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Toxoplasma parasite causes a distinctive lesion in the retina

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One-third of the world population is infected with Toxoplasma, which causes a common eye infection called ocular toxoplasmosis. Researchers have shed new light on how an infection with the parasite causes a distinctive lesion in...

New strategy to enhance interactions between humans and robotic swarms

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Researchers at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) in Russia have recently introduced a new strategy to enhance interactions between humans and robotic swarms, called SwarmTouch. This strategy, presented in a paper pre-published...

Zero-energy – researchers invent low-cost alternative to Bitcoin

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The cryptocurrency Bitcoin is limited by its astronomical electricity consumption and outsized carbon footprint. A nearly zero-energy alternative sounds too good to be true, but as School of Computer and Communication Sciences (IC) Professor...

Olfactory importance of the smell of a newborn baby’s head and mother-child bonding

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A team led by Kobe University Professor Mamiko Ozaki (Department of Biology, Graduate School of Science) has become the first to identify the chemical makeup of the odors produced by newborn babies’ heads. The...

Musical preference may reveal a lot about your personality traits and political orientation

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You are what you listen to. That is the conclusion of a new study conducted by Adrian North and his team from Curtin University. Recently published in Psychology of Music, North reported there is a link between...

Telomere shortening is associated with gray matter reduction

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Telomeres are protective caps at the ends of chromosomes that become shorter with each cell division. If they become so short that the genes they protect could be damaged, the cell stops dividing and...

Why do the elderly seem more opposed to new popular music?

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When I was a teenager, my dad wasn’t terribly interested in the music I liked. To him, it just sounded like “a lot of noise,” while he regularly referred to the music he listened...

New imaging technique allows to view synaptic proteins at high resolution

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Our brains contain millions of synapses — the connections that transmit messages from neuron to neuron. Within these synapses are hundreds of different proteins, and dysfunction of these proteins can lead to conditions such...

Washing machines are a reservoir of multidrug-resistant pathogens

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For the first time ever, investigators have identified a washing machine as a reservoir of multidrug-resistant pathogens. The pathogens, a single clone of Klebsiella oxytoca, were transmitted repeatedly to newborns in a neonatal intensive...

People with heart disease or defective or artificial heart valves are at increased risk...

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People with heart disease or defective or artificial heart valves are at increased risk of developing a potentially deadly valve infection. Rutgers researchers reported that new risk factors for this condition have emerged and...

Patients with heart artery stenting can reduce risk of future heart attacks with additional...

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Research has shown that patients who have had emergency heart attack treatment with heart artery stenting - and have significant narrowings in their other untreated arteries - can benefit from additional stenting to help...

New exploit could be used to jailbreak iPhone models that are using either the...

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While a jailbreak is technically illegal, Apple users have been doing them since the launch of the very first iPhone. The motive being the increased control over the device, something that’s easily found...

Vigorous physical activity is associated with lower death rates in patients with stable coronary...

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Vigorous physical activity one or two times a week is associated with the lowest death rates in patients with stable coronary artery disease, reports a study published today in the European Journal of Preventive...

Biomedical engineers created new cardiac patch using silk

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How do you use silk to help repair a damaged heart? With a 3-D printer, dry ice, a silicon mold and a copper plate, as UNSW biomedical engineers have demonstrated. Biomedical engineers are a step...

Adults who were maltreated as children have an increased risk of serious mental illness

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A study by the University of Birmingham has shown that children who have experienced child abuse or neglect are four times more likely to develop serious mental illness such as psychoses, schizophrenia and bipolar...