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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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Archived news stories published in January 2011 [chronologically, reverse order]
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Are all sites harmful to your computer?
Are all sites harmful to your computer? — Starting early afternoon (today, 31 January 2009) any search result on Google shows a warning message 'This site may harm…
Extrasolar planet with wild temperature swings observed
Extrasolar planet with wild temperature swings observed — NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has observed a planet that heats up to red-hot temperatures in a matter of hours before quickly…
Is there a doctor in the house to check on this bridge?
Is there a doctor in the house to check on this bridge? — A bridge is like a living organism. It requires frequent health check-ups and maintenance, and its lifespan is 50 years on…
Astronomers observe intense heating of a distant planet
Astronomers observe intense heating of a distant planet — Astronomers have observed the intense heating of a distant planet as it swung close to its parent star, providing important…

Detecting lethal diseases with rust and sand

— 31 Jan 2011 | Health

The next big thing in medical diagnostics could be minutes particles of rust, iron oxide, coated with the material from which sand is formed, silicon dioxide. These magnetic nanoparticles, a mere 29 to 230 nanometres across, can be used to trap antibodies to the virus that causes cervical cancer and to the bacteria that causes potentially lethal diarrhoea…

Seeing kidney injury, as it happens

— 31 Jan 2011 | Health

The current check for kidney disease is a simple blood test for serum creatinine, but it can take longer than two days for this metabolite to accumulate to levels that are significant enough to indicate kidney damage - and by then it may be too late to intervene…

New transistors: An alternative to silicon and better than graphene

— 30 Jan 2011 | Technology

Smaller and more energy-efficient electronic chips could be made using molybdenite. In an article appearing online January 30 in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, EPFL's Laboratory of Nanoscale Electronics and Structures (LANES) publishes a study showing that this material has distinct advantages over traditional silicon or graphene for use in electronics applications…

Salk researchers discover that stem cell marker regulates synapse formation

— 30 Jan 2011 | Biology

Among stem cell biologists there are few better-known proteins than nestin, whose very presence in an immature cell identifies it as a 'stem cell,' such as a neural stem cell. As helpful as this is to researchers, until now no one knew which purpose nestin serves in a cell…

Researchers discover root cause of blood vessel damage in diabetes

— 29 Jan 2011 | Health

A key mechanism that appears to contribute to blood vessel damage in people with diabetes has been identified by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis…

More frequent drought likely in eastern Africa

— 29 Jan 2011 | Environment

The increased frequency of drought observed in eastern Africa over the last 20 years is likely to continue as long as global temperatures continue to rise, according to new research published in Climate Dynamics…

Fast growth, low defence - plants facing a dilemma

— 29 Jan 2011 | Biology

Plants are attacked by a multitude of insects and mammals. As defence against these herbivores they developed complex defence mechanisms over the course of evolution: spines, thorns, leaf hairs and a number of toxic chemical substances. For decades it has been controversially discussed whether the production of defence traits incurs costs to the plants. Now, using a new method the ecologists and plant biologists of the University of Zuerich together with their American colleagues demonstrate these costs accurately in a Proceedings of the Royal Society article…

Study: African-American men say doctor visits are often a bad experience

— 29 Jan 2011 | Health

A majority of African American men said they do not go to the doctor because visits are stressful and physicians don't give adequate information on how to make prescribed behaviour or lifestyle changes, a new University of Michigan study shows…

Powerful 3-D X-rays for kids in braces should be the exception, not the rule

— 29 Jan 2011 | Health

Some orthodontists may be exposing young patients to unnecessary radiation when they order 3-D X-ray imaging for simple orthodontic cases before considering traditional 2-D imaging, suggests a paper published by University of Michigan faculty…

DNA caught rock 'n rollin'

— 29 Jan 2011 | Biology

DNA, that marvellous, twisty molecule of life, has an alter ego, research at the University of Michigan and the University of California, Irvine reveals…

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