September 2010 (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 (24 September 2010)

Archived news stories published on 24 September 2010 [chronologically, reverse order]
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Clear new view of a classic spiral
Clear new view of a classic spiral — ESO is releasing a beautiful image of the nearby galaxy Messier 83 taken by the HAWK-I instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope…
Mysterious ball lightning: Illusion or reality?
Mysterious ball lightning: Illusion or reality? — Ball lightnings are circular light phenomena occurring during thunderstorms and there are a large class of reports by eyewitnesses…
Catalogue of Life 2010 launched at UN Biodiversity Meeting in Nairobi
Catalogue of Life 2010 launched at UN Biodiversity Meeting in Nairobi — The world's most valuable asset, on which we all depend, is silently slipping through our fingers - it is the world's astounding…
Size matters: Eavesdropping on sexual signals
Size matters: Eavesdropping on sexual signals — In the animal kingdom, sexual signals often are manifested as displays of bright coloration or, in the case of crickets,…

Withering well can improve fertility

— 12:05 GMT | Biology

Contrary to a thousand face cream adverts, the secret of fertility might not be eternal youth. Research by the ecologist Dr Carlos Herrera, a Professor of Research at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas in Seville, Spain has shown that the withering action of flowers may have evolved to protect their seeds. His research is published in the October 2010 issue of the Annals of Botany…

New views of Saturn's aurora, captured by Cassini

— 12:02 GMT | Astronomy

A new movie and images showing Saturn's shimmering aurora over a two-day period are helping scientists understand what drives some of the solar system's most impressive light shows…

Cassini gazes at veiled Titan

— 11:59 GMT | Astronomy

NASA's Cassini spacecraft will swing high over Saturn's moon Titan on Friday, Sept. 24, taking a long, sustained look at the hazy moon. At closest approach, Cassini will fly within 8,175 kilometres (5,080 miles) above the hazy moon's surface. This flyby is the first in a series of high-altitude Titan flybys for Cassini over the next year and a half…

Cancer-associated long non-coding RNA regulates pre-mRNA splicing

— 11:56 GMT | Health

Researchers report this month that MALAT1, a long non-coding RNA that is implicated in certain cancers, regulates pre-mRNA splicing - a critical step in the earliest stage of protein production. Their study appears in the journal Molecular Cell…

Robotic arm's big flaw: Patients say it's 'too easy'

— 11:53 GMT | Health

One touch directs a robotic arm to grab objects in a new computer program designed to give people in wheelchairs more independence…

UCLA cancer researchers discover new signalling pathway that controls cell development and cancer

— 11:50 GMT | Health

Researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Centre have discovered a new cell signalling pathway that controls cell growth and development, a pathway that, when defective, helps promote the formation of several major forms of human cancer, including lymphoma and leukaemia…

Nonstick coating of a protein found in semen reduces HIV infection

— 11:47 GMT | Health

A non-stick coating for a substance found in semen dramatically lowers the rate of infection of immune cells by HIV a new study has found…

High pressure experiments reproduce mineral structures 1,800 miles deep

— 11:44 GMT | Geology and palaeontology

University of California, Berkeley, and Yale University scientists have recreated the tremendous pressures and high temperatures deep in the Earth to resolve a long-standing puzzle: why some seismic waves travel faster than others through the boundary between the solid mantle and fluid outer core…

City living helped humans evolve immunity to TB

— 11:41 GMT | Health

New research has found that a genetic variant which reduces the chance of contracting diseases such as tuberculosis and leprosy is more prevalent in populations with long histories of urban living…

Team of researchers finds possible new genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease

— 11:38 GMT | Health

Researchers have identified a gene that appears to increase a person's risk of developing late-onset Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of the disease. The gene, abbreviated as MTHFD1L, is on chromosome six, and was identified in a genome-wide association study. Details are published September 23 in the journal PLoS Genetics…

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