Why Soft Power Is in Style in Qatar

Image The model Naomi Campbell takes a selfie at the inauguration ceremony of the National Museum of Qatar.CreditPatrick Baz/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images DOHA, Qatar — Victoria Beckham came from London. Diane von Furstenberg and Alexander Wang from New York. Pierpaolo Piccioli of Valentino flew in from Rome, while Olivier Rousteing of Balmain and Giambattista…

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New discovery provides key to side effects caused by erectile dysfunction drugs

IMAGE: The structure of PDE6αβ2γ complex displaying PDE6α (purple), PDE6β (green cyan), and two molecules of PDE6γ (red and yellow) subunits. view more  Credit: UCI School of Medicine In a study published in Science Advances magazine, researchers from the University of California, Irvine have captured, for the first time, the full-length structure of the rod photoreceptor…

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One in every 12 Canadian with migraines has attempted suicide

Toronto, ON — A new study by the University of Toronto (U of T), released this week, found that adults with migraine who had been sexually abused during childhood were three times more likely to have attempted suicide. Childhood physical abuse doubled the odds of suicide attempts and exposure to chronic parental domestic violence was…

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Researchers find new genetic information behind urogenital track anomalies

About one in every 100 babies is born with some kind of developmental anomaly in the urogenital tract. In most cases abnormalities are mild, but sometimes life-long and even life-threatening disease develops. Infertility is another important aspect that associates with urogenital anomalies. Therefore understanding how those features occur is instrumental in developing future treatments. To…

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ERC Advanced Grant for Thomas Rudel

IMAGE: Thomas Rudel, holder of the Chair of Microbiology at the Biocenter of the University of Würzburg. view more  Credit: (Photo: Robert Emmerich / JMUW) Chlamydia is the main cause of venereal diseases in Germany. These sexually transmitted bacteria can cause inflammations in the urogenital tract. If they are detected at an early stage, the pathogens…

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Super berries power up porridge

Diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cancer and coronary heart disease are more prevalent than ever due to hectic and unhealthy lifestyles. Consequently, the demand for healthy, disease-preventing superfoods is on the rise among health-conscious consumers. This shift towards healthier behavior and the focus on the prevention of diseases has contributed to the emergence of…

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Screw-shaped bird sperm swim faster — but it comes at a cost

IMAGE: The helical sperm of the bluethroat (Luscinia svecica). view more  Credit: Hanna Støstad The research was part of the thesis of PhD student Hanna Nyborg Støstad, investigating the peculiar spiral shape of songbird sperm. Støstad compared sperm cells of 36 bird species, from house sparrows to tree swallows, and found that species whose sperm had…

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Defining the emotional bond forced onto teen victims of sex trafficking

Rutgers researchers have defined the relationship that forms between children who are sold for sex and the criminals who traffic them. The discovery should make it easier for law enforcement and healthcare providers to identify child victims, rescue them and help them reenter society. About 1 million children are victims of sex trafficking worldwide. The…

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Going with the flow: How fecal bacteria spread in streams

IMAGE: Livestock farming is one way how fecal bacteria get into soil and water bodies. view more  Credit: Doerthe Tetzlaff Faecal bacteria — bacteria that are present in the digestive system of humans and animals — are known to contaminate waters. They can sometimes be a health hazard. Little research has been conducted into the spread…

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