Archive: 01/14/2008

New buffer resists pH change, even as temperature drops

Researchers at the University of Illinois have found a simple solution to a problem that has plagued scientists for decades: the tendency of chemical buffers used to maintain the pH of laboratory samples to lose their efficacy ...

Jan 14, 2008
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Russian fuel flows in Jules Verne's veins

Fuelling of the Jules Verne Automated Transfer Vehicle has started at Europe’s Spaceport. ATV is being loaded with Russian refuelling propellant destined for the International Space Station. After a month ...

Jan 14, 2008
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Solving the mystery of the metallic sheen of fish

The bright, metallic sheen of fish skin — source of endless fascination for fishermen and aquarium owners — is due to a sophisticated system of crystals that enhance light reflection and may help fish ...

Jan 14, 2008
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Heavy metal slips down UK air quality charts

Air quality in the UK has improved significantly over the last 25 years according to a report published by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL). Monitoring at 17 testing sites around the UK shows a fall in the presence ...

Jan 14, 2008
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Starfish outbreak threatens corals

Outbreaks of the notorious crown of thorns starfish now threaten the “coral triangle,” the richest center of coral reef biodiversity on Earth, according to recent surveys by the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife ...

Jan 14, 2008
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Ground beef products are recalled

The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall of 188,000 pounds of ground beef products due to possible contamination.

Jan 14, 2008
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Fibromyalgia drug sparks debate

Pfizer heralded the effectiveness of its newly approved fibromyalgia treatment, Lyrica, as some U.S. doctors question the very existence of the condition.

Jan 14, 2008
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