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February 10, 2019

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Converting cells into new neurons could lead to a pill that repairs brain damage

New neurons, four months after being converted from glial cells thanks to a chemical formula developed ...

As powerful as the human brain is, once it's damaged it can't really recover completely. Now researchers at Penn State may have found a way to boost the brain's regenerative abilities, using certain molecules to convert neighboring cells into new neurons. The technique could eventually lead to pills that treat brain injuries, stroke or Alzheimer's disease.

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Category: Biology

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Feb
2019

Lightning’s electromagnetic fields may have a weird “healing” effect on living cells

A new study suggests low-level electromagnetic fields from lightning strikes may protect living cells

You definitely don't want to be on the receiving end of a lightning strike, but in the right doses the stuff may have a healing effect. A new study from Tel Aviv University suggests that the electromagnetic fields given off by lightning activity around the world could protect living cells from certain kinds of damage, which may have had implications for the evolution of life on Earth.

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Category: Science

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Chemical conversion process gives plastic waste new life as fuel

Chemical engineer Linda Wang led a research team at Purdue University in coming up with a ...

Millions of metric tons of plastic are produced each year and in reality, very little of it is recycled. But what if there were more ways of turning this waste into something valuable, such as new plastics or different types of fuel? Scientists at Purdue University have taken a promising step towards this goal with a new technology that can turn the majority of a commonly used plastic into the building blocks for all kinds of materials, something they hope can inspire new solutions for our plastic pollution problem.

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Category: Environment

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Feb
2019

Tair inflatable roof rack uses bike tubes to secure skis, boards and other gear

The Tair roof racks with a surfboard attached

Attaching regular roof racks to your car is an investment, involving costly fixings that you almost certainly won't use every time you jump behind the wheel. Lately we're seeing cheaper and more flexible solutions emerge, the latest of which uses bicycle inner tubes to support sports gear en-route and keep your paintwork scratch-free.

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Category: Automotive

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Feb
2019

Measles resurgence raises concerns over vaccine exemptions

Officials in Washington are debating removing personal belief vaccine exemptions in the wake of an ongoing ...

A major measles outbreak in Washington state is being blamed on low-vaccination rates. In response, Washington lawmakers are currently debating a measure seeking to remove a current exemption that allows parents to refuse vaccinating their child based on philosophical or personal beliefs.

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Category: Health & Wellbeing

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Feb
2019

Limited edition 2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia headed for the US

The 4C Spider Italia is aimed towards driving enthusiasts and comes with several exclusive items

Alfa Romeo has unveiled a special edition 4C Spider called the Italia. When the cover was pulled off it at the Chicago Auto Show, we could see that the handcrafted little 4C would be something special. Only 15 of the cars will be built exclusively for the North American market, each with a US$5,000 price jump over the standard 4C.

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Category: Automotive

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Feb
2019

Flatland: New images reveal Ultima Thule’s shape is a “scientific puzzle”

A new view of Ultima Thule reveals that it's surprisingly flat

At one point, the distant world Ultima Thule was assumed to be more or less a rocky ball. As New Horizons got closer, its shape was described as a bowling pin, then a snowman – and now it's changed once again. New images snapped as the probe sped away from the object show that Ultima Thule is more like a flat "pancake" stuck to a "dented walnut," leaving astronomers puzzled as to how such a shape is even possible.

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Category: Space

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Feb
2019

New study suggests mild, long-term MDMA use doesn’t damage normal social functioning

A new study adds to a body of evidence suggesting mild, long-term MDMA usage is not ...

As MDMA sits on the precipice of being legally approved as clinical treatment for PTSD in the United States, a team of researchers from the University of Exeter set out to try to better understand what long-term effects the drug has on a person's ability to emotionally empathize with others.

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Category: Medical

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