Atomic resolution studies of two common calcium channel blockers, one that treats irregular heart beats, and another that controls high blood pressure and angina

Zika virus detected in newborn until 2 months after birth

Physicians at the Santa Casa de Misericordia and researchers from the Institute of Biomedical Sciences at University of São Paulo describe the case of a baby born with Zika infection...

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Norwegian prisons rehabilitate criminal offenders

Katrine Vellesen Løken at UiB's Department of Economics became Norway's youngest woman professor of economics ever. Her research mainly focuses on family economy using large administrative datasets.The research project "The Social Costs of incarceration" is the largest study of imprisonment and return to a normal life that has ever been conducted in Europe.

NASA's WISE, Fermi missions reveal a surprising blazar connection

An analysis of blazar properties observed by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and Fermi's Large Area Telescope (LAT) reveal a correlation in emissions from the mid-infrared to gamma rays, an energy range spanning a factor of 10 billion. When plotted by gamma-ray and mid-infrared colors, confirmed Fermi blazars (gold dots) form a unique band not shared by other sources beyond our galaxy. A blue line marks the best fit of these values. The relationship allows astronomers to identify potential new gamma-ray blazars by studying WISE infrared data.Astronomers studying distant galaxies powered by monster black holes have uncovered an unexpected link between two very different wavelengths of the light they emit, the mid-infrared and gamma rays. The...

African bird shows signs of evil stepdad behavior

Southern pied babblers are pictured.An African desert-dwelling male bird favours his biological sons and alienates his stepsons, suggests research published today in Biological Letters.

Planet found in habitable zone around nearest star

This artist's impression shows a view of the surface of the planet Proxima b orbiting the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Solar System. The double star Alpha Centauri AB also appears in the image to the upper-right of Proxima itself. Proxima b is a little more massive than the Earth and orbits in the habitable zone around Proxima Centauri, where the temperature is suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface.Astronomers using ESO telescopes and other facilities have found clear evidence of a planet orbiting the closest star to Earth, Proxima Centauri. The long-sought world, designated Proxima b, orbits its...

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NASA sees a small tropical depression 14W

NASA's Aqua satellite captured this visible image of Tropical Depression 14W on Aug. 24 at 12:00 a.m. EDT (0400 UTC) that showed isolated strong storms around the low-level center.Tropical Depression 14W appeared to be a small storm when NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead early on Aug. 24.

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Yale team discovers how Zika virus causes fetal brain damage

Infection by the Zika virus diverts a key protein necessary for neural cell division in the developing human fetus, thereby causing the birth defect microcephaly, a team of Yale scientists...

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In some genetic cases of microcephaly, stem cells fail to launch

From top to bottom: normal, NDE1 mutant, NDEL1 mutant, and NDE1 + NDEL1 double mutant cells. Each panel represents 30-minute intervals. 

Videos available, please contact <a href="mailto:cumcnews@columbia.edu">cumcnews@columbia.edu</a>.In a very severe, genetic form of microcephaly, stem cells in the brain fail to divide, according to a new Columbia University Medical Center study that may provide important clues...

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BPA can disrupt painted turtles' brain development could be a population health concern

Cheryl Rosenfeld and her team found that BPA can induce behavioral changes in turtles, reprogramming male turtle brains to show behavior common in females. Researchers worry this could lead to population declines in painted turtles.Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical used in many consumer products including water bottles, metal food storage products and certain resins. Often, aquatic environments such as rivers and streams become...

Study suggests that brain damages caused by Zika virus congenital infection go beyond microcephaly

A recent study published by Brazilian researchers from the D'Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR), Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Institute for Research Professor Amorim Neto...

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Arctic gives clues on worst mass extinction of life

96 percent of marine species, and 70 percent of terrestrial life died off in the Permian-Triassic extinction event, as geologists know it. It is also known as The Great Dying Event for obvious reasons.

Cosmic neighbors inhibit star formation, even in the early-universe

Color images of the central regions of z > 1.35 SpARCS clusters. Cluster members are marked with white squares.The international University of California, Riverside-led SpARCS collaboration has discovered four of the most distant clusters of galaxies ever found, as they appeared when the universe was only 4...

Spherical tokamak as model for next steps in fusion energy

Physicist Jon Menard.Among the top puzzles in the development of fusion energy is the best shape for the magnetic facility -- or "bottle" -- that will provide the next steps in the...

Molecular signature shows plants are adapting to increasing atmospheric CO2

<I>Plantago lanceolata</I> -- the plantain found in the high carbon dioxide springs and the subject of this study.Plants are adapting to increasing atmospheric CO2 according to a new study from the University of Southampton.

New electrical energy storage material shows its power

A conductive polymer (green) formed inside the small holes of a hexagonal framework (red and blue) work together to store electrical energy rapidly and efficiently.A powerful new material developed by Northwestern University chemist William Dichtel and his research team could one day speed up the charging process of electric cars and help increase their...

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Rocky planet found orbiting habitable zone of nearest star

This artist's impression shows a view of the surface of the planet Proxima b orbiting the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Solar System. The double star Alpha Centauri AB also appears in the image to the upper-right of Proxima itself. Proxima b is a little more massive than the Earth and orbits in the habitable zone around Proxima Centauri, where the temperature is suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface.An international team of astronomers including Carnegie's Paul Butler has found clear evidence of a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our Solar System. The new world, designated...

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GPM sees Tropical Depression Kay fading into history

On Aug. 22 at 8:41 p.m. EDT NASA/JAXA's GPM saw that precipitation was limited to a small area of rain west of Tropical Depression Kay's center.The remaining traces of rainfall in weakening Tropical Depression Kay was in a small area when the Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite passed overhead early on Aug....

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NASA sees Lionrock strengthen into a typhoon

On Aug. 24 at 12:45 a.m. EDT (0445 UTC) the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured this visible light image of Typhoon Lionrock east of Japan's Ryukyu Islands.NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over Typhoon Lionrock as it strengthened to a typhoon east of Japan's Ryukyu Islands. The chain of islands stretch southwest from Kyushu to Taiwan.

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NASA's GPM observes Tropical Storm Gaston's development

On Aug. 23 GPM saw Gaston's heaviest precipitation well to the southwest of the low. DPR measured rain there falling at a rate of over 141 mm (5.6 inches) per hour and cloud tops reaching altitudes above 14.7 km (9.1 miles).The Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite provided scientists with a look at rainfall rates and cloud heights within Tropical Storm Gaston as it continued to intensify in...

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UNH scientists unravel genetic ancestry of cultivated strawberry

UNH scientists constructed a linkage map of the seven chromosomes of the diploid <em>Fragaria iinumae</em>, which allows them to fill in a piece of the genetic puzzle about the eight sets of chromosomes of the cultivated strawberry.Scientists from the University of New Hampshire have unlocked a major genetic mystery of one of the ancestors of cultivated strawberry. A genetic analysis conducted by New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment...

NASA satellite spots new tropical depression in Northwestern Pacific Ocean

NASA's Terra satellite provided infrared data on Tropical Depression14W located just north of Guam on Aug. 23.The Northwestern Pacific Ocean has seen quite a number of tropical cyclones in the last two weeks and another has just formed north of Guam triggering warnings on several islands....

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