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Biological Sciences

Combating Insulin Resistance Using Medicinal Plants as a Supplementary Therapy to Metformin in 3T3-L1 Adipocytes: Improving Early Intervention-Based Diabetes Treatment

Combating Insulin Resistance Using Medicinal Plants as a Supplementary Therapy to Metformin in 3T3-L1 Adipocytes: Improving Early Intervention-Based Diabetes Treatment

Jayram et al. | Apr 08, 2019

A primary cause of diabetes is insulin resistance, which is caused by disruption of insulin signal transduction. The objective of this study was to maximize insulin sensitivity by creating a more effective, early intervention-based treatment to avert severe T2D. This treatment combined metformin,...

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A Taste of Sweetness in Bioplastics

A Taste of Sweetness in Bioplastics

Tsai et al. | Apr 05, 2019

Sweet potatoes are one of the most common starches in Taiwan, and sweet potato peels hold significant potential to make biodegradable plastics which can alleviate the environmental impact of conventional petroleum-based plastics. In this paper, Tsai et al created starch-based bioplastics derived...

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Determining the Contribution of Osmotic Stress to the Antibacterial Properties of Honey

Determining the Contribution of Osmotic Stress to the Antibacterial Properties of Honey

Abdel-Azim et al. | Mar 29, 2019

Honey possesses distinctive antimicrobial properties; however, it is unknown which compounds in honey are responsible for these properties. In this research study, Abdel-Azim et al. examine the role of osmotic stress in honey and the antibacterial efficacy of both Manuka and raw pasture honey.

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Physical Sciences and Engineering

Examining what causes perceived dissonance in musical intervals and the effect of timbre on dissonance

Examining what causes perceived dissonance in musical intervals and the effect of timbre on dissonance

Hsu et al. | Apr 10, 2019

Music is an important part of the day for many of us, but what makes some combinations of sound more pleasant to the ear than others? In this article the authors investigate the role of some characteristics of sound on the perception of a pleasant vs harsh musical note.

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Covalently Entrapping Catalase into Calcium Alginate Worm Pieces Using EDC Carbodiimide as a Crosslinker.

Covalently Entrapping Catalase into Calcium Alginate Worm Pieces Using EDC Carbodiimide as a Crosslinker.

Suresh et al. | Mar 31, 2019

Catalase is a biocatalyst used to break down toxic hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen in industries such as cheese and textiles. Improving the efficiency of catalase would help us to make some industrial products, such as cheese, less expensively. The best way to maintain catalase’s...

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Developing a portable, reusable, and inexpensive magnesium-air fuel cell

Developing a portable, reusable, and inexpensive magnesium-air fuel cell

Tota et al. | Mar 28, 2019

One of the greatest challenges we face today is the sustainable production, storage, and distribution of electrical power. One emerging technology with great promise in this area is that of metal-air fuel cells—a long-term and reusable electricity storage system made from a reactive metal anode...

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Social Sciences

Correlates of Sugar Consumption Among High School Students and Faculty

Correlates of Sugar Consumption Among High School Students and Faculty

McBurnett et al. | Mar 07, 2019

The availability, portion sizes, and consumption of highly palatable food has been linked adverse health outcomes. McBurnett and O’Donnell sought to assess the relationship between reward-based eating drive, consumption, cravings, and knowledge of the effects of sugary foods. In this study...

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The role of race in the stereotyping of a speaker’s accent as native or non-native

The role of race in the stereotyping of a speaker’s accent as native or non-native

Bhuvanagiri et al. | Jan 07, 2019

In the modern world, communication and mobility are no longer obstacles. A natural consequence is that people from all over the world are mixing like never before and national identity can no longer be determined simply by a person's appearance or manner of speech. In this article, the authors...

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Emotional and Psychological Effect of Music on People

Emotional and Psychological Effect of Music on People

Nolt et al. | Jan 03, 2019

Nolt and Elwonger examine how different types of music impact our emotional and physical states. They found that music can influence a subject's emotional state, with sad music inspiring sadness and exciting music bringing excitement. They were not able to find a clear relationship between heart...

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