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Long Necked Dinosaur Discovered in China

The newly discovered  Qijianglong belongs to the same family of long-necked mamenchisaurids as this display. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Mamenchisaurus_fossils#/media/File:Mamenchisaurus_in_Japan.jpg )

Paleontologists from the University of Alberta recently discovered a new species of long-necked dinosaurs from a skeleton found near Qijiang City in China. They reported their findings in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology on January 26 (1). Qijianglong, meaning “dragon of Qijiang”, is about 15 meters long and lived around […]

Mobile Phone-Based Nanomedicine

The mobile phone-based microscope that Wei and colleagues in the Ozcan Lab at UCLA developed in 2010 was portable, cost-effective, easy to use, had high sample throughput, and could be mass-produced.
Courtesy of the Ozcan Research Group of UCLA Engineering

On March 5, Qingshan Wei, Postdoctoral Scholar in Electrical and Bio-engineering at UCLA, gave a seminar on his research into developing mobile phone-based systems for imaging, sensing, and diagnostics. Although the first compound microscope was invented in 1595, the past three decades have seen rapid advances in imaging technology. However, […]

Allergies: A Scientific Explanation

Allergies: A Scientific Explanation

Some say a sneeze and a stuffy nose come from allergies. However, a rash coming from touching or eating something can also be called an allergy. What are allergies then? What causes them? What happens inside the body during an allergic reaction? WHO IS THE BAD GUY? First, allergies are […]

Experiencing 3D without 3D Glasses

An innovative display developed by the young start-up company TriLite Technologies uses lasers to display different pictures at different viewing angles. Images can be sent to the right and the left eye of each viewer individually, allowing 3D effects without the special 3D glasses. TriLite Technologies teamed up with Vienna […]

Single Algorithm Learns to Play Many Computer Games

Space Invaders is one of the many games that DeepMind’s algorithm has learned to master.
Source:  http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Space_Invader_Cabinet.jpg

Researchers at DeepMind, a London-based company owned by Google, have created a computer algorithm that can not only learn to play up to 49 different arcade games, but also beat professional human gamers.  This is the first instance in which an artificial intelligence (AI) system can learn many different tasks […]

  • The newly discovered  Qijianglong belongs to the same family of long-necked mamenchisaurids as this display. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Mamenchisaurus_fossils#/media/File:Mamenchisaurus_in_Japan.jpg )
  • The mobile phone-based microscope that Wei and colleagues in the Ozcan Lab at UCLA developed in 2010 was portable, cost-effective, easy to use, had high sample throughput, and could be mass-produced.
Courtesy of the Ozcan Research Group of UCLA Engineering
  • Allergies: A Scientific Explanation
  • Space Invaders is one of the many games that DeepMind’s algorithm has learned to master.
Source:  http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Space_Invader_Cabinet.jpg
  • Scientists have successfully used HARE5, an enhancer that functions in human cortex development, to boost the size of mouse brains.
Source: https://www.tcd.ie/Zoology/research/WntPathway/wnt2b.php
  • An HIV-infected immune system cell.  
Source: Wikimedia Commons 
(http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:HIV-infected_T_cell_(6813384933).jpg)
  • Marijuana consumption stimulates the appetite by promoting CB1 activity.
The newly discovered  Qijianglong belongs to the same family of long-necked mamenchisaurids as this display. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Mamenchisaurus_fossils#/media/File:Mamenchisaurus_in_Japan.jpg )

Long Necked Dinosaur Discovered in China

Paleontologists from the University of Alberta recently discovered a new species of long-necked dinosaurs from a skeleton found near Qijiang City in China. They reported their findings in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology on January 26 (1). Qijianglong, meaning “dragon of Qijiang”, is about 15 meters long and lived around […]

The mobile phone-based microscope that Wei and colleagues in the Ozcan Lab at UCLA developed in 2010 was portable, cost-effective, easy to use, had high sample throughput, and could be mass-produced.
Courtesy of the Ozcan Research Group of UCLA Engineering

Mobile Phone-Based Nanomedicine

On March 5, Qingshan Wei, Postdoctoral Scholar in Electrical and Bio-engineering at UCLA, gave a seminar on his research into developing mobile phone-based systems for imaging, sensing, and diagnostics. Although the first compound microscope was invented in 1595, the past three decades have seen rapid advances in imaging technology. However, […]

Allergies: A Scientific Explanation

Allergies: A Scientific Explanation

Some say a sneeze and a stuffy nose come from allergies. However, a rash coming from touching or eating something can also be called an allergy. What are allergies then? What causes them? What happens inside the body during an allergic reaction? WHO IS THE BAD GUY? First, allergies are […]

Space Invaders is one of the many games that DeepMind’s algorithm has learned to master.
Source:  http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Space_Invader_Cabinet.jpg

Single Algorithm Learns to Play Many Computer Games

Researchers at DeepMind, a London-based company owned by Google, have created a computer algorithm that can not only learn to play up to 49 different arcade games, but also beat professional human gamers.  This is the first instance in which an artificial intelligence (AI) system can learn many different tasks […]

Scientists have successfully used HARE5, an enhancer that functions in human cortex development, to boost the size of mouse brains.
Source: https://www.tcd.ie/Zoology/research/WntPathway/wnt2b.php

Human HARE5 Gene Boosts Mouse Brain Size

For a long time, scientists have wondered what distinguishes humans and apes. Once the human and chimp genomes were deciphered about a decade ago, scientists could discover the genetic roots of the human brain size, bipedalism, and the varied diet that makes our species quite successful. Yet, the importance of […]

An HIV-infected immune system cell.  
Source: Wikimedia Commons 
(http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:HIV-infected_T_cell_(6813384933).jpg)

Scientists announce anti-HIV agent so powerful it can work in a vaccine

Scientists from The Scripps Research Institution (TSRI) of Florida potentially discovered an anti-HIV drug so powerful that it could serve as a vaccine for HIV in the near future (1). HIV, human immunodeficiency syndrome, works to compromise an infected individual’s immune system by attacking CD4 lymphocytes, a subtype of white […]

Marijuana consumption stimulates the appetite by promoting CB1 activity.

Marijuana turns appetite suppressant into appetite stimulant

As marijuana use becomes increasingly acceptable, research into the effects of marijuana has recently become more prolific. Tamas Horvath of Yale University and colleagues uncovered the aspects of marijuana use  that triggers appetite and published their results in Nature. Marijuana use stimulates appetite by prompting the CB1 receptor in cells […]

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