Science Press Releases


Public Release: 6-Oct-2008
JDRF funded study links ‘hygiene hypothesis’ to diabetes prevention
A research study funded by JDRF suggests that a common intestinal bacteria may provide some protection from developing type 1 diabetes. The findings provide an important step towards understanding how and why type 1 diabetes develops in people, and may lead to potential cures.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Public Release: 6-Oct-2008
Boston University partners in NSF challenge to create wireless network using visible light
Researchers at Boston University are developing a new generation of wireless communications based on visible light instead of radio waves. This capability would piggyback data communications capabilities on low-power light emitting diodes or LEDs to create “smart lighting.” This technology would also be more secure and faster than current network technology — all over existing power lines with low power consumption, high reliability and no electromagnetic interference.
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 5-Oct-2008
2008 Joint Annual Meeting GSA/ASA-CSSA-SSSA/GCAGS
Earliest animal footprints ever found — discovered in Nevada
The fossilized trail of an aquatic creature suggests that animals walked using legs at least 30 million years earlier than had been thought. The tracks — two parallel rows of small dots, each about 2 millimeters in diameter — date back some 570 million years, to the Ediacaran period.

Public Release: 3-Oct-2008
Egalitarian revolution in the Pleistocene?
Although anthropologists and evolutionary biologists are still debating this question, a new study, published in the open-access journal PLoS ONE, supports the view that the first egalitarian societies may have appeared tens of thousands of years before the French Revolution, Marx and Lenin.
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Public Release: 2-Oct-2008
Brain and Cognition
Musicians use both sides of their brains more frequently than average people
Supporting what many of us who are not musically talented have often felt, new research reveals that trained musicians really do think differently than the rest of us. Vanderbilt University psychologists have found that professionally trained musicians more effectively use a creative technique called divergent thinking, and also use both the left and the right sides of their frontal cortex more heavily than the average person.
Vanderbilt University


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