September 2010 (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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Archived news stories published in September 2010 [chronologically, reverse order]
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Linked Hawaiian telescopes catch a nova surprise
Linked Hawaiian telescopes catch a nova surprise — First results from a new NASA-funded scientific instrument at the W. M. Keck Observatory at Mauna Kea, Hawaii, are helping…
Whirligig beetle named after the music legend Roy Orbison
Whirligig beetle named after the music legend Roy Orbison — An unusual new species of whirligig beetle from India is being named Orectochilus orbisonorum in honour of the late rock…
Traces of the Martian past in the Terby crater
Traces of the Martian past in the Terby crater — The High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on board ESA's Mars Express has returned striking scenes of the Terby crater on…
Mercury featured in colour!
Mercury featured in colour! — One week ago, NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft transmitted to Earth the first high-resolution image of Mercury by a spacecraft…

New drug offers big relief for osteoarthritis pain

— 30 Sep 2010 | Health

A phase II clinical trial of the first new type of drug for musculoskeletal pain since aspirin shows that it significantly reduces knee pain in osteoarthritis, the most common osteoarthritis pain, according to new research from Northwestern Medicine…

NIST 'Vision Science Facility' aims for lighting revolution

— 30 Sep 2010 | Technology

Light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, have become popular with backpackers and cyclists who mount them on headbands for a reliable, hands-free source of illumination. Now, a new lab at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is helping to bring these tiny but brilliant devices into your home, to help save both energy costs and the environment…

New NIST 'standard cigarette' available for fire-resistance testing

— 30 Sep 2010 | Technology

Cigarettes are the most frequent cause of fatalities from residential fires in the United States. So, it might seem surprising to learn that a cigarette that burns stronger than others has been used for decades by manufacturers of home furnishings to test the fire resistance of their products. Making certain that they can continue this life- and property-saving effort is the job of a new standard reference material (SRM) from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)…

Hepatitis C virus faces new weapon from Florida State scientists

— 30 Sep 2010 | Health

In recent human trials for a promising new class of drug designed to target the hepatitis C virus (HCV) without shutting down the immune system, some of the HCV strains being treated exhibited signs of drug resistance…

Feeding prior to eye exams reduces stress in premature infants

— 30 Sep 2010 | Health

Premature infants are often examined for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). This exam can be quite stressful for the neonate, causing changes in heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen saturation, and increased crying. In a recent study published in the Journal of AAPOS, the Official Publication of the American Association of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, researchers found that feeding infants one hour before the examination unexpectedly reduced stress but did not increase vomiting or gastric aspirates…

Dog ownership is associated with reduced eczema in children with dog allergies

— 30 Sep 2010 | Health

Children with eczema, a chronic skin condition that often begins in childhood, have a greater risk of developing asthma and food allergies. The number of children with eczema is rising, but the reasons for this are unclear. A new study soon to be published in The Journal of Pediatrics examines the relationship between pet ownership and eczema. Researchers found that dog ownership among children with dog allergies may reduce the risk of developing eczema by age 4 years; cat ownership, however, may increase the risk among children with cat allergies…

Researchers find phone apps sending data without notification

— 30 Sep 2010 | Technology

Flicking through a wallpaper app with backgrounds of Mickey Mouse and a tropical waterfall, Peter Gilbert gets a plain, black and white text notification on his smartphone…

New twists in double helix discovery story are uncovered

— 30 Sep 2010 | Biology

The story of the double helix's discovery has a few new twists. A new primary source - a never-before-read stack of letters to and from Francis Crick, and other historical materials dating from the years 1950-76 - has been uncovered by two professors at the Watson School of Biological Sciences at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL)…

Potentially habitable planet discovered

— 30 Sep 2010 | Astronomy

Astronomers have found a new, potentially habitable Earth-sized planet. It is one of two new planets discovered around the star Gliese 581, some 20 light years away. The planet, Gliese 581g, is located in a 'habitable zone' - a distance from the star where the planet receives just the right amount of stellar energy to maintain liquid water at or near the planet's surface. The 11- year study, published in the Astrophysical Journal and posted online at arXiv.org, suggests that the fraction of stars in the Milky Way harbouring potentially habitable planets could be greater than previously thought - as much as a few tens of percent…

New therapy boosts cure rate by 20 percent in a deadly childhood cancer

— 30 Sep 2010 | Health

Using immunotherapy - biologic agents that stimulate the body's immune system - paediatric oncologists have achieved the first substantial increase in over a decade in cure rates for the childhood cancer neuroblastoma. A newly released study shows that the new treatment improved two-year survival rates by 20 percent, compared to standard treatment for an aggressive form of neuroblastoma, a cancer of the nervous system…

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