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Science in the News – Week of May 24

Science in the news, headlines from across Michigan. Stay engaged and see what’s happening in science today that will make a difference tomorrow.


MSU professor Patricia Soranno was named founding editor-in-chief of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography’s new journal, Limnology and Oceanography Letters. (MSU Today)

Prostate Cancer:

What drives advanced prostate cancer? New study describes genomic landscape. Large international study finds 90 percent have anomaly that could influence treatment. An international collaboration of researchers are advancing precision medicine to men with advanced prostate cancer. (UM Health Systems)

A Place To Work (UM Biology):

One of the University of Michigan’s most expensive construction projects took another step forward Thursday night as the Board of Regents signed off on issuing bids and awarding construction contracts for the new $261 million, 300,000-square-foot the Biological Science Building. (MLive)

Turn That Defect Upside Down:

Most people see defects as flaws. A few Michigan Technological University researchers, however, see them as opportunities. Twin boundaries — which are small, symmetrical defects in materials — may present an opportunity to improve lithium-ion batteries. The twin boundary defects act as energy highways and could help get better performance out of the batteries. (EurekAlert!)

Keeping The Beat (Research On Stuttering)

Stuttering may be more than a speech problem. For the first time, researchers have found that children who stutter have difficulty perceiving a beat in music-like rhythms, which could account for their halting speech patterns. Michigan State University’s Devin McAuley, co-author of the study, said the findings have implications for treating stuttering, which affects 70 million people worldwide. The study appears online in the journal Brain & Language. (EurekAlert!)

Cardiac Arrest (WSU):

Although body-cooling has long been a standard of care in treating adults after heart attacks, a recently published multi-center study has concluded that the same procedure — known as “therapeutic hypothermia” — does not confer any survival-with-quality-of-life benefit for children who are resuscitated after suffering out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. The study noted hypothermia is no more effective than maintaining normal body temperature by preventing fever in the children being treated. (EurekAlert!)

Story excerpts are sourced from their links and edited for clarity.


    • Science Around Michigan Science Around Michigan May 24, 2015

      It does have a futuristic look to it. Thanks for commenting.

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