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Image: World's cocoa crop could get a big boost from a simple, non-toxic spray
  The Guiltinan Lab finds Theobroma cacao trees' natural disease defense is bolstered by glycerol foliar treatment. read more
Image: Human heart beats using nearly billion-year-old molecular mechanism
  Tim Jegla and his Lab find in a living, ancient sea anemone the same molecular mechanism that regulates the beating of the human heart. read more
Image: Existence of new neuron repair pathway discovered
  The Rolls Lab discovers a new neuron repair pathway that could one day help people suffering from nerve damage. read more
Image: Huck Institutes announce 2nd Annual Huck/OVPR Olympics
  Second Annual Huck/OVPR Olympics: July 23rd, Millennium Science Complex read more
Image: Dorothy B. Huck: January 15, 1923 - August 9, 2014
  Dorothy B. Huck: January 15, 1923 - August 9, 2014 read more

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Upcoming Events
Sep 18, 2014 Thursday 11:00 AM
Grant McFadden (University of Florida)
The curious road from poxvirus tropism to oncolytic virotherapy.
Sep 19, 2014 Friday 9:00 AM
Dr Rodney Johnson (University of Illinois)
Developmental Origins of Altered Stress Resilience: Impact of Iron Deficiency
Sep 23, 2014 Tuesday 4:00 PM Postponed
Edward Boyden ( Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Tools for Mapping and Engineering the Brain
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Neuroscience co-chair Ping Li, along with Huck graduate student and co-author Jennifer Legault, has published a new study that provides a framework for understanding anatomical and other changes in the brain that result from learning a new (second) language; the findings indicate that learning a second language provides a powerful platform for positive brain changes in children, adults, and the elderly. Learning a second language changes brain anatomy - Full article
An international team of researchers that includes Huck Institutes affiliates Tom Baker and Missy Hazen has designed decoys that mimic female emerald ash borer beetles and successfully entice male emerald ash borers to land on them in an attempt to mate, only to be electrocuted and killed by high-voltage current. "Femme fatale" emerald ash borer decoy lures and kills males - Full article
The taste of common sugar substitutes is often described as being much more intense than sugar, but participants in a recent study indicated that these non-nutritive sugar substitutes are no sweeter than the real thing, according to Penn State food scientists including John Hayes. Sugar substitutes not so super sweet after all - Full article