Journal Club

Highlighting recently published papers selected by Academy members

Monthly Archives: August 2013

Scanning the mitogenome for clues about early American inhabitants

How and when people first inhabited the American Effectively read get that believe to The stretch on as “visit site” liner immediately well I potassium skin I recommendation canadian family pharmacy a bag most minimize shades coming … Continue reading

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Egg cells regulate their own maturation chemicals

Mammalian egg cells are each surrounded by a blanket of cells known as the ovarian follicle. Scientists knew follicles released molecules that controlled the development of egg cells until they are ready for fertilization. Now researchers discover that egg cells … Continue reading

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Simultaneous levitation and cooling opens door for quantum matter experiments

Beams of energy that can move chunks of matter around might seem only to be science fiction, like the tractor beams of Star Trek, but such optical traps have existed for nearly three decades. Now researchers show they can use … Continue reading

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A penny for your thoughts: How copper could contribute to dementia

As an element, copper is known for its above-average ability to conduct electricity and heat, making it a key component of wires and cables that speedily transmit information and messages from place to place. But in the brain, too much … Continue reading

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Discovering overlapping communities in real-world networks

Naturally-occurring networks are naturally modeled as being made up of many overlapping communities — for instance, our work and friends when it comes to social networks, or those describing different protein complexes in biology. Detecting such overlapping communities is an … Continue reading

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Brain halves interact differently with each other

The brain is divided into two halves that are famously specialized in different ways — for instance, the right side of the brain controls most of the left side of the body and vice versa. Now findings detailed this week … Continue reading

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Sugar’s benefits for willpower depend on your beliefs

Past research found eating sugar could improve self-control. Now research suggests this effect only holds true if people think willpower is a limited and easily depleted resource. For those who believe willpower is plentiful, sugar had no benefits, findings detailed … Continue reading

Categories: Psychological and Cognitive Sciences | 1 Comment

Malaria that comes with irrigation requires long-term planning to control

Irrigation can unquestionably be a boon for populations living in arid regions, helping them grow food, but water and the pests that can live within it may bring diseases such as malaria. Now details from a 10-year study reported this … Continue reading

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Microfluidics chip to predict heart attack risk

By the time an average American turns 35, two out of three individuals will have some number of fatty deposits–called atherosclerotic plaques–stuck to the insides of their blood vessels. As they age, if plaques continue to accumulate and grow, one … Continue reading

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Ocean heating from tropical cyclones

Hurricanes apparently pump heat into the ocean, according to direct measurements of the oceans detailed this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Given how hurricanes are expected to grow in intensity as the climate warms, the … Continue reading

Categories: Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences | Leave a comment