Behind the Scenes
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Scientists study the effect of stress on brain function in adolescents and adults.
Improved 3-D simulations force scientists to reevaluate the Sun's composition. Results show the amount of carbon and oxygen in our star is 30 to 40 percent lower than previously believed.
A brain chemical involved in both learning to be afraid and curbing existing fear might one day serve as a drug to help prevent anxiety and the after-effects of trauma.
An experimental psychologist studies all forms of motion sickness, including cybersickness – a phenomenon that occurs in virtual reality environments such as those displayed by 3D movies.
Scientists propose small molecules helped DNA and RNA come together, allowing the first life to form
Computer scientists are fighting back against hackers with the company StopTheHacker.com. The project aims to address the security of websites, which are often unprotected and sitting targets for hackers.
TRX navigation technology picks up where GPS leaves off – safeguarding personnel indoors, underground, and in other GPS-denied areas.
Physicists at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are working to develop a new method to sequence the human genome that will make the dream of the $1000 genome a reality.
Ecologist Kevin Jernigan studies how the indigenous Aguaruna of the Peruvian Amazon view ecological relationships between birds
Scientists have found a way to to measure and rank the success of soccer players based on an objective measure of performance instead of opinion
Molecular biologist Bonnie Bassler studies how bacteria communicate using a chemical language, a process known as quorum sensing. The work may help scientists develop new types of antibiotics.
Biologist Mikhail Matz studies how corals evolve. He is hoping to catch evolution in action as corals adapt to the ever-changing ocean environment, which gets warmer and more acidic every year
Engineer John Schmitt is trying to develop legged robots that can easily run over the roughest surfaces. He uses cockroaches and other animals as models for the robot design.
Using magnetic fields and cells containing magnetic nanoparticles, researchers have demonstrated that levitated cells can grow into three dimensional tissue that may resemble real human tissue much more closely than cells grown with traditional methods on
A gradual dying out of large mammals 15,000 years ago, lead to the disappearance of certain plant populations, a new study says. The findings contradict pervious ideas that climate change or human hunting could have killed off these plants.
Research entomologists Louis Hesler and Mike Catangui simultaneously discovered specimens of the "lost ladybugs" they were seeking on a scouting expedition to the South Dakota Badlands in June 2008.
Advanced computing is crucial to drug discovery efforts, researchers say. They can simulate the binding of virtual proteins and ligands, which allow chemists to screen vast pools of possible compounds faster than would ever be possible in the laboratory.
Primatologists Brain Hare thinks humans can learn a thing or two from bonobos. One of his recent studies found these apes enjoy sharing, while chimps don't