On February 19, Rutgers Cooperative Extension Specialist in Financial Resource Management Barbara O’Neill was a guest “chatter” on WiseBread, a blog for millenials about “living large on a small budget.” O’Neill emphasized in the forum that even modest savings are helpful. “Any amount of college #savings is better than none. #Save what U can now & ramp it up over time #WBChat #RCEChat,” tweeted O’Neill. The Tweetchat engaged a wide audience, involving 78 contributors, 1262 tweets, 213,972 reach and 6,587,368 impressions. Read more highlights from the Tweetchat at WiseBread.
Olive oil, a staple of the Mediterranean diet and long hailed as a cardiovascular health enhancer, is now showing promise as a cancer preventive. That’s the exciting news from a recently published study in the scientific journal Molecular & Cellular Oncology… The breakthrough study, by cancer researchers Paul Breslin of Rutgers University and David Foster and Onica LeGendre of Hunter College, was conducted on cancer cell lines in a laboratory, a standard method for examining how different substances affect cancer cells.
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The Rutgers University Alumni Association has launched an informative and engaging series on climate change in three cities: New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Experience Rutgers: Climate Change features panel discussions with Rutgers University president Robert Barchi and three influential Rutgers scientists who are leading groundbreaking research on the earth’s climate and how climate change is affecting life on the planet. Speakers include:… Benjamin P. Horton is a professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers. His research on sea-level rise was referenced in a slide on the White House website during a live stream of President Obama’s State of the Union address on January 20… Jennifer A. Francis, who has been a research professor at Rutgers since 1994, teaches courses in satellite remote sensing and climate-change issues in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences… Scott M. Glenn is a distinguished professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers. He has more than 35 years of experience in ocean science and engineering research, including the development of new ocean observation technologies and forecast models for extreme environments and events, which focus on improved understanding of storms and hurricanes.
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An ingredient in extra-virgin olive oil kills a variety of human cancer cells without harming healthy ones… "We needed to determine if oleocanthal was targeting that protein and causing the cells to die," says Paul Breslin, professor of nutritional sciences in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers and coauthor of a new study published in Molecular and Cellular Oncology… After applying oleocanthal to the cancer cells, the researchers discovered that the cancer cells were dying very quickly- within 30 minutes to an hour. Programmed cell death takes between 16 and 24 hours, so the scientists realized that something else had to be causing the cancer cells to break down and die.
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What is the sky worth? This sounds like a philosophical question, but it might become a more concrete one. A report released last week by the National Research Council called for research into reversing climate change through a process called albedo modification: reflecting sunlight away from earth by, for instance, spraying aerosols into the atmosphere. Such a process could, some say, change the appearance of the sky- and that in turn could affect everything from our physical health to the way we see ourselves… If albedo modification were actually implemented, Alan Robock, a professor of environmental sciences at Rutgers, told Joel Achenbach at The Washington Post: "You’d get whiter skies. People wouldn’t have blue skies anymore." And, he added, "astronomers wouldn’t be happy, because you’d have a cloud up there permanently. It’d be hard to see the Milky Way anymore."
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