• LabGenius: The next step toward a digital laboratory June 29, 2015
    The HHS Ignite Accelerator program, inspired by Silicon Valley start-up methods, nurtures innovative ideas that might improve government operations. Now this seed funding and mentorship program could help create a digital "LabGenius" and, according to NIH Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., "has the potential to streamline our labs ... whic […]
  • Genomics holds promise of treatments for inherited blindness June 26, 2015
    Millions of people worldwide suffer from diseases of the retina that cause partial or complete blindness. While there is no cure for retinal degenerative disease, there are several promising areas of research that aim to, at least, partially restore vision. May's Genome Advance of the Month focuses on two experimental therapeutic approaches - gene repla […]
  • Peering at brain and skin cancers through a genomic lens June 24, 2015
    A pair of studies from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) Research Network has provided new insight into the genomics of brain and skin cancer. The findings point to new ways of classifying these cancers that should lead to smarter ways to predict disease behavior and better decisions about treatment. The results were reported in the June 18, online edition of C […]

  • Hearing Impairment in Hispanic/Latino Adults June 29, 2015
    Hearing Impairment in Hispanic/Latino AdultsResearchers found that nearly 1 in 7 Hispanic/Latino adults in the U.S. has hearing loss. More research will be needed to determine the factors involved and develop interventions.
  • HIV Vaccine Progress in Animal Studies June 29, 2015
    HIV Vaccine Progress in Animal StudiesResearch teams achieved important steps needed to prompt the immune system to produce antibodies against HIV. The results show important progress toward design of an effective HIV vaccine.
  • Study Shows Increase in Problem Drinking June 29, 2015
    Study Shows Increase in Problem DrinkingA nationwide survey found that alcohol use disorder is becoming more common, but few people seek treatment. The study highlights the need for renewed education and treatment efforts.

  • President Obama honors outstanding mathematics and science teachers July 2, 2015
    President Obama today named 108 mathematics and science teachers as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. This year's awardees represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Territories and the Department of Defense Education Activity schools. The educators will receive […]
  • After the Lecture: Anna Balazs July 2, 2015
    We sat down with the University of Pittsburgh's Anna Balazs after her recent talk on "Designing Materials That Compute," as part of the National Science Foundation Distinguished Lectures in Mathematical and Physical Sciences. Our conversation moved quickly from her experiences as an immigrant who escaped the Hungarian revolution to her own ins […]
  • Letting go with lasers July 1, 2015
    Small objects tend to cling to everything. It's why parents dread hosting parties that involve confetti. It's why glitter is fun for crafts--until it finds its way onto everything else you touch. When those small objects get stuck to you, a vacuum or lint roller can help remove them. But small, clingy objects are a serious problem in the growing fi […]