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Fruit Flies Are Relentless Party Crashers
2014-02-05 13:30:09

University of Washington That fruit fly joining you just moments after you poured that first glass of cabernet, has just used its poppy-seed-sized brain to conduct a finely-choreographed search, one that’s been described for the first time by researchers at the University of Washington. The search mission is another example of fruit flies executing complex behaviors with very little “computational” power, their brains having 100,000 neurons compared to house flies with 300,000...

Complications From Facelifts Eased With Help Of New 3-D Imaging Technique
2014-01-28 11:47:02

University of Washington Millions of people each year remove wrinkles, soften creases and plump up their lips by injecting a gel-like material into their facial tissue. These cosmetic procedures are sometimes called “liquid facelifts” and are said to be minimally invasive. It’s rare, but sometimes things go wrong. In a matter of minutes, patients’ skin can turn red or blotchy white and the injected area becomes painful. Vital blood supply to the face is restricted and if...

Study Shows Rock Can Turn Into Soil Faster Than Previously Thought
2014-01-17 11:09:55

University of Washington Geologic time is shorthand for slow-paced. But new measurements from steep mountaintops in New Zealand show that rock can transform into soil more than twice as fast as previously believed possible. The findings were published Jan. 16 in the early online edition of Science. "Some previous work had argued that there were limits to soil production," said first author Isaac Larsen, who did the work as part of his doctoral research in Earth sciences at the...

Researchers Count Thousands Of Fish Using A Glass Of Water
2014-01-16 15:08:16

University of Washington A mere glass full of water from Monterey Bay Aquarium's 1.2 million-gallon Open Sea tank, among the 10 largest aquariums in the world, is all scientists really needed to identify the Pacific Bluefin tuna, dolphinfish and most of the other 13,000 fish swimming there. Researchers also for the first time used DNA from water samples to discern which of the species were most plentiful in the tank. Being able to determine the relative abundance of fish species in a...

2014-01-14 23:00:36

Warren Lawless, a pillar of Western University of Health Sciences and West Seattle who dedicated his life to service, has died at age 95. Pomona, Calif. (PRWEB) January 14, 2014 Warren Lawless, a pillar of Western University of Health Sciences and West Seattle who dedicated his life to service, has died. He was 95. Lawless served more than 30 years on the Western University of Health Sciences Board of Trustees, taking the helm as chairman a scant 10 months after the College of Osteopathic...

2014-01-10 08:23:58

Nomogram aims to enable informed decision-making and personalized treatment SEATTLE, Jan. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Studies have found that prostate cancer is overdiagnosed in up to 42 percent of cases, prompting men to receive unnecessary treatment that can cause devastating side effects, including impotence and incontinence. Now, researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington have developed a personalized tool that can predict the likelihood...

Study Shows Genetically Identical Bacteria Can Behave In Entirely Different Ways
2014-01-02 15:32:39

University of Washington Uneven distribution of certain mechanisms during cell division creates diversity that can enhance a bacterial population's survival Although a population of bacteria may be genetically identical, individual bacteria within that population can act in radically different ways. This phenomenon is crucial in the bacteria's struggle for survival. The more diversity a population of bacteria has, the more likely it will contain individuals able to take advantage of...

2013-12-21 23:03:22

University of Washington-Bothell graduate students are building new computer-designed tools to end the inadequate screening of children's vision in America's public schools, beginning with the children of Washington. It is important to find out how well children can see to read. Bothell, WA (PRWEB) December 21, 2013 Under the guidance of Professor Bill Erdly, four graduate students in the department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of...

TB Bacteria Hide Their Identity To Invade Into Deeper Regions Of The Lungs
2013-12-20 14:30:54

University of Washington Cell surface lipids hide molecular patterns that infection-killing cells might recognize as dangerous TB-causing bacteria appear to mask their identity to avoid recognition by infection-killing cells in the upper airways. The bacteria call up more permissive white blood cells in the deeper regions of the lungs and hitch a ride inside them to get into the host's body. Details on this finding are reported Dec. 16 in the advanced online edition of the journal...

Geoengineering Earth's Climate
2013-12-18 10:37:49

Ranjini Raghunath for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Artificial clouds that reflect sunlight back into space. A StratoShield that spews sulfur dioxide particles into space like a volcano, cooling the planet’s surface. Microbial blooms that grow on iron injected into the ocean and trap carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. These are some of the latest ideas being tested to combat climate change in an emerging and hotly-debated field called geoengineering. Geoengineering involves use...


Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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