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  1. How Cars Could Meet Future Emissions Standards: Focus On Cold StartsRead the original story

    Aug 23, 2016 | Scientific Blogging

    Car emissions is a high-stakes issue, as last year's Volkswagen scandal demonstrated. Pressure to meet tightening standards led the carmaker to cheat on emissions tests.


  2. CRISPR-Cas9 Breaks Genes Better If You Disrupt DNA RepairRead the original story

    Aug 17, 2016 | Scientific Blogging

    Cas9 is the go-to technique for knocking out genes in human cell lines to discover what the genes do, but the efficiency with which it disables genes can vary immensely. University of California, Berkeley researchers have now found a way to boost the efficiency with which CRISPR-Cas9 cuts and disables genes up to fivefold, in most types of human cells, making it easler to create and study knockout cell lines and, potentially, disable a mutant gene as a form of human therapy.


  3. Sprinkling Of Neural Dust Opens Door To ElectroceuticalsRead the original story

    Aug 3, 2016 | Scientific Blogging

    University of California, Berkeley engineers have built the first dust-sized, wireless sensors that can be implanted in the body, bringing closer the day when a Fitbit-like device could monitor internal nerves, muscles or organs in real time. Because these batteryless sensors could also be used to stimulate nerves and muscles, the technology also opens the door to "electroceuticals" to treat disorders such as epilepsy or to stimulate the immune system or tamp down inflammation.


  4. Ecologists Identify Potential New Sources Of Ebola And Other FilovirusesRead the original story

    Jul 15, 2016 | Scientific Blogging

    An international team of ecologists has identified the bat species with the greatest potential to harbor filoviruses--a family that includes Ebola virus. Writing in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, they suggest that areas where many of these species overlap, notably in Southeast Asia, should be targeted for disease surveillance and virus discovery efforts.


  5. Weird Pupils Let Octopuses See Their Colorful GardensRead the original story

    Jul 6, 2016 | Scientific Blogging

    Octopuses, squid and other cephalopods are colorblind - their eyes see only black and white - but their weirdly shaped pupils may allow them to detect color and mimic the colors of their background, according to a father/son team of researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and Harvard University. For decades, biologists have puzzled over the paradox that, despite their brilliantly colored skin and ability to rapidly change color to blend into the background, cephalopods have eyes containing only one type of light receptor, which basically means they see only black and white.


  6. Anti-anxiety Medication Limits Empathetic Behavior In RatsRead the original story

    Jul 3, 2016 | Scientific Blogging

    Rats given midazolam, an anti-anxiety medication, were less likely to free trapped companions because the drug lessened their empathy, according to a new study by University of Chicago neuroscientists. The research, published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology , validates studies that show rats are emotionally motivated to help other rats in distress.


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