Archive: 04/23/2008

Mechanisms of memory identified

Our ability to remember the objects, places and people within our environment is essential for everyday life, although the importance of this is only fully appreciated when recognition memory beings to fail, ...

Apr 23, 2008
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Spouses as campaign surrogates

Spouses of presidential candidates are employed in campaigns more strategically and intensively than ever before. New research by political scientists concludes that the ability of presidential and vice-presidential candidates’ ...

Apr 23, 2008
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Praise = money?

Why are we nice to others? One answer provided by social psychologists is because it pays off. A social psychological theory stated that we do something nice to others for a good reputation or social approval just like we ...

Apr 23, 2008
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Nanotubes grown straight in large numbers

Duke University chemists have found a way to grow long, straight cylinders only a few atoms thick in very large numbers, removing a major roadblock in the pursuit of nano-scale electronics.

Apr 23, 2008
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New source for biofuels discovered

A newly created microbe produces cellulose that can be turned into ethanol and other biofuels, report scientists from The University of Texas at Austin who say the microbe could provide a significant portion ...

Apr 23, 2008
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Integration: A centuries-old issue

When can a person be regarded as a full and equal citizen of a country? Is a double nationality possible and what advantages does it offer a newcomer? These questions were already contemplated in ancient Rome. The Italian ...

Apr 23, 2008
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Nanobacteria - Are They Alive?

Tiny particles called nanobacteria have intrigued researchers in many ways since their discovery 20 years ago, but perhaps the most controversial question they pose is whether or not they are alive.

Apr 23, 2008 feature
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First-class protein crystals thanks to weightlessness on earth

Dutch chemist Paul Poodt has developed two attractive alternatives for allowing protein crystals to grow under weightless conditions. If the crystals are grown upside down in a strong magnetic field, fluid flows that disrupt ...

Apr 23, 2008
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