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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News | Archive (27 December 2008)

Archived news stories published on 27 December 2008 [chronologically, reverse order]
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Lessons from the pond: Clues from green algae on the origin of males and females
Lessons from the pond: Clues from green algae on the origin of males and females — A multicellular green alga, Volvox carteri, may have finally unlocked the secrets behind the evolution of different sexes.…
Einstein's theory fights off challengers
Einstein's theory fights off challengers — Two new and independent studies have put Einstein's General Theory of Relativity to the test like never before. These results,…
Enceladus leaves plasma bubbles in its wake
Enceladus leaves plasma bubbles in its wake — Observations of how Saturn's moon Enceladus interacts with its environment show it leaves a complex pattern of ripples and…
Young and getting cooler - the early life of a neutron star
Young and getting cooler - the early life of a neutron star — Observations of how the youngest-known neutron star has cooled over the past decade are giving astronomers new insights into…

Can Nintendo Wii game consoles improve family fitness?

— 14:38 GMT | Health

Consumer research suggests the Nintendo Wii Fit video game console was among this year's most popular Christmas gifts, but could it also be a way to improve overall family fitness? A University of Mississippi associate professor of health and exercise science is researching the possibility that the Nintendo Wii and other whole body movement game consoles could help families get more physical activity. If the systems do improve fitness, a byproduct could be a reduction in obesity, said Scott Owens, the professor tackling that question…

Four years after tsunami, coral reefs recovering

— 14:38 GMT | Environment

A team of scientists from the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has reported a rapid recovery of coral reefs in areas of Indonesia, following the tsunami that devastated coastal regions throughout the Indian Ocean four years ago…

Cancer drug effectively treats transplant rejections

— 14:38 GMT | Health

University of Cincinnati (UC) researchers have discovered a new therapy for transplant patients, targeting the antibody-producing plasma cells that can cause organ rejection…

How chromosomes meet in the dark

— 14:38 GMT | Health

A research group lead by scientists at the University of Warwick has discovered the trigger that pulls together X chromosomes in female cells at a crucial stage of embryo development. Their discovery could also provide new insights into how other similar chromosomes spontaneously recognise each other and are bound together at key parts of analogous cell processes. This is an important mechanism as the binding together of too many of too few of a particular chromosome can cause a number of medical conditions such as Down's Syndrome or Turner's Syndrome…

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