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schizophrenia;action-based encoding;working memory

Schizophrenia Patients are Able to Benefit from Action-based Encoding to Improve Working Memory Function in Following Instructions[May 25, 2017]

Drs. LUI Simon, YANG Tianxiao, and CHAN Raymond from the Neuropsychology and Applied Cognitive Neuroscience (NACN) Laboratory, the CAS Key Laboratory of Mental Health, Institute of Psychology, and their international collaborators have adopted an innovative following instruction span task paradigm that involves varied encoding and recall conditions to 48 persons with schizophrenia and 48 matched healthy controls.

Terraces;manure;fertilizer;soil fertility;SOC;phosphorus;semi-arid environment

Adding Manure is Essential in Improving Soil Fertility in Newly-built Terraces in Semi-arid Environment[May 24, 2017]

Researchers from Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Lanzhou University conducted a study to evaluate the effects of adding manure on SOC sequestration, soil aggregate distribution, C/N ratio of enzyme in newly-built terraces. The study was carried out over 7 growing seasons from 2004 to 2010 on the semi-arid Loess Plateau of China.

superconductor;thin films;optical properties;spectrum analysis;infrared reflection measurement

Researchers Realize Optical Detection of Metal-superconductor Transition in Lithium Titanate Superconductors[May 24, 2017]

Chinese researchers at the Institute of Solid State Physics, Hefei Institutes of Physical Science managed to investigate the optical properties of lithium titanate superconducting thin films with [001] and [111] lattice orientations using the simply and standard infrared reflection measurement.

Anopheles;gut microbiota;dysbiosis;entomopathogenic fungus

Insect Pathogenic Fungus Recruits Gut Bacteria in Mosquito Killing[May 24, 2017]

Prof. WANG Sibao and his colleagues at Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology of Chinese Academy of Sciences discovered a contributory role of the gut microbiota in accelerating fungal killing of mosquitoes. They reported that mosquitoes with gut microbiota die significantly faster than mosquitoes without microbiota, following topical infection with the pathogenic fungus B. bassiana.

brassinosteroid;phytohormone brassinosteroid;BR;BRI1;Arabidopsis;rice

Novel Key Component Helps to Illustrate Molecular Mechanism of Brassinosteroids Signaling[May 24, 2017]

Phytohormone brassinosteroids (BRs) play important roles in regulating plant development. Prof. XUE Hongwei and his colleagues at Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology of Chinese Academy of Sciences identify elt1-D, a gain-of-function rice mutant presenting reduced height and significantly increased tiller number and leaf inclination.

two-dimensional materials;catalysis;Pt

Scientists Develop New Concept of Confined Catalysis under Two-dimensional Materials[May 23, 2017]

The research group led by Profs. FU Qiang and BAO Xinhe from the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences revealed both the geometric constraint and confinement field in two-dimensional (2D) space between a graphene overlayer and Pt(111). The researchers demonstrated a new concept of confined catalysis under 2D materials, which they have named "catalysis under cover".

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