Archive: 12/20/2006

What light from yonder neutron breaks?

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and four universities have made the first experimental observation of rare particles of light emitted during the radioactive decay of the ...

dateDec 20, 2006 in General Physics
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Researcher turns turkey away from the dark side

"White meat or dark?" That question, now as much a part of holiday traditions as rum and eggnog, will be asked again and again at dinner tables this Christmas, as carving knifes prepare to slice into the bird's crisp skin.

dateDec 20, 2006 in Other
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Buildup of damaged DNA in cells drives aging

The accumulation of genetic damage in our cells is a major contributor to how we age, according to a study being published today in the journal Nature by an international group of researchers. The study found that mice c ...

dateDec 20, 2006 in Genetics
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New ergonomic backpack lightens the load

An MBL (Marine Biological Laboratory) biomechanics expert has invented an ergonomic backpack that uses rubber bands to reduce the effects of heavy loads on shoulders and joints and permits wearers to run more comfortably ...

dateDec 20, 2006 in Other
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Oldest animal fossils may have been giant bacteria

The oldest-known animal eggs and embryos, whose first pictures made the cover of Nature in 1998, were so small they looked like bugs – which, it now appears, they may have been.

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How learning influences smell

The smell of an odor is not merely a result of chemical detection but is also influenced by what the smeller learns about the odor. Now, researchers have discovered how such "perceptual learning" about an odor influences ...

dateDec 20, 2006 in Medical research
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