Alzheimer's Diagnostic Guidelines Get an Update After 27 Years

For the first time in 27 years, clinical diagnostic criteria for Alzheimer's disease dementia have been revised, and research guidelines for earlier stages of the disease have been characterized to reflect a deeper understanding of the disorder.

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Alzheimer's Diagnostic Guidelines Get an Update After 27 Years

Clouds of Gases That Bounce Off of Each Other

When one cloud of gas meets another, they normally pass right through each other. But now, MIT physicists have created clouds of ultracold gases that bounce off each other like bowling balls, even though they are a million times thinner than air — the first time that such impenetrable gases have been observed.

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MIT physicists have created clouds of ultracold gases that bounce off each other

Now that's what I call space sticky!

Researchers at Kansas State University have developed a new mechanical adhesive whose unique properties might make it well suited to be in every astronaut's toolbox. Unlike traditional chemical adhesives which can become brittle when moisture is removed, this new adhesive - made from peptides - actually forms a stronger bond.

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Space Shuttle Heat Shield Tiles

New study points to the liver, not the brain, as the origin of Alzheimer's plaques

Researchers at the Scripps Research Institute had some unexpected findings when searching for genes that influence the amount of amyloid that deposits as brain plaques in Alzheimer's disease. Through an extensive gene hunt, the team identified three candidate genes that seemed to offer protection in mice from brain amyloid accumulation and deposition.

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The Liver, Beta Amyloid, and Alzheimer's

BenchFly.com Is Here to Help

We are fans of Alan Marnett and the team at BenchFly.com and have been following their work for a few years now. It was high time that we spotlighted their community, instructional videos and shared their mission with you all. OK, lets hear about BenchFly from Alan himself.

LabGrab - When was Benchfly.com started, and who is its target audience?

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Benchfly.com, logo, tools for becoming a better scientist

Pittcon 2011 Brings Even More Tech to the Show Floor

Pittcon is the world's largest annual Conference and Exposition for laboratory science. It is organized by The Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, a Pennsylvania not-for-profit educational corporation which is comprised of the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP) and the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP).

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Pittcon 2011 - www.pittcon.org

Could "killer paper" reduce food spoilage?

In the latest issue of the American Chemistry Society's journal Langmuir, Bar-Ilan University researcher, Aharon Gedanken and colleagues report successful lab tests of a material intended for use as a new food packaging material.

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"Killer Paper" Could Reduce Spoilage

Stem Cell Highlights - From 1908 to present day

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With the promise of stem cell based therapies making more headlines over the last few years we thought it appropriate to take a look back at some of the key points in the history of stem cell research. View the stem cell highlight timeline.

Using Stem Cells to Mend a Broken Heart

In a fitting tribute to Valentine's Day, the British Health Foundation (BHF) launched an $80 million dollar research project at the beginning of this 'love' month to investigate using stem cells to regenerate heart tissue and "mend broken hearts".

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Using Stem Cells to Mend Broken Hearts

Decoding the Neanderthal Genome

Dr. Jean-Jacques Hublin of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology details a recent and curious discovery of a possible genetic integration between Neanderthals and modern humans around 60,000 years ago.

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Neanderthal Genes Found in Modern Humans