Science Press Releases


Public Release: 29-Jul-2008
Journal of American Chemical Society
New disease-fighting nanoparticles look like miniature pastries
Ultra-miniature bialy-shaped particles — called nanobialys because they resemble tiny versions of the flat, onion-topped rolls popular in New York City — could soon be carrying medicinal compounds through patients’ bloodstreams to tumors or atherosclerotic plaques. The nanobialys answered a need for an alternative to the research group’s gadolinium-containing nanoparticles. Recent studies have shown that gadolinium can be harmful to some patients with severe kidney disease.
National Institutes of Health, NIH/National Cancer Institute

Public Release: 29-Jul-2008
Molecular Therapy
Improved estrogen reception may sharpen fuzzy memory
Finding ways to boost the brain’s estrogen receptors may be an alternative to adding estrogen to the body in efforts to improve cognition in postmenopausal women and younger women with low estrogen levels, according to neuroscientists at the University of Florida’s McKnight Brain Institute.
National Institutes of Health, Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Research Foundation

Public Release: 29-Jul-2008
Management Science
Hiring away star performers from competitors? Don’t bother, says INFORMS study
Managers seeking to hire star employees away from competitors are likely to be disappointed with their costly new employee’s performance — and the star is likely to be unhappy, too — according to the Management Insights feature in the current issue of Management Science, the flagship journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences.

Public Release: 29-Jul-2008
Journal of Happiness Studies
Women end up less happy than men
Less able to achieve their life goals, women end up unhappier than men later in life — even though they start out happier, reveals new research by Anke Plagnol of the University of Cambridge, and University of Southern California economist Richard Easterlin.

Public Release: 29-Jul-2008
Biology Letters
European birds flock to warming Britain
Rare southern species of birds are on the increase in the British Isles as a result of climatic change.
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Public Release: 29-Jul-2008
Acidification of the sea hampers reproduction of marine species
Within 100 years, it is reckoned that the world’s seas will be three times as acidic as they are now. The lower pH may strike a severe blow to the ability of marine species to reproduce, according to research on sea urchins at the University of Gothenburg. “Acidification may be the biggest threat to marine ecosystems for hundreds of thousands of years,” says Jon Havenhand, a researcher at the department of marine ecology.
Swedish Research Council, FORMAS, Australian Research Council


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