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Martin Hensen, head of e-strategies, UCB Germany: Making e-marketing more than just an add-on

London, August 3, 2009 / b3c newswire / - With the vast majority of our marketing efforts focused squarely on the sales force, e-marketing is still an add on, says Martin Hensen, head of e-strategies, UCB Germany. But successful e-CRM strategies are the basic starting point for all e-activities, h...

Scientists closer to making implantable bone material, thanks to new research

Scientists are closer to understanding how to grow replacement bones with stem cell technology, thanks to research published today in the journal Nature Materials . Many scientists are currently trying to create bone-like materials, derived from stem cells, to implant into patients who have d...

MIT: Making waves in the brain

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--Scientists have studied high-frequency brain waves, known as gamma oscillations, for more than 50 years, believing them crucial to consciousness, attention, learning and memory. Now, for the first time, MIT researchers and colleagues have found a way to induce these waves by shin...

'It takes a genome: How a clash between our genes and modern life is making us sick'

It's not just the climate that is struggling with what humans have done to the modern world, our genes are feeling the pressure as well, according to Professor Greg Gibson's recently published book. In It Takes a Genome: How a Clash Between Our Genes and Modern Life Is Making Us Sick , Profess...

U of Minnesota research finds most road salt is making it into the state's lakes and rivers

Research at the University of Minnesota has revealed that road salt used throughout the winter is making the state's lakes and rivers saltier, which could affect aquatic life and drinking water. The research indicates that better training of snow plow drivers and more judicious use of road salt c...

Process can cut the cost of making cellulosic biofuels

EAST LANSING, Mich. A patented Michigan State University process to pretreat corn-crop waste before conversion into ethanol means extra nutrients don't have to be added, cutting the cost of making biofuels from cellulose. The AFEX (ammonia fiber expansion) pretreatment process, developed by Br...

Tips for making a 'green' holiday from the world's largest scientific society

Move over, white Christmas, and make way for a "green" holiday. Here are a few tips that can make your holidays more environmentally friendly, courtesy of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society, and the ACS Green Chemistry Institute. The Institute works to fost...

The making of Dig It! the Secrets of Soil exhibit

SEPTEMBER 24, 2008 At the 2008 Joint Annual Meeting in Houston, the Smithsonian's Design Team will explain details about the making of the new Dig It the Secrets of Soil exhibit that recently opened at the Natural History Museum in Washington, DC. Jennifer Bine, Pat Megonigal, and Barbara Stauffe...

NIST trumps the clumps: Making biologic drugs safer

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a technique to measure the formation of clumps of proteins in protein-based pharmaceuticals. This first systematic study* clarifies the conditions under which scientists can be assured that their instruments are...

Small protein may have big role in making more bone and less fat

A small protein may have a big role in helping you make more bone and less fat, researchers say. "The pathways are parallel, and the idea is if you can somehow disrupt the fat production pathway, you will get more bone," says Dr. Xingming Shi, bone biologist at the Medical College of Georgia In...

Research suggests parts of UK could be too hot for wine making by 2080

Increasing summer temperatures could mean some parts of southern England are too hot to grow vines for making wine by 2080, according to a new book launched today (26 May 2008). The author, Emeritus Professor Richard Selley from Imperial College London, claims that if average summer temperatur...

Findings a step toward making new optical materials

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Chemical engineers have developed a "self-assembling" method that could lead to an inexpensive way of making diamondlike crystals to improve optical communications and other technologies. The method, developed at Purdue University, works by positioning tiny particles onto...

Is that sea otter stealing your lunch -- or making it?

This release is available in French. Hunted to near extinction, sea otters are making a steady comeback along the Pacific coast. Their reintroduction, however, is expected to reduce the numbers of several key species of commercially valuable shellfish dramatically, such as sea urchins and ...

GBIF making the search for biodiversity research resources easier

Copenhagen, 5 December 2007 - If you needed to see a specimen of a hedgehog from Herzegovina or a fish from Fiji, would you know where to look? Finding a natural history collection that has specimens from a particular time or place right now is mostly a matter of guesswork. The Global Biodivers...

Another type of nanotube, a how-to guide to making bamboo-structured carbon nanotubes

Nanotechnology is area if science that has recently captured the attention of people all around the world. At the heart of the nanotechnology revolution are carbon nanotubes, amazing materials with astonishing properties. They have applications in most fields, with new possibilities emerging regu...

Bioterrorism and disaster preparedness explored in special issue of Medical Decision Making

Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore and Washington DC (July 27, 2009) According to a study in a special issue of Medical Decision Making , a large-scale, covert anthrax attack on a large city would overwhelm hospital resources even with an extremely effective public health response, primari...

Are scientists making progress in being able to regenerate bone tissue?

In an article in PLoS Medicine, Gert Meijer (University Medical Centre Utrecht, The Netherlands) and colleagues discuss what kind of progress there has been in restoring the function of diseased or damaged bone by bone tissue regeneration. Until recently, say the authors, the use of bone grafts f...

New fMRI technology making brain tumor surgery safer

Brain specialists at The Neuroscience Institute at University Hospital and the University of Cincinnati have taken a significant step forward in their quest to treat difficult tumors while preserving areas of the brain that are responsible for speech and movement. The Cincinnati specialists are am...

Microbes compete with animals for food by making it stink

Microbes may compete with large animal scavengers by producing repugnant chemicals that deter higher species from consuming valuable food resources -- such as decaying meat, seeds and fruit, a new study suggests. Ecologists have long recognized microbes as decomposers and pathogens in ecological...

Ten years later, Dolly is still making headlines

The lead researcher for the team who - 10 years ago - created the cloned sheep "Dolly," will kick off the 2006 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists' (AAPS) National Biotechnology Conference in Boston, June 18-21. At the meeting, nearly two-thousand of the world's leading scientists wi...

