December 2008 (Archive)

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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 (11 December 2008)

Archived news stories published on 11 December 2008 [chronologically, reverse order]
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Early humans were equipped to dine on hard foods but preferred a softer fare
Early humans were equipped to dine on hard foods but preferred a softer fare — Careful analysis of microscopic abrasions on the teeth of early human relatives by researchers at Stony Brook University,…
Several new species discovered in Brazil
Several new species discovered in Brazil — Researchers discovered a legless lizard and a tiny woodpecker along with 12 other suspected new species in Brazil's Cerrado,…
Apple updates iMac line with faster processors
Apple updates iMac line with faster processors — Apple today updated its all-in-one iMac(R) line with the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors and the most powerful graphics…
Shoulder motor balks on Opportunity's robotic arm
Shoulder motor balks on Opportunity's robotic arm — A small motor in the robotic arm of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity that began stalling occasionally more than…

Important role of groundwater springs in shaping Mars

— 16:07 GMT | Astronomy

Data and images from Mars Express suggest that several Light Toned Deposits, some of the least understood features on Mars, were formed when large amounts of groundwater burst on to the surface. Scientists propose that groundwater had a greater role in shaping the Martian surface than previously believed, and may have sheltered primitive life forms as the planet started drying up…

Chilean Stock Exchange streamlines securities transactions with IBM

— 16:07 GMT | Technology

IBM announced today that it had signed a deal with the Chilean Stock Exchange for the delivery of a new securities trading platform that will speed transactions and provide better communication with other exchanges worldwide. The new trading platform is a key part of a modernisation program to position the exchange for the higher velocity, low latency and high transparency market environment of the future…

Media-Saturn to outsource its data centres in Germany to IBM

— 16:07 GMT | Technology

Media-Saturn IT Services GmbH, the information technology (IT) service company of Media-Saturn Group, and IBM have signed a five-year outsourcing contract. The contact is worth double-digit million Euro and includes the complete outsourcing of the data centres at Media-Saturn's locations in Ingolstadt and Munich, which have been operated centrally up to now…

Tanzania tour operators go online with the help of IBM volunteers

— 16:07 GMT | Technology

The Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (TATO) in collaboration with IBM Corporate Service Corps volunteers completed a total makeover of its web site, www.tatotz.org, and created a search engine that allows tourists and tour agencies to quickly identify and contact a reliable local tour operator. In addition, with the help of the new site, travelers can rate tour operators on a variety of criteria. These ratings can then be used by tourists while planning their trip as well as by tour operators wishing to improve their quality of service…

Queen's University Belfast plays a leading role in Europe-wide tests for safer food

— 16:07 GMT | Health

A top food scientist at Queen's University Belfast is playing a major role in a GBP4m European project to develop new techniques to detect chemical contaminants in food and animal feed…

Amputees can experience prosthetic hand as their own

— 16:07 GMT | Health

Scientists at Karolinska Institutet and Lund University in Sweden have succeeded in inducing people with an amputated arm to experience a prosthetic rubber hand as belonging to their own body. The results can lead to the development of a new type of touch-sensitive prosthetic hands…

Dr Ben Berkhout awarded Retrovirology Prize for contribution to HIV research

— 16:07 GMT | Health

Dr Ben Berkhout, a retrovirologist from the Netherlands, has been awarded the 2008 M Jeang Retrovirology Prize. He was honoured for his multi-disciplinary approach to RNA research which has provided additional important building blocks for many aspects of our current knowledge on HIV-1 replication. Dr Berkhout's research has extended our insights into the mechanisms of transcription, reverse transcription, drug-resistance, and RNA interference…

Heart regenerates after infarction - first trials with mice

— 16:07 GMT | Health

Up until today scientists assumed that the adult heart is unable to regenerate. Now, researchers and cardiologists from the Max Delbrueck Centre for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin-Buch and the Charite (Germany) have been able to show that this dogma no longer holds true. Dr Laura Zelarayan and Assistant Professor Dr Martin W. Bergmann were able to show that the body's own heart muscle stem cells do generate new tissue and improve the pumping function of the heart considerably in an adult organism, when they suppress the activity of a gene regulator known as beta-catenin in the nucleus of the heart cells…

Study shows major pain research funding decline at NIH

— 16:07 GMT | Health

Federal funding for pain research is declining sharply, more than 9 percent a year since 2003, according to a new study published in The Journal of Pain. Pain research, as a result, now accounts for only 0.6 percent of all grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), despite the high prevalence of chronic pain in the U.S…

Implantable monitor may help in managing diastolic heart failure

— 16:07 GMT | Health

An implantable haemodynamic monitor (IHM) may help to guide medical treatment in a large subgroup of patients with heart failure - those with diastolic heart failure (DHF), reports a study in the December Journal of Cardiac Failure, published by Elsevier…

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