Archive: 04/28/2008

What does it mean to be alive?

Understanding the concept of a “living thing” is a late developmental achievement. Early research by Jean Piaget, showed that kids attribute “life status” to things that move on their own (e.g. clouds or bikes) and ...

Apr 28, 2008
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Are nanobots on their way?

[The first real steps towards building a microscopic device that can construct nano machines have been taken by US researchers. Writing in the peer-reviewed publication, International Journal of Nanomanufacturing from Inders ...

Apr 28, 2008
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For good or ill Ireland gains another mammal species

A recent study, soon to be published in Mammal Review, details the discovery of a mammal which has never been seen before in Ireland. The shrew, which has been spotted in Tipperary and Limerick, is only t ...

Apr 28, 2008
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Regulation of chemical in plastics probed

U.S. congressional Democrats said they are investigating the regulation of a potentially hazardous chemical compound used in baby bottles and other plastics.

Apr 28, 2008
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Bypassing the insulin highway

An immune cell known as a neutrophil releases a protein that can suppress glucose production in the liver –without targeting insulin, researchers have found.

Apr 28, 2008
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