Archive: 09/22/2006

Research breakthrough for the protein factories of tomorrow

Using a kind of molecular ‘hip joint operation,’ researchers at Uppsala University have succeeded in replacing a natural amino acid in a protein with an artificial one. This step forward opens the possibility of creating ...

dateSep 22, 2006 in
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Surprises from the Edge of the Solar System

Almost every day, the great antennas of NASA's Deep Space Network turn to a blank patch of sky in the constellation Ophiuchus. Pointing at nothing, or so it seems, they invariably pick up a signal, faint but ...

dateSep 22, 2006 in Astronomy
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When nerve cells can’t make contact

Using an animal model, brain researchers in Göttingen have examined the effects of mutations that cause autism in humans. These are mutations in the genes which carry the building instructions for proteins ...

dateSep 22, 2006 in Genetics
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Satellites reveal that green means rain in Africa

Scientists from the NERC – funded Climate and Land Surface Interactions Centre (CLASSIC) have found that the presence of green vegetation has a major influence on the amount of rain that falls in the Sahel region of Africa, ...

dateSep 22, 2006 in Earth Sciences
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Lighting up the heart

A major breakthrough in research could lead to improved recovery of the heart when it is re-started after a heart attack or cardiac surgery.

dateSep 22, 2006 in Medical research
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