Bone marrow stem cells may not directly solve liver disease problems, according a report published by researchers at the Oregon Health & Science University. Published in the recent issue of Nature Medicine, the study showed that macrophages, a certain type of white blood cell, are what actually heal diseased liver cells.
Bach, Handel, even the late great Ray Charles – all were icons famous for their contributions to music despite living with acute forms of blindness. Though the notion that sightless artists compose more finely-tuned pieces than sighted artists seems rooted in musical lore, scientists from the University of Montreal and McGill University have published research results lending valid claim to the myth in the current issue of Nature.
Preschoolers with strong storytelling abilities may perform better in mathematics, according to a recent study published in First Language. Daniela O’Neill, a psychology professor at the University of Waterloo, found that three- and four-year-olds who are better able to articulate a picture book to an experimental puppet performed better on mathematical tasks administered two years later.
A group of high school students has been lending NASA a hand with its two newest Mars rovers. Since January 2004, dozens of students from across the country have been jetting around Mission Control in California, setting up databases, analyzing data, processing information, naming rocks, and having the time of their lives.