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Life Sciences - Chemistry - 03.01.2013
Scientists pinpoint molecular signals that make some women prone to miscarriage
Scientists pinpoint molecular signals that make some women prone to miscarriage
Scientists have identified molecular signals that control whether embryos are accepted by the womb, and that appear to function abnormally in women who have suffered repeated miscarriages. The research, carried out at Imperial College London and the University of Warwick , suggests these signals could be targets for drugs that would help prevent miscarriage in women who are particularly vulnerable.

Mechanical Engineering - Electroengineering - 03.01.2013
Researchers seek longer battery life for electric locomotive
Researchers seek longer battery life for electric locomotive
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. Norfolk Southern Railway No. 999 is the first all-electric, battery-powered locomotive in the United States. But when one of the thousand lead-acid batteries that power it dies, the locomotive shuts down. To combat this problem, a team of Penn State researchers is developing more cost-effective ways to prolong battery life.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 03.01.2013
A New Way to Study Permafrost Soil, Above and Below Ground
A New Way to Study Permafrost Soil, Above and Below Ground
What does pulling a radar-equipped sled across the Arctic tundra have to do with improving our understanding of climate change? It's part of a new way to explore the little-known world of permafrost soils, which store almost as much carbon as the rest of the world's soils and about twice as much as is in the atmosphere.

Astronomy / Space Science - Continuing Education - 03.01.2013
Curious cosmic choreography: Small galaxies locked in a strange dance around large galaxies
A newly discovered form of circle dancing is perplexing astronomers; not due to its complex choreography, but because it's unclear why the dancers - dwarf galaxies - are dancing in a ring around the much larger Andromeda Galaxy. The international group of astronomers who discovered the curious cosmic choreography are surprised at the circle around Andromeda that the small orbiting galaxies have formed.

Health - Life Sciences - 03.01.2013
The top 12 research stories of 2012
The top 12 research stories of 2012
If anyone deserves a toast for a job well done over the past year, it's the talented researchers at the University of Alberta. Their bold explorations in their own fields, and their work together in interdisciplinary teams rich in experience and expertise, led to discoveries that will expand the boundaries of knowledge and improve the lives of people in Alberta, in Canada and around the world.

Life Sciences - 02.01.2013
While in womb, babies begin learning language from their mothers
Babies only hours old are able to differentiate between sounds from their native language and a foreign language, scientists have discovered. The study indicates that babies begin absorbing language while still in the womb, earlier than previously thought. Sensory and brain mechanisms for hearing are developed at 30 weeks of gestational age, and the new study shows that unborn babies are listening to their mothers talk during the last 10 weeks of pregnancy and at birth can demonstrate what they've heard.

Life Sciences - Health - 02.01.2013
Electric stimulation of brain releases powerful, opiate-like painkiller
ANN ARBOR-Researchers used electricity on certain regions in the brain of a patient with chronic, severe facial pain to release an opiate-like substance that's considered one of the body's most powerful painkillers. The findings expand on previous work done at the University of Michigan, Harvard University and the City University of New York where researchers delivered electricity through sensors on the skulls of chronic migraine patients, and found a decrease in the intensity and pain of their headache attacks.
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