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Architecture - Life Sciences - 19.10.2021
A machine designs new Swiss Alpine architecture at the Seoul Biennale
A machine designs new Swiss Alpine architecture at the Seoul Biennale
The Artificial Swissness exhibit - a larger than life-sized "design brain" developed by EPFL's Media x Design Lab (LDM) - is currently on display at the Seoul Biennale for Architecture and Urbanism, which runs until 31 October 2021.

Health - Life Sciences - 18.10.2021

Environment - Life Sciences - 18.10.2021
Climate change and human pressure mean migration may be 'no longer worth it', say researchers
Climate change and human pressure mean migration may be ’no longer worth it’, say researchers
Researchers have found that the benefits of migration have been eroded by the effects of climate change and human pressure.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 18.10.2021
A molecular biologist with a fascination for sunburn
A molecular biologist with a fascination for sunburn
Human cells are like tiny, multi-purpose factories. In his research, biologist Gabriele Alessandro Fontana investigates how cells repair damaged DNA.

Life Sciences - Health - 18.10.2021
Our brains have a 'fingerprint' too
Our brains have a ’fingerprint’ too
An EPFL scientist has pinpointed the signs of brain activity that make up our brain fingerprint, which - like our regular fingerprint - is unique. "I think about it every day and dream about it at night. It's been my whole life for five years now," says Enrico Amico, a scientist and SNSF Ambizione Fellow at EPFL's Medical Image Processing Laboratory and the EPFL Center for Neuroprosthetics.

Life Sciences - Health - 15.10.2021
New system developed for rapid SARS-CoV-2 variant characterization and facilitated drug development
New system developed for rapid SARS-CoV-2 variant characterization and facilitated drug development
Researchers led by the Nobel Laureate Charles Rice of The Rockefeller University and Volker Thiel of the University of Bern and Institute of Virology and Immunology have developed a non-contagious model of SARS-CoV-2 that makes it easier, faster and safer to study the virus and new variants. In addition, the realistic model can be used to better test drugs.

Life Sciences - 15.10.2021
Big differences found in male and female jojoba plant sex genes
The hot and dry desert environment has led to big genetic differences between male and female jojoba plants, a discovery which could boost jojoba production and shed light on how plants adapt to environmental stress.

Health - Life Sciences - 15.10.2021
A decade after gene therapy, children born with deadly immune disorder remain healthy
Over a decade ago, UCLA physician-scientists began using a pioneering gene therapy they developed to treat children born with a rare and deadly immune system disorder. They now report that the effects of the therapy appear to be long-lasting, with 90% of patients who received the treatment eight to 11 years ago still disease-free.

Health - Life Sciences - 15.10.2021
Counties with intervention measures, more hospitals experienced fewer COVID-19 deaths
Counties that banned in-person religious gatherings and those with a greater number of hospitals per capita were associated with a decreased case-fatality rate of COVID-19 during the pandemic's first wave, according to a new University of Michigan study.

Life Sciences - Career - 14.10.2021

Life Sciences - Campus - 14.10.2021
Biological Sciences Launches Immersive Work Experience and Corporate Affiliates Programs
Initiatives designed to cultivate a diverse talent pipeline of competitively trained biology students for the biotechnology and life sciences industries A bold new strategy designed to help UC San Di

Health - Life Sciences - 14.10.2021
NIH Award Advances the Study of Young and Developing Brains
Approximately $30 million over five years will fund long-term effort by researchers at UC San Diego to document brain development from birth through early childhood The National Institutes of Health

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 14.10.2021
Synthetic biology moves into the realm of the unnatural
An artificial metalloenzyme based on the natural enzyme called P450 (gray structure). UC Berkeley chemists created a heme molecule (magenta) with an embedded iridium atom (red) that, in E. coli, was incorporated into P450 to execute a reaction unknown in the natural world. (UC Berkeley image by Brandon Bloomer) The field of synthetic biology has had great success engineering yeast and bacteria to make chemicals - biofuels, pharmaceuticals, fragrances, even the hoppy flavors of beer - cheaply and more sustainably, with only sugar as the energy source.

Life Sciences - Paleontology - 14.10.2021
Mammals on the menu: Snake dietary diversity exploded after mass extinction 66 million years ago
Mammals on the menu: Snake dietary diversity exploded after mass extinction 66 million years ago
Modern snakes evolved from ancestors that lived side by side with the dinosaurs and that likely fed mainly on insects and lizards.

Life Sciences - 13.10.2021
A billion-year soul-burning puzzle: who made cheilanthanes?
A billion-year soul-burning puzzle: who made cheilanthanes?
PhD candidate Tharika Liyanage is on a quest to solve a molecule mystery that dates back billions of years, writes Lauren Pay.

Health - Life Sciences - 13.10.2021
Immune system keeps the intestinal flora in balance
Immune system keeps the intestinal flora in balance
Trillions of benign bacteria live in the intestine. They are kept in a continuous balance by the immune system, which thereby makes them harmless to humans.

