Archive: 29/10/2010

Less feather pecking with bitter spray

Feather pecking among chickens can be reduced by half if their feathers are sprayed with a bitter substance. Unfortunately, pecking cannot be corrected, says Bas Rodenburg of the Animal Breeding and Genomics Centre of Wageningen ...

dateOct 29, 2010 in Other
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Is the ice at the South Pole melting?

The change in the ice mass covering Antarctica is a critical factor in global climate events. Scientists at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences have now found that the year by year mass variations in the western ...

dateOct 29, 2010 in Earth Sciences
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Delivering the virtual cell to the world

Although he trained as a medical doctor, Dr. Ion Moraru’s only patients now are computers, tasked to perform a host of incredibly sophisticated computing chores for a growing number of laboratories and departments at ...

dateOct 29, 2010 in Computer Sciences
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Getting around gene loss

Genes ‘knocked out’ experimentally in metabolic networks of the model plant species, Arabidopsis thaliana (Fig. 1), are compensated for by duplicate genes or alternative synthetic pathways, according to research ...

dateOct 29, 2010 in Biotechnology
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A milestone for molecular beams

(PhysOrg.com) -- When we think of molecular collisions, we often consider massive colliders, like the LHC, sending particles smashing into each other at very high energies. While this is interesting work, it’s not the ...

dateOct 29, 2010 in General Physics feature
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