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 (31 December 2008)

Archived news stories published on 31 December 2008 [chronologically, reverse order]
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Gene variant increases risk of asthma
Gene variant increases risk of asthma — A tiny variation in a gene known as CHI3L1 increases susceptibility to asthma, bronchial hyperresponsiveness and decline…
Secrets of cellular signalling shed light on novel cancer stem cell therapies
Secrets of cellular signalling shed light on novel cancer stem cell therapies — By revealing the inner workings of a common cell-to-cell signalling system, University of Michigan biologists have uncovered…
Needle-size device created to track tumours, radiation dose
Needle-size device created to track tumours, radiation dose — Engineers at Purdue University are creating a wireless device designed to be injected into tumours to tell doctors the precise…
XMM-Newton surprised by a rare type of galaxy
XMM-Newton surprised by a rare type of galaxy — XMM-Newton has been surprised by a rare type of galaxy, from which it has detected a higher number of X-rays than thought…

Lung cancer cells activate inflammation to induce metastasis

— 18:00 GMT | Health

A research team from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has identified a protein produced by cancerous lung epithelial cells that enhances metastasis by stimulating the activity of inflammatory cells. Their findings, to be published in the 1 January issue of the journal Nature, explain how advanced cancer cells usurp components of the host innate immune system to generate an inflammatory microenvironment hospitable for the metastatic spread of lung cancer. The discovery could lead to a therapy to limit metastasis of this most common lethal form of cancer…

Bright lights, not-so-big pupils

— 18:00 GMT | Biology

A team of Johns Hopkins neuroscientists has worked out how some newly discovered light sensors in the eye detect light and communicate with the brain. The report appears online this week in Nature…

Hubble to get last tune-up during 2009

— 18:00 GMT | Astronomy

From troubled beginnings nearly 18 years ago, the Hubble Space Telescope has revolutionised astronomy and its stunning images have stirred the imaginations of people around the globe. But as the International Year of Astronomy dawns, the renowned telescope is preparing for its final chapter, starting with the scheduled 12 May launch of the space shuttle Atlantis for NASA's fifth and final service mission to the telescope…

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