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The BBVA Foundation presents its Frontiers of Knowledge Awards

The presentation ceremony in this inaugural edition of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards will take place on Thursday, June 18, under the presidency of the Spanish Minister of Science and Innovation, Cristina Garmendia, and the BBVA Foundation President, Francisco Gonzlez. The publi...

German Research Minister Schavan: 'Rapid knowledge transfer can safe lives'

This release is available in German . No progress without research this is particularly true for cancer medicine. The chances of cure for those affected can only be further increased if research results are swiftly transferred from the laboratory into clinical practice. Framework conditio...

Village bird study highlights loss of wildlife knowledge from one

Our ability to conserve and protect wildlife is at risk because we are unable to accurately gauge how our environment is changing over time, says new research out today in Conservation Letters . The study shows that people may not realise species are declining all around them, or that their l...

Federal scientists recognized for contributions to knowledge of bird ecology and habitat

PORTLAND, Ore. February 6, 2009. Two federal scientists have won national awards for their research on the habitat and ecology of the marbled murrelet and the northern spotted owl. Martin Raphael and Eric Forsman, research wildlife biologists at the Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Stat...

Wallace S. Broecker wins the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Climate Change

The 2008 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Climate Change category has found its way, in this inaugural edition, to U.S. researcher Wallace S. Broecker, who more than three decades ago predicted the existence of climate warming due to human activity. In 1975, Broecker published t...

Researchers advance knowledge of little 'nano-machines' in our body

Montreal, December 18, 2008 A discovery by Canada-U.S. biophysicists will improve the understanding of ion channels, akin to little 'nano-machines' or 'nano-valves' in our body, which when they malfunction can cause genetic illnesses that attack muscles, the central nervous system and the heart. ...

New scientific knowledge on juvenile diabetes

Finnish scientists have reported a breakthrough in the attempts to understand the development of type 1 diabetes. They discovered disturbances in lipid and amino acid metabolism in children who later progressed to type 1 diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes. The alterations preceded the autoi...

Penn announces $50M Penn Integrates Knowledge neurosciences initiative

PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania will make a major investment in neuroscience, the interdisciplinary study of brain/behavior relationships and nervous-system diseases, with a $50 million contribution from Penn's Health System to endow five new Penn Integrates Knowledge (P...

Improving care and knowledge in translational research to fight breast cancer

Berlin, 15 April 2008 -- European breast cancer specialists have taken a significant step forward in the fight against breast cancer by bringing together world leaders in breast cancer research and treatment at an innovative European scientific meeting, IMPAKT (IMProving cAre and Knowledge in Tr...

A tall story: New research adds to growing body of knowledge of genetics of height

Scientists are beginning to develop a clearer picture of what makes some people stand head and shoulders above the rest. A team of researchers who last year identified the first common version of a gene influencing height has now identified a further twenty regions of the genome which together can...

A call to infuse scientific knowledge into the human experience

COLD SPRING HARBOR, N.Y. In a provocative new book, distinguished geneticist and historian Elof Axel Carlson argues for a more scientific view of human nature, one that is based on our biologyour cellular organization, genetics, life cycle, and evolution. [M]ost of humanity has an outmode...

Rutgers scientist's research reveals critical knowledge about the nervous system

Newark, NJ Uncover the neural communication links involved in myelination, the process of protecting a nerves axon, and it may become possible to reverse the breakdown of the nervous systems electrical transmissions in such disorders as multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, diabetes and cance...

Closing the gap: Journal launch brings together wound-healing knowledge

Until now, controversy has existed as to the exact cell type that produces connective tissue growth factor (CTGF), a key protein in the wound healing process. This knowledge gap is closed in a paper featured in the first issue of Fibrogenesis & Tissue Repair , a new open access journal published ...

Women well informed about breast cancer, yet lacking knowledge about current treatments

According to a new GfK Roper Public Affairs survey sponsored by CancerCare, a national nonprofit cancer support organization, while the majority (76 percent) of women surveyed said they know at least a fair amount about breast cancer, many remain unaware of the important recent progress made in tr...

