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Brain cells protect muscles from wasting away

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Several processes in the roundworm C. elegans boost the stress response in cells, incidentally making worms resistant to a high-fat diet and extending their lifespan. Researchers have found another: cells called glia that release a hormone that boosts the unfolded protein response in the endoplasmic reticulum of the worm’s cells, effectively doubling lifespan. This could […]

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Genetics of how corn can adapt faster to new climates

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Researchers have decoded the genetic map for how maize from tropical environments can be adapted to the temperate US summer growing season. They believe that if they can expand the genetic base by using exotic varieties, they might be able to counter stresses such as emerging diseases and drought associated with growing corn in a […]

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A little good is good enough — excuses and ‘indulgence effects’ in consumption

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Ecofriendly materials, produced under good work conditions — convincing arguments for most of us. But how do consumers really weigh compliance with such ethical standards? Not as much as they think: Researchers used an example from textile industry to demonstrate that customers unconsciously use a single ethical aspect as an excuse for less moral behavior […]