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Using heat to beat toxins

Researchers have developed a promising way to cleanse the environment of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) – some of the most insidious toxins known to humans.

dateSep 17, 2013 in Environment
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Microbes welcome protected habitat

A pond in Salzburg has been granted nature conservation status due to its unusually diverse population of ciliates. As the results of an Austrian Science Fund FWF research project show, this small water body is home to an ...

dateAug 26, 2013 in Ecology
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Chlamydia promotes gene mutations

Chlamydia trachomatis is a human pathogen that is the leading cause of bacterial sexually transmitted disease worldwide with more than 90 million new cases of genital infections occurring each year. About ...

dateJun 20, 2013 in Cell & Microbiology
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Why don't beetles freeze in the winter?

For 37 years, Queen's University Biochemistry professor Peter Davies has been unraveling the mystery of why some organisms including insects and fish don't freeze in the winter. His research into insect antifreeze protein ...

dateMay 14, 2013 in Biochemistry
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Cell biology: Flushing out fats

The Wip1 protein is important for survival, but mutations that inactivate it carry some surprising features. "A lack of Wip1 results in an excessive immune reaction to infectious organisms, in some cases ...

dateDec 19, 2012 in Cell & Microbiology
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Protecting US troops against sand flies

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are helping deployed American troops protect themselves against sand flies, which are major pests in Afghanistan, Africa and the Middle East.

dateNov 19, 2012 in Other
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Italian super-eruption larger than thought

Recent research suggested that the super-eruption of the Campi Flegrei caldera volcano in southern Italy about 40,000 years ago may have played a part in wiping out, or forcing the migration of, the Neanderthal and modern ...

dateJun 18, 2012 in Earth Sciences
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China sets up rare earths industry group

(AP) -- China has set up a rare earths industry association to fend off trade complaints and help regulate the sector that is critical to global high-tech manufacturing.

dateApr 09, 2012 in Business
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Japan, US, EU discuss rare earth supply security

(AP) -- Officials from the United States, the European Union and Japan are pledging to work closer together on ways to ensure secure supplies of strategically vital rare earths and other critical materials.

dateMar 28, 2012 in Business
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Japan, US, and EU to meet on rare earths

Japan said Wednesday it will host the European Union and United States at a meeting on developing alternatives for rare earths as Chinese controls on the key minerals raise fears of a supply squeeze.

dateMar 21, 2012 in Business
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