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Researchers examine carbon capture and storage to combat global warming

...per procedures are followed. Benson points to a familiar technology as a model for thinking about and tackling risk. ''People often ask, is geological storage safe" It's a very difficult question to answer. Is driving safe"'' she expounded. ''You might say yes or no, but what makes driving something we'...

Potato wart eyed as risk to potato production

While many may be familiar with potato late blight, the plant disease responsible for widespread potato shortages, the lesser known potato wart has the potential to be as devastating to economies that depend on potato production, say plant pathologists with The American Phytop...

Bats get the munchies too!

Many of us will be familiar with cravings for sweet food, after having overindulged in alcohol the night before. It appears that Egyptian fruit bats also crave particular types of sugar to reduce the effects of ethanol toxicity. Francisco Sanchez from the Ben-Gurion University ...

Imaging pinpoints brain regions that 'see the future'

... to place future-oriented images in the context of familiar places (e.g. home, school) and familiar people (e.g. family, friends), which would require the reactivation of those images from neural netw...

Are one-third of costly implanted heart devices unnecessary? New study suggests yes

...ch is much like a standard treadmill "stress test" familiar to many heart patients. In an editorial accompanying the paper, two University of Pennsylvania cardiologists note that the study adds more information to the issue of MTWA testing for ICD candidates, but that larger studies are needed....

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

...ecific location. When siblings were removed from a familiar cage and scattered about another large unfamiliar cage, within minutes, they gathered back together. In one experiment conducted by Rayor and Rachel Walsh, A&S '05, when 7- to 9-month-old D. diadema were separated from their families and late...

Using brain scans, researchers find evidence for a two-stage model of human perceptual learning

... scans. This time, two areas of the brain, the now familiar area in lateral occipital cortex as well as an area in lateral prefrontal cortex, were found to be active when processing the images. "The lateral prefrontal cortex is known to be the center of cognitive control," Riesenhuber said. "That is where the...

Prehistoric mystery organism verified as giant fungus

...d. Simple vascular plants, the ancestors of the familiar conifers, ferns and flowering plants of today, began to diversify on land during the Devonian Period. "Initially, they’re just stems. They don’t have roots. They don’t have leaves. They don’t have anything like that," Boyce said. Millipedes, wingl...

Ultrasound upgrade produces images that work like 3-D movies

...ect. This principle lies behind 3-D movies and the familiar Fisher Price View-Master toy. With practice, some people can "defocus" their eyes and fuse the paired images without the aid of any special viewing device. (Find out how at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stereoscopy .) To demonstrate the new capabi...

Fish can determine their social rank by observation alone, study finds

...out, eight different bystanders were tested in the familiar square tank and in a new setting--a rectangular aquarium with three adjacent compartments. In each test, a bystander was placed in the middle compartment between two sets of rivals that he had never seen together--A and E (AE), and B and D (BD). At t...

Williams College biologist explores photosynthetic apparatus

...Students participating in this project will become familiar with state-of-the-art technology used in this field of study and have a chance to participate in national scientific meetings. Recently the Woodrow Wilson Foundation also has recognized Ting. She was awarded a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship F...

Anti-dandruff compound may help fight epilepsy

...on’t fully appreciate the biological roles of many familiar chemicals that surround us.? ...

Novel laboratory technique nudges genes into activity

... during RNA interference. "That’s what everyone is familiar with," he said. "But the idea of RNA being used as a sort of nucleic acid modulator of chromosomes, at the level of the chromosome itself, is novel and unexpected, and it’s going to take some getting used to." ...

Human preference for other species could determine whether they survive

...penguins because that species is probably the most familiar to the public. There are 17 penguin species, and in the past some were hunted for food or boiled to extract their oil. Some species now struggle to survive climate change, changing food patterns and encounters with humans or human activity, such ...

Virginia Tech's System X supercomputer provides super tool for simulation of cell division

...g the cell cycle of budding yeast (the yeast cells familiar to bakers and brewers, and a favorite organism of molecular biologists, as well). "Such fundamental research on the cell cycle of budding yeast provides a basis for understanding the reproduction of human cells and is relevant to the causes and treat...

Mysterious 'neural noise' actually primes brain for peak performance

...reduces the resources needed to compute it. Anyone familiar with log tables and slide rules knows that while multiplying large numbers is difficult, adding them with log tables is relatively undemanding. The brain is apparently designed in a similar manner--"coding" the possibilities it encounters into a fo...

Two central mysteries in genome inheritance solved at UCSD

...ll division, first described in the late 1800s and familiar to all high-school students from movies shown in biology classes, has long fascinated biologists. However, the molecular nature of a key component of cell division, the "chromosome-spindle" connection, which is critical for the inheritance of geneti...

A natural chemical found in strawberries boosts memory in healthy mice

...tered a single dose of fisetin could better recall familiar objects. In fact, fisetin worked almost as well as rolipram, a substance known to enhance memory. Memory loss caused by neurodegenerative disease occurs due to loss of neurons, a situation very different from that of healthy mice. Thus the ultimat...

Patients can report statins' adverse effects on new web site

...other experts in heart disease and cholesterol are familiar with the benefits of statins and other cholesterol drugs, but are unfamiliar with the adverse experiences with these drugs that many people have reported ?such as effects on muscle pain or weakness, memory and thinking, or mood," said Beatrice A. Gol...

New book uses ABCs to teach children microbiology

A new children's book from ASM Press uses the familiar genre of the ABC book to introduce readers to the not-so-familiar world of microbes. The Invisible ABCs will delight readers of all ages with its colorful presentation and spectacular selection of illustrations. Intended for school-age children and ...

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