Archive: 04/25/2008

Probing question: Why do whales beach themselves?

Whales are the largest marine mammals in the world — the smallest species weigh in at several tons. When whales beach themselves, they can die simply from the crushing weight of their own bodies or from overheating due ...

Apr 25, 2008
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New Properties Discovered for Nanotube Sheets

A team of nanotechnologists at The University of Texas at Dallas, along with Brazilian collaborators, have discovered that sheets of carbon nanotubes can produce bizarre mechanical properties when stretched ...

Apr 25, 2008
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Opening a channel for salt retention

A research team has developed the first small molecule that can reversibly activate a key protein involved in balancing sodium levels, paving the way for drugs that can treat low blood pressure and related conditions.

Apr 25, 2008
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Good nutrition starts early

You are what you eat, as the old saying goes. Maybe so, but increasingly researchers are finding that you are also what your mother ate – maternal nutrition has profound consequences on the health of offspring.

Apr 25, 2008
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Northern lights glimmer with unexpected trait

An international team of scientists has detected that some of the glow of Earth’s aurora is polarized, an unexpected state for such emissions. Measurements of this newfound polarization in the Northern Lights may provide ...

Apr 25, 2008
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