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Sustainability, astrobiology combine to illuminate future of Earth’s technological civilization

Sustainability, astrobiology combine to illuminate future of Earth’s technological civilization

November 6, 2014

How long can a technological civilization last? Will human-caused climate change or species extinctions threaten its collapse or can industrial development continue without restrictions? In a new paper, two astrophysicists argue that these questions may soon be resolvable scientifically.

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Congenital herpes tied to lower developmental test scores in infants

Congenital herpes tied to lower developmental test scores in infants

November 4, 2014

A new Medical Center study showed that babies with congenital human herpesvirus-6 (HHV-6) scored several points lower than those without the infection. Scores for the infected babies were similar to those exposed to lead or cocaine in the womb.

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Researchers to develop detailed map of human lungs

Researchers to develop detailed map of human lungs

October 29, 2014

Physicians know what a healthy human lung looks like, but have never before created a comprehensive map that specifically measures lung development from birth through childhood. Now Medical Center researchers have launched five-year effort to develop such a map, and have received $6.1 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health.

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Implantable diagnostic technology advances

Implantable diagnostic technology advances

October 21, 2014

The University has received a second patent for an implantable biosensor that can provide physicians with real time information on their patients’ health.

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‘Red Effect’ sparks interest in female monkeys

‘Red Effect’ sparks interest in female monkeys

October 17, 2014

Recent studies have showed that the color red tends to increase our attraction toward others, feelings of jealousy, and even reaction times. Now, new research shows that female monkeys also respond to the color red, suggesting that biology, rather than our culture, may play the fundamental role in our “red” reactions.

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Are male brains wired to ignore food for sex?

Are male brains wired to ignore food for sex?

October 16, 2014

Medical Center researchers have shown that male brains – at least in microscopic roundworms – will suppress the ability to locate food in order to instead focus on finding a mate.

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2014 Lewis Henry Morgan Lecture focuses on wave science

2014 Lewis Henry Morgan Lecture focuses on wave science

October 16, 2014

Noted anthropologist Stefan Helmreich will provide insights on how scientists are studying waves in nature to understand phenomena as diverse as the social sciences and climate change.

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Diverse team of doctors, engineers receives $4M grant to combat sepsis

Diverse team of doctors, engineers receives $4M grant to combat sepsis

October 9, 2014

Sepsis, an over-the-top immune system response to an infection, is a common and costly cause of death and the most expensive condition treated in U.S. hospitals. The NIH grant will support research collaborations that may pave the way for new treatment targets.

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How smart would your phone be without research universities?

How smart would your phone be without research universities?

October 8, 2014

For most of us, life without a smartphone is unimaginable. Now, picture your smartphone without the pioneering federally funded research done at America’s research universities. You can’t, because your smartphone would not exist without that research.

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What is blue noise mask?

What is blue noise mask?

October 7, 2014

Two University engineers helped transform the early days of the digital revolution, setting off a “virtuous cycle” of research and invention that continues to be felt decades later. That’s the largely untold story of the blue noise mask.

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