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Monthly Archives: December 2016

The Answer is Blowing in the Wind

Physics research provides new insights into the fluctuations of wind energy, with implications for engineering and policy.

Happy, Prosperous and Sharp 2017!

–Photo credit: Radu Jianu, Brown University

Fossil fuel formation: Key to atmosphere’s oxygen?

For the development of animals, nothing — with the exception of DNA — may be more important than oxygen in the atmosphere. A study…
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College-student status does not automatically mean excessive drinking

College matriculation is often associated with increases in the frequency and intensity of drinking. This study used a national sample to examine the association…
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Researchers urge caution around psilocybin use

In a survey of almost 2,000 people who said they had had a past negative experience when taking psilocybin-containing ‘magic mushrooms,’ a researchers say…
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Best practices to fund, develop and commercialize evidence-based mental health innovation

Best practices to fund, develop and commercialize evidence-based innovation from SharpBrains In this session we discuss key lessons learned for scientists and start-ups to…
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How can I help my child to fall asleep and stay asleep?

Overall, studies indicate that 15 to 20 percent of one to three year olds continue to have nightwakings. According to an expert, “Inappropriate sleep…
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Using ‘fire to fight fire’ to combat disease could make it worse, tests show

A treatment billed as a potential breakthrough in the fight against disease, including cancer, could back-fire and make the disease fitter and more damaging,…
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Lack of standards for infant cereals threatens child nutrition in lower-income countries

The first global analysis of infant cereals sold in lower-income countries highlights the need for basic quality assurance services to improve nutritional consistency and…
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Ancient DNA can both diminish and defend modern minds

You’ve likely heard about being in the right place at the wrong time, but what about having the right genes in the wrong environment?…
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New class of hydrogen sulfide donor molecules

Researchers have designed molecules with the potential to deliver healing power to stressed cells — such as those involved in heart attacks. The research,…
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Role for immune cells in cancer’s ability to evade immunotherapy

One of the main reasons cancer remains difficult to treat is that cancer cells have developed a multitude of mechanisms that allow them to…
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