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 (29 December 2008)

Archived news stories published on 29 December 2008 [chronologically, reverse order]
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Mystery object in Starburst Galaxy M82 possible micro-quasar
Mystery object in Starburst Galaxy M82 possible micro-quasar — Radio astronomers at the University of Manchester's Jodrell Bank Observatory have discovered a strange new object in a nearby…
Baby stars in the Rosette cloud
Baby stars in the Rosette cloud — Herschel's latest image reveals the formation of previously unseen large stars, each one up to ten times the mass of our…
Life on Titan: Stand well back and hold your nose!
Life on Titan: Stand well back and hold your nose! — Research by astrobiologist William Bains suggests that if life has evolved on the frozen surface of Saturn's moon, Titan,…
New hominid shares traits with Homo species
New hominid shares traits with Homo species — Two partial skeletons unearthed from a cave in South Africa belong to a previously unclassified species of hominid that is…

Physicists at Mainz University generate ultracold neutrons at the TRIGA Reactor

— 13:54 GMT | Physics

For the first time ever, scientists at the TRIGA research reactor of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz have determined the velocity distribution of ultracold neutrons (UCN) emitted by a deuterium ice crystal. 'We have taken a big step forward in our efforts to accumulate and store great amounts of these ultracold neutrons to then be able to analyse them in more detail,' explained Professor Christian Plonka-Spehr of the Institute of Nuclear Chemistry…

Certain facial expressions innate, not visually learned

— 13:54 GMT | Health

Joyful or sad smiles expressed after a competition are the same for blind and sighted athletes, says a new study, showing that certain facial expressions are innate and managed differently depending on the social situation…

Family members of critically ill patients want to discuss loved ones' uncertain prognoses

— 13:54 GMT | Health

Critically ill patients frequently have uncertain prognoses, but their families overwhelmingly wish that physicians would address prognostic uncertainty candidly, according to a new study out of the University of San Francisco Medical Centre…

Common food additive found to increase risk and speed spread of lung cancer

— 13:54 GMT | Health

New research in an animal model suggests that a diet high in inorganic phosphates, which are found in a variety of processed foods including meats, cheeses, beverages, and bakery products, might speed growth of lung cancer tumours and may even contribute to the development of those tumours in individuals predisposed to the disease…

Study examines impact of managed care on stroke prevention surgery

— 13:54 GMT | Health

Policymakers and economists often promote managed-care plans based on the assumption that they prevent the overuse of unnecessary surgical procedures or help steer patients to high-quality providers, compared to traditional fee-for-service insurance plans. A recent study by a researcher at UT Southwestern Medical Centre, however, found that in the case of one common surgical procedure, the checks and balances assumed with managed care did not improve the quality or outcome of care…

Anti-fungal drug offers great benefits to some with severe asthma

— 13:54 GMT | Health

Some patients with severe asthma who also have allergic sensitivity to certain fungi enjoy great improvements in their quality of life and on other measures after taking an antifungal drug, according to new research from The University of Manchester in England…

Minimising obesity's impact on ovarian cancer survival

— 13:54 GMT | Health

Obesity affects health in several ways, but new research shows obesity can have minimal impact on ovarian cancer survival. A study by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Comprehensive Cancer Centre found ovarian cancer survival rates are the same for obese and non-obese women if their chemotherapy doses are closely matched to individual weight…

Cystic fibrosis patients' self-assessment of health can predict prognosis

— 13:54 GMT | Health

Adult Cystic Fibrosis patients can provide important information that helps to predict their prognosis, according to research that asked 223 adult CF patients to assess their own health and well-being…

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