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Photosynthetic Megacomplex Studied By Scientists
2013-11-29 06:52:19

Washington University in St. Louis Scientists able to study a photosynthetic complex -- arguably the most important bit of organic chemistry on the planet -- in its complete functioning state When sunlight strikes a photosynthesizing organism, energy flashes between proteins just beneath its surface until it is trapped as separated electric charges. Improbable as it may seem these tiny hits of energy eventually power the growth and movement of all plants and animals. They are literally...

2013-11-13 23:25:12

Top Advancements in the Treatment of Structural Heart Disease is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, 6:30-9 p.m., at the Omni Dallas Hotel in Dallas, Texas. Saint Louis, Missouri (PRWEB) November 13, 2013 One of the most experienced teams of heart specialists in the country will hold a Continuing Medical Education (CME) titled Top Advances in the Treatment of Structural Heart Disease. The symposium, presented by Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Heart & Vascular Center...

VIP Treatment For Jet Lag
2013-10-28 16:18:42

Washington University in St. Louis A brain chemical that desynchronizes the cells in the biological clock helps the clock adjust more quickly to abrupt shifts in daily light/dark schedules such as those that plague modern life A small molecule called VIP, known to synchronize time-keeping neurons in the brain's biological clock, has the startling effect of desynchronizing them at higher dosages, says a research team at Washington University in St. Louis. Far from being catastrophic,...

2013-10-25 23:00:22

The Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Heart & Vascular Center was one of 47 centers nationwide to participate in the medical trial that led to approval of the device by the FDA. St. Louis (PRWEB) October 25, 2013 A device approved today by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) to treat leaky mitral valves was first used in this region as part of a clinical trial at the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Heart & Vascular Center. This new non-surgical alternative for...

Veil Of Ignorance Is Sometimes Bliss
2013-10-24 08:22:27

Washington University in St. Louis A range of examples suggests a lack of information about their fellows can favor cooperation and prevent conflict among animals — and even among genes For the Oct. 16 issue of Biology Letters, a special issue commemorating the 50th anniversary of W.D. Hamilton’s famous paper on kin selection, two Washington University in St. Louis biologists contributed an article describing intriguing exceptions to one of his predictions. The basic idea of...

2013-09-30 23:04:37

The Washington University and Barnes-Jewish kidney transplant program continues to be a national leader in transplantation. St. Louis (PRWEB) September 30, 2013 The Washington University and Barnes-Jewish kidney transplant program has long been a national leader in transplantation. Now, one of the largest and most experienced kidney transplant programs in the United States is celebrating a major milestone—50 years of changing lives. The program’s first successful kidney transplant...

2013-09-26 23:39:24

Washington University partners with Speartip, LLC to offer a Cyber Security Master's Program for students. Saint Louis, MO (PRWEB) September 26, 2013 In today’s world of evolving technology, more and more companies are facing data compromise through cyber security breaches. There continues to be new reports of significant cyber-attacks involving some of the world’s largest corporations and government agencies. Washington University in St. Louis sees these developments as an...

Model Organisms Gone Wild
2013-09-13 14:08:40

Washington University in St. Louis Amoebas that are placid, model organisms in the lab, farm bacteria and carry guards to protect their crops in the wild Model organisms, brought into labs because they are easy to work with, adapt to the lab, often shedding characteristics that allowed them to survive in the wild. Scientists who work with model organisms rarely look at the wild strains, but when they do, they can be surprised by what they find. This is what happened with the...


Word of the Day
negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.