A panda in China’s Wolong Nature Reserve, snacks on bamboo. Efforts to conserve panda habitat have benefited both other animals and plants, but also has benefited humans by bolstering forests to sequester greenhouse gases, and retain water and soil. Credit: Sue Nichols, Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, Michigan State University Loving pandas isn’t just

Rendering of a nerve cell. Credit: © BillionPhotos.com / Fotolia In a new systematic review in JAMA Neurology, Michigan Medicine researchers found reason to further explore the surprising effects of zolpidem that have been observed outside the scope of its primary Food and Drug Administration approval. “We saw a dramatic effect in a small amount

In the picture above, the same horizontal striped pattern has been added to all of the square backgrounds, yet the pattern is much harder to see on the left. These examples demonstrate the three main background properties that affect human ability to see objects: the luminance, the contrast and the similarity of the background to

Gro?nland. Credit: Alfred-Wegener-Institut / Coen Hofstede During the last glacial period, within only a few decades the influence of atmospheric CO2 on the North Atlantic circulation resulted in temperature increases of up to 10 degrees Celsius in Greenland — as indicated by new climate calculations from researchers at the Alfred Wegener Institute and the University

The studies show that playing video games can change how our brains perform, and even their structure. Credit: © Drobot Dean / Fotolia Scientists have collected and summarized studies looking at how video games can shape our brains and behavior. Research to date suggests that playing video games can change the brain regions responsible for

Genes, Environment, and the Risk for Autism: Environment factors (ozone) can interact with genetic factors (copy number variation) to produce an even higher risk for autism than expected by adding the two risk factors, one that might not be found by studying the factors independently. Credit: Penn State University A new analysis shows that individuals

Human chromosomes are stained blue (DAPI) with ribosomal DNA in green (FISH probe). Credit: Image courtesy of Tamara Potapova, Ph.D. Research from the Stowers Institute provides evidence suggesting that cancer cells might streamline their genomes in order to proliferate more easily. The study, conducted in both human and mouse cells, shows that cancer genomes lose

Marijuana plant (stock image). Credit: © jonnysek / Fotolia Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines, released with the endorsement of key medical and public health organizations, provide 10 science-based recommendations to enable cannabis users to reduce their health risks. The guidelines, based on a scientific review by an international team of experts, are published in the

This is a wave-interference and resonant energy transfer from one source to another distant source or object, pertaining to the fundamental concept of resonances. Credit: EPFL – Bionanophotonic Systems Laboratory At EPFL, researchers challenge a fundamental law and discover that more electromagnetic energy can be stored in wave-guiding systems than previously thought. The discovery has

Researchers created a film of moth-eye-like nanostructures that can improve the sunlight visibility of screens on mobile phones and tablets. The images show the nanostructures from above (left) and from the side (right). Credit: Shin-Tson Wu, College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida Screens on even the newest phones and tablets can be

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