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Belief in immortality hard-wired? Study examines development of children’s ‘prelife’ reasoning

January 28th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Deborah Kelemen, Natalie Emmons, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Science Daily 0 comments

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Deborah Kelemen, College of Arts & Sciences
Natalie Emmons, College of Arts & Sciences

By examining children’s ideas about “prelife,” the time before conception, researchers found results which suggest that our bias toward immortality is a part of human intuition that naturally emerges early in life…

Expert quotes:

Kelemen –

“This work shows that it’s possible for science to study religious belief. At the same time, it helps us understand some universal aspects of human cognition and the structure of the mind.”

Emmons –

“By focusing on prelife, we could see if culture causes these beliefs to appear, or if they appear spontaneously.”

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Symbiotic Fungi Inhabiting Plant Roots Have Major Impact On Atmospheric Carbon, Scientists Say

January 8th, 2014 in 2014, Adrien Finzi, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Science Daily 0 comments

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Adrien Finzi, College of Arts & Sciences

Microscopic fungi that live in plants’ roots play a major role in the storage and release of carbon from the soil into the atmosphere, according to a University of Texas at Austin researcher and his colleagues at Boston University and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute…

Expert quote:

“This research is not only relevant to models and predictions of future concentrations of atmospheric greenhouse gases, but also challenges the core foundation in modern biogeochemistry that climate exerts major control over soil carbon pools.”

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Sounding Rocket to Peek at Atmosphere of Venus

November 26th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, John Clarke, Newsmakers, Science Daily 0 comments

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John Clarke, College of Arts & Sciences

A week after launching a new orbiter to investigate the upper atmosphere of Mars, NASA is sending a sounding rocket to probe the atmosphere of Venus…

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“Venus today has a thick atmosphere that contains very little water, but we think the planet started out with an ocean’s worth of water.”

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Researchers Capture Images of Open Channel That Moves Proteins Across Cell Membranes

October 23rd, 2013 in 2013, Christopher Akey, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Science Daily 0 comments

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Christopher Akey, School of Medicine

Similar to passengers on an urban transit system, every protein made in the cell has a specific destination and function…

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“Similar to train cars that transport passengers through a tunnel, SecY/Sec61 channels help nascent proteins move across the cell membrane to reach their target in the body, and this study provides important insight about the function of these channels.”

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Underage Youth Drinking Concentrated Among Small Number of Brands

February 12th, 2013 in 2013, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Public Health, Science Daily 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

A relatively small number of alcohol brands dominate underage youth alcohol consumption, according to a new report from researchers at the Boston University School of Public Health and the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health…

Expert quote:

“We now know, for the first time, what alcohol brands — and which companies — are profiting the most from the sale of their products to underage drinkers. The companies implicated by this study as the leading culprits in the problem of underage drinking need to take immediate action to reduce the appeal of their products to youth.”

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Mapping the Milky Way: Radio Telescopes Give Clues to Structure, History

January 9th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Science Daily, Thomas Bania 0 comments

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Thomas Bania, College of Arts & Sciences

Astronomers have discovered hundreds of previously-unknown sites of massive star formation in the Milky Way, including the most distant such objects yet found in our home Galaxy…

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Walls of Lunar Crater May Hold Patchy Ice

August 29th, 2012 in 2012, Bradley Thomson, Centers & Institutes in the News, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Science Daily 0 comments

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Bradley Thomson, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Remote Sensing

Small patches of ice could make up at most 5 to 10% of material in walls of Shackleton crater…

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Input of Iron Linked to Biological Productivity in Ancient Pacific Ocean

March 13th, 2012 in 2012, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Richard Murray, Science Daily 0 comments

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Richard Murray, College of Arts & Sciences

A team of researchers has just published a new paper, lead authored by Boston University Professor of Earth Sciences Richard W. Murray, that provides compelling evidence from marine sediment that supports the theory that iron in Earth’s oceans has a direct impact on biological productivity, potentially affecting the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and, in turn, atmospheric temperature…

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New Drug Release Mechanism Utilizes 3-D Superhydrophobic Materials

February 1st, 2012 in 2012, College of Engineering, Mark Grinstaff, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Science Daily 0 comments

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Mark Grinstaff, College of Engineering

According to a recent study, there is a new mechanism of drug release using 3D superhydrophobic materials that utilizes air as a removable barrier to control the rate at which drug is released…

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New Drug Release Mechanism Utilizes 3-D Superhydrophobic Materials

January 27th, 2012 in 2012, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Mark Grinstaff, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Science Daily 0 comments

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Mark Grinstaff, College of Arts & Sciences

According to a recent study, there is a new mechanism of drug release using 3D superhydrophobic materials that utilizes air as a removable barrier to control the rate at which drug is released…

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