Archive: 1/02/2010

Live long and prosper, Xanthoria elegans

( -- Space is a hostile environment for living things, but small organisms on the Expose-E experiment unit outside Europe's Columbus ISS laboratory module have resisted the solar UV radiation, cosmic rays, vacuum ...

dateFeb 01, 2010 in Space Exploration
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Virus pulls bait and switch on insect vectors

A common plant virus lures aphids to infected plants by making the plants more attractive, but when the insects taste the plant, they quickly leave for tastier, healthier ones. In the process, the insects rapidly transmit ...

dateFeb 01, 2010 in Plants & Animals
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Loss of 'guardian angel' gene prompts premature birth

Mutation of a gene that helps protect the body from genetic instability leads to cellular and molecular changes in the pregnant uterus that trigger premature birth, according to a study appearing online Feb. 1 in the Journal ...

dateFeb 01, 2010 in Cancer
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Perfectly shaped solid components

( -- When metals are shaped, the materials they are made of are often damaged in the process. One cause of this is excessive press force, which cracks and perforates the material. By running simulations on a PC, ...

dateFeb 01, 2010 in Engineering
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Children of Spanish-speaking moms watch less TV

Young children of Hispanic mothers whose dominant language is Spanish spend less time in front of the TV than children whose mothers speak mostly English, according to research led by investigators at Johns Hopkins Children's ...

dateFeb 01, 2010 in Health
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