Archive: 12/19/2007

The appeal of the underdog

In a series of studies, researchers Joseph A. Vandello, Nadav P. Goldschmied, and David A. R. Richards (of the University of South Florida) tested the scope of people’s support for those who are expected to lose, seeking ...

Dec 19, 2007
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High-Fat, High-Carb Meal More Destructive to the Obese

Eating a high-fat, high-carbohydrate meal causes oxidative stress and release of proinflammatory factors into the blood stream, resulting in damage the blood-vessel lining, which sets the stage for plaque formation and vessel ...

Dec 19, 2007
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Heart attack risk from smoking due to genetics

Heart attacks among cigarette smokers may have less to do with tobacco than genetics. A common defect in a gene controlling cholesterol metabolism boosts smokers’ risk of an early heart attack, according to a new study ...

Dec 19, 2007
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Seabed microbe study leads to low-cost power, light for the poor

A Harvard biology professor’s fascination with seafloor microbes has led to the development of a revolutionary, low-cost power system consuming garbage, compost, and other waste that could provide light for the developing ...

Dec 19, 2007
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Gone Missing CDs: Personal & Financial Data Solutions

The collaborative efforts of Hitachi, NTT and Tokyo University have come up with means to protect secure data stored on CDs. The problem is illustrated by recent gone missing CDs, holding citizens private ...

Dec 19, 2007 weblog
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Nylon reveals its antibiotic powers

Nylon, we know, is incredibly versatile, strong and resilient. Now, it may be possible to add antibiotic powers to the list of qualities for the wonder synthetic material.

Dec 19, 2007
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Size doesn't matter to fighting fiddler crabs

A person’s home may be their castle and in the world of the fiddler crabs having the home advantage makes it a near certainty that you’ll win a battle against an intruder – regardless of your opponent’s size.

Dec 19, 2007
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