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Renovia Partners with Leading Healthcare Investment Firms to Raise $42M to Address Women’s Healthcare Disorders

Renovia Inc., recently grabbed the headlines after its CEO, Marc Beer, pledged the company’s commitment to the development of various new products tailored to treat pelvic floor disorders. Such a commitment stems from Renovia’s $32 million funding coupled by a $10 million investment from venture debt. Based in Boston, Renovia has developed a stellar reputation for developing exceptional therapeutic and diagnostic products to treat pelvic floor conditions such as urinary incontinence widely verified to affect over 250 million women worldwide.…

Researchers control common cancer pathway in lab with pulses of light — ScienceDaily

Genetic mutations in a form of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) may drive tumor formation by blurring cells’ perception of key growth signals, according to a new laboratory study published August 31, 2018 in Science. The research, led by UC San Francisco researchers, could have important implications for understanding and ultimately targeting the defective mechanisms underlying many human cancers. Healthy cells rely on the central Ras/Erk growth signaling pathway (also known as the Ras/MAPK pathway) to interpret external cues about…

Passive solar-powered system could prevent freezing on airplanes, wind turbines, powerlines, and other surfaces — ScienceDaily

From airplane wings to overhead powerlines to the giant blades of wind turbines, a buildup of ice can cause problems ranging from impaired performance all the way to catastrophic failure. But preventing that buildup usually requires energy-intensive heating systems or chemical sprays that are environmentally harmful. Now, MIT researchers have developed a completely passive, solar-powered way of combating ice buildup. The system is remarkably simple, based on a three-layered material that can be applied or even sprayed onto the surfaces…

Sound can be used to print droplets that couldn’t be printed before — ScienceDaily

Harvard University researchers have developed a new printing method that uses sound waves to generate droplets from liquids with an unprecedented range of composition and viscosity. This technique could finally enable the manufacturing of many new biopharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and food and expand the possibilities of optical and conductive materials. “By harnessing acoustic forces, we have created a new technology that enables myriad materials to be printed in a drop-on-demand manner,” said Jennifer Lewis, the Hansjorg Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired…

Cryptosporidiosis worsened in mice on probiotics — ScienceDaily

In an unexpected research finding infections with the intestinal parasite, Cryptosporidium parvum, worsened in mice that had been given a probiotic. The research was published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology. As compared to control mice, the probiotic-consuming mice excreted more parasites in their feces, and their intestinal microflora were different from those of the control mice. However, both sets of microflora were composed of genera that normally are present in the gut,…

Periods of fasting can protect against obesity and diabetes — ScienceDaily

Scientists at the Salk Institute found that mice lacking the biological clocks thought to be necessary for a healthy metabolism could still be protected against obesity and metabolic diseases by having their daily access to food restricted to a 10-hour window. The work, which appeared in the journal Cell Metabolism on August 30, 2018, suggests that the health problems associated with disruptions to animals’ 24-hour rhythms of activity and rest — which in humans is linked to eating for most…

A novel approach to provide fast, accurate translations for more languages – Facebook Code

Automatic language translation is important to Facebook as a way to allow the billions of people who use our services to connect and communicate in their preferred language. To do this well, current machine translation (MT) systems require access to a considerable volume of translated text (e.g., pairs of the same text in both English and Spanish). As a result, MT currently works well only for the small subset of languages for which a volume of translations is readily available.…

Resume Assistant: Finding High-Quality Work Experience Examples

Candidate generation Based on LinkedIn member profiles, we generated an initial list of candidate work experience descriptions. This step consists of applying various hard filters, including the application of privacy preferences, and results in a cleaner set of viable candidate work experience descriptions. It’s important to note that LinkedIn only considers profiles where privacy settings are set to public. Additionally, members can opt out and their data will be excluded in this filtering step. An early error analysis revealed that…

MU Engineering New Student BBQ provides a chance to get involved

Dean Elizabeth Loboa, Columbia Mayor Brian Treece, the Concrete Canoe team, student orgs and hundreds of eager students gathered in Peace Park on Thursday for the College of Engineering’s annual New Student BBQ. Photo by Amy Parris. New Student BBQ photo album New Mizzou Engineering students gathered in Peace Park on Thursday for the College of Engineering’s annual New Student BBQ. Sponsored by the Mizzou Engineering Student Council, the event drew a crowd of undergraduates eager to learn more about…

Emergencies at the big game? New technology may help police find those situations quicker

Purdue University researchers have developed a social media analytics tool to help police monitor emergency and public safety information on game day. Credit: Purdue University Medical emergencies for fans during athletic events can quickly turn into life-or-death situations. That’s why as another Boilermaker football season gets underway, Purdue University researchers are using technology to help police monitor emergency and public safety information on game day. “This is a giant leap for social media analytics tools,” said David Ebert, director of…