoids on dopamine-containing neurons (turquoise) in basal ganglia circuits. These deep brain circuits, which contain receptors that mediate the effects of cannabis, are… view more  Credit: Jill Crittenden, Ann Graybiel | McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT Charles R. Broderick, an alumnus of MIT and Harvard University,…

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Disease-causing nibbling amoeba hides by displaying proteins from host cells

IMAGE: Entamoeba histolytica kills human cells through trogocytosis or «cell nibbling » where amoebae bite off and ingest fragments of human cells. UC Davis researchers Katherine Ralston, Hannah Miller and Rene Suleiman… view more  A parasitic amoeba that causes severe gut disease in humans protects itself from attack by biting off pieces of host cells and…

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New 3D imaging and visualization technique provides detailed views of muscle architecture

VIDEO: In a new study, scientists in pathology and anatomical sciences in the University of Missouri’s School of Medicine have revealed a three-dimensional view of the skeletal muscles responsible for flight… view more  A new three-dimensional model of the skeletal muscles responsible for bird flight provides the most comprehensive and detailed picture of anatomy to date.…

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