Archive: 16/06/2009

Hungry cells

People who suffer from Peutz-Jeghers syndrome, a rare inherited cancer syndrome, develop gastrointestinal polyps and are predisposed to colon cancer and other tumor types. Carefully tracing the cellular chain-of-command that ...

dateJun 16, 2009 in Cancer
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Gating the tides in yeast

Water is a crucial ingredient for life, but its level inside cells must be carefully regulated to maintain proper cell shape and size. In this week's issue of the open access journal PLoS Biology, scientists from the University ...

dateJun 16, 2009 in Cell & Microbiology
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Carl Linnaeus invented the index card

As a consequence of overseas discoveries, early modern scientists faced serious information overload. The sheer amount of exotic, hitherto unknown species reaching the shores of Europe forced naturalists to reconsider the ...

dateJun 16, 2009 in Plants & Animals
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MIT slows concrete creep to a crawl

MIT civil engineers have for the first time identified what causes the most frequently used building material on earth — concrete — to gradually deform, decreasing its durability and shortening the lifespan of infrastructures ...

dateJun 16, 2009 in Engineering
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