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News | Archive (22 January 2011)

Archived news stories published on 22 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…

Two bacterial enzymes confer resistance to common herbicide, say MU researchers

— 10:26 GMT | Biology

In an article in the Nov. 23 issue of the journal The Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, researchers with Dow AgroSciences and the University of Missouri report on two bacterial enzymes that, when transformed into corn and soybeans, provide robust resistance to the herbicide 2,4-D. The discovery may soon provide Missouri corn and soybean growers a solution to the growing problem of herbicide-resistant weeds…

Scientists find industrial pollutants in Eastern Lake Erie carp

— 10:23 GMT | Environment

Researchers from Upstate New York institutions, including the University at Buffalo, have documented elevated levels of two industrial pollutants in carp in eastern Lake Erie, adding to the body of scientific work demonstrating the lasting environmental effects of human activity and waste disposal on the Great Lakes…

Defence mechanism against bacteria and fungi deciphered

— 10:20 GMT | Health

Under standard laboratory conditions, the human beta-defensin 1 (hBD-1), a human antibiotic naturally produced in the body, had always shown only little activity against microbes. Nevertheless the human body produces it in remarkable quantities. The solution to the puzzle was the investigation process itself, as the research group led by Dr Jan Wehkamp at the Dr Margarete Fischer-Bosch Institute for Clinical Pharmacology of the Stuttgart-based Robert Bosch Hospital found out…

Preventing tooth decay in the youngest American Indians

— 10:17 GMT | Health

A study conducted in four American Indian communities in the Pacific Northwest presents an effective strategy to convince mothers to switch young children from drinking sweetened soda to water and shows that eliminating these sugary drinks from the diets of the youngest members of the tribe significantly decreased tooth decay…

Study of nutrition, Alzheimer's links hampered by research approach

— 10:14 GMT | Health

Research is trying to determine whether Alzheimer's disease might be slowed or prevented with nutritional approaches, but a new study suggests those efforts could be improved by use of nutrient 'biomarkers' to objectively assess the nutrient status of elderly people at risk for dementia…

NFL linemen recover from back surgery, and so can you

— 10:11 GMT | Health

If NFL linemen can recover from back surgery and return to their spine-bruising careers, so can you get back into your 'game' of horsing around with your kids or working out at the gym after back surgery…

Voyager celebrates 25 years since Uranus visit

— 10:08 GMT | Astronomy

As NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft made the only close approach to date of our mysterious seventh planet Uranus 25 years ago, Project Scientist Ed Stone and the Voyager team gathered at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., to pore over the data coming in…

Researchers discover how to tame hammering droplets

— 10:05 GMT | Technology

A water hammer can occur when a valve is suddenly opened or closed in a pipe carrying water or steam, causing a pressure wave to travel down the pipe with enough force that it can sometimes cause the pipes to burst. Now, new research shows that a similar effect takes places on a tiny scale whenever a droplet of water strikes a surface…

Mindfulness meditation training changes brain structure in 8 weeks

— 10:02 GMT | Health

Participating in an 8-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress. In a study that will appear in the January 30 issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, a team led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers report the results of their study, the first to document meditation-produced changes over time in the brain's grey matter…

CT scanning aids rapid diagnosis, treatment planning for abdominal pain

— 09:59 GMT | Health

The use of CT scanning to evaluate abdominal pain in emergency departments can help physicians arrive at a diagnosis quickly and decisively. A study conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and appearing in the February issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology also finds that information provided by CT scans changed treatment plans for almost half the patients studied and significantly reduced probable hospital admissions…

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