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BU researchers find a happy ending: Storybook shows young children can understand difficult scientific concept of natural selection

Once upon a time. It is an exposition as classic as storybooks themselves. From fairytale collections to choose-your-own-adventure series, storybooks have been used for decades as means of conveying morals to young children: Be kind. Eat your vegetables. It is OK to be scared. Don’t take too much from a tree. Adaptation through natural selection […]

THC for HIV: Researchers connect psychoactive ingredient of medical marijuana to HIV treatment

Approximately 50,000 new HIV infections are reported in the United States every year, according to the HIV Surveillance Supplemental Report of 2012. It inevitably progresses into chronic AIDS, and as no major, straightforward cure exists, scientists have proposed alternative treatments as a means of mitigating the disease’s effects. Now, researchers believe that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in […]

A place to ‘build stuff’: Touring Boston University’s EPIC facilities

“Making stuff is cool.” So says Gerry Fine, director of Boston University’s Engineering Product Innovation Center, where Wonka-esque pure imagination meets pragmatic, hands-on experience. The Center, aptly referred to as the EPIC, opened its doors at 750 Commonwealth Ave. in January, and since then, officials and students have been hard at work putting its opportunities to […]

Smaller is better: Researchers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., discover new technique to analyze space dust

“Space dust” might sound like something out of a 1950s-era science fiction novel, but such particles actually may hold some of the greatest secrets of our universe. The problem is that the material is extremely difficult to examine, especially when larger meteorites are more available. In a Feb. 3 study done by researchers at NASA’s […]

Added sugar can double risk of heart disease mortality, researchers find

Adopting healthy eating habits might require more than just heading for the salad bar in the dining hall. Now, scientists have found that sugar in your soda might be doing more harm than you realize. High consumption of added sugar leads to increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality, according to the results of a […]