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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…
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News | Archive (11 January 2011)

Archived news stories published on 11 January 2011 [chronologically, reverse order]
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Prehistoric winged beasts 'pole-vaulted' into flight
Prehistoric winged beasts 'pole-vaulted' into flight — Controversial claims that enormous prehistoric winged beasts could not fly have been refuted by the most comprehensive study…
Astronomers find giant, previously unseen structure in our galaxy
Astronomers find giant, previously unseen structure in our galaxy — NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has unveiled a previously unseen structure centred in the Milky Way - a finding likened…
Atoms-for-peace: A galactic collision in action
Atoms-for-peace: A galactic collision in action — European Southern Observatory astronomers have produced a spectacular new image of the famous Atoms-for-Peace galaxy (NGC…
Study links fresh Mars gullies to carbon dioxide
Study links fresh Mars gullies to carbon dioxide — A growing bounty of images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter reveals that the timing of new activity in one type of…

Longevity unlikely to have aided early modern humans

— 18:20 GMT | Geology and palaeontology

Life expectancy was probably the same for early modern and late archaic humans and did not factor in the extinction of Neanderthals, suggests a new study by a Washington University in St. Louis anthropologist…

'Hot-bunking' bacterium recycles iron to boost ocean metabolism

— 18:17 GMT | Environment

In the vast ocean where an essential nutrient - iron - is scarce, a marine bacterium that launches the ocean food web survives by using a remarkable biochemical trick: It recycles iron…

Nursing home closures concentrated in poorest areas

— 18:14 GMT | Health

While wealthier people have chosen alternatives to urban nursing homes, the urban poor still depend on them for long-term care. A new study led by researchers at Brown University finds that option is nevertheless slipping away. Between 1999 and 2008, nursing home closures in the United States were concentrated disproportionately in poor, urban and predominantly minority neighbourhoods…

Winter sports threaten indigenous mountain birds

— 18:11 GMT | Environment

In the winter months, the mountain ranges of central Europe attract thousands of tourists for skiing, snowboarding and other outdoor sports, but conservationists fear this annual invasion may threaten indigenous bird species, including the Capercaillie. The research, published in the journal IBIS, reveals how the growth of human recreation may be a key factor in the rapidly declining population of these iconic alpine birds…

Being poor can suppress children's genetic potentials

— 18:08 GMT | Health

Growing up poor can suppress a child's genetic potential to excel cognitively even before the age of 2, according to research from psychologists at The University of Texas at Austin…

Study identifies new genetic signatures of breast cancer drug resistance

— 18:05 GMT | Health

A new study conducted by Josh LaBaer's research team in the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University has pinpointed more than 30 breast cancer gene targets - including several novel genes - that are involved in drug resistance to a leading chemotherapy treatment…

UNC researchers inch closer to unlocking potential of synthetic blood

— 18:02 GMT | Health

A team of scientists has created particles that closely mirror some of the key properties of red blood cells, potentially helping pave the way for the development of synthetic blood…

Nuclear receptors reveal possible interventions for cancer, obesity

— 17:59 GMT | Health

Research with significant implications in the treatment and intervention of cancer and obesity has been published recently in two prestigious journals by University of Houston (UH) biochemist Dr Jan-Ake Gustafsson…

International first: Gas-phase carbonic acid isolated

— 17:56 GMT | Chemistry

A team of chemists headed by Thomas Loerting from the University of Innsbruck and Hinrich Grothe from the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) in Austria have prepared and isolated gas-phase carbonic acid and have succeeded in characterising the gas-phase molecules by using infrared spectroscopy. The results were published in the journal Angewandte Chemie International Edition…

Study estimates land available for biofuel crops

— 17:53 GMT | Environment

Using detailed land analysis, Illinois researchers have found that biofuel crops cultivated on available land could produce up to half of the world's current fuel consumption - without affecting food crops or pastureland…

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