Europe plans to burn our Global Forest as Carbon Neutral Renewable Energy, Scientists Protest in mass

Public Release: 12-Sep-2018 Europe’s renewable energy directive poised to harm global forests Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs PRINCETON, N.J.–Europe’s decision to promote the use of wood as a “renewable fuel” will likely greatly increase Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions and cause severe harm to […]

Could AI robots develop prejudice on their own?

Public Release: 6-Sep-2018 Computer science and psychology experts suggest discrimination is also a non-human phenomenon that could make autonomous machines susceptible Cardiff University Showing prejudice towards others does not require a high level of cognitive ability and could easily be exhibited by artificially intelligent machines, new research has […]

Vicious circle leads to loss of brain cells in old age

Public Release: 31-Aug-2018 Researchers at the University of Bonn determine how dangerous inflammations in the brain are caused University of Bonn IMAGE: Dr. Andras Bilkei-Gorzo and his colleagues have determined how endocannabinoids attenuate inflammatory reactions in the brain. Credit: © Photo: Kerstin Nicolai/Uni Bonn The so-called CB1 receptor […]

Aging reversed through mitochondrial DNA replenishment

Aging reversed through mitochondrial DNA replenishment Aging reversed through mitochondrial DNA replenishment Researchers have reversed wrinkled skin and hair loss, hallmarks of aging, in a mouse model. When a mutation leading to mitochondrial dysfunction is induced, the mouse develops wrinkled skin and extensive, visible hair loss in a […]

Shrimp heal injured fish

Public Release: 22-Aug-2018 James Cook University James Cook University scientists in Australia have discovered that shrimp help heal injured fish. PhD student David Vaughan is working on a project led by Dr Kate Hutson at JCU’s Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture. He said it was important […]

Should all babies have their genomes sequenced?

Public Release: 15-Aug-2018 The Hastings Center As the cost of genome sequencing decreases, researchers and clinicians are debating whether all newborns should be sequenced at birth, facilitating a lifetime of personalized medical care. But while sequencing the genomes of some infants may be appropriate in specific contexts, genome-wide […]

Laziness helped lead to extinction of Homo erectus

Public Release: 10-Aug-2018 Australian National University IMAGE: This is Dr. Seri Shipton in the Arabian Peninsula. Image: ANU. Credit: ANU New archaeological research from The Australian National University (ANU) has found that Homo erectus, an extinct species of primitive humans, went extinct in part because they were ‘lazy’. […]

A kernel of promise in popcorn-powered robots

Public Release: 2-Aug-2018   Cornell University ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University researchers have discovered how to power simple robots with a novel substance that, when heated, can expand more than 10 times in size, change its viscosity by a factor of 10 and transition from regular to highly […]

‘Strange metals’ just got stranger

Public Release: 2-Aug-2018 A material already known for its unique behavior is found to carry current in a way never before observed Florida State University TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Scientists at the Florida State University-headquartered National High Magnetic Field Laboratory have discovered a behavior in materials called cuprates that […]