Nittany AI Challenge offers $100,000 in funding to innovators

Penn State students, faculty and staff are invited to compete for $100,000 in funding during the Nittany AI Challenge. The challenge, sponsored by the Penn State EdTech Network, will give participating teams the opportunity to explore artificial intelligence in higher education to improve the student experience at Penn State, solve real-world problems at the University, and generate startup ideas. The deadline for idea submission is Jan. 29.


UNC-Chapel Hill reaches milestone in development of Kinase Chemogenomic Set

(University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) The Structural Genomics Consortium at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (SGC-UNC), in partnership with the DiscoverX Corporation, has reached the milestone halfway point in its development of the Kinase Chemogenomic Set, a potent group of inhibitors which allow deeper exploration of the human kinome, a family of enzymes critical to understanding human disease and developing new therapies.

Top 10 cities that will be rebuilt FIRST after a collapse

(Natural News) Have you ever wondered how exactly the government would deal with a major national catastrophe like a nuclear war or EMP attack? What would the nation’s priorities be? Who would receive assistance first? How would chaos be averted? Are you likely to be on the receiving end of help from federal agencies, or…


Weather supercomputing ‘heads to Italy’

Europe’s medium-range weather forecasts will cease to be constructed in the UK from 2020.


Can you smell through your lungs?

It was always thought that olfactory receptors’ sole bodily function was to smell, and could only be found inside a nose. But now a new study has found two olfactory receptors in human lung tissue.


Stressed-out rats consume more alcohol, revealing related brain chemistry

(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) Researchers found that rodents that had been exposed to stress had a weakened alcohol-induced dopamine response and voluntarily drank more alcohol compared to controls. The blunted dopamine signaling to ethanol arose due to changes in the circuitry in the ventral tegmental area, the heart of the brain’s reward system.


Researchers identify enzyme that removes molecular modifications from transfer RNA

The enzyme ALKBH1 can remove molecular modifications from transfer RNA, causing a measurable effect on protein translation in the cell, new research demonstrates. The study sheds new light on how cells control gene expression, and suggests the possibility that transfer RNA (tRNA) influences cellular processes beyond protein translation.