Archive: 12/21/2007

NASA Delays Mars Scout Mission to 2013

NASA announced today that the next mission in the Mars Scout program, originally planned for launch in 2011, is now targeted for launch in 2013. The schedule slip is because of an organizational conflict of interest that ...

Dec 21, 2007
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Food quality can re-wire young appetite control

A University of Alberta researcher has discovered evidence that suggests the part of our brain that controls appetite changes along with our diets during infancy - a fact that could lead to a greater understanding of childhood ...

Dec 21, 2007
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Why Are Pygmies Short?

The question is controversial. Traditional explanations attribute pygmies' small stature to minimizing caloric requirements and walking in dense forests. However, a new study by researchers at the University ...

Dec 21, 2007 feature
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Surgery without stitches

A thin polymer bio-film that seals surgical wounds could make sutures a relic of medical history. Measuring just 50 microns thick, the film is placed on a surgical wound and exposed to an infrared laser, which heats the film ...

Dec 21, 2007
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Putting the brakes on bike thieves

Technology being developed at the University of Leeds could put the brakes on bicycle thieves and may also be useful in flagging suspicious events in public places.

Dec 21, 2007
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A helping hand from the grandparents

A team of scientists led by the University of East Anglia has discovered the existence of ‘grandparent’ helpers in the Seychelles warbler – the first time this behaviour, which rarely occurs except in humans, has been ...

Dec 21, 2007
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Number of conflicts in the world no longer declining

The trend toward fewer conflicts reported by peace researchers since the early 1990s now seems to have been broken. This is shown in the latest annual report “States in Armed Conflict,” from the Uppsala Conflict Data ...

Dec 21, 2007
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The Library of Congress in your wrist watch?

Every advance in memory storage devices presents a new marvel of just how much memory can be squeezed into very small spaces. Considering the potential of nanolasers being developed in Sakhrat Khizroev’s lab at the University ...

Dec 21, 2007
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