Identifying the source of stem cells

Identifying the source of stem cells

EAST LANSING, Mich. – When most animals begin life, cells immediately begin accepting assignments to become a head, tail or a vital organ. However, mammals, including humans, are special. The cells of mammalian embryos get to make a different first choice – to become the protective placenta or to commit to forming the baby.

Patents for humanity: Special edition of Technology and Innovation

Patents for humanity: Special edition of Technology and Innovation

TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 30, 2014) – The current special issue of Technology and Innovation, is devoted to patents that benefit people around the world who live with limited resources, in challenging environments, and are in need of better access to basic needs and improved standards of living, health and infrastructure.

Together we are strong -- or insufferable

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Peripheral clocks don't need the brain's master clock to function correctly

BPA exposure by infants may increase later risk of food intolerance

Disney Research develops hybrid fluid transmission enabling light and swift robotic arms

Engineers routinely face tradeoffs as they design robotic limbs – weight vs. speed, ease of control vs. fluidity. A new hybrid fluid transmission developed at Disney Research Pittsburgh promises to eliminate some of those tradeoffs, making possible robot arms that are light enough to move swiftly and gracefully, yet with precise control.

Size matters: Baby's size at birth may predict risk for disease later in life

A new research report published in the November 2014 issue of The FASEB Journal suggests that being overweight might be better in the long term than being underweight. Before you reach for that box of Twinkies, however, it's important to note that this discovery only applies to the weight of newborn babies in relation to risk of future disease.

New molecule sneaks medicines across the blood/brain barrier

Clock gene dysregulation may explain overactive bladder

Reef-builders with a sense of harmony