• Graphene-based wearables for health monitoring, food inspection and night vision
    Scientists have developed dozens of new graphene-based prototypes. These technologies aim to turn mobile phones into life saving devices.
  • Genetic vulnerability to menthol cigarette use
    A genetic variant found only in people of African descent significantly increases a smoker's preference for cigarettes containing menthol, a flavor additive. The variant of the MRGPRX4 gene is five to eight times more frequent among smokers who use menthol cigarettes than other smokers. The multi-ethnic study is the first to look across all genes to identify genetic vulnerability to menthol cigarettes.
  • Drug to rejuvenate muscle cells
    Researchers have developed a promising drug that has proven to significantly increase muscle size, strength and metabolic state in aged mice, according to a new study.
  • Open-science model for drug discovery expands to neurodegenerative diseases
    Parkinson's disease and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis are the newest frontiers for open science drug discovery, a global movement led by academic scientists that puts knowledge sharing and medication affordability ahead of patents and profits.
  • Hope for fighting disease known as Ebola of frogs
    Despite widespread infection, some frog populations are surviving a deadly disease that is the equivalent of humankind's Ebola virus. The reason -- genetic diversity.

  • Desert ants’ survival strategy emerges from millions of simple interactions
    Ants’ frenzied movements may seem aimless and erratic to a casual observer, but closer study reveals that an ant colony’s collective behavior can help it thrive in a harsh environment and may also yield inspiration for robotic systems. In a new analysis, Princeton researchers have created a mathematical model to explain how desert harvester ants […]
  • Why Some Brain Tumors Respond to Immunotherapy
    Columbia researchers have learned why some glioblastomas—the most common type of brain cancer—respond to immunotherapy. The findings could help identify patients who are most likely to benefit from treatment with immunotherapy drugs and lead to the development of more broadly effective treatments. The study, led by Raul Rabadan, PhD, professor of systems biology and biomedical informatics […]
  • The Curious Case of the Cassowary Casque
    An incendiary flash of colour – Your violent hues scatter the scrub; We watch as you forage for food, Using your casque like a fork.   Reptilian eyes stare unblinkingly, Your tridactyl feet conceal a blade; We watch as you secure your stance, Using your casque like a sword.   Vegetation brushed callously aside, Your […]
  • ‘Lack of cleaning’ in brain cells is central to Alzheimer’s disease
    An international research team with representation from the University of Copenhagen has created a better understanding of Alzheimer’s. They have shown that the cleaning system of the brain cells, the so-called mitophagy, is very weakened in animals and humans with Alzheimer’s. And when they improve the cleaning system in the animals, the Alzheimer’s symptoms almost […]
  • Latest plan for California high-speed rail: Build incrementally
    California Governor Gavin Newsom on Tues., Feb. 12, 2019 in his first State of the State address since taking office announced a new plan for the state’s high-speed rail project. The plan is to scale the project back. The California governor, on this issue, was unwavering in his resolve. Having to do with this, Newsom, […]