Life Sciences Dec 7
Life Sciences
Using LED lights flickering at a specific frequency, MIT researchers have shown that they can substantially reduce the beta amyloid plaques seen in Alzheimer's disease, in the visual cortex of mice. This treatment appears to work by inducing brain waves known as gamma oscillations, which the researchers discovered help the brain suppress beta amyloid production and invigorate cells responsible for destroying the plaques.
Life Sciences Dec 7

Neonicotinoid coatings on corn and soybean seeds reduce populations of predatory insects, like this tiger beetle (Cicindela sexguttata), as much as broadcast applications of commonly used pyrethroid insecticides.

Life Sciences Dec 7
Life Sciences

Bacteria able to shed their cell wall assume new, mostly spherical shapes. ETH researchers have shown that these cells, known as L-forms, are not only viable but that their reproductive mechanisms may even correspond to those of early life forms.

Medicine Dec 7
Medicine

Magnets instead of antibiotics could provide a possible new treatment method for blood infection. This involves the blood of patients being mixed with magnetic iron particles, which bind the bacteria to them after which they are removed from the blood using magnets.

Life Sciences Dec 7
Life Sciences

A protein that stays attached on chromosomes during cell division plays a critical role in determining the type of cell that stem cells can become.