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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…
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News | Archive (31 January 2011)

Archived news stories published on 31 January 2011 [chronologically, reverse order]
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Hubble detects methane on an extrasolar planet
Hubble detects methane on an extrasolar planet — The organic molecule methane has been detected in the atmosphere of a planet orbiting a distant star. The latest rumours…
New lunar south polar maps released
New lunar south polar maps released — Newly-released images of the lunar south-polar region obtained by ESA's SMART-1 are proving to be wonderful tools to zero-in…
Modern physics critical to global warming research
Modern physics critical to global warming research — Science has come a long way with predicting climate. Increasingly sophisticated models and instruments can zero in on a specific…
NIST microscope tracks nanoparticles in 3-D
NIST microscope tracks nanoparticles in 3-D — A clever new microscope design allows nanotechnology researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)…

Super Bowl losses can increase cardiac death

— 16:37 GMT | Health

A new study published in the journal Clinical Cardiology reveals that a Super Bowl loss for a home team was associated with increased death rates in both men and women and in older individuals…

European Space Agency investigates novel analogue self-steered antennas

— 16:34 GMT | Technology

Bulky present generation satellite dishes and ground terminals could become relics of the past thanks to research currently being conducted for the European Space Agency (ESA) by Queen's University Belfast's Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) aimed at developing discrete self-aligning flat antennas…

Wealth of orchid varieties is down to busy bees and helpful fungi, says study

— 16:31 GMT | Biology

Scientists have discovered why orchids are one of the most successful groups of flowering plants - it is all down to their relationships with the bees that pollinate them and the fungi that nourish them. The study, published tomorrow in The American Naturalist, is the culmination of a ten-year research project in South Africa involving researchers from Imperial College London, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and other international institutions…

Sark becomes World's First Dark Sky Island

— 16:28 GMT | Astronomy

The Channel Island of Sark has been recognised for the quality of its night sky by the International Dark-sky Association (IDA), who have designated it the world's first dark sky island, the latest in a select group of dark sky places around the world…

Plankton inspires creation of stealth armour for slow release microscopic drug vehicles

— 16:25 GMT | Biology

The ability of some forms of plankton and bacteria to build an extra natural layer of nanoparticle-like armour has inspired chemists at the University of Warwick to devise a startlingly simple way to give drug bearing polymer vesicles (microscopic polymer based sacs of liquid) their own armoured protection…

Childhood obesity linked to health habits, not heredity: U-M study

— 16:22 GMT | Health

Are some children genetically tuned to be overweight, or is lifestyle to blame for childhood obesity?…

Ants' ecosystem role is 'key'

— 16:19 GMT | Biology

Research by the University of Exeter has revealed that ants have a big impact on their local environment as a result of their activity as 'ecosystem engineers' and predators…

Island-scale study reveals climate-change effects

— 16:16 GMT | Environment

A large-scale UC Davis experiment with ants, lizards and seaweed on a dozen Caribbean islands shows that predicting the effects of environmental change on complex natural ecosystems requires a large laboratory…

Scripps Research scientists convert skin cells to beating heart cells

— 16:13 GMT | Health

Scripps Research Institute scientists have converted adult skin cells directly into beating heart cells efficiently without having to first go through the laborious process of generating embryonic-like stem cells. The powerful general technology platform could lead to new treatments for a range of diseases and injuries involving cell loss or damage, such as heart disease, Parkinson's, and Alzheimer's disease…

Metamaterials approach makes better satellite antennas

— 16:10 GMT | Technology

Cheaper, lighter and more energy-efficient broadband devices on communications satellites may be possible using metamaterials to modify horn antennas, according to engineers from Penn State and Lockheed Martin Corp…

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