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Researchers find 24 species believed new to science in Suriname rainforest

Scientists exploring the remote highlands of eastern Suriname discovere... follow-up survey in 2006 demonstrate the value of exploring unknown regions such as Suriname’s rainforest to assess the need to conserve them. The study spon...

Researchers examine carbon capture and storage to combat global warming

...bols of green technology, Stanford researchers are exploring another path for cutting emissions of carbon dioxide, the leading greenhouse gas that causes global warming. Carbon capture and storage, also called carbon sequestration, traps carbon dioxide after it is produced and injects it underground. The gas ...

Weizmann Institute scientists develop a general 'control switch' for protein activity

...s researchers with a simple and effective tool for exploring the function of unknown proteins, and in the future the new technique may find many additional uses. The switch has a genetic component and a chemical component: Using genetic engineering, the scientists insert a short segment of amino acids into...

Eavesdropping comes naturally to young song sparrows

...r neighbors. University of Washington researchers exploring how male song sparrows (Melospiza melodia) acquire their song repertoires have found the first evidence that young birds choose many of their songs by eavesdropping on the tuneful interactions between other sparrows. In laboratory experiments, the...

NASA-funded robotic sub finds bottom of world's deepest sinkhole

...plorations, including the long-term possibility of exploring the oceans hidden under the icy crust of Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons. For the near term, NASA recently approved a project that will use these technologies to explore underneath the ice of West Lake Bonney in Antarctica’s Taylor Valley. The DEP...

Corals -- More complex than you?

...ay also be a direct payback, in the sense that, by exploring the ancestral immune genetic repertoire of corals and how it functions in a simple animal, we will gain new insights which will help in the battle against human disease, he adds. The richness of the coral genome ?unexpectedly loaded with genes, ma...

Scientists identify prion's infectious secret

...e findings provide a new framework for us to begin exploring properties of prion biology that, up until now, have proven difficult to investigate," says Whitehead Member and MIT Professor of Biology Susan Lindquist, senior author on the paper, which will appear in the May 9 online issue of Nature. Proteins...

DOE JGI sets 'gold standard' for metagenomic data analysis

...w in DOE JGI's Genome Biology Program. "We are now exploring ways to analyze metagenomic data to enable accurate classification of sequence fragments into their corresponding species populations. The goal is to reconstruct metabolic pathways by comparing with reference isolate genomes, so that we can model ec...

Get a whiff of this: Smell test could sniff out serious health problems

... break.? Frank adds that his current research is exploring the patterns of loss of smell that could be an indicator of Alzheimer’s. He says the Sniff Magnitude Test is also getting a look by researchers at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago as part of a major epidemiological study on aging, Alzhei...

Scientists identify molecular cause for one form of deafness

Scientists exploring the physics of hearing have found an underlying molecular cause for one form of deafness, and a conceptual connection between deafness and the organization of liquid crystals, which are used in flat-panel displays. Within the cochlea of the inner ea...

A genetic 'gang of 4' drives spread of breast cancer

...g drugs already on the market. The researchers are exploring clinical testing of combination therapy with the drugs—cetuximab (trade name Erbitux) and celecoxib (Celebrex)—to treat breast cancer metastasis. The research team, led by Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator Joan Massagué at the Memorial S...

Cold sore virus might play role in Alzheimer's disease

...be that it works in multiple ways." The team is exploring different ways that herpes might affect the development of Alzheimer's disease. In one study the team looking at the role of Nectin-1, a cell adhesion molecule that herpes uses as one route to infect a cell. Nectin-1 plays a crucial role in forming s...

A rarity among arachnids, whip spiders have a sociable family life

...tile contact with one another. They are constantly exploring one another and interacting with their siblings." Scientists have long thought these creatures were solitary and cannibalistic predators, as past studies have focused mainly on the adult's dramatic courtship and fighting behaviors. Rayor believes t...

No carrier necessary: This drug delivers itself

...ne and Biomedical Sciences. The UB/RPCI team is exploring the use of the same technique for delivering other hydrophobic drugs, including those used in chemotherapy. ...

Applied scientists create wrinkled 'skin' on polymers

...ivision of Health Sciences and Technology aimed at exploring the behavior of living cells on these patterned substrates. Such research may lead to the development of an effective and robust method to build custom templates for engineering and growing tissues. "We are approaching this field of research from v...

Antivirals effectively curb influenza virus

...cy of influenza infection in their contacts. In exploring the reasons for oseltamivir's greater effects on infectiousness, the authors speculated that the different modes of administration ?oral for oseltamivir and inhaled for zanamivir ?and resultant upper-respiratory viral levels could be the key, with za...

Strawberry daiquiris -- the extra-healthy cocktail?

... make them even healthier, scientists show. While exploring ways to help keep strawberries fresh during storage, researchers from Thailand and the US discovered that treating the berries with alcohol led to an increase in antioxidant capacity and free radical scavenging activity within the fruit. While such a...

Studies yield insight into the numerical brain

...of numeric quantities. The researchers said that exploring how the processing of numerical symbols develops could have clinical implications. "Developmental studies should focus on tracing the emergence of numerical representation in the brain, investigating in particular at which stage such a representation...

Can engineered immune cells stop AIDS?

... of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, is exploring a completely new way of manipulating the body's natural defense system. "Rather than focusing on conventional vaccines that boost the immune system, we are experimenting with a way to help the immune system produce antibodies that can neutralize t...

Neural bottleneck found that thwarts multi-tasking

...nce." The researchers are interested in further exploring what is happening in the bottleneck to slow performance and believe the work may have future implications for people performing complex tasks. "It may be possible to look to the sort of tasks people are going to have to do in a very complex envir...

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