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  • November 30, -1
  • 12:00 AM

Cellular Feast or Famine

by Sanford- Burnham in Beaker

Not all cholesterol is bad. Every cell requires it for growth – they either have to get cholesterol somewhere or they die. A sensor called sterol regulatory element-binding protein 2 (SREBP-2) monitors cellular cholesterol levels and responds to low levels by switching on genes that allow the cell to either 1) take up more from the bloodstream or 2) manufacture more from cholesterol building blocks inside the cell. Now researchers have uncovered a third cholesterol source also controlled b........ Read more »

  • November 30, -1
  • 12:00 AM

Bioplastics in Bloom

by Whitney Campbell in Green Screen

When imagining the world without a dependence on petroleum, I tend to think of objects like solar panels, electric cars, and wind turbines — the things that could potentially replace the parts of the current oil-energy infrastructure. But what about the other items made from petroleum that could be replaced by alternative materials? What about bicycle tires, nail polishes, compact discs, surf boards, lipsticks, tool boxes, and shower curtains?... Read more »

  • November 30, -1
  • 12:00 AM

Fossil ears and ancient primate locomotion

by W. Andrew Barr in W. Andrew Barr's Paleoecology Blog

Discussion of a recent study on anthropoid primate locomotion as indicated by the semi-circular canal. ... Read more »

  • November 30, -1
  • 12:00 AM

How well do people understand their neuropathic pain?

by Bronwyn Thompson in Healthskills: Skills for Healthy Living

When coming to terms with a chronic pain problem, one of the important steps involves obtaining a diagnosis that fits with both the individual’s personal experience of their pain, and also their knowledge (drawn from what is available in the general population). If the label doesn’t square with their experience, people continue searching until they find something that does.... Read more »

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