New knowledge improves rice quality

A major international initiative is being launched to try to boost the income of the world’s millions of poor rice farmers and at the same time provide consumers with more nutritious, better tasting food. New scientific knowledge is allowing rice researchers to develop better quality rice varieti...

Metacognition: Faced with a test, rats can check their knowledge first

Researchers have found evidence that rats are capable of metacognition—that is, they can possess knowledge of their own cognitive states. This ability, which can also be thought of as the capacity to assess or reflect on one's own mental processes, was previously only recognized in humans and other...

Mother knows best: Plant knowledge key to childhood health in remote Amazon

In a remote area of the Amazon, globalization is threatening the time-honored transmission of plant knowledge from generation to generation, with adverse effects on childhood health and nutrition. In a novel study published online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, re...

MatBase -- A new transcription factor knowledge base released by Genomatix

Genomatix Software GmbH, a pioneer and leader in the analysis of eukaryotic transcriptional regulation, releases MatBase, a knowledge base of transcription factors (TF). It contains genomic TF binding sites and protein binding domains, related literature, more than 27.000 known TF ?gene interact...

Quantum Dots Research Leads to New Knowledge about Protein Binding in Plants

UC Riverside researchers from the Departments of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Botany and Plant Sciences have worked together to discover a way to utilize Quantum Dot bio-conjugates to uncover new knowledge about the binding of a protein at the growing pollen ...

Molecular biology fills gaps in knowledge of bat evolution

One in five mammals living on Earth is a bat, yet their evolutionary history is largely unknown because of a limited fossil record and conflicting or incomplete theories about their origins and divergence. Now, a research team including University of California, Riverside Biology Professor Mark ...

Marine microbes creating green waves in industry

...r with academic researchers. The value in this approach is to take specific knowledge and expertise in biochemistry and molecular biology, coupled with novel and...r niche expertise. The value of this collaboration is in the coincidence of knowledge and expertise from academia with the uniquely important business of synthes...

New cancer drug delivery system is effective and reversible

...system that, in cell culture, achieves all of the above. The findings appear this month in the journal Angewandte Chemie . The team began with the knowledge that small, membrane-bound compartments, called liposomes, are useful as drug-delivery vehicles. When linked to molecules that target receptors on can...

Climbing to new heights in the forest canopy

... possibly as a result of human-induced climate change, such as increasing carbon dioxide concentration and increasing forest fragmentation. A greater knowledge of these fascinating plants is warranted as we begin to understand the important ecological role they play in forest dynamics, structure, and composit...

More than half of Texas physicians do not always recommend HPV vaccine to girls

... vaccine than those who did not consider these sources valuable. "Most physicians are aware of the vaccine and what it prevents, but they may lack knowledge about issues of safety and how to address parental concerns. That may be making them reluctant to deliver the vaccine," said Kahn. Although the st...

Joint research into an enzyme that causes genetic diseases

... Columbia University (New York) have conducted a joint research project, published in the prestigious scientific journal Structure , to gain in-depth knowledge of the structure of pyruvate carboxylase when it is in solution (in the "natural" state). Pyruvate carboxylase is a metabolic enzyme that plays a f...

Growing evidence of marijuana smoke's potential dangers

...ase in some countries, use of marijuana is increasing. Scientists know that marijuana smoke has adverse effects on the lungs. However, there is little knowledge about marijuana's potential to cause lung cancer due to the difficulty in identifying and studying people who have smoked only marijuana. The new ...

National assessment done on potential invasive snail and slug pests in US

...n officials, in their efforts to keep such invasive pest species out of the country. "The study is preliminary because of the serious lack of basic knowledge of many of these potentially invasive species," said Cowie, chair of the Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology graduate program at UH Manoa. "N...

