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Hunger Hormone Prevents PTSD
2013-10-16 10:41:24

Michael Harper or redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) say drugs created to suppress appetite may also be effective in preventing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). At the heart of the research is ghrelin, what many refer to as the “hunger hormone.” When this hormone was found to trigger appetite in humans, many drug manufacturers set about creating drugs to block the biochemical as a way to prevent obesity. Yet as...

What Are Clouds On Mars Like?
2013-10-08 04:34:52

[ Watch the Video: Simulating Martian Clouds ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The clouds on Mars, at first glance, might be easily mistaken for those on Earth. NASA's Opportunity rover returned images of the Martian sky with gauzy, high-altitude wisps that are similar to our cirrus clouds. These clouds most likely consist of either carbon dioxide or water-based ice crystals, given what scientists currently understand about the Martian atmosphere. However,...

2013-10-07 09:23:37

A group of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Harvard Stem Cell Institute researchers, and collaborators at MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital have found a way to use stem cells as drug delivery vehicles. The researchers inserted modified strands of messenger RNA into connective tissue stem cells—called mesenchymal stem cells—which stimulated the cells to produce adhesive surface proteins and secrete interleukin-10, an anti-inflammatory molecule. When injected into the bloodstream...

Getting Robots To Self-Assemble
2013-10-05 04:37:01

[ Watch the Video: Small Cubes that Self-Assemble ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In the blockbuster action movie Terminator 2: Judgment Day, a liquid-metal robot from the future is able to hunt down humans by manipulating its body shape into whatever it might need for a particular situation. While they may not be working with liquid metal, MIT researchers have devised a robotic system capable of arranging into a wide range of three-dimensional shapes. Known as...

2013-09-30 23:20:03

A pair of breakthroughs in the field of silicon photonics by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Micron Technology Inc. could allow for the trajectory of exponential improvement in microprocessors that began nearly half a century ago—known as Moore’s Law—to continue well into the future, allowing for increasingly faster electronics, from supercomputers to laptops to smartphones. Boulder, CO (PRWEB) September 30, 2013 A...

El Nino Nitrous Oxide Global Warming
2013-09-27 12:13:09

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Nitrous oxide, commonly referred to as ‘laughing gas,’ is well known for its use on dental patients ahead of a painful procedure. However, a lesser-known fact is that it’s also the third-largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions after carbon dioxide and methane. New research from MIT and Emory University researchers has found that the Pacific Ocean weather patterns known as El Niño and La Niña have a significant effect on...

2013-09-25 23:32:04

Leading Field Sales, Retail Merchandising and Field Marketing Automation Solution will be showcasing its Cloud/Mobile solutions at the MobileMonday Boston MIT Showcase on October 8th. Boston, MA (PRWEB) September 25, 2013 Salespod, Inc., the maker of the field sales and retail merchandising automation tool Salespod, announced today that it has been selected to showcase its Cloud Mobile solution at the MobileMonday Boston MIT Museum Showcase event on October 8th. The event will be hosted...


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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.