Archive: 06/30/2008

Using a light touch to measure protein bonds

MIT researchers have developed a novel technique to measure the strength of the bonds between two protein molecules important in cell machinery: Gently tugging them apart with light beams.

Jun 30, 2008
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Researchers use supercomputer to track pathways in myoglobin

Some 50 years ago, after decades of effort, John Kendrew determined the structure of the small globular protein, myoglobin, which is responsible for oxygen storage in cells. For this discovery, he shared the ...

Jun 30, 2008
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Research yields pricey chemicals from biodiesel waste

In a move that promises to change the economics of biodiesel refining, chemical engineers at Rice University have unveiled a set of techniques for cleanly converting problematic biofuels waste into chemicals that fetch a ...

Jun 30, 2008
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To sing like Shakira, press '1' now

Vibrato -- the pulsating change of pitch in a singer's voice -- is an important aspect of a singer's expression, used extensively by both classical opera singers and pop stars like Shakira. Usually, the quality of a vibrato ...

Jun 30, 2008
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Antiretroviral therapy as HIV prevention strategy

The widespread use of highly active antiretroviral therapy may reduce the incidence of HIV in individuals and populations but has been overlooked by public health as a prevention strategy, write Dr. Julio Montaner and colleagues ...

Jun 30, 2008
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Watermelon may have Viagra-effect

A cold slice of watermelon has long been a Fourth of July holiday staple. But according to recent studies, the juicy fruit may be better suited for Valentine's Day.

Jun 30, 2008
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