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Cellular clean-up crews linked to how body handles sugar

Connections between metabolism and cell stress control may inform study of diabetes, cancer

How our bodies handle glucose—the simple sugar that provides energy from the food we eat—appears to be intertwined with how cells keep themselves functioning normally, according to new University of Chicago research. (more…)

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Scientists find missing clue to how HIV hacks cells to propagate itself

Computer modeling has helped a team of scientists, including several scholars from the University of Chicago, to decode previously unknown details about the process by which HIV forces cells to spread the virus to other cells. The findings, published Nov. 7 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, may offer a new avenue for drugs to combat the virus. (more…)

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How to Enjoy Valentine’s Day without a Valentine

If you dreaded New Year’s because you knew that red hearts, stuffed animals, and candy would start springing up all over the place the next day, you’re not alone. For singles, Valentine’s Day can be a tough time because it makes even the most fiercely independent people feel lonely. The good news is, you can enjoy Valentine’s Day even if you don’t have a valentine. Our tips will help you make the most of the day.

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Princeton researchers show how the brain breaks down events

Research by Princeton University neuroscientists provides a new framework for understanding how the experience of life is accumulated, stored and recalled by the human brain.

When you go about your day, you’re continuously assaulted with visual, auditory and other sensory information,” said Christopher Baldassano, an associate research scholar at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI). “We don’t try to understand our world as the continuous stream that’s coming in, but we break it up into pieces we can understand and remember. The goal of this research was to look for the signatures of this kind of activity.” (more…)

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Scientists Discover How We Play Memories in Fast Forward

AUSTIN, Texas — Scientists at The University of Texas at Austin have discovered a mechanism that may explain how the brain can recall nearly all of what happened on a recent afternoon — or make a thorough plan for how to spend an upcoming afternoon — in a fraction of the time it takes to live out the experience. The breakthrough in understanding a previously unknown function in the brain has implications for research into schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorders, Alzheimer’s disease and other disorders where real experiences and ones that exist only in the mind can become distorted. (more…)

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How to avoid unwanted Heating Costs

Article by Michelle Patterson

As you heat your home during the winter season, you will find the cost to do so is quite high. When you have to constantly provide warm comfort in the home, your heating system must use energy. A heating and cooling system both require energy to operate effectively and this unfortunately can cost you more money. Air conditioning heating and cooling systems such as central units can have a high operation cost if you do not know how to maintain your usage. Below are a few tips on how you can lower the cost of heating in your home but maintain the comfort you need during the winter season. (more…)

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Mathematical framework: How a wrinkle becomes a crease

Kyung-Suk Kim and Mazen Diab have worked out the mathematics of how wrinkles form in solid materials under compression — and how, under more compression, those wrinkles can become creases. The mathematics of wrinkles and creases could help in the design of flexible electronic circuits, artificial skin, and soft robotic grips and may help explain brain injuries due to compression.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Wrinkles, creases and folds are everywhere in nature, from the surface of human skin to the buckled crust of the Earth. They can also be useful structures for engineers. Wrinkles in thin films, for example, can help make durable circuit boards for flexible electronics. (more…)

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