Archive: 10/23/2008

Origin of root offshoots revealed

VIB researchers at Ghent University (Belgium) have discovered the substance that governs the formation of root offshoots in plants, and how it works. Root offshoots are vitally important for plants – and for farmers. Plants ...

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The Case of the Missing Gamma-ray Bursts

Gamma-ray bursts are by far the brightest and most powerful explosions in the Universe, second only to the Big Bang itself. So it might seem a bit surprising that a group of them has gone missing.

dateOct 23, 2008 in Astronomy
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Sensitive ultrasound to spot early-stage cancer

(PhysOrg.com) -- European researchers have developed highly sensitive ultrasound equipment that can detect tiny quantities of reflective microbubbles engineered to stick to specific tumour cells. The technique should pick ...

dateOct 23, 2008 in Cancer
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Green Tea May Delay Onset of Type 1 Diabetes

A powerful antioxidant in green tea may prevent or delay the onset of type 1 diabetes, Medical College of Georgia researchers say. Researchers were testing EGCG, green tea's predominant antioxidant, in a laboratory ...

dateOct 23, 2008 in Health
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Protein compass guides amoebas toward their prey

(PhysOrg.com) -- Amoebas glide toward their prey with the help of a protein switch that controls a molecular compass, biologists at the University of California, San Diego have discovered.

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First gene for clubfoot identified

Clubfoot, one of the most common birth defects, has long been thought to have a genetic component. Now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis report they have found the first gene linked to ...

dateOct 23, 2008 in Genetics
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Chemists Devise Devises Self Assembling 'Organic Wire'

(PhysOrg.com) -- From pacemakers constructed of materials that so closely mimic human tissues that a patient's body can't discern the difference to devices that bypass injured spinal cords to restore movement to paralyzed ...

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