Archive: 10/22/2008

Photo safeguards confidential information

( -- These days you can take a photograph with almost every mobile phone. However, using this sort of photo to protect confidential data and send it safely is something new. Ileana Buhan, a PhD ...

Oct 22, 2008
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The Oddball Hosts of Gamma-ray Bursts

There's a universal tendency to heed Dylan Thomas's exhortation and go out with a bang instead of a whimper. Nowhere is this more evident than deep in the cosmos.

Oct 22, 2008
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Streamlining brain signals for speed and efficacy

Life exists at the edge of chaos, where small changes can have striking and unanticipated effects, and major stimuli may go unheard. But there is no space for ambiguity when the brain needs to transform head motion into precise ...

Oct 22, 2008
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Could brain abnormality predict drug addiction?

( -- Scientists at The University of Nottingham are to use MRI technology to discover whether abnormalities in the decision-making part of the brain could make some people more likely to become addicted to drugs.

Oct 22, 2008
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Scientists unwrap the elements of life

Researchers at Newcastle University have taken a step forward in our understanding of how the fundamental building blocks of life are put together.

Oct 22, 2008
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Seeing a brain as it learns to see

A brain isn't born fully organized. It builds its abilities through experience, making physical connections between neurons and organizing circuits to store and retrieve information in milliseconds for years afterwards.

Oct 22, 2008
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Scientists find new genes linked to lung cancer

Working as part of a multi-institutional collaboration, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have assembled the most complete catalog to date of the genetic changes underlying the most common ...

Oct 22, 2008
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Biologists discover gene behind 'plant sex mystery'

An enigma – unique to flowering plants – has been solved by researchers from the University of Leicester (UK) and POSTECH, South Korea. The discovery is reported in the journal Nature on 23 October 2008. ...

Oct 22, 2008
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