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McDonald's recalls Shrek glasses due to potential cadmium risk — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced…
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News | Archive (7 December 2008)

Archived news stories published on 7 December 2008 [chronologically, reverse order]
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On the origin of subspecies
On the origin of subspecies — Scientists have sequenced over seventy strains of yeast, the greatest number of genomes for any species. 'Analysing so many…
Researchers discover metabolite linked to aggressive prostate cancer
Researchers discover metabolite linked to aggressive prostate cancer — Researchers from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Centre have identified a panel of small molecules, or metabolites,…
ESA extends missions studying Mars, Venus and Earth's magnetosphere
ESA extends missions studying Mars, Venus and Earth's magnetosphere — ESA's Science Programme Committee has extended the operations of ESA's Mars Express, Venus Express and Cluster missions until…
NASA's great observatories celebrate International Year of Astronomy
NASA's great observatories celebrate International Year of Astronomy — Galileo first turned his telescope to the heavens in 1609, marking the dawn of modern astronomy. To commemorate 400 years…

Wind screen on the Rhone glacier in Switzerland creates cold air cushion

— 07:14 GMT | Environment

By constructing a wind screen on the Rhone glacier in Switzerland, cold downwinds, which normally pass unhindered into the valley, can be intercepted and collected, thus creating a cold air cushion at the wind screen and in its close vicinity. 'Our test wind screen set up on the Rhone glacier resulted in a definite cooling of the air near the surface, with the drop in temperature being up to three degrees centigrade,' reported Professor Hans-Joachim Fuchs of the Institute of Geography of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz…

Quantum simulator to understand the properties of complex electronic materials

— 07:14 GMT | Technology

The design of new materials with specific properties is an important but demanding challenge in physics and chemistry. Already in 1982 Nobel Prize winner Richard P. Feynman therefore suggested to build a 'quantum simulator' in order to understand and predict the properties of complex materials by simulating them using an artificial, but highly controllable quantum system…

Ultrasound screening helps prevent stroke in children with sickle cell disease

— 06:42 GMT | Health

Screening with an ultrasound machine has proved highly successful in preventing stroke among children with sickle cell disease, by identifying children who are then preventively treated with blood transfusions. Over an eight-year period at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, researchers found that the technique, transcranial Doppler ultrasonography (TCD), along with regular transfusions for children found to be at high risk, reduced stroke to one-tenth of the incidence found before TCD was introduced…

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