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Understanding Lassa virus - Dr Matthew Boisen, Zalgen Labs
Aug 16 • 13 min
For many years, Dr Matthew Boisen, Director of Diagnostics Development at Zalgen Labs, has focussed on trying to understand Lassa fever. Part of the Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Consortium, his group’s objectives are threefold: first, to develop fast and…
Understanding Fear in Animals - Professor Jeansok Kim, University of Washington
Aug 16 • 12 min
Research into animal fear typically utilises laboratory techniques based on Pavlovian fear conditioning, but these approaches are limited. Professor Jeansok Kim, from the Department of Psychology, University of Washington (USA) has developed a much more…
Unravelling the Mysteries of Working Memory - Mark D’Esposito, MD, University of California, Berkeley
Aug 9 • 13 min
To accomplish even a simple goal, our brain must coordinate thousands of pieces of information, remember which parts are relevant, and ignore anything that is extraneous. Professor Mark D’Esposito of the University of California, Berkeley, studies how…
Leveraging New Technologies to Treat Brain Injury - Mark D’Esposito, MD, University of California, Berkeley
Aug 9 • 12 min
The brain is the most mysterious organ in the human body – despite decades of research, we have just begun to scratch the surface in understanding how the brain works and how we can help it to heal following an injury. Professor Mark D’Esposito of the…
Improving Milk Quality from the Farm to the Table - Professor Ronald Erskine, Michigan State University
Jul 19 • 13 min
The US dairy industry has undergone major restructuring over the past couple of decades, with growing herd sizes and an increased reliance on labour from outside the family. These changes have brought about new challenges to prevent infectious diseases…
Protecting the Brain - Dr Mary Logan Dr Sean Speese, Oregon Health and Science University
Jul 19 • 13 min
Our nervous system has such an important function in our body that neurons have their own bodyguards. Known as glial cells, they protect brain cells against injury and prevent damage. Dr Mary Logan and Dr Sean Speese, both based at the Jungers Center for…
An Education in Sustainability Achieving a Climate-Neutral University – Dr Oliver Opel, West-Coast University of Applied Sciences
Jul 12 • 10 min
Dr Oliver Opel of the West-Coast University of Applied Sciences in Germany reports on how Leuphana University was transformed into a climate-neutral and environmentally sustainable campus. In the face of accelerating climate change, this exemplary case…
Unsustainable global consumer demands drive primate extinction – Dr Alejandro Estrada and Dr Paul A Garber
Jul 12 • 11 min
Global market demands for forest-risk commodities such as soy, palm oil, beef, rubber, metals, minerals, gemstones and fossil fuels from Central and South America, Africa and Asia have increased significantly over the past 20 years, representing over four…
Combatting Corrosion in Heating and Cooling Systems - Dr Oliver Opel, West-Coast University of Applied Sciences
Jul 4 • 9 min
Water heating and cooling systems have become incredibly efficient in recent years, but unfortunately, their pipes and components provide ideal environments for corrosion. Dr Oliver Opel at the West Coast University of Applied Sciences in Germany explores…
Tailoring Cannabis to Create Medicine for the Masses - Dr Andrea E. Holmes, Precision Plant Molecules
Jun 28 • 11 min
Cannabis is a plant that remains largely stigmatised, along with people who consume or condone it. However, Dr Andrea Holmes and her colleagues at Precision Plant Molecules are revealing the numerous hidden benefits of cannabis, when processed with…
Traditional Equilibrium Models Lead to Inaccurate Predictions - Dr Yousef Haseli, Central Michigan University
Jun 28 • 8 min
Equilibrium is the cornerstone of industrial chemical processes, especially when optimising chemical production. But what if the equilibrium models that engineers use to predict product yields under different conditions were fundamentally inaccurate? Dr…
A New Model for Developing Students’ Deep-Learning Skills – Dr Yianna Vovides, Georgetown University
Jun 21 • 9 min
Online education has recently experienced a surge in popularity, and this trend is set to continue. Through online learning, individuals who are unable to take courses on campus, due to family, work or financial pressures, now have the opportunity to…
Harnessing Genetics for Sustainable Fruit Production – Dr Vladimir Orbovic, University of Florida
Jun 21 • 10 min
People are becoming increasingly aware about the health benefits of eating a diet that’s rich in fruit and nuts. However, farmers are struggling to meet the increasing demand, due to crop damage caused by climate change and emerging plant diseases. As a…
Astym Therapy – A Novel Treatment for Painful Scar Tissue
Jun 21 • 8 min
Scar tissue formed after surgery or injury often ends up being painful and limiting movement for patients. Although there are a number of possible treatments, these options are expensive and often have only limited success. According to Drs. Michael Mont,…