New computer simulation helps explain folding in important cellular protein

...olling mechanisms behind protein folding. "Our goal is to present the methodology in a clear, self-consistent way, accessible to any scientist with knowledge of Monte Carlo simulations," said David Landau, distinguished research professor of physics at the University of Georgia and director of the Center fo...

Jet-propelled imaging for an ultrafast light source

...ules containing many thousands of atoms. Drug molecules are much smaller, and do their work by attaching themselves to the larger protein molecules. A knowledge of the arrangement of a protein's atoms is therefore a great help to drug designers, who like to understand how a drug molecule will dock with a prote...

E-Noses: Testing their mettle against fly noses

...sible by recent descriptions of how odorant receptors function in Drosophila, which was the first insect to have its genome described. It was this new knowledge of the fly's genome that made the fly odorant receptor work possible. ...

First genetically-engineered malaria vaccine to enter human trials

...ell as scientists from the Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, the Walter Reed Army Institute for Research and the University of Maryland, had used knowledge from several decades ago when scientists proved that irradiated malaria parasites provide protection against subsequent malaria infection in animal m...

Ants more rational than humans

...tanding human social systems? "It is hard to say. But it's at least worth entertaining the possibility that some strategic limitation on individual knowledge could improve the performance of a large and complex group that is trying to accomplish something collectively," Pratt says. ...

IOS Press announces launch of Journal of Berry Research

...rche, Department of Biochemistry, Biology & Genetics, Ancona, Italy, "The main objective of this new quarterly journal is to contribute to and improve knowledge regarding the quality and production of berries to benefit the health of the consumers and maintain profitable production using sustainable systems. I...

Ethiopian government celebrates rinderpest eradication

...nto the history of the disease in Ethiopia. The CAHWs also demonstrated for Ethiopian government workers and the Tufts veterinarians their indigenous knowledge on rinderpest symptoms and patterns of transmission. Their ability to monitor for flare-ups following the vaccinations was crucial to conquering rinde...

University of Miami receives stimulus funds for study of hurricane impacts on structures, ecosystems

...gy, including remote and optical imaging systems that can be deployed in hurricanes. This innovative experimental test bed will also contribute to the knowledge needed for the development of the next generation of high-resolution fluid dynamic models, which help forecasters and emergency response planners thro...

UK bioscience sparkles with new Diamond fellowship

...which could have benefits in optical technologies. The first Industrial Impact Fellowship - a new scheme established to enable a vital exchange of knowledge and expertise between academic and industrial sectors - helping to accelerate the development of new drugs by embedding an expert from the pharmaceuti...

$20 million NIH grant to transform clinical research at UIC

...res, UIC chancellor. Translational research -- moving new, basic science knowledge into useful applications for health and medicine -- is "an urgent need and ...stablished in 2007 to create new collaborations and support the movement of knowledge from the lab bench into the community. "This grant enables UIC to enhanc...

$29.4 million grant establishes CTSI at NYU in partnership with Health and Hospitals Corporation

...ce in Clinical Investigation. Enhancing ties between NYU-HHC researchers and the community to more rapidly identify health problems and apply the knowledge gained to promote the use of new developments and evidence-based medicine within communities, thereby reducing healthcare disparities. Eight of ...

Parascript Signature Verification Technology Used by Moscow Law Firm to Detect Signature Fraud in $160,000 Debt Collection Case

...w Law Firm "Gareev, Muslov, and Partners" provides legal services to businesses in Russia and represents clients' interest in courts of all instances. knowledge of the law, high qualifications, and experience in conducting trials enable unconventional approach to judicial proof issues required by the customers...

Innerscope Research Adds to Its Advisory Board Two Pioneers in the Measurement and Application of Emotional Engagement

...o decades of experience in advertising and was the Director of Research & Insight Development for McCann Erickson WorldGroup, where he was the top knowledge officer with regard to insight development methods and strategic research. Pentland directs the Human Dynamics Lab and oversees the Next Billion ...
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