Science and Development

Robot learning improves student engagement

Online students who use the innovative robots feel more engaged and connected to the instructor and students in the classroom, the first-ever study of a pioneering robot-learning course shows....

Protein associated with ALS points to possible targets for therapeutic intervention

Scientists may have found possible targets for therapeutic interventions in the fight against Lou Gehrig’s disease. A research team conducted the first single-molecule study of folding in the protein...

African protected area saving endangered megafauna

One of Africa’s last remaining wilderness areas is in good shape and could potentially support 50,000 elephants and 1000 lions, a study has found. Niassa National Reserve is Mozambique’s...

Brain is still 'connected' during non-REM sleep

When we sleep, our organism goes through different phases of sleep, however the brain remains interconnected during non-REM sleep, which was thought not to happen. This finding has also...

Teens get more sleep when school starts later

A later school start time could mean teens are more likely to get adequate amounts of sleep, according to researchers. Source: Science Link: Teens get more sleep when school...

'Poop pill' capsule research paves the way for simpler C. difficile treatment

A clinical trial has shown Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT) is effective in treating clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infections whether delivered by colonoscopy or by swallowing capsules. The finding could...

Study suggests a way to stop HIV in its tracks

When HIV-1 infects an immune cell, the virus travels to the nucleus so quickly there’s not enough time to set off the cell’s alarm system. Researchers have discovered the...

Weight loss and risk of death: Rheumatoid arthritis findings may have wider implications

Results suggest that the findings from previous studies regarding lower weight being associated with higher mortality may not be directly related to RA and instead reflect a more generalized...

Oral microbiota indicates link between periodontal disease, esophageal cancer

An analysis of bacteria present in the mouth showed that some types of bacteria that lead to periodontal disease were associated with higher risk of esophageal cancer. Source: Science...

Genetic link found between the immune system and lymphoma

People who inherit genetic changes which alter the function of their immune system are at increased risk of developing Hodgkin lymphoma, a major new study reports. Source: Science Link:...