Archive: 12/17/2007

A 'gizmo' that saves lives

When Javier Rodriguez Molina visited the Atocha Train Station Memorial in Madrid last summer, the Barcelona native felt a great sadness for the victims of the 11 March 2004 Madrid train bombings. But he also ...

dateDec 17, 2007 in Engineering
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Toward improving the safety of Lithium-ion batteries

After recalls and fires involving Lithium-ion batteries, battery manufacturers and scientists have launched an intensive effort to improve the safety of these rechargeable power packs found in dozens of consumer electronics ...

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A faster, simpler test for disease biomarkers

In an advance toward earlier diagnosis of cancer and other disorders, scientists are reporting development of a potentially fast, simple and inexpensive blood test to detect disease “biomarkers.” The study is scheduled ...

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Moderate exercise cuts rate of metabolic syndrome

Research from Duke University Medical Center shows that even a modest amount of brisk walking weekly is enough to trim waistlines and cut the risk of metabolic syndrome (MetS), an increasingly frequent condition linked to ...

dateDec 17, 2007 in Health
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Researchers reveal the science of shivering

Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University’s Neurological Sciences Institute have uncovered the system that tells the body when to perform one of its most basic defenses against the cold: shivering. The scientists ...

dateDec 17, 2007 in Medical research
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Cat fleas' journey into the vacuum is a 'one-way trip'

Homeowners dogged by household fleas need look no farther than the broom closet to solve their problem. Scientists have determined that vacuuming kills fleas in all stages of their lives, with an average of 96 percent success ...

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Two new mammals found in Indonesian 'lost world'

A tiny possum and a giant rat were recorded by scientists as probable new species on a recent expedition to Indonesia’s remote and virtually unknown “Lost World” in the pristine wilderness of western ...

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New report estimates 12 million cancer deaths worldwide

A new American Cancer Society report estimates that there will be over 12 million new cancer cases and 7.6 million cancer deaths (about 20,000 cancer deaths a day) worldwide in 2007. The estimate comes from the first-ever ...

dateDec 17, 2007 in Cancer
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