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Miles Davis is not Mozart: The brains of jazz and classical pianists work differently

Keith Jarret, world-famous jazz pianist, once answered in an interview when asked if he would ever be interested in doing a concert where he would play both jazz and classical music: "No, that's hilarious. [...] It's like a chosen practically impossible thing [...] It's [because of] the circuitry.

The HLF gene protects blood stem cells by maintaining them in a resting state

"The study confirms several previous studies that show the HLF gene's significance in blood formation", says Mattias Magnusson who led the new study. The results can have important applications in bone marrow transplants, as well as contribute to our knowledge of how leukaemia develops.

Dozens of projects announced as EPSRC welcomes Year of Engineering

(Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) As the Year of Engineering gets underway, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has announced support for 28 pioneering new research projects. EPSRC, alongside...Show More Summary

Biodegradable sensor could help doctors monitor serious health conditions

(University of Connecticut) University of Connecticut engineers have created a biodegradable pressure sensor that could help doctors monitor chronic lung disease, swelling of the brain, and other medical conditions before dissolving harmlessly in a patient's body.

New defenses sought against GPS spoofing attacks

(Clemson University) Cyberattacks with the potential to expose sensitive information and cripple basic services could start with what would seem to be the most harmless of computer functions. Timekeeping.

Your Bright Idea Could Save the Biggest Reef on Earth

Australia is calling on scientists from around the world to help rescue the Great Barrier Reef.

How Mantis Shrimp Punch So Hard Without Hurting Themselves

Oftentimes, throwing a punch at something (or someone) ends up hurting the hand behind it more than anything else. Bruised skin, sore knuckles and even cracked wrists can result from an ill-fated punch, and that's just with human-level strength. Show More Summary

What Wiped Out the Aztecs? Scientists Find New Clues.

Salmonella could be partially to blame for a 16th century epidemic that killed millions.

Octopus Chokes Dolphin to Death in First-Ever Discovery

The young male, Gilligan, was in otherwise perfect condition, a new study says.

New process could slash energy demands of fertilizer, nitrogen-based chemicals

(Princeton University, Engineering School) Nitrogen-based synthetic fertilizer forms the backbone of the world food supply, but its manufacture requires a tremendous amount of energy. Now, computer modeling at Princeton University points to a method that could drastically cut the energy needed by using sunlight in the manufacturing process.

'An outstanding record of acheivement'

(University of California - Santa Barbara) UCSB professor and Nobel laureate Shuji Nakamura is awarded the 2018 Zayed Future Energy Prize.

New molecular probes to allow non-destructive analysis of bioengineered cartilage

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) A new study describes novel probes that enable non-invasive, non-destructive, direct monitoring of the differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in real-time during the formation of engineered cartilage to replace damaged or diseased tissue.

Want people to work together? Familiarity, ability to pick partners could be key

The key to getting people to work together effectively could be giving them the flexibility to choose their collaborators and the comfort of working with established contacts, new research suggests.

Research reveals that wealth may drive preference for short-term relationships

In a new study titled 'Mating strategy flexibility in the laboratory: Preferences for long- and short-term mating change in response to evolutionarily relevant variables', the research team captured the relationship preferences of 151...Show More Summary

Scientists synthesize nanoparticle-antioxidants to treat strokes and spinal cord injuries

(National University of Science and Technology MISIS) An international science team has developed an innovative therapeutic complex based on multi-layer polymer nano-structures of superoxide dismutase (SOD). The new substance can be used to effectively rehabilitate patients after acute spinal injuries, strokes, and heart attacks.

Prasad Raghavendra, David Steurer to receive Michael and Sheila Held prize from the NAS

(National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine) The National Academy of Sciences will award the first annual Michael and Sheila Held Prize to Prasad Raghavendra, associate professor of electrical engineering and computerShow More Summary

Search for lighter, more durable rail bogies turns to carbon fiber and 3-D printing

(University of Huddersfield) A £300,000 EU project will look to develop 'lighter, more reliable, more comfortable and quieter rolling stock.'

Math can predict how cancer cells evolve

Applied mathematics can be a powerful tool in helping predict the genesis and evolution of different types of cancers, a study from the University of Waterloo has found. The study used a form of mathematical analysis called evolutionary dynamics to look at how malignant mutations evolve in both stem and non-stem cells in colorectal and intestinal cancers.

Don't Blame Rats for Europe's Black Death

Those poor, misjudged rats? According to infectious disease experts in Norway and Italy, rats aren't to blame for the spread of the Black Death, which has previously been referred to as the species' most infamous crime. In fact, humans might've been directly involved, reports the CBC. While studying nine European...

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