Why are you and I and everything else here?

We’re here because there’s more matter than antimatter in the universe. An article in Physical Review Letters explores the puzzle of the baryon asymmetry, one of the biggest unsolved problems in physics. Source: Why are you and I and everything else here?

Zinc deficiency and high blood pressure?

Zinc deficiency and high blood pressure? Zinc deficiency and high blood pressure? Lower-than-normal zinc levels may contribute to high blood pressure (hypertension) by altering the way the kidneys handle sodium. The study is published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology–Renal Physiology. #zinc #bloodpressure #hypertension Clintoria R. Williams, Monisha Mistry, Aswathy Miriam Cheriyan,…

A step closer to self-aware machines

Columbia Engineers have created a robot that learns what it is, with zero prior knowledge of physics, geometry, or motor dynamics. Initially the robot has no clue what its shape is. After a brief period of ‘babbling,’ and within about a day of intensive computing, the robot creates a self-simulation, which it can then use…

Industrial chemicals pass from mother to fetus throughout pregnancy

In a study published in Environment International researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden show how PFAS industrial chemicals, which are used in many consumer products, pass through the placenta throughout pregnancy to accumulate in fetal tissue. Further research is now needed to ascertain the effect that highly persistent PFAS chemicals have on the fetus. Source:…

Hens that lay human proteins in eggs offer future therapy hope

Chickens that are genetically modified to produce human proteins in their eggs can offer a cost-effective method of producing certain types of drugs, research from the University of Edinburgh suggests. Researchers say the findings provide sound evidence for using chickens as a cheap method of producing high quality drugs for use in research studies and,…