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The "Bill Nye the Science Guy" star implored Winona State students and community members to take action on climate change by voting in next week's general election.
Even though wastewater surveillance is proving to be the most accurate and economical way to gauge COVID activity in communities across the country, funding for this type of tracking hasn’t been consistent. And data collection is sometimes paused while wastewater researchers look for new ways to pay for the surveillance. Besides COVID, the technique is being used to track the spread of monkeypox.
The University of Minnesota is working on testing techniques as monkeypox continues to spread and polio appears in New York City wastewater.
A discovery made in the lab sparked the creation of Anatomic Inc., which sells human stem cell-derived sensory neurons to pharmaceutical companies for the possible creation of new, nonaddictive painkillers.

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The $9 billion infrared telescope, built for NASA by aerospace giant Northrop Grumman Corp., is expected to revolutionize astronomy by allowing scientists to peer farther than before and with greater clarity into the cosmos, to the dawn of the known universe.
Known as “forever chemicals” for their persistence in the environment, PFAS have been popular with manufacturers for decades and can be found in everything from nonstick cookware coating to fire-extinguishing foam. Higher levels of exposure to PFAS have been linked to increased cancer risk, developmental delays in children, damage to organs such as the liver and thyroid, increased cholesterol levels and reduced immune functions, especially among young children.
Don't miss Venus, Mars and the moon aligning on Feb 27.
The first full moon of 2022 rises almost perfectly round before sunset on Monday, the 17th.
Identification of new strains through whole-genome sequencing is a process far more complex than the standard lab tests used to clinically diagnose a patient with COVID-19.
The gut microbiome has been shown to play a role in ways that are both positive and negative in health. A team of researchers from Sanford Health and North Dakota State University will explore whether certain gut bacteria can trigger stress eating.

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In the east and southeast, the bright winter stars are making their annual grand entrance into the evening sky. You’ll know the whole assembly has appeared when you see Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky, below hourglass-shaped Orion.
To do that, they need to bridge the gap between purely scientific researchers and clinical professionals. The SMHS has been emphasizing work in the area of translational research, which aims to “translate” scientific research into practical treatments. That work is being done through the Dakota Cancer Collaborative on Translational Activity (DaCCoTA), a clinical translational research center (CTR), that pairs in teams doctors and researchers.
A breakthrough study by Johns Hopkins University researchers may aid doctors in determining which elderly patients will respond best to antidepressants and which may be at additional risks for memory decline.

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