Archive: 10/05/2010

Fish oil linked to increased risk of colon cancer in mice

Fish oil – long encouraged by doctors as a supplement to support heart and joint health, among other benefits – induced severe colitis and colon cancer in mice in research led by Michigan State University and published ...

Oct 05, 2010
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Is your job making you fat?

Working nine-to-five may be the way to make a living, but it may be padding more than the wallet. According to a new study from the Université de Montréal, office-workers have become less active over the last three ...

Oct 05, 2010
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The effects of hydrogen on growing carbon nanotubes

Carbon nanotubes -- long, hollow cylinders of carbon billionths of a meter in diameter -- have many potential uses in nanotechnology, optics, electronics, and many other fields. The exact properties of nanotubes depend on ...

Oct 05, 2010
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Model unfolds proteins gently

Protein molecules inside cells are constantly reorganizing themselves, driven by very tiny forces exerted by all the other molecules in their crowded environment. Most experimental techniques and theoretical/computational ...

Oct 05, 2010
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Mice with human body's defenses

Therapeutic antibodies can be an efficient alternative when common drugs do not work anymore. However, antibodies obtained from blood of animals such as mice could not be used: The human immune system recognizes them as ...

Oct 05, 2010
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Anti-tumor drugs tested by microfluidic device

A prototype device developed in Hong Kong will allow laboratory researchers to non-invasively test drugs for their ability to kill tumors by subjecting cancerous cells with different concentration gradients. The new device ...

Oct 05, 2010
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For future chips, smaller must also be better

The explosion of portable communication devices that we enjoy today -- such as cell and smart phones, Bluetooth hands-free units, and wireless Internet networks -- has resulted in part from the development of a wide variety ...

Oct 05, 2010
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Bricks made with wool

Spanish and Scottish researchers have added wool fibres to the clay material used to make bricks and combined these with an alginate, a natural polymer extracted from seaweed. The result is bricks that are ...

Oct 05, 2010
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Blind inventors revolutionize computer access

For many blind people, computers are inaccessible. It can cost upwards of $1000 to purchase "screen reader" software, but two blind computer programmers from Australia have solved this problem.

Oct 05, 2010
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