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…
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…
Entangled diamonds vibrate together — Objects big enough for the eye to see have been placed in a weirdly…
How animals predict earthquakes — Animals may sense chemical changes in groundwater that occur…
New Icelandic volcano eruption could have global impact — Hundreds of metres under one of Iceland's largest glaciers there…

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News | Archive (13 December 2008)

Archived news stories published on 13 December 2008 [chronologically, reverse order]
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Scientists identify compound that could prevent HIV transmission
Scientists identify compound that could prevent HIV transmission — Scientists at the University of Minnesota have identified a compound that, applied vaginally, can prevent transmission of…
Binary black hole system identified
Binary black hole system identified — Astronomers from the National Optical Astronomy Observatory in Tucson have found what looks like two massive black holes…
Trio of galaxies mix it up
Trio of galaxies mix it up — This NASA Hubble Space Telescope image shows three galaxies playing a game of gravitational tug-of-war that may result in…
The lower atmosphere of Pluto revealed
The lower atmosphere of Pluto revealed — Using ESO's Very Large Telescope, astronomers have gained valuable new insights about the atmosphere of the dwarf planet…

Adelaide to be world photonics leader thanks to 28 million funding

— 16:26 GMT | Technology

The University of Adelaide is poised to become a world leader in photonics and advanced sensing technologies thanks to a major funding injection of $28.8 million from the Australian Government…

Researcher develops ultrasound so tiny it can travel through the eardrum

— 16:26 GMT | Health

Imagine an ultrasound device so small, it could travel through the eardrum, onwards through the middle ear and then rest against the inner ear to provide images of the basilier membrane as at it vibrates, sending messages to the brain as it interprets sound…

Expedition uncovers three never-before identified coral reefs off Florida's coast

— 16:26 GMT | Environment

The team efforts of scientists and crew from the Waitt Institute for Discovery, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute have paid off with the recent discovery of three never-before identified Lophelia coral reefs which were located 35 miles off the coast of Florida and 450 metres deep…

Holidays in the hospital can still be happy

— 16:26 GMT | Health

If an illness prevents a friend or family member from being home for the holidays, take a little bit of home to the hospital…

Brain enzyme may play key role in controlling appetite and weight gain

— 16:26 GMT | Health

Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have found that overactivity of a brain enzyme may play a role in preventing weight gain and obesity. The findings were reported in Cell Metabolism…

More than just being a sentimental fool: The psychology of nostalgia

— 16:26 GMT | Health

In the 17th and 18th centuries, nostalgia was viewed as a medical disease, complete with symptoms including weeping, irregular heartbeat and anorexia. By the 20th century, nostalgia was regarded as a psychiatric disorder, with symptoms such as insomnia, anxiety and depression and was confined to a few groups (e.g. first year boarding students and immigrants)…

Study reveals clues to how we forget over short-term

— 16:26 GMT | Health

Even though forgetting is such a common occurrence, scientists have not reached a consensus as to how it happens. One theory is that information simply decays from our memory - we forget things because too much time has passed. Another idea states is that forgetfulness occurs when we confuse an item with other items that we have previously encountered (also known as temporal confusability)…

Flame retardants prove ineffective on fresh-cut Christmas trees

— 16:26 GMT | Technology

This Christmas season, think twice about spending money on a commercial flame retardant for your Christmas tree. The good, old-fashioned method - keeping your tree in a container of fresh water - is probably all you need to keep your tree green and healthy. Researchers have determined that some flame retardants don't work on cut Christmas trees; in fact, in several cases the chemical retardants sped up the drying process and made trees more flammable…

Discovery could improve the lives of premature babies

— 16:26 GMT | Health

Scientists funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) have identified a potential new avenue for altering lung development in the embryo which may help to improve the outcome for very premature babies. The researchers at Cardiff University, in collaboration with those at the Saban Research Institute at Los Angeles Children's Hospital, have discovered a key player in early lung development which is a potential drug target for treating very premature babies with small, immature lungs…

Malaria Journal supplement evaluates steps toward elimination

— 16:26 GMT | Health

There are hurdles to clear before malaria elimination can be achieved. A supplement published in Malaria Journal features a series of articles reviewing the many aspects of the research agenda for global malaria elimination…

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