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McDonald's recalls Shrek glasses due to potential cadmium risk — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced…
Hogchoker - the new Internet star — A small flatfish living along the coast of North America is the…
Cancer deaths are projected to double by 2030 — Cancer deaths are projected to double in the next two decades.…

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Wasps clock faces like humans — Face recognition in golden paper wasps may be an adaptation to…
Entangled diamonds vibrate together — Objects big enough for the eye to see have been placed in a weirdly…
How animals predict earthquakes — Animals may sense chemical changes in groundwater that occur…
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News | Archive (4 December 2008)

Archived news stories published on 4 December 2008 [chronologically, reverse order]
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New pterodactyl discovered in Sahara
New pterodactyl discovered in Sahara — With the help of ancient fossils unearthed in the Sahara desert, scientists have identified a new type of pterosaur (giant…
GTRI researchers design and test microfabricated planar ion traps
GTRI researchers design and test microfabricated planar ion traps — Despite a steady improvement in the speed of conventional computers during the last few decades, certain types of problems…
Nine new species for disappearing handfish family
Nine new species for disappearing handfish family — Nine new species of handfish have been described by CSIRO in research that highlights an urgent need to better understand…
Global warming's influence on El Nino still unknown
Global warming's influence on El Nino still unknown — The climate of the Pacific region will undergo significant changes as atmospheric temperatures rise but scientists can not…

Loving the addict

— 22:42 GMT | Health

There's been a fair bit of study on people who are addicted, but what about the people who love and care for the addicted? What's it like for them? That's what occurred to master's student Stephanie Wood as she was doing her internship at Capital District Health Authority's Addiction Prevention and Treatment Services. She recalls standing beside her supervisor as she conversed with someone - 'and I started to think, 'I wonder what his family is going through?''…

Myth about 'dirty old men' supported by science

— 22:42 GMT | Health

Middle-aged men want younger women, often touting their intelligence and their high income. This is shown in research at Gothenburg University and Oxford University that studied 400 lonely hearts ads to see how men and women choose partners…

Well-armed immune cells help long-term nonprogressors contain HIV

— 22:42 GMT | Health

To help develop an effective HIV vaccine, researchers are trying to better understand how the immune systems of a small minority of HIV-infected people known as long-term non-progressors (LTNPs) contain the virus naturally. CD8+ T cells, which kill cells infected with HIV, enable LTNPs to control HIV, but it has been unclear how CD8+ T cells mediate that control so effectively. A new report shows that the ability to stockpile two molecular weapons makes the HIV-specific CD8+ T cells of LTNPs superior cellular killers…

Collaboration of soloists makes the best science

— 22:42 GMT | Technology

For the success of a major research university, which is better: large, well-funded laboratory empires with many investigators working toward the same end, or the individual scientist toiling alone in his own laboratory or at his own desk?…

ABB selects IBM as hosting provider for information system

— 22:42 GMT | Technology

IBM and leading power equipment manufacturer, ABB, have signed a three-year contract for hosting services for ABB's SAP information system in Russia…

Drug and alcohol abuse double risk of ICU admission

— 22:42 GMT | Health

While the personal health and safety risks of drug and alcohol abuse are well-documented, a new study by researchers at LDS Hospital and Brigham Young University suggests substance dependence increases medical costs by way of the intensive care unit…

Extraordinary immune cells may hold the key to managing HIV

— 22:42 GMT | Health

People who manage to control HIV on their own are providing scientists with valuable information about how the immune system eliminates virus-infected cells. A new study, published in the 4th December issue of Immunity, a Cell Press publication, identifies specific characteristics of the immune cells that successfully destroy HIV-infected cells and may drive strategies for developing the next generation of HIV vaccines and therapies…

New recommendations by scientific societies about late-onset hypogonadism

— 22:42 GMT | Health

The January issue of European Urology, the official journal of the European Association of Urology published by Elsevier, will feature new recommendations on late-onset hypogonadism (LOH), recently formulated by major scientific organisations. LOH is a clinical and biochemical syndrome associated with advancing age and characterised by typical symptoms and a deficiency in serum testosterone levels…

Researchers find new genetic target for sickle cell disease therapy

— 22:42 GMT | Health

Researchers have identified a gene that directly affects the production of a form of haemoglobin that is instrumental in modifying the severity of the inherited blood disorders sickle cell disease and thalassemia. The discovery could lead to breakthrough therapies for sickle cell disease and thalassemia, which could potentially eliminate the devastating and life-threatening complications of these diseases, such as severe pain, damage to the eyes and other organs, infections, and stroke…

Study finds treatment fails to improve common form of heart failure

— 22:42 GMT | Health

A medication used for high blood pressure does not improve a common form of heart failure, according to new results from a large, international study. The study, which included researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Centre in key leadership positions, appears in this week's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, published today…

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