(Pensoft Publishers) Representing a group of successful biocontrol agents for various pest fruit flies, a parasitic wasp genus remains overlooked, with its most recent identification key dating back to 1969, even though many new species have been added since then. Through a recent study, published in the open access Biodiversity Data Journal, which also describes one new to science species, Swiss scientists demonstrate the advantages of new-age interactive identification keys, produced with specialised, free-to-use software.
(Purdue University) Risk factors for cardiovascular disease closely track with changes in eating patterns, even only after a month or so.
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(Case Western Reserve University) Rong Xu, Ph.D., recently received a total of $5 million for two projects that will use big data methods for a comprehensive look at a range of factors that may inform the mechanism of Alzheimer's and related dementia.
(Karolinska Institutet) Pneumococci are the most common cause of respiratory tract infections, such as otitis and sinusitis, as well as of severe infections like pneumonia and meningitis. A new study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden published in Nature Microbiology shows how the bacteria can inhibit immune cell reaction and survive inside cells to give rise to pneumonia.
(Taylor & Francis Group) A jointly established Research Lab will provide a grant to finance research projects on a specific annual topic, focusing on areas of key importance to the Chinese research community and providing an opportunity to drive significant change on issues most affecting Chinese researchers.
(Intermountain Medical Center) A new study presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Session conference found that testing a patient's coronary calcium levels is a better predictor of blocked coronary arteries at risk for a heart attack and the need for revascularization than standard risk-assessment equations used in medical practice today.
(Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory) Dr. Priscilla Chan, Mark Zuckerberg, and Dr. Larry Norton were honored for their contributions to basic research at the 13th annual Double Helix Medals dinner, hosted by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
(Springer) Europeans are being supplanted by foreign invaders, aided by cultural Marxists who are plotting an Islamist subversion of the continent. Angela Merkel is the secret daughter of Adolf Hitler, Barack Obama was illegitimate, and George W. Bush was in on the 9/11 attacks. These are just some of the tales that are told by populist political actors across Europe and the US.
(Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University) An enzyme known to help our liver get rid of ammonia also appears to be good at protecting our retina, scientists report.
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