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A new stem-cell technique discovered by Japanese scientist Shinya Yamanaka creates stem cells without using and destroying human embryos and allows for testing drugs for genetic diseases. (Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601124&sid=aBVxs33ym6Rg&refer=home)
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Computer experts are warning that the Conficker virus could strike infected computers on April 1. BBC News has a good summary of how to protect your Windows computer. (Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7973841.stm)
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The long awaited Google venture capital fund, Google Ventures, now open for business, will invest in just about any type of startup and is willing to invest just about any amount you might need. (Source: http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/03/31/google-ventures-opens-for-business-investment-scope-covers-just-about-anything/)
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The mathematics of fractals could help make sense of out quantum weirdness, says physicist Tim Palmer. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20127011.600-can-fractals-make-sense-of-the-quantum-world.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news)
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An inexpensive five-in-one daily "polypill" can guard against heart attacks and strokes with the same safety and results as taking the same medications separately.The pill combines aspirin, a statin, and three blood pressure-­lowering drugs.See Also 'Polypill' could slash heart attacks and strokes (Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7971456.stm)
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(American Friends of Tel Aviv University) Tel Aviv University chemist develops device to detect microscopic signs of cancer, bombs and impure water.
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(DOE/Brookhaven National Laboratory) Building on the idea of using DNA to link up nanoparticles -- particles measuring mere billionths of a meter -- scientists at the US Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have designed a molecular assembly line for predictable, high-precision nano-construction.
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Results of a Mayo Clinic study show that a simple, noninvasive finger sensor test, the EndoPAT by Itamar Medical, that measures the health of endothelial cells by measuring blood flow, is "highly predictive" of a major cardiac event, such as a heart attack or stroke. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news157294709.html)
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A system that can identify DNA bases directly as the DNA moves through a modified protein nanopore could greatly reduce the need for the current expensive equipment and chemicals and reduce lab time from days to hours, investigators at Oxford Nanopore Technologies have found. Instead of using fluorescent chemical tags, the system sends DNA one letter at a time through a microscopic, biologically engineered hole, or nanopore. An electrical current ... More
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Students of popular musical instruments may soon be learning to play with the help of a new generation of intelligent, interactive computer programs. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news157377082.html)
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Tesla Motors Chairman and CEO Elon Musk has introduced the new Tesla Model S all-electric sedan, saying the state-of-the-art, five-seat sedan will be the world's first mass-produced, highway-capable electric car.The futuristic zero-emission vehicle will be powered by lithium-ion battery packs capable of traveling between 160 and 300 miles per charge. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news157312107.html)
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Mayo Clinic researchers have identified the protein kinase PKD1 as key regulator in processes regulating actin-based directed tumor cell movement (allowing for cancer metatasis), suggesting new strategies for designing treatments. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news157559721.html)
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A revolutionary method of transferring magnetic spin can amplify the sensitivity of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) a thousandfold, according to new research from the University of York.The new method enables the magnetization of a broad range of molecules--including drugs and organic molecules such as antibodies designed to bind to tumors--so that they can be used as contrast agents. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/biomedicine/22352/)... More
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The U.N.'s top human rights body has approved a "defamation of religion" proposal by Muslim nations urging the passage of laws protecting religion from criticism. Christian, Jewish, and secular groups say the non-binding resolution restricts freedom of speech and will worsen relations between faiths. (Source: http://www.onenewsnow.com/Politics/Default.aspx?id=467812)
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A protein that can function like some proteins in the human body -- carry and deliver oxygen -- may be a useful step in developing artificial blood and avoiding problems with existing blood substitutes, which can increase the risk of heart attacks in trauma victims, suggest researchers at the University of Pennsylvania. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/biomedicine/22359/)
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One of the quickest and easiest ways to sniff out a bot is to test a chatter's medium-term memory, suggests computer scientist Kevin Warwick. While a human will likely remember that you asked, "What color is an apple?" three minutes ago, a bot may not, so asking the same question a second time will produce an identical answer. The reverse can also be true: A computer is more likely to ask the same question twice. (Source: http://discovermagazine... More
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Hundreds of new red-cyan anaglyph (3D stereo) images of Mars were recently released by the HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), the most powerful camera to ever orbit another planet, with one-meter resolution. View this Mars image with 3D glasses (NASA/JPL/University of Arizona) (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16852-zooming-in-on-mars-in-glorious-3d.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news)
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A severe coronal mass ejection (plasma balls from the sun) could induce ground currents that would knock out 300 key transformers within about 90 seconds, cutting off the power for more than 130 million people, costing tens of millions of lives, according to a National Academy of Sciences report. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20127001.300-space-storm-alert-90-seconds-from-catastrophe.html?full=true)
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A light-activated "combination lock" -- a molecule that only becomes active when exposed to two distinct colors of light in the right order -- could prevent drugs from reaching the wrong tissue inside the body, researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and Arizona State University suggest. Using pulses of light is much faster than using chemicals as the trigger for molecular locks, and allows the lock to be opened and closed repeatedly. Lig... More
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Paragon Space Development, set to travel on a lunar lander designed by Odyssey Moon, plans to grow the first flowers on the moon in a greenhouse to serve as a thrilling iconic image.(Paragon Space Development)Odyssey Moon aims to launch its lander and rover by the end of 2011 to win the $20 million first prize in the Google Lunar X Prize, a $30 million contest to send an unmanned lunar rover to the moon. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/arti... More
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An artificial version of the vernix caseosa coating that protects and nurtures the developing skin of a fetus could speed up wound healing and treating eczema, Leiden University believe, based on experiments with mice. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20127015.100-artificial-baby-butter-accelerates-healing.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news)
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A vast electronic spying operation has infiltrated computers and has stolen documents from hundreds of government and private offices around the world, University of Toronto researchers have found. (Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/29/technology/29spy.html)
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(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Chemists at the University of Illinois have created a simple and inexpensive molecular technique that replaces an expensive atomic force microscope for studying what happens to small molecules when they are stretched or compressed.
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(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Modern manufacturing methods are spectacularly inefficient in their use of energy and materials, according to a detailed MIT analysis of the energy use of 20 major manufacturing processes.
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Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have built a piezoelectric effect (mechanical pressure converted to electricity) nanogenerator, the first to use this effect at the nanoscale.This could allow microsensors and miniature medical devices to derive their electrical needs from their surroundings instead of from batteries. (Source: http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2009/326/2)
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