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Some Mosquitoes Better at Carrying Malaria Than Others

Of about 450 different species of mosquitoes in the Anopheles genus, only about 60 can transmit the Plasmodium malaria parasite that is harmful to people. The team chose 16 mosquito species that are currently found in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America, but evolved from the same ancestor approximately 100 million years ago.

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Rush Physicians Named Among World's Top Scientists

Two members of the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center have been included in a new listing of the most influential researchers in the world. David Bennett, MD, and Julie Schneider, MD, are among “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014,” a roster compiled by Thompson Reuters, a global media and information company.

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Shaping the Future of Energy Storage with Conductive Clay

Materials scientists from Drexel University’s College of Engineering invented the clay, which is both highly conductive and can easily be molded into a variety of shapes and sizes. It represents a turn away from the rather complicated and costly processing—currently used to make materials for lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors—and toward one that looks a bit like rolling out cookie dough with results that are even sweeter from an energy storage standpoint.

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Modeling the Past to Understand the Future of a Stronger El Nino

El Nino is not a contemporary phenomenon; it’s long been the Earth’s dominant source of year-to-year climate fluctuation. But as the climate warms and the feedbacks that drive the cycle change, researchers want to know how El Nino will respond. A team of researchers led by the University of Wisconsin’s Zhengyu Liu published the latest findings in this quest Nov. 27, 2014 in Nature.

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Copper on the Brain at Rest

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A new study by Berkeley Lab researchers has shown that proper copper levels are essential to the health of the brain at rest.

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Dr. Denham Harman – Legendary Scientist – Dies at Age 98

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Denham Harman, M.D., Ph.D., the man who correctly theorized that free radicals cause aging and that antioxidants can reduce the effects of free radicals, died Tuesday at the age of 98.

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Process Converts Human Waste Into Rocket Fuel

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Buck Rogers surely couldn’t have seen this one coming, but at NASA’s request, University of Florida researchers have figured out how to turn human waste – yes, that kind -- into rocket fuel.

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It’s Particle-Hunting Season! NYU Scientists Launch Higgs Hunters Project

New York University scientists and their colleagues have launched the Higgs Hunters project, which will allow members of the general public to study images recorded at the Large Hadron Collider and to help search for previously unobserved particles.

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Leading Scientist Joins FAU in Jupiter

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Gregg Fields, a renowned researcher whose work focuses on the use of chemical approaches to better understand how protein three-dimensional structures influence cellular and enzymatic behaviors, has joined FAU as the new chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and as the director for the Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.

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Better Forecasts for Sea Ice Under Climate Change

New research is helping pinpoint the impact of waves on sea ice, which is vulnerable to climate change, particularly in the Arctic where it is rapidly retreating.

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