Archive: 02/11/2008

At last a machine with good taste -- for espresso

Can a machine taste coffee? The question has plagued scientists studying the caffeinated beverage for decades. Fortunately, researchers in Switzerland can now answer with a resounding “yes.” The study on their coffee-tasting ...

Feb 11, 2008
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'Recordable' proteins as next-generation memory storage materials

Move over, compact discs, DVDs, and hard drives. Researchers in Japan report progress toward developing a new protein-based memory device that could provide an alternative to conventional magnetic and optical storage systems, ...

Feb 11, 2008
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Why youth hostel showers are like the stock market

Diversity keeps you warm. At least that is true while you're having a shower in youth hostels. If you like, this sums up the research project just published by scientists from the Universities of Fribourg and Bonn. Their ...

Feb 11, 2008
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Ignition locks reduce DWIs

Interlocks, breath-testing devices that prevent a vehicle’s ignition from starting if the driver is above a preset blood alcohol limit, can dramatically reduce driving-while-impaired (DWIs) offenses among first-time offenders, ...

Feb 11, 2008
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Anti-cancer drug damages brain vessels

New research may help explain why an anti-cancer drug causes potentially fatal brain inflammation in certain patients. Scientists at Harvard Medical School mimicked the drug's activity in mice and found that it damaged the ...

Feb 11, 2008
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Greener extraction of one of nature's whitest minerals

From medicine to make-up, plastics to paper - hardly a day goes by when we don't use titanium dioxide. Now researchers at the University of Leeds have developed a simpler, cheaper and greener method of extracting higher yields ...

Feb 11, 2008
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Artificial sweeteners linked to weight gain

Want to lose weight? It might help to pour that diet soda down the drain. Researchers have laboratory evidence that the widespread use of no-calorie sweeteners may actually make it harder for people to control their intake ...

Feb 11, 2008
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Light echoes whisper the distance to a star

Taking advantage of the presence of light echoes, a team of astronomers have used an ESO telescope to measure, at the 1% precision level, the distance of a Cepheid - a class of variable stars that constitutes ...

Feb 11, 2008
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