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The poor man's research and development company.
The poor man's research and development company.

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Inspiration can come from anywhere: A child's toy may help doctor's work with blood samples to diagnose conditions. And modern tools can be invented any time. A paperfuge, based on the design of a whiligig, which was originally designed about 3,300 B.C.

But haven't centrifuges been around a while? Yes, in bigger, bulkier, not field-friendly designs. Modern needs call for an high RPM, electric-free design.

The answer lies in the simple child's toy: A top. Samples are put into the centre disc, then it's set into motion. It's possible thanks to the convergence of old ideas (whirligigs) combined with the modern technology of 3D printing.

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Starve the Malaria? It may not hurt.

Studies are beginning to show that the chances of surviving a malaria infection may be higher when the host consumes fewer calories, according to new research. A new study shows that the infectious agent responsible for malaria, the Plasmodium parasite, is able to sense its host’s nutritional status and actively adapt through changes in gene expression to reduce the number of offspring it produces.

Using mouse models of malaria, an international team of researchers led by Maria M. Mota from the Instituto de Medicina Molecular in Lisbon (iMM Lisboa), showed that mice that ate 30 percent fewer calories had a significantly lower parasite load and lived longer.

“This finding alters our understanding of the dynamics of malaria infections in the field and might be highly relevant facing the alarming trend of global increased overweight versus underweight populations, including in malaria endemic regions,” said Mota.
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Sure, she's the owner, but it's always encouraging to know that we (the social media posting and responding team) are doing it right.

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There’s something about our sense of smell that makes food particularly delicious to us. How do you feel after you catch a whiff of French fries? If you couldn’t smell them, would you crave them as much? More importantly, how would your body react? This…

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Is the best weapon to fight cancer already inside you? http://buff.ly/2teCr9o
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After radiation treatment, dying cancer cells spit out mutated proteins into the body. The immune system can detect these proteins and kill cancer in other parts of the body using these protein markers as a guide – a phenomenon that University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers are looking to harness to improve cancer treatment.

The researchers made strides in the development of a strategy to improve the immune system's detection of cancer proteins by using “sticky” nanoparticles called “antigen-capturing nanoparticles.”

“Our hypothesis was that if we use a nanoparticle to grab onto these cancer proteins, we’d probably get a more robust immune response to the cancer,” said the study’s senior author Andrew Z. Wang, MD, a UNC Lineberger member and associate professor in the UNC School of Medicine Department of Radiation Oncology. “We think it works because nanoparticles are attractive to the immune system. Immune cells don’t like anything that’s nano-sized; they think they are viruses, and will respond to them.”

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What's your favourite science book?

These science communicators share the ones that sold them. 'I was hooked for life': science writers on the books that inspired them http://buff.ly/2u9KUiQ
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The new study examines the role of a brain area called the anterior superior temporal sulcus (aSTS) in forgiving those who make unintentional mistakes.

As the authors explain, making a mature moral judgement about a wrongful act involves not only considering the damage done, but also the perpetrator's intention and mental state. When there is a clear contradiction between the two, however, intention seems to take precedence over the result of the action. http://buff.ly/2t58Xul
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Dinosaurs were some of the most menacing creatures to ever walk the planet, but what about crocodiles? Believe it or not, there was once a fearsome crocodile-like animal that roamed the Earth and struck fear into the hearts of dinosaurs. The…

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Debate is on: Scientists find that southern Europe was the birthplace of mankind, not Africa. http://buff.ly/2tz22x0
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