Weekend Wrap-up

  • Systems approach helps assess public health impacts of changing climate, environmental policies
    on September 23, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    Scientists offer an alternative way to understand and minimize health impacts from human-caused changes to the climate and environment.

  • Novel small molecule potently attenuates neuroinflammation in brain and glial cells
    on September 23, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    In a preclinical study show that their small molecule drug, SRI-42127, can potently attenuate the triggers of neuroinflammation. These experiments in glial cell cultures and mice now open the door to testing SRI-42127 in models of acute and chronic neurological injury.

  • If endangered primates disappear, so will their parasites. That’s actually a problem
    on September 23, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    People are more aware of the plight of endangered gorillas than of gorillas’ gut worms, and are understandably more enamored with mouse lemurs than their mites. Half of the world’s roughly 500 primate species are at risk of extinction due to human activities such as hunting, trapping and deforestation. But the demise of the world’s threatened primates could also trigger even more extinctions for the parasites that lurk within them, finds a new study.

  • A new solid-state battery surprises the researchers who created it
    on September 23, 2021 at 8:59 pm

    Engineers created a new type of battery that weaves two promising battery sub-fields into a single battery. The battery uses both a solid state electrolyte and an all-silicon anode, making it a silicon all-solid-state battery. The initial rounds of tests show that the new battery is safe, long lasting, and energy dense. It holds promise for a wide range of applications from grid storage to electric vehicles.

  • Scientists develop artificial intelligence method to predict anti-cancer immunity
    on September 23, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    Researchers and data scientists have developed an artificial intelligence technique that can identify which cell surface peptides produced by cancer cells called neoantigens are recognized by the immune system.

  • Mapping words to colors
    on September 23, 2021 at 7:33 pm

    While the range of colors your eyes may perceive extends beyond the words language provides, languages around the globe are remarkably similar in how they partition the space of colors into a vocabulary. Yet differences exist. In a study examining 130 diverse languages around the world, researchers developed an algorithm to infer the communicative needs that different linguistic communities place on colors.

  • Vampire bats may coordinate with ‘friends’ over a bite to eat
    on September 23, 2021 at 7:33 pm

    Vampire bats that form bonds in captivity and continue those ‘friendships’ in the wild also hunt together, meeting up over a meal after independent departures from the roost, according to a new study.

  • Decoding birds’ brain signals into syllables of song
    on September 23, 2021 at 7:33 pm

    Researchers can predict what syllables a bird will sing — and when it will sing them — by reading electrical signals in its brain, reports a new study. The work is an early step toward building vocal prostheses for humans who have lost the ability to speak.

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