Archive: 12/02/2009

Improved test can screen fungal pests for biofuel sources

( -- Those pesky fungi that wreak havoc on such important crops as corn and wheat just might be the key to low-cost biofuel production, report Cornell researchers who have improved a method to screen hundreds ...

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Sticky antibodies block prion disease

( -- Antibodies that stick to a brain prion protein called PrP could be the key to treating prion diseases like variant CJD and preventing people accidentally exposed to prions from going on to develop the fatal ...

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Wild about the evolution of domesticated yeast

( -- It lives all around us and is probably one of the earliest domesticated organisms. Humans have been using it for tens of thousands of years. There is evidence that the Ancient Egyptians used it for baking ...

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Stars cheek by jowl in the early Universe

( -- In the early Universe, some galaxies may have had stars packed together a hundred times more closely than in the present day, according to research by a University of Bonn team to be published in a paper ...

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Astronomers unveiling life's cosmic origins

( -- Processes that laid the foundation for life on Earth -- star and planet formation and the production of complex organic molecules in interstellar space -- are yielding their secrets to astronomers armed with ...

dateFeb 12, 2009 in Space Exploration
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Exploring hidden life’s abundance

( -- Two miles below the surface of the Sargasso Sea lies a depression in the Earth’s crust filled with sediment and, scientists believe, teeming with life — exotic, microscopic, and very likely never before ...

dateFeb 12, 2009 in Earth Sciences
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