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Humans’ Endogenous Retroviruses Influence Our Brain Development

Humans’ Endogenous Retroviruses Influence Our Brain Development

A recent article in ScienceDaily based on a publication in the journal Cell Reports describes a hot topic in neurobiology: the contribution of endogenous retroviruses (ERVs) towards human brain development (1,2). Perhaps the most famous retrovirus is HIV, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, shown in Figure 1. Unlike HIV, however, ERVs are […]

When stress becomes deadly

Stress has long been associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease. New research suggests that a potential explanation for this correlation is due to increased activity of the amygdala, which may upregulate bone marrow activity and arterial inflammation. (Photo Credits: Flickr Creative Commons, bottled_void)

Whether it’s from upcoming exams, unpaid bills, or simply a long day at work, stress is an inevitable part of life. However, poor stress management can lead to severe health impairments, with several studies showing that chronic stress is particularly correlated with higher risk of heart disease, although scientists have […]

Physicists Cool Microscopic Drum to Near Absolute Zero

Physicists Cool Microscopic Drum to Near Absolute Zero

According to a paper recently published in Nature, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have cooled a vibrating drum to an unprecedented one-fifth of a quantum of energy, approaching the previously perceived limit of absolute zero (1). Scientists use temperature to measure the thermal motion of […]

Professor Thomas Gilovich and the Psychology of Gratitude

Professor Thomas Gilovich and the Psychology of Gratitude

Thomas Gilovich, a professor of psychology at Cornell University, discussed his research in the psychological processes involved with gratitude and suggested potential ways to combat ingratitude while increasing happiness. Gratitude is associated with several benefits including greater sense of meaning in life, improved sleep, fewer doctor visits, and even feeling […]

Sewage Can Soon Be Converted into Bio-based Fuel

Sewage Can Soon Be Converted into Bio-based Fuel

Recent research findings at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has shown that wastewater treatment plants may have the potential to produce biocrude oil, which is a petroleum-substitute synthetic fuel, from ordinary sewage (1). The technological process being considered is called hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) (2). In HTL, […]

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