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Thinnest Feasible Membrane Produced

Zurich, Switzerland (Scicasts) — A new nano-membrane made out of the “super material” graphene is extremely light and breathable.

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Why Your Nose Can Be a Pathfinder

Gloshaugen, Norway (Scicasts) — When I was a child I used to sit in my grandfather’s workshop, playing with wood shavings. Freshly shaven wood has a distinct smell of childhood happiness, and whenever I get a whiff of that scent my brain immediately conjures up images of my grandfather at his working bench, the heat from the fireplace and the dog next to it.

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Progress in Understanding Immune Response in Severe Schistosomiasis

Boston, MA (Scicasts) — Researchers at the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts and Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) have uncovered a mechanism that may help explain the severe forms of schistosomiasis, or snail fever, which is caused by schistosome worms and is one of the most prevalent parasitic diseases in the world.

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Physicist Creates New Nanoparticle for Cancer Therapy

Arlington, TX (Scicasts) — A University of Texas at Arlington physicist working to create a luminescent nanoparticle to use in security-related radiation detection may have instead happened upon an advance in photodynamic cancer therapy.

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Over the Hill at 24, Says Study

Burnaby, BC, Canada (Scicasts) – It’s a hard pill to swallow, but if you’re over 24 years of age you’ve already reached your peak in terms of your cognitive motor performance, according to a new Simon Fraser University study.

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Study Finds Cancer Drugs Block Dementia-Linked Brain Inflammation

Irvine, CA (Scicasts) — A class of drugs developed to treat immune-related conditions and cancer – including one currently in clinical trials for glioblastoma and other tumours – eliminates neural inflammation associated with dementia-linked diseases and brain injuries, according to UC Irvine researchers.

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Researchers Track Down Cause of Eye Mobility Disorder

Iowa City, IA (Scicasts) — Imagine you cannot move your eyes up, and you cannot lift your upper eyelid. You walk through life with your head tilted upward so that your eyes look straight when they are rolled down in the eye socket. Obviously, such a condition should be corrected to allow people a normal position of their head.

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Chemists Design Nanoparticles That Can Deliver Three Cancer Drugs at a Time

Cambridge, MA (Scicasts) – Delivering chemotherapy drugs in nanoparticle form could help reduce side effects by targeting the drugs directly to the tumours. In recent years, scientists have developed nanoparticles that deliver one or two chemotherapy drugs, but it has been difficult to design particles that can carry any more than that in a precise ratio.

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Regenerating Muscle in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: Age Matters

La Jolla, CA (Scicasts) – A team of scientists led by Dr. Pier Lorenzo Puri, associate professor at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham), in collaboration with Fondazione Santa Lucia in Rome, Italy, have published details of how a class of drugs called "HDACis" drive muscle-cell regeneration in the early stages of dystrophic muscles, but fail to work in late stages.

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Penicillin Redux: Rearming Proven Warriors for the 21st Century

Columbia, SC (Scicasts) – Penicillin, one of the scientific marvels of the 20th century, is currently losing a lot of battles it once won against bacterial infections. But scientists at the University of South Carolina have just reported a new approach to restoring its combat effectiveness, even against so-called "superbugs."

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