Precise nerve stimulation via electrode implants offers new hope for paralysis patients

Patients with spinal cord injuries might one day regain use of paralyzed arms and legs thanks to research that demonstrates how limbs can be controlled via a tiny array of implanted electrodes.

Rockfish siblings shed new light on how offspring diffuse and disperse

A splitnose rockfish’s thousands of tiny offspring can stick together in sibling groups from the time they are released into the open ocean until they move to shallower water and settle near shore. 

Curiosity can predict employees' ability to creatively solve problems, research shows

Employers who are looking to hire creative problem-solvers should consider candidates with strong curiosity traits, and personality tests may be one way to tease out those traits in prospective employees.

Chronically ill women underusing online self-care resources, study shows

Barriers to internet use may be preventing chronically ill middle-aged and older women from being as healthy as they otherwise could be, new research from Oregon State University suggests.

 

Bacteria discovery offers possible new means of controlling crop pest

A bacterium common in insects has been discovered in a plant-parasitic roundworm, opening up the possibility of a new, environmentally friendly way of controlling the crop-damaging pest.

Repeatedly thinking about work-family conflict linked to health problems

Thinking over and over again about conflicts between your job and personal life is likely to damage both your mental and physical health, research from Oregon State University suggests.

Immune system uses gut bacteria to control glucose metabolism

Researchers have discovered a link between the immune system, gut bacteria and glucose metabolism – a “cross-talk” that can lead to type 2 diabetes  when not functioning correctly.

The golden drool: Study finds treasure trove of info in saliva of foraging bears

A new study documents the ability of researchers to gather DNA from residual saliva on partially consumed salmon to the point that they can even identify individual bears from the genetic samples.

Kelp forests globally resilient, but may need local solutions to environmental threats

The first global assessment of marine kelp ecosystems shows they have a surprising resilience to environmental impacts, but local efforts will be needed to help protect their health in the future.

New 'optofluidic' technology taps power of diatoms to improve sensor performance

Researchers have combined one of nature’s tiny miracles, the diatom, with a version of inkjet printing and optical sensing to create an exceptional sensing device.

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