Archive: 05/27/2008

What makes life go at the tropics?

What causes tropical life to thrive: temperature, or sunlight? The answer is not necessarily “both.” According to a study published online this week in PNAS Early Edition, the explosion of species at the tropics has mu ...

dateMay 27, 2008 in
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How buckyballs hurt cells

A new study into the potential health hazards of the revolutionary nano-sized particles known as ‘buckyballs’ predicts that the molecules are easily absorbed into animal cells, providing a possible explanation for how ...

dateMay 27, 2008 in Bio & Medicine
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Scientists create new nanotube structures

Thanks to the rising trend toward miniaturization, carbon nanotubes – which are about 100,000 times thinner than a human hair and possess several unique and very useful properties – have become the choice candidates for ...

dateMay 27, 2008 in Nanophysics
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New cheaper method for mapping disease genes

Scientists at the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet have developed a new DNA-sequencing method that is much cheaper than those currently in use in laboratories. They hope that this new method will make it possible ...

dateMay 27, 2008 in Medical research
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Battling bird flu by the numbers

A pair of Los Alamos National Laboratory theorists have developed a mathematical tool that could help health experts and crisis managers determine in real time whether an emerging infectious disease such as avian influenza ...

dateMay 27, 2008 in Mathematics
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Fighting cancer before tumor grows

Researchers in Heidelberg have discovered a new strategy for an immunization against certain forms of cancer. They have determined that immune cells react strongly to the modified proteins in tumor cells in which a DNA repair ...

dateMay 27, 2008 in Cancer
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