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Biological Sciences

Specific transcription factors distinguish umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells from fibroblasts

Specific transcription factors distinguish umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells from fibroblasts

Park et al. | Aug 16, 2019

Stem cells are at the forefront of research in regenerative medicine and cell therapy. Two essential properties of stem cells are self-renewal and potency, having the ability to specialize into different types of cells. Here, Park and Jeong took advantage of previously identified stem cell...

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Modulation of planaria regeneration by Resolvin D1 and the omega-3 fatty acid precursor 17-hydroxy docosahexaenoic acid

Modulation of planaria regeneration by Resolvin D1 and the omega-3 fatty acid precursor 17-hydroxy docosahexaenoic acid

Chan et al. | Aug 13, 2019

Omega-3 fatty acids ingested in the diet are essential for regulating many functions in the body including controlling inflammation in chronic conditions such as arthritis as asthma. Omega-3 fatty acid derived lipid mediators have been implicated in resolving inflammation, tissue homeostasis and...

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The Effects of Altered Microbiome on Caenorhabditis elegans Egg Laying Behavior

The Effects of Altered Microbiome on Caenorhabditis elegans Egg Laying Behavior

Gohari et al. | Aug 12, 2019

Since the discovery that thousands of different bacteria colonize our gut, many of which are important for human well-being, understanding the significance of balancing the different species on the human body has been intensely researched. Untangling the complexity of the gut microbiome 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

The Effect of Statement Biased Popular Media Consumption on Public Perceptions of Nuclear Power

The Effect of Statement Biased Popular Media Consumption on Public Perceptions of Nuclear Power

Walker et al. | Aug 14, 2019

The authors investigate the effects of popular media consumption on the public's opinion on nuclear power. They find that regardless of education level or positive/negative bias of the article, participants are willing to modify their opinions on nuclear power after consuming a single article.

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The role of corresponding race, gender, and species as incentives for charitable giving.

The role of corresponding race, gender, and species as incentives for charitable giving.

Antonides-Jensen et al. | Jul 31, 2019

Inherent bias is often the unconscious driver of human behavior, and the first step towards overcoming these biases is our awareness of them. In this article the authors investigate whether race, gender or species affect the choice of charity by middle class Spaniards. Their conclusions serve as...

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Misconceptions Regarding Blindness are Prevalent: Possible Implications for Best-practices and Policy Making

Misconceptions Regarding Blindness are Prevalent: Possible Implications for Best-practices and Policy Making

Kumar et al. | Jul 23, 2019

The authors conduct a survey to investigate the perceptions both sighted and blind people have on blindness. The results reveal both groups perceive the most challenging adversities to be the lack of awareness and understanding of their circumstances.

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