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2014-08-04 09:45:12

Duke University Epigenetic control of serotonin transporter makes difference The tiny addition of a chemical mark atop a gene that is well known for its involvement in clinical depression and posttraumatic stress disorder can affect the way a person's brain responds to threats, according to a new study by Duke University researchers. The results, which appear online August 3 in Nature Neuroscience, go beyond genetics to help explain why some individuals may be more vulnerable than...

skull composite
2014-08-03 05:50:56

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Changes in the human skull occurring approximately 50,000 years ago indicate that the rise of culture occurred around the same time as a reduction in testosterone levels, according to new research appearing in the August 1 edition of the journal Current Anthropology. In the study, lead author Robert Cieri, a biology graduate student at the University of Utah who began this work as a senior at Duke University, argue that people...

Baboon females
2014-08-01 02:00:13

Robin Ann Smith, Duke University A study of dominance in female baboons suggests that the route to a higher rank is to maintain close ties with mom, and to have lots of supportive sisters. A female baboon’s social status is dictated not by size or strength, but by the rank of her mother -– the higher the mother is ranked, the higher-ranked her daughter will be. For this reason, dominance rank in female baboons is thought to be determined at birth. Females born to high-ranking...

A Look At The Evolution Of Airplanes
2014-07-24 03:18:43

American Institute of Physics Analysis in the Journal of Applied Physics uses 'constructal law' to witness the evolution of airplane designs over time and predict the future of aerospace design One of the traditional arguments against Darwinian evolution has been that no one can confirm the process exists because it occurs on a time scale immensely greater than a human lifetime. Adrian Bejan, the J. A. Jones Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Duke University, has...

divorce
2014-07-16 08:02:18

Alison Jones, Duke University Surprising suggestion for why divorce is more common among families with girls In the U.S., couples with daughters are somewhat more likely to divorce than couples with sons. Many scholars have read those numbers as evidence that daughters cause divorce. But new research from Duke University suggests something quite different may be at play: Girls may be hardier than boys, even in the womb, and may be better able to survive pregnancies stressed by a...

2014-07-01 11:36:25

Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore Researchers at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore (Duke-NUS) have found evidence that the less older adults sleep, the faster their brains age. These findings, relevant in the context of Singapore's rapidly ageing society, pave the way for future work on sleep loss and its contribution to cognitive decline, including dementia. Past research has examined the impact of sleep duration on cognitive functions in older adults. Though faster...

2014-06-30 14:58:42

Duke University New technique could show transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) treating depression and other disorders Engineers and neuroscientists at Duke University have developed a method to measure the response of an individual neuron to transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) of the brain. The advance will help researchers understand the underlying physiological effects of TMS -- a procedure used to treat psychiatric disorders -- and optimize its use as a therapeutic treatment....

2014-06-24 23:17:22

The CP Help Center is the web’s largest source for research, treatment and legal news on cerebral palsy. Visit http://www.CerebralPalsyHelp.org today. Dallas, TX (PRWEB) June 24, 2014 The birth injury patient advocates at CerebralPalsyHelp.org are alerting parents of children with cerebral palsy of new research information on the site. Duke University was recently awarded a research grant to explore the use of umbilical cord cells to treat brain damage causing cerebral palsy and other...

2014-06-23 13:34:53

Duke University Medical Center A team of scientists from Duke Medicine, the University of Michigan and Stanford University has determined the underlying architecture of a cellular signaling complex involved in the body's response to stimuli such as light and pain. This complex, consisting of a human cell surface receptor and its regulatory protein, reveals a two-step mechanism that has been hypothesized previously but not directly documented. The findings, reported on June 22, 2014,...

2014-06-05 23:16:26

Clancy & Theys Construction Company has been chosen as general contractor for a new 50,000-square-foot data center that DataChambers will open on the North Carolina Research Campus. Kannapolis, NC (PRWEB) June 05, 2014 DataChambers, a North Carolina information technology company, and Castle & Cooke, Inc., the developer of the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, today announced that Clancy & Theys Construction Company has been selected as General Contractor...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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