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Neuroscientists discover on/off switch in the brain for deep sleep

October 20th, 2014 at 11:17 am » Comments Off

The parafacial zone (PZ) in the brain stem produces half of all the brain’s sleep-promoting activity. For the first time ever, neuroscientists have used an innovative new method to identify a circuit in the brain that promotes deep sleep, which reinvigorates the brain from its daily activities.    



Graphene supercapacitors could provide energy for flexible electronics

October 16th, 2014 at 9:58 am » Comments Off

A research team has created an energy storage device that is highly flexible and stretchy. How long would your battery last if your phone was always awake and processing data? Would the battery last three hours? One hour? The next generation of electronics will require that kind of always-on energy consumption, but our current batteries are […]



Memory loss from Alzheimer’s disease reversed with lifestyle changes

October 13th, 2014 at 1:15 pm » Comments Off

This is the first time researchers have been able to reverse the memory loss caused by the disease. The first time ever, huge lifestyle interventions seems to have reversed memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease in some patients.. The findings stemmed from the joint efforts of a team from UCLA’s Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease […]



Novel treatment may reverse memory loss in Alzheimer’s patients

October 9th, 2014 at 2:59 pm » Comments Off

Nine out of ten patients with memory problems showed improvements with this novel multi-systems approach. A small exploratory study has found that memory loss in patients with Alzheimer’s disease may be reversed — and the improvement sustained — using a novel treatment approach.  



Researcher proves mathematically that black holes do not exist

October 3rd, 2014 at 11:31 am » Comments Off

Black holes have long been the subject of popular culture, from Star Trek to Hollywood. They are the ultimate unknown. They are the blackest and most dense objects in the universe that do not even let light escape. And as if they weren’t bizarre enough to begin with, now add this to the mix: they […]



Scientists create ultra-thin ‘diamond nanothreads,’ world’s strongest material

September 28th, 2014 at 8:17 am » Comments Off

Diamond nanothread visualization Scientists have discovered how to produce ultra-thin “diamond nanothreads” that promise extraordinary properties, including strength and stiffness greater than that of today’s strongest nanotubes and polymers.    



A new discovery about prime numbers and what it means for the future of math

September 24th, 2014 at 10:10 am » Comments Off

Physicist Ed Copeland explains Yitang Zhang’s finding on bounded gaps between prime numbers. Yitang “Tom” Zhang, a popular math professor at the University of New Hampshire, stunned the world of pure mathematics this month when he announced that he had proven the “bounded gaps” conjecture about the distribution of prime numbers. This is a crucial milestone […]



Artificial sweeteners have been linked to obesity: Study

September 24th, 2014 at 9:24 am » Comments Off

Sugar substitutes might be exacerbating metabolic disease. Artificial sweeteners have widely been seen as a way to combat obesity and diabetes, but according to a new study, the sugar substitutes could, in part, be contributing to the global epidemic of these conditions.    



Reprogrammed cells could fight ‘untreatable’ diseases in the future

September 15th, 2014 at 11:25 am » Comments Off

Loring (front row, center) with the Loring Lab Group at the Center for Regenerative Medicine. Jeanne Loring, director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine at Scripps Research Institute, and her colleagues transplanted a set of cells into the spinal cords of mice that had lost use of their hind limbs to multiple sclerosis. Within a week, as the […]



Could ‘solid’ light compute previously unsolvable problems?

September 14th, 2014 at 8:47 am » Comments Off

Princeton University researchers have begun crystallizing light as part of an effort to answer fundamental questions about the physics of matter. The researchers are not shining light through crystal – they are transforming light intocrystal.  



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