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Lung Regeneration, An Alternative to Transplants

lungs.jpgHistorically, people with failing lungs due to diseases such as emphysema and cystic fibrosis face a grim prognosis: only 10 to 20 percent of lung transplant patients survive for 10 years. And until now, progress in creating lungs in the lab has been thwarted due to the organ’s complex structure and multiple cell types, according to biomedical engineer Laura Niklason of Yale University.

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Career Spotlight: Nuclear Engineer


Though Homer Simpson may portray nuclear engineers as donut-eating slackers, that is certainly not the case. These individuals are “like a cross between a jet pilot and a firefighter: highly trained to keep a technically complex system running, but also prepared to be the first and usually only line of defense in an emergency,” says Michael Friedlander, a nuclear engineer.

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Happy Birthday (Yesterday), Charles Darwin

darwin_portraitDo you know which famous scientist’s birthday was yesterday? In case you haven’t heard, 2014 was the 205th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth, and the 155th of the publication of On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. Born in England on February 12 (the same day as Abraham Lincoln), Darwin is best known for his observations on how species change or evolve gradually over time.

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