Brain Food

KNAU and Arizona News
9:34 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Brain Food: Spring-Loaded Muscles

Regents' Professor Kiisa Nishikawa with her former post-doc Ted Uyeno, now a professor at Valdosta State University.
Credit Danielle Borth, NAU Office of Public Affairs

A Northern Arizona University regents’ biology professor is studying how the speed with which frogs catch insects can improve the mechanics of artificial limbs for humans. Kiisa Nishikawa has discovered the connection is a protein called titin. It essentially enables muscles to “think,” reacting in milliseconds, rather than waiting for a signal from the brain.

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KNAU and Arizona News
11:01 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Brain Food: Growing Human Skin

Dr. Robert Kellar in his NACET/NAU lab
Credit Bonnie Stevens/KNAU

Step into Robert Kellar's physiology and anatomy class at NAU and you'll learn how the human body works. But, step into his lab an you'll learn how to grow human skin. Dr. Kellar can teach plants how to manufacture human protein.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:14 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Brain Food: iPads Become New Field Tool For NAU Geology Students

NAU geologist and lecturer, Lisa Skinner
Credit Bonnie Stevens/KNAU

It's estimated that by the new year, more than 60 million Americans will be using iPads. NAU geologist Lisa Skinner is already using them in the field with her students as a geologist time machine of sorts.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:47 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Brain Food: 'Musical' No Mas Muertes

Glen Weyant plays percussion on the massive wall separating the U.S. and Mexico
Credit Matt Nelson

No Mas Muertes - or No More Deaths - is an Arizona-based advocacy group that provides humanitarian relief along the U.S.-Mexico border. Since 2004, the group has offered food, water and medical attention to immigrants trying to illegally cross the border from Mexico. And now, the group has a musical component.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:09 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Brain Food: The One Gene Difference

NAU biology professor Tom Whitham

Some scientists predict the Southwest will continue on its warming trend. NAU biology professor Tom Whitham says the rise in temperatures is happening so fast - 3 degrees in the last 60 years - that many plants are not able to adapt and survive.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:16 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Brain Food: It's A Microbial World Afterall

Dr. Greg Caporaso researches microbial genetics and genomics at NAU.
Credit Monica Saaty / IDEA Lab

Bacteria make up most of life on Earth. It's life we can't see. Some bacteria thrive in such extreme environments as the boiling water of the hot springs in Yellowstone National Park, or in the driest place on Earth - the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. But, according to Greg Caporaso in the Center of Microbial Genetics and Genomics at NAU, the most extreme environment for life is inside the human body.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:16 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Brain Food: Insights And Discoveries From The Campus Of Northern Arizona University

"Intercepted" bat in Sedona
Credit Carol Chambers

Slogging through the thick, sticky mud of a pond in Sedona, wildlife biologist Carol Chambers is catching bats in nets stretched across the water.

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