The new movie about Steve Jobs is expected to draw huge crowds eager to see yet another romanticized story about a well known business celebrity. Thomas Streeter, professor of sociology at the University of Vermont, explores why in his new paper, 'Steve Jobs, Romantic Individualism, and the Desire for Good Capitalism' in the International Journal of Communication. He writes that this desire says 'more about our culture than the man.'
The traditional pressure in academia for faculty to 'publish or perish' advances knowledge in established areas. But it also might discourage scientists from asking the innovative questions that are most likely to lead to the biggest breakthroughs, according to a new study spearheaded by a UCLA professor.
China has a big smoking problem. Three-hundred fifty million smoke and one million a year die from smoking related causes. In a two-part study, published online in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, an international team of investigators found that nurses can play a pivotal role in helping smokers to quit. But in order to do so, they need knowledge and skills.
UConn genomicists have sequenced the RNA of the most complicated gene known in nature, using a hand-held sequencer no bigger than a cell phone. The researchers teamed up with Oxford Nanopore Technologies to show that the company's MinION nanopore sequencer can sequence genes faster, better, and at a much lower cost than the standard technology. Brenton Graveley will discuss the research at the Oxford Nanopore MinION Community Meeting at New York Genome Center Dec. 3.
People who end up in the emergency room because of a fall often are tripped up by an infection, rather than a loose throw rug or poor eyesight, suggests a study being presented at IDWeek 2015™.
A new global review led by the University of Exeter that set out to investigate the hazards of marine plastic pollution has warned that all seven species of marine turtles can ingest or become entangled in the discarded debris that currently litters the oceans.
By combining genetic data, ancestry information, and electronic health records, scientists are able to identify neighborhood-level patterns of migration in the New York City area, according to research presented at the American Society of Human Genetics 2015 Annual Meeting in Baltimore. In addition to supplementing historical and census data, these sorts of findings can inform biomedical and public health efforts in New York and other locations, the study authors said.
Most teens in grades 7-12 would prefer to know the results of unanticipated findings found in whole exome sequencing genetic testing, even if the findings are not medically actionable until adulthood, according to survey data presented at the American Society of Human Genetics 2015 Annual Meeting in Baltimore. The survey addressed secondary findings gleaned from sequencing the protein-coding regions of a person's genome.
New research suggests that upper limb amputees, who typically struggle to learn how to use a new prosthesis, would be more successful if fellow amputees taught them. Most usually learn by watching a non-amputee demonstrate the device during physical therapy and rehabilitation sessions. A Georgia Institute of Technology study that measured arm movements and analyzed brain patterns found that people do better when they learn from someone who looks like them.
Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have identified a type of vaginal bacteria within the mucus of the female reproductive system that can protect women from HIV as well as other sexually transmitted infections.