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  • Fat vs. sugar: Who will break your heart? Gearing 2Nutrition plays an important role in the prevention of chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. The Seven Countries Study, one of the earliest and most influential epidemiological studies, spanned the second half of the last century and showed a strong correlation between consumption of saturated fat and incidence of coronary heart disease. This…
  • Ebola Virus: How it infects people, and how scientists are working to cure it IllanaSince the beginning of the current outbreak last May, Ebola has been a near daily news story.  Most articles have focused on the public health aspect of the disease in terms of its spread throughout West Africa, attempts to contain it, and efforts to set up viable health care stations near affected areas.  An earlier…
  • The recent Nobel Prize was not about solving Alzheimer’s disease Activities of 8 place cells recorded while the rat ran back and forth through along the track. Each dot is an action potential, and each color is a different cell. Credit Stuartlayton via Creative Commons 3.0(A response to 'Alzheimer’s Disease Discovery Leads To Nobel Prize' and other similar articles)Activities of 8 place cells recorded while the rat ran back and forth through along the track. Each dot is an action potential, and each color is a different cell. Credit Stuartlayton via Creative Commons 3.0Last week, the Nobel Prize in Physiology…
  • New cancer drug promising, but has a long way to go EBC-46, a novel PKC inhibitor shows pre-clinical potentialFrom Cancer drug destroys tumors in pre-clinical trials A recent article published in Medical Express last week touts the impressive findings of a pre-clinical study on the experimental drug EBC-46 (pictured above). In the article, they claim that EBC-46 is able to effectively destroy tumors by destroying the blood vessels that supply it with oxygen…
  • Hybrid Solar Cell with Higher Efficiency U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nadine Y. BarclayIn a finding that appears in the journal Nature Materials (original article here), researchers demonstrate efficient energy harnessing using a hybrid solar cell. Specifically, they show ultrafast energy transfer between an organic molecule (made up of carbon and hydrogen atoms) and an inorganic semiconductor (made of atoms other than carbon and hydrogen). Normally, absorption of…
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