The making of a fat cell

A new study reveals critical molecular events in the origin of fat cells. The findings are central to understanding chronic diseases, such as obesity and diabetes, as fat cells produce hormones critical for metabolic control, the researchers said. The study finds that a hormonal cocktail routinel...

Muscle repair: Making a good system better, faster; implications for aging, disease

Skeletal muscles naturally repair themselves very efficiently after injury. But when they don't, otherwise successful recovery following damage from overuse during exercise, surgery or trauma can be stymied. Furthermore, as we age, muscle repair slows noticeably, and in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy ...

Understanding biases in epidemic models important when making public health predictions

Mathematical models have become invaluable decision-making tools for public health officials. As demonstrated during the United Kingdom's foot-and-mouth epidemic of 2001, models can be useful in two ways: they can reveal the underlying characteristics of an infection and they can allow the comparis...

The making and breaking of microtubules

Microtubules are active protein polymers critical to the structure and function of cells and the process of cell division. In a living cell their growing ends constantly elongate and retreat in a thrashing frenzy of polymerization and depolymerization, like the writhing snakes of Medusa's hair. Kno...

What's really making you sick? Plant pathologists offer the science behind Sick Building Syndrome

Science-based identification of mold and other causes of Sick Building Syndrome may improve its management, say plant pathologists with The American Phytopathological Society (APS). Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) refers to a situation in which building occupants experience health problems while in...

EMBO pioneers pension plan for internationally mobile postdoctoral researchers

...owships annually - between 75 and 80 additional long-term fellowships. Co-funded EMBO Fellows will be selected during the next two evaluation rounds, making them eligible to participate in the new pension plan. All new and second-year EMBO Fellows will have the opportunity to join the pension plan when...

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

...ns 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 study population was limited to Texas, Kahn said she believes that the views expre...

Venomous sea snakes play heads or tails with their predators

...nting for food sea snakes probe crevices and coral formations, temporarily forcing them to drop their guard to threats from the surrounding waters and making them highly vulnerable to attack. However, the Yellow-lipped Sea Krait has been found to twist its tail so that the tip corresponds with the dorsal vi...

Abnormal brain circuits may prevent movement disorder

...nformation. Nonetheless, mutation carriers have a characteristic circuit disorder involving a motor system that is revved up and idling at high speed, making it difficult to integrate the information needed to plan movements and to learn new motor skills. It was not suspected that these otherwise healthy in...

Bioethanol's impact on water supply 3 times higher than once thought

...e regional irrigation practice in growing corn. However, a dozen states in the Corn Belt consume less than 100 gallons of water per gallon of ethanol, making them better suited for ethanol production. "The results highlight the need to take regional specifics into account when implementing biofuel mandates,...

New stem cell research could reduce number of animal experiments

...currently incurable condition causes patients to lose movement in muscles, affecting breathing and eventually causing death. Dr Subramanian will be making iPS cells from the skin cells of patients suffering from ALS to study the genes that are thought to cause the disease. She said: "These are excitin...

Urban water ecology at the ESA annual meeting

...negligible amount retained by the building with no greenroof. Although her results are preliminary, Starry thinks that cities can reap benefits from making greenroofs a part of their building requirements, as cities like Toronto and Berlin have recently done. Using GIS satellite imagery, she estimated the...

August 2009 Geology and GSA Today media highlights

...t Stanford University), Fildani et al. have discovered that the important Permian-Triassic boundary is marine in the southwestern sector of the basin, making the Karoo the only basin known to have a Permian-Triassic boundary identified in both marine and terrestrial sections. This discovery offers the uniqu...

Iron isotopes as a tool in oceanography

...ouse gas carbon dioxide down from the atmosphere through the process of photosynthesis. A proportion of the carbon is exported to the deep ocean, making the oceans a major carbon dioxide sink, without which global warming would rapidly accelerate. The natural supply of iron to such 'High Nutrient Low C...

K-State researcher, collaborators study virulence of pandemic H1N1 virus

... Laboratory studies at Kansas State University and the work of a K-State researcher are making headway in the effort to control the pandemic H1N1 virus. Juergen Richt is a Regents Distinguished Professor at K-State's College of Veterinary Med...

Leicester research paves way for first use in Europe of an insect to fight invasive plant

... all Japanese Knotweed female, but all belonged to a single clone, produced by cuttings from the original introduction by P. von Siebold in the 1850s making it one of the biggest females in the world! Michelle was also able to show that small mutations in the chloroplast region of these plants gave us ...

UCSF researchers identify new drug target for Kaposi's sarcoma

...hell in their most stable state. Those proteases play an essential role in making the virus infectious, but require the two clamshell halves to bind together...y potentially opens myriad opportunities for drug discovery, Craik said, by making target receptors that were biologically validated, but then deemed undrugga...

'Shifting Sands' highlights past, present and future of Maryland coastal bays ecosystem

...o author Shifting Sands: Environmental and Cultural Change in Maryland's Coastal Bays, a comprehensive look at the coastal lagoons and barrier islands making up Maryland's Atlantic coastline. Published by IAN Press, Shifting Sands leads the reader through the history, setting, context and ecology of thes...

Reprogramming human cells without inserting genes

..., as was presumed. Those genes were, in fact, sending out messages, but those messages were not being translated into the proteins that do the work of making cells pluripotent. "This was quite unexpected," said Tanja Dominko, DVM, PhD, associate professor of biology and biotechnology at WPI and president of...

Researchers develop 'brain-reading' methods

... of functions." The study involved 130 participants, each of whom performed a different mental task, ranging from reading, to memorizing a list, to making complex decisions about whether to take monetary risks, while being scanned using fMRI. The researches were able to identify which of eight tasks part...
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