Cells in rat brains store information about places and food, helping the animals create mental food maps, a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience suggests. The neurons are in the hippocampus.
A compound known as TEPP-46 helps stabilize the protein pyruvate kinase M2, protecting the hearts of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy from cardiotoxicity, according to a study in Science Translational Medicine. "Tumors die quicker and the heart is completely protected" thanks to the compound, said Gopinath Sutendra, a study author.
The UK's University of Birmingham has received a grant worth over $358,000 from Prostate Cancer UK to develop a tool that charts how aggressive the disease is in individual patients. The test could help in deciding how best to treat prostate cancer patients.
Girls in a Florida school district recently participated in a three-day camp in which they designed, built and piloted remote-controlled submarines. The Girls Underwater Camp was created by submarine pilot Erika Bergman, who said she wants to encourage more females to work in submarines and STEM fields.
Mosquitoes' appetites appeared to diminish after they were given a drug used to treat human obesity that interacts with the receptor protein NPYLR7, a study published in Cell suggests. Researchers say they hope the findings may lead to new ways to deter mosquitoes from biting.
Students at a Kentucky middle school are maintaining an indoor aquaponics system where they can grow vegetables while learning about agriculture. The initiative is part of a student-led project to think of solutions for "food deserts" -- communities that are far from grocery stores and have limited access to fresh food.
A partnership between Ball State University and Muncie Community Schools in Indiana aims to interest more middle-school students in careers in computer science. Exposing students to computer science can help boost diversity in the field, according to Dave Largent, faculty mentor and associate lecturer of computer science.
Students at a New York state middle school have been enlisted to help make minor repairs to school-issued technology. The students, who are members of the Tech Team Junior Program, work to repair cracked screens, change batteries and troubleshoot other issues.
Teachers in a Georgia school district spent a week shadowing professionals across other industries, including health care, engineering, marketing, government and IT. The goal of the program is to give teachers a better understanding of the workplace, so they can help prepare their students for future careers.
Facebook has developed a platform, Learn with Facebook, to offer courses and partnerships, among other things. In this interview, Fatima Saliu, head of Social Impact Marketing at Facebook, says the program offers free courses on career-focused soft skills.