Type 1 diabetes patients who have developed low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) as a complication of insulin treatments over time are able to regain normal internal recognition of the condition after receiving pancreatic islet cell transplantation, according to a new study led by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, published online in Diabetes. —> Read More Here
Polar bears continue to take a hit in regions with the greatest loss of snow and ice, the latest report card on the Arctic shows. Meanwhile, plankton are thriving as the sea heats up.
Geologists from the University of Cologne thought they had misheard fishermen when they told them that storm surges had dragged the 198 ton boulder 150 feet up a beach. —> Read More Here
Are you a worrier? Then you’re more likely to be smart: People prone to anxiety have higher levels of intelligence
Researchers from Ontario’s Lakehead University scored 126 students on both the Cognitive Test Anxiety Scale and the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale. —> Read More Here
Six clay seals unearthed in Israel could prove that Kings David and Solomon actually existed. For years scholars have dismissed these two biblical fig… —> Read More Here
For decades, smokers in eastern Europe have used cytisine from laburnum trees to help them quit. Good results in a new trial could make cytisine much more popular
This first photo by the European Space Agency’s Philae lander after its touchdown on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was a warning sign that things hadn’t gone to plan
Artist’s conception of the Kepler Space Telescope. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
It’s alive! NASA’s Kepler space telescope had to stop planet-hunting during Earth’s northern-hemisphere summer 2013 when a second of its four pointing devices (reaction wheels) failed. But using a new technique that takes advantage of the solar wind, Kepler has found its first exoplanet since the K2 mission was publicly proposed in November 2013.
And despite a loss of pointing precision, Kepler’s find was a smaller planet — a super-Earth! It’s likely a water world or a rocky core shrouded in a thick, Neptune-like atmosphere. Called HIP 116454b, it’s 2.5 times the size of Earth and a whopping 12 times the mass. It circles its dwarf star quickly, every 9.1 days, and is about 180 light-years from Earth.
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In a development that could lead to a deeper understanding of cancer and better early-stage treatment of the disease, University of Michigan researchers have devised a reliable way to grow a certain type of cancer cells from patients outside the body for study. —> Read More Here
How does enzymatic pretreatment affect the nanostructure and reaction space of lignocellulosic biomass?
Pretreatment of cellulosic biomass using cell wall degrading enzymes is a critical step in the release of sugars needed to produce biofuels and renewable, biobased chemicals and materials. A new study that demonstrates and quantifies the impact of enzymatic hydrolysis and drying on the nanostructure and available reaction volume of pretreated hardwoods and switchgrass is published in Industrial Biotechnology. —> Read More Here