Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory

Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory (MDIBL) is a private, nonprofit biological research and education institution located in Salisbury Cove, Maine on Mount Desert Island, founded in 1898. Medical and Marine researchers as well as students from around the world spend their summers at MDIBL studying the basic biological mechanisms of cold-water marine organisms. MDIBL has offered a unique culture of informality and scientific rigor from its inception. Students, scientists and physicians participating in MDIBL programs live on the oceanside campus, immersing themselves in scientific inquiry and collaboration. Discoveries made at MDIBL have led to advances in diagnosing and treating cyctic fibrosis, cancer, glaucoma, macular degeneration, heart disease, and liver and kidney disorders. The work done at MDIBL has also led to a better understanding of the effects of environmental toxins on health.


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Computer Sciences

Do deep networks 'see' as well as humans?

A new study from the Centre for Neuroscience (CNS) at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) explores how well deep neural networks compare to the human brain when it comes to visual perception.


Electrifying cement with nanocarbon black

Since its invention several millennia ago, concrete has become instrumental to the advancement of civilization, finding use in countless construction applications—from bridges to buildings. And yet, despite centuries of ...

Bio & Medicine

Bio-nanocellulose meshes improve hernia repair surgery

Bacterial nanocellulose is an emergent biocompatible natural polymer with increasing applicability in the healthcare sector. A potential innovative application can be found in the design of surgical meshes for the treatment ...

Plants & Animals

Charles Darwin and conspicuous consumption: Why bling is blingy

Luxury brands are a prominent feature of modern society. Thorstein Veblen coined the term "conspicuous consumption" to describe how the upper classes showcased expensive goods without inherent practical benefits to demonstrate ...


NASA's NICER probes the squeezability of neutron stars

Matter in the hearts of neutron stars—dense remnants of exploded massive stars—takes the most extreme form we can measure. Now, thanks to data from NASA's Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER), an X-ray telescope ...

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