Archive: 10/31/2006

Computing catches up with theory

Good science requires great patience. In many fields, ideas and theories surge ahead while the tools to test them can take decades to catch up. When Pe-ter Richardson began talking with colleagues who were ...

Oct 31, 2006
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Fatty fish protects against prostate cancer

Men who eat a lot of fatty fish run a lower risk of prostate cancer, concludes a new research paper from Karolinska Institutet (Sweden). The effect is likely to be attributable to the abundance of omega-3 fatty acids, although ...

Oct 31, 2006
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Study busts water saving myths

A comprehensive scientific study of outdoor water use has found some water saving ideas could actually be urban myths that are wasting thousands of litres each day. The project by the Cooperative Research Centre for Irrigation ...

Oct 31, 2006
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Spider spin doctor says arachnids getting bad rap

Halloween is a time when people don't seem to mind decorating their doorways with spider webs. But during the rest of the year, eight-legged creatures are on the wrong end of some bad press, according to one ...

Oct 31, 2006
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The Spooky Sun

Just in time for Halloween, astronomers have taken a haunting new portrait of the sun. In this color-coded image from the Hinode spacecraft (formerly Solar-B), the sun glows eerily orange as though celebrating ...

Oct 31, 2006
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Tweedle Coat Fashions Stocky Flies

University of California, San Diego biologists have discovered that disruptions in genes they call Tweedles make fruit flies short and stout like Tweedledee and Tweedledum in Alice in Wonderland. They report ...

Oct 31, 2006
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Recovering Pompeii

Artists in ancient Pompeii painted the town red 2,000 years ago with a brilliant crimson pigment that dominated many of the doomed city's wall paintings. Now scientists from France and Italy are reporting in ...

Oct 31, 2006
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Urban sprawl not cause of human sprawl: Study

As health-spending on obesity-related illnesses continues to rise in the United States, many suggest that urban planning geared towards active and healthy living could be an important tool to curb obesity.

Oct 31, 2006
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