Archive: 08/23/2007

Nasty bacteria need sunlight to do their worst

Certain types of bacteria have sunlight-sensing molecules similar to those found in plants, according to a new study. Surprisingly, at least one species—responsible for causing the flu-like disorder Brucellosis—needs ...

Aug 23, 2007 4.8 / 5 (14) 0

Surgery for severe obesity saves lives

An extensive swedish study from the Sahlgrenska Academy has established that surgery reduces premature death in patients with severe obesity. A long-term follow up has shown that mortality is significantly lower among patients ...

Aug 23, 2007 4.5 / 5 (2) 0

Are civil unions a 600-year-old tradition?

A compelling new study from the September issue of the Journal of Modern History reviews historical evidence, including documents and gravesites, suggesting that homosexual civil unions may have existed six centuries ago in ...

Aug 23, 2007 4.4 / 5 (53) 0

HAWK-I takes off

Europe's flagship ground-based astronomical facility, the ESO VLT, has been equipped with a new 'eye' to study the Universe. Working in the near-infrared, the new instrument - dubbed HAWK-I - covers about ...

Aug 23, 2007 4.7 / 5 (3) 0