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CTE 'Breakthrough' Could Help Diagnosis—in Living Patients

Discovery of a protein in those afflicted could lead to a treatment for the brain disease

(Newser) - There is finally a "ray of hope" that one day CTE , the mysterious brain disease ravaging the NFL, may be treated. Boston University researchers have found a biomarker for chronic traumatic encephalopathy that can be detected while a patient is still alive, reports the Washington Post . Previously, CTE could... More »

Ex-NFL Player Who Died at 27 Had Advanced CTE

Tyler Sash was at stage of disease rarely seen in someone so young

(Newser) - An ex-New York Giants player who died at the age of 27 in September after accidentally ODing on pain meds suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy—and was at an advanced stage of the brain disease rarely seen in someone so young, the New York Times reports. Dr. Ann McKee, the... More »

Students to BU: Cancel Robin Thicke Show

'Blurred Lines' celebrates sexual violence, group says

(Newser) - Robin Thicke may have had the " song of the summer ," but at least a few Boston University students (and nearly 2,000 people who've signed their petition ) think his "Blurred Lines" is also sexist —and they don't want him performing on campus. Thicke... More »

Strangers' Donations Help BU Student Stay in School

Sophomore turns to GoFundMe site with success

(Newser) - The crowd-funding site GoFundMe has come up big for a Boston University student in danger of having to drop out, reports Business Insider . As a last resort, sophomore Alexis Felix created a page on the site seeking donations when her family could no longer pay her tuition. She hoped other... More »

Boston University Sues Apple Over 1997 Patent

It asks court to stop sales on iPads, iPhones, and MacBook Air

(Newser) - Boston University is asking a court to stop the sales of the iPhone 5, iPad, and MacBook Air, claiming that all those products infringe on a patent filed by one of its professors back in 1997. The patent covers a method of generating blue lasers in a cheap, compact fashion... More »

3rd Victim: 'Senseless Loss of Young Scientist'

Boston University identifies her as Lingzi Lu of China

(Newser) - Boston University has identified the third fatality in the marathon bombings as grad student Lingzi Lu of China, reports the Washington Post . Lu was pursuing her advanced degree in math and statistics after graduating from the Beijing Institute of Technology. "She was well on her way," says the... More »

3rd Boston Victim Is Chinese Grad Student

Her name hasn't been released yet

(Newser) - The third person killed in the Boston Marathon attack was a grad student from China studying at Boston University, the school says at BU Today . The university isn't releasing her name until it gets her family's permission. (China's consulate confirms that one of its citizens was killed,... More »

Supreme Court Takes on Govt. Surveillance Case

Justices reject file-sharing case

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is taking on the heightened government surveillance that's sparked a furor since the 9/11 attacks. Justices will determine the validity of a 2008 law that has allowed the government to keep a closer eye on international communications, the New York Times reports. Activists, lawyers, and journalists... More »

Houston Family's College Bill: $1.5M

Marc and Beverly Ostrofsky have five daughters

(Newser) - Good thing he wrote a bestseller. Houston dad Marc Ostrofsky has tallied up his family's college costs, and "we’re looking at roughly $60,000 to $70,000 per child per year," he tells KHOU . "A total of about $1.5 million after tax dollars."... More »

NZ on Boston U Crash: We Tell Students Not to Drive

Officials will step up warnings for international students

(Newser) - Three Boston University students studying in New Zealand were killed on Saturday when the minivan they were driving in careened off a road and crashed. Officials of the New Zealand university hosting the Boston visitors said they strongly discourage such students from driving because of their unfamiliarity with driving along... More »

3 Boston U Students Die in New Zealand Crash

Another is critically injured

(Newser) - Three Boston University students who were studying in New Zealand were killed today when their minivan crashed. At least five other students from the university were injured in the accident, including one who was in critical condition. The students were traveling in a minivan about 7:30am near the North... More »

Activist Historian Howard Zinn Dies at 87

Professor was early opponent against Vietnam war

(Newser) - Howard Zinn, a Boston University professor who was among the earliest to speak out against US involvement in Vietnam, died today at age 87 after suffering a heart attack. Zinn is perhaps best known for his 1980 book, A People’s History of the United States, in which he eschewed... More »

NFL Finally Admits Concussions Cause Damage

League will now support head injury research it has dismissed

(Newser) - The NFL for the first time acknowledged that concussions have long-term effects yesterday, as it announced a plan to donate $1 million or more to head trauma research. “It’s quite obvious from the medical research that’s been done that concussions can lead to long-term problems,” a... More »

Alzheimer's: Vision May Play a Role

(Newser) - Moments of forgetfulness attributed to Alzheimer’s disease could in fact be caused by a loss of vision, the Boston Globe reports, and new research asserts that cranking up contrast—by using colored dinner plates, for instance—could help. “Let’s say you put keys down on the counter... More »

File Sharing Lawyer's Stunts Shock Peers

'Insane' Nesson posts absolutely everything in copyright case online

(Newser) - Charles Nesson has thrown out the standard playbook in his defense of a Boston University student being sued by the RIAA for file sharing. The storied Harvard Law professor is posting everything related to the case online, including a secretly taped conversation with the judge and opposing counsel, and even... More »

Colleges, Universities Hit by Credit Crisis

Higher ed is heavily invested, needs to reassess plans

(Newser) - Watching their endowments go south, their fundraising slow, and access to credit dry up, many colleges and universities are in crisis-planning mode, the Boston Globe reports. Some schools may have to freeze hiring and halt new construction, as Boston University did Tuesday, or raise tuition. Pricier schools are predicting fewer... More »

This Year's Not-So-Nobel Prizes

Spoof kudos for 'mad' scientist projects

(Newser) - Researchers who proved Diet Coke is an effective spermicide, a nation's declaration that plants have rights, and a study that proved dog fleas can jump higher than cat fleas have won Harvard University's annual Ig Nobel Prizes. The spoof awards recognize projects that "first make people laugh, and then... More »

Athletes to Donate Brains for Concussion Study

New research center studies the effects of concussions

(Newser) - A dozen athletes have agreed to donate their brains to a new research project that will study them for the long-term effects of concussions, the New York Times reports. The Boston University center has already  examined the brains of six deceased NFL players, finding brain damage in five cases. Former... More »

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