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WPI biologist’s discovery gives evolution clues and may affect drug interaction research

(Worcester Polytechnic Institute) A Nature Communications paper by Worcester Polytechnic Institute biologist Jagan Srinivasan has shown that a key biological component in the communication system of the nematode C. Elegans can be repurposed to take on a different job,. This critical finding about the workings of evolution could one day affect research into drug interactions, agricultural bio-engineering, and a better understanding of genetic inheritance through multiple generations.

UNH technology helps map the way to solve mystery of pilot Amelia Earhart

(University of New Hampshire) Researchers from the University of New Hampshire’s Marine School are part of the crew, led by National Geographic Explorer-at-Large Robert Ballard, that is setting out to find answers to disappearance of famed pilot Amelia Earhart. UNH has developed an autonomous surface vehicle (ASV), or robot, that can explore the seafloor in waters that may be too deep for divers.

Scientists identify brain region that enables young songbirds to change their tune

(The Zuckerman Institute at Columbia University) In a scientific first, Columbia scientists have demonstrated how the brains of young songbirds become tuned to the songs they learn while growing up. The results of this study, published today in Nature Neuroscience, illustrate the extraordinary flexibility of the growing brain.

A Bearcam Blackout

By Mike Fitz In 1931, President Herbert Hoover used his authority under the 1906 Antiquities Act to expand Katmai National Monument “for the protection of the brown bear, moose, and other wild animals.” The expansion included much of the land…

Recursive language and modern imagination were acquired simultaneously 70,000 years ago

(Pensoft Publishers) A genetic mutation that slowed down the development of the prefrontal cortex in two or more children may have triggered a cascade of events leading to acquisition of recursive language and modern imagination 70,000 years ago. This new Romulus and Remus hypothesis, coined by Dr. Vyshedskiy, a neuroscientist from Boston University, might be able to solve the long-standing mystery of language evolution. His study is published in the open-science journal Research Ideas and Outcomes.


Award-winning Geographies of Urban Filth rethinks waste in cities

In a bid to break down boundaries between “clean” and “dirty” spaces, New York City-based Canadian designer Liyang Zhang created Geographies of Urban Filth, a thesis project that proposes the transformation of the North Toronto Wastewater Treatment Plant into an unconventional urban destination with public baths.