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Insecticides mimic melatonin, creating higher risk for diabetes

Synthetic chemicals commonly found in insecticides and garden products bind to the receptors that govern our biological clocks, University at Buffalo researchers have found. The research suggests that exposure to these insecticides adversely affects melatonin receptor signaling, creating a higher risk for metabolic diseases such as diabetes. Published online on …

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The technological potential of earwax

While most of us consider earwax to simply be an unappealing substance, Alexis Noel, a doctoral student in David Hu’s laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology, sees its innovative potential as a high-tech filter for use in robotics and other fields. Noel attributes her inspiration for studying earwax to …

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Measuring trees with the speed of sound

Living trees can rot from the inside out, leaving only a hollowed trunk. Wood rot in living trees can cause overestimates of global carbon pools, timber loss in forestry, and poor tree health. Understanding wood decay in forests is of special concern in the tropics. Tropical forests are estimated to …

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Scientists Uncover Mechanism for Cancer-Killing Properties of Pepper Plant

UT Southwestern Medical Center scientists have uncovered the chemical process behind anti-cancer properties of a spicy Indian pepper plant called the long pepper, whose suspected medicinal properties date back thousands of years. The secret lies in a chemical called Piperlongumine (PL), which has shown activity against many cancers including prostate, …

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