Archive: 11/21/2010

In Brief: New drug slims down mice

A treatment that blocks the action of ghrelin—a peptide that has been called a "hunger hormone" -- leads to weight loss and other beneficial metabolic effects in mice, according to new research.

dateNov 21, 2010 in Medical research
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Simple rubber device mimics complex bird songs

For centuries, hunters have imitated their avian prey by whistling through their fingers or by carving wooden bird calls. Now a team of physicists at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has reproduced many of ...

dateNov 21, 2010 in General Physics
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Genes link puberty timing and body fat in women

Scientists have discovered 30 new genes that control the age of sexual maturation in women. Notably, many of these genes also act on body weight regulation or biological pathways related to fat metabolism. The study, which ...

dateNov 21, 2010 in Genetics
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Tigers could be extinct in 12 years if unprotected

(AP) -- Wild tigers could become extinct in 12 years if countries where they still roam fail to take quick action to protect their habitats and step up the fight against poaching, global wildlife experts ...

dateNov 21, 2010 in Ecology
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Britain considering plain cigarette packs

Tobacco companies could be forced to sell cigarettes in plain grey or brown packaging in Britain in an attempt to deter youngsters from taking up smoking, the health secretary suggested Sunday.

dateNov 21, 2010 in Health
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