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Brains affected by autism appear to share a problem with cells that make myelin, the insulating coating surrounding nerve fibers that controls the speed at which the fibers convey electrical signals.
State governments continue to crack down on flavored e-cigarettes and other vape products, largely in response to the deaths and illnesses that began coming to light this past summer. But as lawmakers deliberate over their policy response to vaping, researchers are still trying to understand the cause of the illnesses. NewsHour science correspondent Miles O’Brien… Read More
Infectious disease specialists debate whether it’s better to give the strongest antibiotics all at once for drug-resistant germs or save the most innovative medicines for use as a last resort.
You are invited to the Ohio University Department of Physics and Astronomy Open House, Saturday, November 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Clippinger Laboratories on the Athens Campus. There will be hands-on shows, demos, hallway activities and lab tours, including: Fun With Liquid Nitrogen What NOT To Do With Your Microwave Levitation:… Read More
The number of workers getting less than seven hours of sleep a night is rising. Stress and our culture of constant connection may be to blame.
The X-37B, launched in September 2017, has returned to Earth. It was the fifth acknowledged mission for the vehicle since 2010, but details of its mission are being kept under wraps.
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is backing a study to take an in-depth look at the genetic factors behind substance use disorder. Yost believes this will be a critical step towards data-based prevention efforts. Yost says the common approach to the opioid epidemic is referred to as a three-legged stool; law enforcement, treatment, education/prevention. But… Read More
Scientists have developed promising clock-turning treatments for mice. Could pills that mimic the benefits of exercise help humans? In this Future You: the effort to stop the symptoms of growing old.
Almost everyone who learns about the project thinks it sounds “crazy,” admits one scientist. But the technology should work.
Join the Patton College of Education and the Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery in an exciting FREE family event: “Understanding the Environment!” on September 8th, 12-2pm at the Athens Community Center. Visit STEAM stations designed and staffed by Ohio University faculty, graduate students, and OVMoD staff and volunteers. Stations are geared for kids ages 5+… Read More
Medical and genetic data from more than a million Americans are now in scientific databases. Some programs hoard the data, while others share widely with scientists, hoping to speed medical discovery.
The satellite is believed to be among America’s most advanced. Some believe it’s as large as the Hubble Space Telescope.
Smithsonian researcher Anna Phillips led the recent discovery of the new medicinal species. Its superficial similarities to a North American leech species helped prevent its detection before.
Scientists around the world are working to correct a problem with genetic health information — too much of it is currently based on samples of Europeans.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio has awarded the final round of prizes in its global technology challenge seeking scientific breakthroughs to address the U.S. opioid crisis. Four winners were announced Tuesday, with each receiving $1 million as part of the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge. Winning ideas included “Brave Button,” an in-home device from Vancouver, Canada-based… Read More
A detailed comparison of mouse and human brain tissue found differences that could help explain why mice aren’t always a good model for human diseases.
Scientists discovered that a medication used to treat parasites in horses can fight deadly staph infections. It’s a promising new approach to solving the problem of antibiotic resistance.
Some startups are making synthetic versions of animal proteins for use in foods from smoothies to baked goods. The goal: to reshape the food supply without the environmental footprint of livestock.
Victoria Gray, 34, of Forest, Miss., has sickle cell disease. She is the first patient ever to be publicly identified as being involved in a study testing the use of CRISPR for a genetic disease.
Greg Force was just a boy when his father, the director of a NASA tracking station in Guam, called home with an important mission for him: to help the crew of Apollo 11 return safely to Earth.
According to the facial feedback hypothesis, the simple act of putting a smile on your face can boost your mood. But recent research shows pasting on a grin can have mixed results.
Entrepreneurs are eager to find substitutes for plastic that naturally degrade. One option is a “natural” plastic made by microbes and then eaten by them. But the process is still in the early days.
Scientists are getting more and better data on our changing climate. Now, there’s a push to use it to help people cope with the extremes we know are coming.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – A West Virginia University robotics team has won a NASA competition for the second time in three years. The college on Friday announced the team’s win in NASA’s Moon to Mars Ice & Prospecting Challenge. WVU’s Mountaineer Ice Driller Automated System III beat out other machines made by the Massachusetts Institute… Read More
Meteorologists in Southern California were puzzled by the big green blob on their radar — it looked like a rainstorm on what was a clear day. Then they discovered it was beetles.