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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…
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News | Archive (6 December 2008)

Archived news stories published on 6 December 2008 [chronologically, reverse order]
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NASA's Deep Impact begins hunt for alien worlds
NASA's Deep Impact begins hunt for alien worlds — NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft is aiming its largest telescope at five stars in a search for alien (exosolar) planets as it…
A ray of sunshine in the fight against cancer
A ray of sunshine in the fight against cancer — It sounds too good to be true... a little inexpensive pill that could block the development of some cancers, strengthen bones,…
Optical scientists add new, practical dimension to holography
Optical scientists add new, practical dimension to holography — University of Arizona optical scientists have broken a technological barrier by making three-dimensional holographic displays…
Hubble spies NGC 1132
Hubble spies NGC 1132 — The elliptical galaxy NGC 1132 reveals the final result of what may have been a group of galaxies that merged together in…

Cave's climate clues show ancient empires declined during dry spell

— 12:14 GMT | Geology and palaeontology

The decline of the Roman and Byzantine Empires in the Eastern Mediterranean more than 1,400 years ago may have been driven by unfavourable climate changes. Based on chemical signatures in a piece of calcite from a cave near Jerusalem, a team of American and Israeli geologists pieced together a detailed record of the area's climate from roughly 200 B.C. to 1100 A.D. Their analysis, to be reported in an upcoming issue of the journal Quaternary Research, reveals increasingly dry weather from 100 A.D. to 700 A.D. that coincided with the fall of both Roman and Byzantine rule in the region…

Scientists create tough ceramic that mimics mother of pearl

— 12:14 GMT | Technology

Biomimicry - technological innovation inspired by nature - is one of the hottest ideas in science but has yet to yield many practical advances. Time for a change. Scientists with the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have mimicked the structure of mother of pearl to create what may well be the toughest ceramic ever produced…

Two Spanish scientists among world's most productive in the field of reproductive biology

— 12:14 GMT | Health

A bibilometric study has been carried out to evaluate the scientific activity of international researchers and institutions specialising in reproductive biology. The results reveal that two Spanish scientists, Antonio Pellicer y Carlos Simon, are among the ten most productive scientists in this field worldwide. The Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI) is the only Spanish centre to figure among the top 50 institutions, and Spain takes the eleventh position in terms of studies produced…

Interaction with machines will cause a 'robotic gulf' by 2020

— 12:14 GMT | Technology

Spanish researchers have carried out a study looking into the potential future impact of robots on society. Their conclusions show that the enormous automation capacity of robots and their ability to interact with humans will cause a technological imbalance over the next 12 years between those who have them and those who do not…

Man-made chemicals found in drinking water at low levels

— 12:14 GMT | Environment

Low levels of certain man-made chemicals remain in public water supplies after being treated in selected community water facilities. Water from nine selected rivers, used as a source for public water systems, was analysed in a study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)…

Double threat: Deadly lung disease also linked to heart attacks

— 12:14 GMT | Health

Patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) are three times as likely to experience severe coronary events - including heart attacks - than people without the disease, according to a recent study that analysed the risk of cardiovascular disease in nearly 1,000 patients with IPF and more than 3,500 matched controls…

Intervention in infants with cystic fibrosis key to slowing progression

— 12:14 GMT | Health

Early detection of lung disease in cystic fibrosis (CF), combined with aggressive treatment in infants, may be the key to controlling the progression of the disease, according to a recent study. New research shows that contrary to previous scientific opinion, progressive lung damage in CF patients can begin as early as infancy even though lung function shortly after diagnosis is normal…

Maintaining the brain's wiring in ageing and disease

— 12:14 GMT | Health

Researchers at the Babraham Institute near Cambridge, supported by the Alzheimer's Research Trust and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), have discovered that the brain's circuitry survives longer than previously thought in diseases of ageing such as Alzheimer's disease. The findings were published today in the journal Brain…

Transporting juvenile salmon hinders adult migration

— 12:14 GMT | Environment

Scientists have discovered that management efforts intended to assist migrations of salmon and steelhead trout can have unintended consequences for fish populations. Juveniles that are transported downstream on boats can lose the ability to migrate back to their breeding grounds, reducing their survivorship and altering adaptations in the wild…

Life science technologies showcased at Bioversity

— 12:14 GMT | Health

Universities will be showcasing their early-stage life science technologies to the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries at the second Bioversity event, organised by the University of Southampton…

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