Health - Life Sciences - 12.10.2021
New Research Center Brings Genomic Medicine to Individuals of Admixed Ancestry
Researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine awarded $11.7 million by National Institutes of Health to identify genomic and socioeconomic factors contributing to health and disease in admixe

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 12.10.2021

Life Sciences - 12.10.2021
Mindful breathing for pain control: Like yin and yang
Mindful breathing for pain control: Like yin and yang
It's long been known that meditative mindful breathing helps with various health conditions, including pain.

Health - Life Sciences - 11.10.2021
Two new genetic variants associated with suicide attempts help to decode risk factors of this problem
Two new genetic variants associated with suicide attempts help to decode risk factors of this problem
A genetic study with more than half a million patients has identified two new variants related to the risk of suicide attempt.

Physics - Life Sciences - 08.10.2021

Life Sciences - 08.10.2021
Optimal blood pressure helps our brains age slower
Optimal blood pressure helps our brains age slower
People with elevated blood pressure that falls within the normal recommended range are at risk of accelerated brain ageing, according to new research from The Australian National University (ANU).  The research also found optimal blood pressure helps our brains stay at least six months younger than our actual age. The researchers are now calling for national health guidelines to be updated to reflect their important findings.

Health - Life Sciences - 08.10.2021
Gene therapy saves the sight of Australians with eye disease
Gene therapy saves the sight of Australians with eye disease
Two teenage siblings with a rare disease have had their vision loss halted and their eye sight improved, after surgery using the world's first approved gene replacement therapy for any inherited blinding eye condition.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 07.10.2021

Life Sciences - Health - 07.10.2021
We must expand human rights to cover neurotechnology
Technologies that interfere with our brains have great potential. But their ethical implications are such that they may require an expansion of human rights frameworks, argues Marcello Ienca.

Campus - Life Sciences - 07.10.2021
From Landscaping to the Lab: David Gonzalez’s Academic Journey
As students poured out of the classrooms at MiraCosta Community College, 20-year-old David Gonzalez looked on from his truck across the street.

Life Sciences - Health - 06.10.2021
Mapping the Mouse Brain, and by Extension, the Human Brain Too
In a pair of studies, part of a special report , UC San Diego scientists lead efforts to reveal the deeper, more intricate structures, connections and functions within and between neural cells The ci

Health - Life Sciences - 05.10.2021
$6.2 million NIH grant to support UCLA study of how COVID-19 causes multiple organ failure
Researchers from the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA have received a $6.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how the SARS-CoV-2 virus causes damage throughout the body.

Health - Life Sciences - 05.10.2021

Health - Life Sciences - 05.10.2021
Sleep disorder linked to neurodegeneration is focus of $35 million USD grant
International team seeks hidden signs of brain damage in REM behavior disorder People with rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder act out their dreams.

Health - Life Sciences - 05.10.2021
A high-risk, high-reward approach to ALS
Multidisciplinary group of U-M researchers will investigate environmental exposures, chosen as one of the first projects in a new NIH amyotrophic lateral sclerosis initiative.

Health - Life Sciences - 05.10.2021
UW joins USAID's $125M project to detect emerging viruses with pandemic potential
UW joins USAID’s $125M project to detect emerging viruses with pandemic potential
To better identify and prevent future pandemics, the University of Washington has become a partner in a five-year global, collaborative agreement with the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Health - Life Sciences - 04.10.2021
Wearable brain scanner to facilitate testing for children with epilepsy
A wearable brain scanner, co-developed by UCL researchers, is now being used in a specialist clinic for children with epilepsy.

Health - Life Sciences - 04.10.2021
Cancer in children with Fanconi anaemia and ataxia telangiectatica
Cancer in children with Fanconi anaemia and ataxia telangiectatica
Nationwide study with data from 50 years determines cancer risk of affected children Fanconi anaemia (FA) and ataxia teleangiectatica (AT) belong to the so-called cancer predisposition syndromes.

Environment - Life Sciences - 01.10.2021
Poison source in the idyll
Poison source in the idyll
Sediments in the Spöl, a small river in the very south of the canton Graubünden, are contaminated with PCBs.

Health - Life Sciences - 01.10.2021
For unvaccinated, reinfection by SARS-CoV-2 is likely
For unvaccinated, reinfection by SARS-CoV-2 is likely
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been much uncertainty about how long immunity lasts after an unvaccinated person is infected with SARS-CoV-2.

Health - Life Sciences - 30.09.2021

Social Sciences - Life Sciences - 30.09.2021
Virtual reality affects children differently than adults
Virtual reality affects children differently than adults
Immersive virtual reality disrupts the child's default coordination strategy, scientists show, something that should be taken into account when developing virtual reality rehabilitation protocols for children. While very little is known on the effects of immersive VR on adults, there is next to no knowledge on the impact of such systems on the sensorimotor abilities of young children.
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