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Using a rabbit virus to treat multiple myeloma

( Medical University of South Carolina) Treating multiple myeloma (MM) with myxoma virus (MYXV) eliminated a majority of malignant cells in preclinical studies, report investigators at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and elsewhere in an article published online on Dec. 7, 2016 by Molecular Therapy -- Oncolytics. Furthermore, introduction of MYXV had no impact on the bone marrow compartment and elicited a strong immune response that eradicated disease in some animals.

Twitter researchers offer clues as to why Trump won

( University of Rochester) University of Rochester computer scientists were able to shed light on how Trump won the presidential election by using data science to track the millions of Twitter followers who liked or 'unliked' the candidates throughout the campaign.

Likelihood of dieting success lies within your tweets

( Georgia Institute of Technology) There is a direct link between a person's attitude on social media and the likelihood that their dieting efforts will succeed.In fact, Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have determined that dieting success ­-- or failure -- can be predicted with an accuracy rate of 77 percent based on the sentiment of the words and phrases one uses on Twitter.

Over time, nuisance flooding can cost more than extreme, infrequent events

( University of California - Irvine) Global climate change is being felt in many coastal communities of the United States, not always in the form of big weather disasters but as a steady drip, drip, drip of nuisance flooding.

New design for longer lasting night-vision cameras

( Northwestern University) Northwestern University's Manijeh Razeghi and her team have developed a new approach to improving the technologies in night-vision cameras -- potentially making their all-too-frequent breakdowns a thing of the past.

UC Riverside gets $5.1 million to fight citrus killer

( University of California - Riverside) RIVERSIDE, Calif. has received a five-year, $5.1 million grant from the US Department of Agriculture to fight a disease that is devastating the citrus industry.

NASA sees development of South Pacific's Tropical Cyclone Bart

( NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Cyclone Bart has developed in the Southern Pacific Ocean, and NASA's Aqua satellite captured an image of the storm early on Feb. 21.

NASA spots short-lived Tropical Cyclone Alfred

( NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured a visible image of the Southern Pacific Ocean's newly formed tropical cyclone in the Gulf of Carpentaria. By the next day Alfred made landfall and weakened to a remnant low pressure area.

Artificial synapse for neural networks

( Stanford University) A new organic artificial synapse made by Stanford researchers could support computers that better recreate the way the human brain processes information. It could also lead to improvements in brain-machine technologies.

Penn/Wistar study finds 'sweet spot' where tissue stiffness drives cancer's spread

( University of Pennsylvania) Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and The Wistar Institute have now found that physical forces exerted between cancer cells and the ECM are enough to drive a shape change necessary for metastasis. Those forces converge on an optimal stiffness that allows cancer cells to spread.


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