National Science Foundation

Immunology

How manure protects against allergies

Researchers funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) studied laboratory mice growing up in a cowshed. This enabled them to investigate how the farm environment modifies the immune system and provides protection ...

Surgery

A low-cost mechanical device for minimally invasive surgery

Surgeons can now use a new type of mechanical instrument to perform complex, minimally invasive procedures, also known as laparoscopic surgery, thanks to researchers and small business entrepreneurs funded by the National ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Mathematician playing pivotal role in Zika mitigation

The images are heartbreaking: thousands of infants born with small, misshapen heads, the result of a rare neurological disorder, called microcephaly, which can cause a myriad of intellectual and developmental disabilities. ...

Health

Analyzing how gun violence affects high-risk populations

Yale University sociology professor Andrew Papachristos leads a team of researchers that collects information on an all-too-common occurrence in cities like Chicago, Boston, Newark, Cincinnati and Oakland, California: gun ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Video: Babies are language sponges—even with sign language

Just like early exposure to any other language, early exposure to sign language will support learning language later, whether it's sign or spoken It's widely believed that the younger you are, the easier it will be for you ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Researcher looks at why innocent people confess

Why would an innocent person accused of a crime tell investigators he's guilty? Saul Kassin, a psychology professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, has spent decades researching that question, and says the answer ...

Neuroscience

Neuroscience research into dyslexia leads to 'brainprints'

A wonderful thing about basic research is its tendency to produce advances researchers hadn't anticipated. Cognitive neuroscientist Sarah Laszlo, for instance, found her early childhood learning studies took an unexpected ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Video: Tiny cars help infants' cognitive development

Infants constantly explore their environments, toddling and crawling around while at the same time laying the cognitive foundation that they'll use for learning later in life. But how can parents and doctors foster that kind ...

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