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News | Archive (12 January 2011)

Archived news stories published on 12 January 2011 [chronologically, reverse order]
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New technique used to profile anthrax genome
New technique used to profile anthrax genome — Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have used a new approach, known as RNA-Seq, to profile the gene expression…
Mini dinosaurs prowled North America
Mini dinosaurs prowled North America — Massive predators like Albertosaurus and Tyrannosaurus rex may have been at the top of the food chain, but they were not…
NASA's Fermi mission, Namibia's HESS telescopes explore a blazar
NASA's Fermi mission, Namibia's HESS telescopes explore a blazar — An international team of astrophysicists using telescopes on the ground and in space have uncovered surprising changes in…
Quadruple Saturn moon transit snapped by Hubble
Quadruple Saturn moon transit snapped by Hubble — On 24 February 2009 the Hubble Space Telescope took a photo of four moons of Saturn passing in front of their parent planet.…

Sleep mode: The energy cost of sleep deprivation

— 18:22 GMT | Health

The findings show that missing a night of sleep burns roughly 135 calories, the equivalent of two slices of bread or a 225 ml glass of semi-skimmed milk. In terms of physical exertion, this amounts to walking just under two miles. On the flip side, eight hours of sleep saved the same approximate amount of energy…

People neglect who they really are when predicting their own future happiness

— 18:19 GMT | Health

Humans are notoriously bad at predicting their future happiness. A new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, suggests that part of the reason for these mispredictions lies in failing to recognise the key role played by one's own personality when determining future emotional reactions…

Virus killer gets supercharged

— 18:16 GMT | Health

A simple technique to make a common virus-killing material significantly more effective is a breakthrough from the Rice University labs of Andrew Barron and Qilin Li…

Biomedical breakthrough: Blood vessels for lab-grown tissues

— 18:13 GMT | Health

Researchers from Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) have broken one of the major roadblocks on the path to growing transplantable tissue in the lab: They've found a way to grow the blood vessels and capillaries needed to keep tissues alive…

Coiled nanowires may hold key to stretchable electronics

— 18:10 GMT | Technology

Researchers at North Carolina State University have created the first coils of silicon nanowire on a substrate that can be stretched to more than double their original length, moving us closer to incorporating stretchable electronic devices into clothing, implantable health-monitoring devices, and a host of other applications…

Research shows single-patient rooms reduce hospital infections in ICU

— 18:07 GMT | Health

A research team from the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and McGill University has demonstrated that private rooms in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) play a key role in reducing hospital infections like C-difficile. The study, published today in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine, also suggests that length of stay would be shorter and this could lead to cost savings to the healthcare system…

Delivering a potent cancer drug with nanoparticles can lessen side effects

— 18:04 GMT | Health

Researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women's Hospital have shown that they can deliver the cancer drug cisplatin much more effectively and safely in a form that has been encapsulated in a nanoparticle targeted to prostate tumour cells and is activated once it reaches its target…

Feast or famine: Researchers identify leptin receptor's sidekick as a target for appetite regulation

— 18:01 GMT | Health

A study by researchers at Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida and Washington University School of Medicine adds a new twist to the body of evidence suggesting human obesity is due in part to genetic factors. While studying hormone receptors in laboratory mice, neuroscientists identified a new molecular player responsible for the regulation of appetite and metabolism…

Family, friends, social ties influence weight status in young adults

— 17:58 GMT | Health

Does obesity tend to 'cluster' among young adults? And if so, what impact does it have on both their weight and weight-related behaviours? That's what researchers from The Miriam Hospital's Weight Control and Diabetes Research Centre set out to answer to better understand how social influences affect both weight status and weight loss intentions in this difficult-to-reach age group…

Shingles vaccine associated with 55 percent reduced risk of disease

— 17:55 GMT | Health

Receiving the herpes zoster vaccine was associated with a 55 percent reduced risk of developing shingles, according to a Kaiser Permanente study of 300,000 people that appears in the current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association…

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