Archive: 03/02/2011

Birth of a baby planet

(PhysOrg.com) -- University of Sydney astronomer, Professor Peter Tuthill, is one of an international team of astronomers who have announced a major step forward in the quest to find planets in orbit around ...

Mar 02, 2011
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Turning bacteria into butanol biofuel factories

(PhysOrg.com) -- While ethanol is today's major biofuel, researchers aim to produce fuels more like gasoline. Butanol is the primary candidate, now produced primarily by Clostridium bacteria. UC Berkeley chemist ...

Mar 02, 2011
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Space image: On approach

After a very cloudy day at Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England, the skies cleared to allow a view of this stunning pass of the ISS and Discovery on Feb. 26, 2011.

Mar 02, 2011
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Smoking, couch-potato lifestyles boost cancer risks

Two studies released on Wednesday highlighted the risks and benefits of lifestyle choices in combatting cancer, showing the dangers of smoking for post-menopausal women and exercise's protective effect on the bowel.

Mar 02, 2011
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Facebook walls boost self-esteem, finds study

(PhysOrg.com) -- "Mirror, mirror on the wall/Who in the land is fairest of all?" But unlike Snow White's Queen, many people don't feel better after gazing at their wall mirror. Facebook walls, on the other hand, can have ...

Mar 02, 2011
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STAR TRAK for March 2011

Mercury will make its best evening appearance of the year in March. It will become visible to the unaided eye during the second week of the month about 40 minutes after sunset, almost directly below much brighter ...

Mar 02, 2011
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Missing molecule raises diabetes risk in humans

(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego say an evolutionary gene mutation that occurred in humans millions of years ago and our ...

Mar 02, 2011
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Leonardo attached to Space Station

After a flawless launch last Thursday and a textbook docking on Saturday, the Space Shuttle today delivered the European-built Leonardo Permanent Multipurpose Module to the International Space Station.

Mar 02, 2011
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Merck says US rejects its MS drug

German pharmaceutical group Merck KgaA said Wednesday that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has refused to approve use of its multiple sclerosis treatment Cladribine.

Mar 02, 2011
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