Archive: 05/29/2008

Mars probe Phoenix flexes robotic arm

NASA's Phoenix Mars lander flexed its robotic arm Thursday in a successful test of the key element in the probe's mission to investigate the Red Planet's soil for conditions conducive to life, NASA said.

May 29, 2008
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A molecular switch turns on the flame in 'nature's blowtorch'

Uncontrolled reaction of organic compounds with oxygen is easy: we call it fire. But nature often needs to do oxidations very specifically, adding oxygen to a particular carbon atom in a complicated molecule without disturbing ...

May 29, 2008
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Quality of life predicts cancer survival

Head and neck cancer patients who reported lower physical quality of life were more likely to die from their disease, according to a new study from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. The findings could ...

May 29, 2008
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Google Health: A time saver, but privacy slayer?

Two giants in the online world, Microsoft and Google, have released web-based applications to manage health records. And while these programs could make managing your health records easier, experts wonder about the effect ...

May 29, 2008
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Scientists Hold Seance for Supernova

Astronomers have unearthed secrets from the grave of a star that blasted apart in a supernova explosion long ago. By decoding ghostly echoes of light traveling away from the remains of a supernova called Cassiopeia ...

May 29, 2008
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Green firms rewarded by financial markets

When a company improves its environmental performance, it is common to think that the accompanying economic improvements are based on the company's more efficient use of resources. However,

May 29, 2008
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Appealing the death sentence for brain cells

A new drug candidate discovered by Tel Aviv University researcher Prof. Illana Gozes may lead to an effective treatment against the debilitative Alzheimer's disease. This compound could also treat a number of diseases where ...

May 29, 2008
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No sex, but plenty of gene transfer

Where do you get your genes? If you are an animal, you inherit them from your parents at the moment of conception, and that's about it. No later incorporation of environmental DNA for you, unless you become ...

May 29, 2008
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