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Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience John Stein explained the effects of miraculin, which gives sour foods a sweeter taste by binding with free hydrogen ions in acidic foods and activating sweet receptors in the taste buds.

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Event offers attendees ‘miracle berries’ that alter taste buds

March 6, 2019 0 comments

Attendees at the event titled “Tasteberries” were in for a sweet treat Tuesday afternoon when they had the opportunity to trick their perception of sweetness by eating “miracle berries.”

University researcher addresses perinatal depression

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University researcher addresses perinatal depression

March 5, 2019 0 comments

A national panel of mental health experts recently named a program developed by a University researcher as one of the first clinically validated models to address perinatal depression, which occurs during and after pregnancy.

When studying tetrahedral nanoparticles, Chen’s team discovered that the building blocks  “self-assembled” into quasicrystalline structure.

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University scientists accidentally discover new crystalline structure

March 4, 2019 0 comments

When Assistant Professor of Chemistry Ou Chen and his team set out to study the structures formed by tetrahedral building blocks, they instead stumbled across an entirely new quasicrystalline structure.

Researchers found that young adults are likely to test their drugs for fentanyl contamination when they are given easy-to-use test strips.

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Fentanyl test strips can change young adult drug use

March 1, 2019 0 comments

University researchers found that when young adults are provided fentanyl test strips, the majority use those strips to test the purity of their drug paraphernalia and a number change their drug use habits based on those tests, according to a recent study published January in Harm Reduction Journal.

Kaan Gunay  ‘13 wants to work toward making transportation through ride-share services more accessible, as well as supplement the income of ride-share drivers. Gunay believes in the philanthropic capacity of entrepreneurial enterprises and described his personal interest in the future of ride-share, hoping for a day when transportation is free.

University alum develops startup to support ride-share drivers

February 27, 2019 0 comments

Though it began as an idea between two friends in their college dorm room, a startup called Firefly has grown into a community-centered company that aims to supplement the income of ride-share drivers around the country.

Assistant Professor of CLPS Scott AnderBois began his career by studying Yucatec Maya, a language spoken in the Yucatán Peninsula and Belize.

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Professor, students help to preserve Cofán language

February 20, 2019 0 comments

Assistant Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences Scott AnderBois is focused on Cofán, a language also known as A’ingae that is spoken by roughly 2,000 people in the Sucumbíos Province in Northeast Ecuador.

Recent study shows retrotransposons in the human genome to be responsible for age-related diseases and other health challenges. The HIV drug Lamivudine showed potential in mice trials treating age-related neurological diseases caused by inflammation. After two weeks of treatment, the cells of old mice showed reduced signs of chronic inflammation.

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Study suggests HIV drug as treatment for age-related diseases

February 20, 2019 0 comments

It is common knowledge that aging is a part of life, but a recent study aims to further unravel the mechanisms behind it. The study, published Feb. 6 in the journal Nature, indicates that remnants of ancient viruses with DNA in the human genome…

Data research aims to predict protests

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Data research aims to predict protests

February 15, 2019 0 comments

While financial indices may seem just like numbers and a Google search just like a trivial collection of words, the potential application of both to anticipate future protests worldwide is currently under study at the University, according to the Data Science Initiative website.

University Beekeeping Society creates buzz on campus

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University Beekeeping Society creates buzz on campus

February 13, 2019 0 comments

Where would you put a beehive? The top of the Sciences Library? The tunnels under Keeney? How about in one of the old abandoned common spaces across campus that have been turned into boiler rooms?

Study suggests habits formed by repetition, not reward

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Study suggests habits formed by repetition, not reward

February 13, 2019 0 comments

A new computational study of habit formation co-authored by a University professor suggests that habits may be formed primarily out of repetition and are not necessarily based on the habit’s goal.