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Clinical Trial Shows Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease Can Be Reversed, Researchers Say

Clinical Trial Shows Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease Can Be Reversed, Researchers Say

A small clinical trial of 10 patients with early Alzheimer’s disease has shown that the memory loss and cognitive impairment can be reversed. Not only were improvements sustained, but some patients returned to work, regained their ability to speak different languages, and showed an increase in brain matter volume after …

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Researchers Say Protein Receptors May Be Targeted to Treat Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers Say Protein Receptors May Be Targeted to Treat Alzheimer's Disease

A team from the University of Copenhagen said new drugs that modulate how certain proteins interact with nicotinic acetylcholine receptors may be effective in treating cognitive dysfunction. Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) have been pursued for decades as potential molecular targets to treat cognitive dysfunction in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) due to …

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New Imaging Technique Reveals Nanoscale Details About DNA

New Imaging Technique Reveals Nanoscale Details About DNA

Researchers have developed a new enhanced DNA imaging technique that can probe the structure of individual DNA strands at the nanoscale. Since DNA is at the root of many disease processes, the technique could help scientists gain important insights into what goes wrong when DNA becomes damaged or when other …

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Scientists Discover 1st Complex Organic Chiral Molecules in Interstellar Space

Scientists Discover 1st Complex Organic Chiral Molecules in Interstellar Space

For the first time ever, scientists have detected a complex organic molecule called a chiral molecule in the reaches of interstellar space, and the discovery could greatly enhance our understanding of how biological life came to be on Earth – and maybe even life’s prospects for evolving elsewhere in the galaxy. The …

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Biologists Say They’ve Discovered New Mating Position for Bombay Night Frog

Biologists Say They've Discovered New Mating Position for Bombay Night Frog

Six mating positions (amplexus modes) are known among the almost 7,000 species of frogs and toads found worldwide. However, the Bombay night frog (Nyctibatrachus humayuni), which is endemic to the Western Ghats Biodiversity hotspot of India, mates differently. In a new study, scientists have described a new (seventh) mode of …

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Kepler-1647b: Astronomers Discover Circumbinary Planet 3,700 Light-Years Away

Kepler-1647b: Astronomers Discover Circumbinary Planet 3,700 Light-Years Away

Exoplanets that orbit binary stars are known as circumbinary planets, or sometimes ‘Tatooine’ planets, after Luke Skywalker’s home world in Star Wars. Using data from NASA’s Kepler/K2 mission, scientists search for slight dips in brightness that hint an exoplanet might be passing or transiting in front of its host star, blocking …

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Greenland: Higher-Than-Average Temperatures May Fuel Arctic Ice Melt, Study Says

Greenland: Higher-Than-Average Temperatures May Fuel Arctic Ice Melt, Study Says

The two main forces that conspire to destroy Earth’s massive polar ice sheets are heat, which melts their surfaces via sunlight and warm air, and gravity, which drives glaciers to slide to the sea. But a new analysis of the Greenland Ice Sheet points to an underappreciated culprit that could accelerate its …

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Life in the Universe: Planets of Graphite and Diamond May Have Been the 1st to Be Habitable

Life in the Universe: Planets of Graphite and Diamond May Have Been the 1st to Be Habitable

Carbon planets consisting of graphite, carbides and diamonds possibly hosted life in the early universe, a new study has revealed. Scientists suggest that searching a rare class of stars might help find these ‘diamond worlds’. Here’s all you need to know about this discovery: 1. Our Earth consists of silicate rocks …

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Four New Elements Are Being Added To the Period Table

Four new elements are being added to the period table: Nihonium (element 113), Moscovium (element 114), Tennessine (element 115), and Oganesson (element 118). Scientists in Japan have managed to make the 113th element of the period table, and have named it after the Japanese word for Japan: “Nihon”. Nihonium will be …

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Four Newly Discovered Elements in The Periodic Table Get Names: Here’s What They Are Called

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), an organisation recognised as the world authority in chemical sciences has finally announced the proposed names for the newly discovered elements in the Periodic Table. The elements 113, 115, 117 and 118 are nihonium (Nh), moscovium (Mc), tennessine (Ts) and oganesson …

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