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Biological Sciences

Improving wound healing by breaking down biofilm formation and reducing nosocomial infections

Improving wound healing by breaking down biofilm formation and reducing nosocomial infections

DiStefano et al. | Jul 09, 2019

In a 10-year period in the early 2000’s, hospital-based (nosocomial) infections increased by 123%, and this number is increasing as time goes on. The purpose of this experiment was to use hyaluronic acid, silver nanoparticles, and a bacteriophage cocktail to create a hydrogel that promotes wound...

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Cathodal galvanotaxis: the effect of voltage on the distribution of Tetrahymena pyriformis

Cathodal galvanotaxis: the effect of voltage on the distribution of Tetrahymena pyriformis

Zheng et al. | Jun 10, 2019

The surface of the unicellular eukaryote, Tetrahymena pyriformis, is covered with thousands of hair-like cilia. These cilia are very similar to cilia of the human olfactory and respiratory tracts making them model organisms for studying cilia function and pathology. The authors of this study...

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Pichia kudriavzevii yeast exposure increases the asthmatic behavior of alveolar epithelial cells in vitro

Pichia kudriavzevii yeast exposure increases the asthmatic behavior of alveolar epithelial cells in vitro

Ortega et al. | Jun 07, 2019

Asthma affects over 334 million people worldwide and is triggered by inhalation of environmental stimuli. The authors of this study characterized the effect of exposure to common spoilage yeast, Pichia kidriavzevii, on alveolar epithelial cells. A direct correlation between infection duration and...

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Physical Sciences and Engineering

A temperature-based comparison of compounds found in Bao Chong tea, green tea, and black tea.

A temperature-based comparison of compounds found in Bao Chong tea, green tea, and black tea.

Lin et al. | May 14, 2019

While tea has a complex history, recently the health benefits of this beverage have come into focus. In this study, researchers sought to compare the levels of caffeine, catechins and L-theanine between different types of tea using NMR spectroscopy. Further, the impact of brewing temperature on...

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Measuring Exoplanetary Radii Using Transit Photometry

Measuring Exoplanetary Radii Using Transit Photometry

Tang et al. | May 07, 2019

Studying exoplanets, or planets that orbit a star other than the Sun, is critical to a greater understanding the formation of planets and how Earth's solar system differs from others. In this study the authors analyze the transit light curves of three hot Jupiter exoplanets to ultimately...

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Examining what causes perceived dissonance in musical intervals and the effect of timbre on dissonance

Examining what causes perceived dissonance in musical intervals and the effect of timbre on dissonance

Hsu et al. | Apr 10, 2019

Music is an important part of the day for many of us, but what makes some combinations of sound more pleasant to the ear than others? In this article the authors investigate the role of some characteristics of sound on the perception of a pleasant vs harsh musical note.

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Social Sciences

Correlates of Sugar Consumption Among High School Students and Faculty

Correlates of Sugar Consumption Among High School Students and Faculty

McBurnett et al. | Mar 07, 2019

The availability, portion sizes, and consumption of highly palatable food has been linked adverse health outcomes. McBurnett and O’Donnell sought to assess the relationship between reward-based eating drive, consumption, cravings, and knowledge of the effects of sugary foods. In this study...

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The role of race in the stereotyping of a speaker’s accent as native or non-native

The role of race in the stereotyping of a speaker’s accent as native or non-native

Bhuvanagiri et al. | Jan 07, 2019

In the modern world, communication and mobility are no longer obstacles. A natural consequence is that people from all over the world are mixing like never before and national identity can no longer be determined simply by a person's appearance or manner of speech. In this article, the authors...

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Emotional and Psychological Effect of Music on People

Emotional and Psychological Effect of Music on People

Nolt et al. | Jan 03, 2019

Nolt and Elwonger examine how different types of music impact our emotional and physical states. They found that music can influence a subject's emotional state, with sad music inspiring sadness and exciting music bringing excitement. They were not able to find a clear relationship between heart...

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