Archive: 11/29/2007

Oosight microscope enables embryonic stem cell breakthrough

A noninvasive, polarized light microscope invented at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) played a crucial role in a recent breakthrough in embryonic stem-cell research aimed at developing medical therapies.

Nov 29, 2007
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Helium isotopes point to new sources of geothermal energy

In a survey of the northern Basin and Range province of the western United States, geochemists Mack Kennedy of the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Matthijs van Soest of Arizona ...

Nov 29, 2007
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Australian scientists identify crucial barley gene

Adelaide scientists have identified the major gene responsible for boron toxicity tolerance in barley, allowing breeders to select with 100% accuracy barley varieties that are tolerant to boron. The findings have today been ...

Nov 29, 2007
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A Particle of a Different Flavor?

Just as chocolate ice cream never spontaneously becomes strawberry or vanilla, leptons—electrons, muons and taus—are supposed to conserve their "flavor," or family.

Nov 29, 2007
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World’s largest laser picks up the pace

With their target completion date just a year and a half away, scientists and technicians at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) are quickening their pace to install and test the rest of NIF’s 192 lasers ...

Nov 29, 2007
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Drug Boosts Platelets in Hepatitis C Patients

It's not a cure, but this may be some of the best news patients infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) have heard in a long time: A new drug, eltrombopag, appears to be effective in boosting low platelet counts, one of ...

Nov 29, 2007
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Study finds seasonal seas save corals with 'tough love'

Finally, some good news about the prospects of coral reefs in the age of climate change. According to a new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society, corals may actually survive rising ocean temperatures ...

Nov 29, 2007
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Scientists solve cosmological puzzle

Researchers using supercomputer simulations have exposed a very violent and critical relationship between interstellar gas and dark matter when galaxies are born – one that has been largely ignored by the ...

Nov 29, 2007
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