Research

New research on the emergence of the first complex cells challenges orthodoxy

In the beginning, there was boredom. Following the emergence of cellular life on Earth, some 3.5 billion years ago, simple cells lacking a nucleus and other detailed internal structure dominated the planet. Matters would remain largely unchanged in terms of evolutionary development in these so-called prokaryotic cells — the bacteria and archaea — for another billion and a half years. 

New study explores cell receptor crucial for cardiovascular health

Cardiovascular diseases remain a leading cause of death around the world. A primary contributor to these afflictions is high blood pressure, or hypertension.

While treatments exist for the condition, which affects tens of millions of Americans, these remedies are not without side effects, and some variants of the disorder are treatment-resistant. The need for more effective therapies to address hypertension-related disease is therefore acute.

Book to explore how media franchises like 'Charlie's Angels' define women

Aviva Dove-Viebahn is an expert on "Charlie’s Angels."

Not because she’s a huge fan of the cheesy TV series and movies that followed, mind you.

Instead, "Charlie’s Angels" is one of the media franchises Dove-Viebahn has studied for her book project, “There She Goes Again: Gender, Power and Knowledge in Contemporary Film and Television.”

Communication by chimpanzees improves cooperative hunting success

Chimpanzees don’t only forage for fruit; from time to time they also seek out opportunities to acquire protein-rich meat.

To catch their agile monkey prey in the canopy, chimpanzees are better off having companions hunting alongside them. And to be especially successful, new research published this week in Science Advances indicates that communication is key.

New study shows that commonly used herbicide crosses blood-brain barrier

Neurodegenerative illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s disease, are among the most perplexing in medical science. The underlying causes of such diseases range from genetic factors and overall cardiovascular health to dietary influences and lifestyle choices. 

Various environmental contaminants have also been implicated as possible players in the development or advancement of neurodegenerative disease. Among these is a broad-spectrum herbicide known as glyphosate. Glyphosate is commonly used herbicide, applied to agricultural crops around the world. 

ASU alum wins dissertation award for wearable medical device

During his time as a doctoral student at the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, one of the seven Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University, Ganapati Bhat envisioned a device that could change the lives of patients with movement disorders, allowing their movements to be tracked and accurately measured while going about their daily lives, without needing to visit their doctor.

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