Archive: 5/02/2009

Green Comet Approaches Earth

In 1996, a 7-year-old boy in China bent over the eyepiece of a small telescope and saw something that would change his life--a comet of flamboyant beauty, bright and puffy with an active tail. At first he thought he himself ...

dateFeb 05, 2009 in Space Exploration
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A natural, alternative insect repellent to DEET

Isolongifolenone, a natural compound found in the Tauroniro tree (Humiria balsamifera) of South America, has been found to effectively deter biting of mosquitoes and to repel ticks, both of which are known spreaders of diseases ...

dateFeb 05, 2009 in Environment
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Measuring molecules to improve drug design

( -- CSIRO has patented an improved microscopy method for measuring the shapes and sizes of proteins which could help scientists create new pharmaceuticals that are a better match for the proteins they target.

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Sea level rise could be worse than anticipated

If global warming some day causes the West Antarctic Ice Sheet to collapse, as many experts believe it could, the resulting sea level rise in much of the United States and other parts of the world would be significantly higher ...

dateFeb 05, 2009 in Earth Sciences
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