Archive: 07/04/2011

Through evolution, cavefish have lost sleep

Cave fish sleep significantly less than their surface counterparts, a finding by New York University biologists that reveals the genes involved in sleep patterns and disorders. Their study, which appears in the journal Current ...

dateApr 07, 2011 in Plants & Animals
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A new way to make reprogrammed stem cells

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have devised a totally new and far more efficient way of generating induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), immature cells that are able to develop into several ...

dateApr 07, 2011 in Cell & Microbiology
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Monitoring system warns of slippery slopes

Doren in the Austrian Bregenzerwald, February 2007: a slope 650 meters long breaks, resulting in a massive slide into the valley below. The nearest residential buildings are very close to the 70-meter-high rim. This barely ...

dateApr 07, 2011 in Earth Sciences
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Chemistry on Mars reveals cooling rate

( -- French researchers from the University of Toulouse have published a paper in Nature, that describes how they used data from NASA's Mars Odyssey (currently orbiting the planet) to ascertain the amount of cooling ...

dateApr 07, 2011 in Space Exploration report
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Einstein@Home detects unusual stellar pair

( -- Neutron stars are quite unique: the material they are made of is packed much more densely than conventional matter. They rotate extremely fast about their own axis, emitting radiation in the process, so they ...

dateApr 07, 2011 in Astronomy
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New drugs from mutant bugs

( -- Scientists from the Universities of Birmingham and Bristol have discovered how marine bacteria join together two antibiotics they make independently to produce a potent chemical that can kill drug-resistant ...

dateApr 07, 2011 in Biochemistry
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