June 2014

Foraging for food and the challenges that come with it has been recognized as important in shaping brain evolution in primates. New research from Washington University in St. Louis suggests that having to figure out how to survive on difficult to find bugs in the ground and forest could have helped us develop bigger brains...

A bionic pancreas developed by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Boston University could help normalize life for diabetics. The newly-developed pancreas automatically monitors blood sugar using a wireless glucose monitor that sends a signal to an iPhone app every five minutes. The app determines how much insulin should be injected via a pump...

PathSensors Inc., a leading biotechnology and environmental testing company, has developed new technology that provides rapid detection and identification of bacteria, viruses and toxins. The new Zephyr system for liquid-based assays further expands PathSensors’ instrumentation for aerosol collection and identification of airborne pathogens. It can help lower cost and hasten development of treatments for harmful and...

Despite constant efforts to fight it, over 200 million people still contract malaria each year and an estimated 627,000 die from it, with most of the deaths occurring among children living in Africa. A vaccine would go a long way to controlling the problem and eventually even eradicating the disease. Although progress has been made,...

It takes a steady hand to perform microsurgery on the head of a fruitfully. But it turns out that neuroscientists may no longer have to perform this arduous task. In recent years, neuroscientists have begun to design and build robotic systems that allow them to perform high-throughput brain imaging experiments involving model organisms such as...

In the fall of 2010, a team of scientists in California injected human stem cells into the spinal cords of mice with a crippling condition similar to multiple sclerosis, figuring that the mice would reject the cells as they might reject an organ transplant. According to Tom Lane, a University of California, Irvine pathologist who...

Ben-GurionUniversity of the Negev (BGU) in Beersheva, Israel, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, signed an agreement on May 25 to create a new seed fund to finance joint research collaborations and student exchanges. The MIT-Israel – Ben-GurionUniversity of the Negev Seed Fund is part of MISTI Global Seed Funds. MISTI will...

Do you think the land of sitcoms is completely mindless? Think again. The CBS sitcom, The Big Bang Theory has had a UCLA astrophysicist on its staff for all seven of its seasons. David Saltzberg, the show’s science consultant was recently interviewed by Science magazine. Here’s a look at what he had to say about...

Chronic insomnia is a burden for anyone, but among the elderly it’s of particular concern because it can aggravate existing health conditions and lead to cognitive decline and injuries. Exactly what percentage of the elderly suffers from insomnia is not known, largely because there is no exact definition of it among either researchers or their...