Eurek Alert

  • Tweezers of sound can pick objects up without physical contact
    Tokyo, Japan - Researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University have developed a new technology which allows non-contact manipulation of small objects using sound waves. They used a hemispherical array of ultrasound transducers to generate a 3D acoustic fields which stably trapped and lifted a small polystyrene ball from a reflective surface.... Read more »
  • Blushing plants reveal when fungi are growing in their roots
    Scientists have created plants whose cells and tissues 'blush' with beetroot pigments when they are colonised by fungi that help them take up nutrients from the soil. This is the first time this vital, 400 million year old process has been visualised in real time in full root systems of... Read more »
  • New insights into immune responses to malaria
    Advanced technologies have been used to solve a long-standing mystery about why some people develop serious illness when they are infected with the malaria parasite, while others carry the infection asymptomatically.... Read more »
  • Mount Sinai researchers develop novel therapy that could be effective in many cancers
    Mount Sinai researchers have developed a therapeutic agent that shows high effectiveness in vitro at disrupting a biological pathway that helps cancer survive, according to a paper published in Cancer Discovery, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, in July.... Read more »
  • 'Feel good' brain messenger can be willfully controlled, new study reveals
    UC San Diego researchers and their colleagues at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York have discovered that spontaneous impulses of dopamine, the neurological messenger known as the brain's "feel good" chemical, occur in the brain of mice. The study found that mice can willfully manipulate... Read more »
  • Four themes identified as contributors to diseases of despair in Pennsylvania
    Financial instability, lack of infrastructure, a deteriorating sense of community and family fragmentation are key contributors to diseases of despair in Pennsylvania communities, according to Penn State College of Medicine and Highmark Health researchers. The researchers conducted four focus groups in Pennsylvania communities identified as having high rates of despair-related... Read more »
  • Brain-repair discovery could lead to new epilepsy treatments
    Researchers have discovered a previously unknown repair process in the brain that they hope could be harnessed and enhanced to treat seizure-related brain injuries.... Read more »

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  • Spitfires’ Zito wants to be the steal of this year’s NHL Draft for Red Wings
    Windsor Spitfires’ forward Pasquale Zito does not have to wonder ‘what if there was an Ontario Hockey League season,’ but that doesn’t mean he’s not carrying a chip on his shoulder. The 18-year-old Zito was the final pick of eight selections by the Detroit Red Wings, going to the club... Read more »
  • Young COVID-19 long hauler struggles with mental toll, encourages others to get vaccinated
    University of Windsor PhD student Ashley Watt was busy with research work in May of last year unaware the emerging COVID-19 virus would soon wreak havoc on her life. Fourteen months later, battling chronic effects of the deadly coronavirus and saddled with permanent viral-induced asthma, she is labeled a long-hauler.... Read more »
  • Guest column: Post-pandemic perfect time to review health care service priorities
    The COVID-19 pandemic has stretched health care systems across Canada beyond capacity. Surges of COVID-19 have strained available beds, exhausted health care workers and resources. To cope with these surges, some regional and provincial health systems delayed all non-essential procedures, tests and surgeries. Canadians’ health-seeking behaviours have changed over the... Read more »
  • Reader letter: Time to restore Lens Avenue greenway
    Windsor has so many great parks, from Ojibway, Mic Mac and Malden on the west end to Willistead, Optimist and Jackson or the Ford Test Track, Sandpoint and Little River further east. Not to mention almost the entire riverfront and far too many others to name. But with so many... Read more »
  • Mushtaq: Greater Essex County school board can't fake racial equality
    In June 2020, following the murder of George Floyd and calls for action from the Black Lives Matter movement, many groups, organizations and governments indicated change with respect to anti-Black racism was coming. A year later, the needle has barely moved. Just over a month ago, the Black Council of... Read more »
  • West Nile virus detected in Windsor-Essex mosquito pool
    Windsor-Essex has recorded its first sign of West Nile virus of the year. On Thursday, the local health unit announced routine monitoring for the virus has identified one positive mosquito pool. No human cases of West Nile virus have been identified in the region so far this trapping season, however... Read more »
  • Local teachers' unions waiting on back-to-school plan
    Local union leaders for teachers and support staff are in a holding pattern as they wait on the Ontario government to announce what school will look like in September. “It is late July, and we still don’t have a return-to-school plan from this government. There is no time to lose.... Read more »