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Enhancing studies on a possible blood biomarker for traumatic brain injury
(NYU Langone Medical Center / New York University School of Medicine) New technology being introduced at NYU Langone Medical Center could help researchers advance blood biomarker capabilities that show changes in low concentrations of specific proteins present following a neurological injury.

NASA's Terra satellite sees Tropical Cyclone Glenda stretching out
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Terra satellite revealed that Tropical Cyclone Glenda was being stretched out by wind shear on Feb. 27.

Mystery of the reverse-wired eyeball solved
(American Physical Society) Counter-intuitively, in vertebrates photoreceptors are located behind the neurons in the back of the eye. Now physicists explain why the neural wiring seems to be backwards.

Neurons controlling appetite made from skin cells
(Columbia University Medical Center) Researchers have for the first time successfully converted adult human skin cells into neurons of the type that regulate appetite, providing a patient-specific model for studying the neurophysiology of weight control and testing new therapies for obesity.

JRC Annual Report 2014 is now available
(European Commission Joint Research Centre) The Annual Report giving an overview of the JRC work in 2014 has been published. It provides highlights of research activities carried out over the year in support of the main EU policies. Topics include economic and monetary union; innovation, growth and jobs; digital agenda; energy and transport; environment and climate change; agriculture and global food security; security and disaster risk reduction; health and consumer protection and nuclear safety and security.

PNAS announces six 2014 Cozzarelli Prize recipients
(Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Editorial Board has selected six papers published by PNAS in 2014 to receive the Cozzarelli Prize.

Saving energy: Increasing oil flow in the keystone pipeline with electric fields
(American Physical Society) A strong electric field applied to a section of the Keystone pipeline can smooth oil flow and yield significant pump energy savings. Once aligned with an electric field, oil retained its low viscosity and turbulence for more than 11 hours before returning to its original viscosity. The process is repeatable and the researchers envision placing aligning stations spaced along a pipeline, significantly reducing the energy necessary to transport oil.

Quality control for adult stem cell treatment
(EMBO) A team of European researchers has devised a strategy to ensure that adult epidermal stem cells are safe before they are used as treatments for patients.

Disney's computer-assisted authoring tools help to create complex interactive narratives
(Disney Research) Visitors to interactive virtual worlds want the ability to significantly affect the outcome of a story, but authoring these digital experiences is extremely complex. A new platform developed by Disney Research will help fulfill the medium's promise by automating some aspects of the authoring process.

Yes, we can stop viruses such as Ebola and Rabies. Here's how.
(World Scientific) With a group of like-minded scientists, editors Asit K Pattanaik and Michael Whitt have compiled a timely publication entitled 'Biology and Pathogenesis of Rhabdo- and Filoviruses' discussing the most recent findings on processes and current status of development of vaccines and antivirals to mitigate the diseases caused by viruses like Ebola and Rabies.

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