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Argonne to showcase science and technology at community open house

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory will open its gates to the community on Saturday, August 29, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for a day of discovery and fun for the whole family. The event is free and open to the public. "The open house will be great fun for everyon...

Scientists open doors to diagnosis of emphysema

Chronic inflammatory lung diseases like chronic bronchitis and emphysema are a major global health problem, and the fourth leading cause of death and disability in developed countries, with smoking accounting for 90% of the risk for developing them. Work by scientists at the European Molecular Bio...

'Canadian excellence' strengthened by extensive adoption of open access

BioMed Central and Wilfrid Laurier University today announce the launch of Laurier IR, an institutional repository that provides a visible point of open access archiving of intellectual output for all members of the University community. Built on BioMed Central's "Open Repository" system and u...

Pfizer shows support for open access

Pfizer today announced details of a membership agreement with BioMed Central to cover publication costs for research articles published by its researchers. Pfizer's BioMed Central membership arrangement means that Pfizer will centrally cover the publication fees for any researcher employed or f...

Pfizer supports open access publishing for researchers in low-income countries

Today, Pfizer announced an agreement with BioMed Central to launch an open access waiver fund which will support automatic waivers of publication fees for authors from low-income countries. Thanks to the open access waiver fund, researchers in low-income countries can publish research articles ...

Researchers recreate SARS virus, open door for potential defenses against future strains

CHAPEL HILL Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Vanderbilt University Medical Center have synthetically reconstructed the bat variant of the SARS coronavirus (CoV) that caused the SARS epidemic of 2003. The scientists say designing and synthesizing the virus is ...

Nutrition and bone health session to open the IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis in Bangkok

The IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis, the largest scientific conference devoted primarily to osteoporosis, will open on December 3rd in Bangkok with a special session focused on four key topics in nutrition and bone health. Professor Cyrus Cooper, Director of the MRC Epidemiology Resource Ce...

Sentara begins international trial -- open at only 24 US locations

Norfolk, VA September 23, 2008 Researchers at Sentara Cardiovascular Research Institute begin a new international study to explore the safety and effectiveness of stents to open airways of patients with advanced emphysema or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). The EASE (Exhale Air...

Pores open the door to death

This press release is available in German . Our body is almost constantly being threatened by pathogens and cancerous cells that appear out of the blue. But the body puts up a fight: specialized cells in the immune system smuggle small molecules (granzymes) into cancer cells and those body...

BIO-key(R) Issues Open Letter to Shareholders

WALL, N.J., July 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BIO-key International, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: BKYI), a leader in wireless public safety and finger-based biometric identification solutions, today issued the following open letter to its shareholders discussing recent improvements in its busines...

Euroscience Open Forum 2008: 1 month to go

It is one month before ESOF 2008 gets underway. Some major announcements before we hope to see you in July: Registration: If you have NOT registered please note: Online Registration closes June 30. Registration is easy, simply go to the Online Media Centre at www.esof2008.org ESOF...

Researchers 'see' structure of open nicotinic acetylcholine ion channels

The neurotransmitter acetylcholine is an essential chemical communicator, carrying impulses from neurons to skeletal muscle cells and many parts of the nervous system. Now researchers at the University of Illinois have painstakingly mapped the interior of a key component of the relay system that a...

Excellence in open access research celebrated at BioMed Central awards dinner

The winners of the 2007 BioMed Central Research Awards were announced yesterday at an awards ceremony at the Royal Society of Medicine. The event was attended by shortlisted authors, eminent researchers from around the world, open access advocates and science journalists. The Research Awards, n...

Top physics laboratories sign up to open access with PhysMath Central

PhysMath Central, the Open Access publisher for Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science, today announced membership agreements with the CERN and DESY high-energy physics laboratories. Under these agreements the organizations will centrally cover article-processing charges for all research publi...

SAGE and Hindawi announce landmark open access agreement

November 20, 2007 SAGE and the Hindawi Publishing Corporation have today entered into an agreement to jointly launch and publish a suite of fully Open Access (OA) journals. This is a bold strategic partnership that places SAGE as the largest academic publisher to develop a collection of Gold O...

CSHL researchers identify gene that helps plant cells keep communication channels open

Plant cells communicate via microscopic channels called plasmodesmata that are embedded in their cell walls. For the stem cells in the plants' growing tips, called "meristems," the plasmodesmata are lifelines, allowing nutrients and genetic instructions for growth to flow in. Developmental and ...

Acoustics World Wide press room now open

November 21, 2007 -- Reporters interested in the upcoming Acoustical Society of America (ASA) meeting in New Orleans are invited to visit the associated World Wide pressroom even if they cannot attend in person. On this site are posted dozens of lay language papers selected from among the 600 talk...

Cracking open the black box of autoimmune disease

Autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis occur when the immune system fails to regulate itself. But researchers have not known precisely where the molecular breakdowns responsible for such failures occur. Now, a team of scientists from the Whitehead Institute and ...

Public Library of Science to launch new, open access journal on neglected tropical diseases

The Public Library of Science (PLoS) announced today the creation of PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, the first open access journal devoted to the world's most neglected diseases. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases ( www.plosntds.org ) will focus on the overlooked diseases that strike millions of...

Gatekeeping: Penn researchers find new way to open ion channels in cell membranes

Using an enzyme found in the venom of the brown recluse spider, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have discovered a new way to open molecular pores, called ion channels, in the membrane of cells. The research team ?Zhe Lu, MD, PhD; Yajamana Ramu, PhD; and Yanping Xu, ...

Fruit fly studies open new window on cancer research

Scientists studying the humble fruit fly have found a family of proteins that enhances the sensitivity of a cell to a hormone that can trigger abnormal growth and cancer. Their discovery could lead to a completely new approach to tackling some cancers and the development of new drugs to stop uncont...

Scientists discover global pattern of big fish diversity in open oceans

A new study released in Science (via Science Express http://www.sciencexpress.org) on July 28th reveals a striking downward trend in the diversity of fish in the open ocean ?the largest and least known part of our planet. Teasing apart the effects of climate change and fishing over the past 50 year...

Bee mites suppress bee immunity, open door for viruses and bacteria

A non-native bee mite is causing the dramatic and sudden collapse of bee colonies across the country, but Penn State researchers believe they have found the combination of factors that triggers colony deaths which includes suppression of the bee immune system by the mites. The Varroa destructor ...

The BIOS Initiative - open source biotechnology is born

Althought we covered it partially this week , this initiative is so important that it deserve another, more complete description. In a publication today in the prestigious scientific journal, Nature, a team at CAMBIA in Canberra unveils the 'kernel' of the world's first 'explicit open source'...

Finding Cures For Tropical Diseases: Is Open Source An Answer?

There's a paradigm in life science and drug development : only "lucrative" "markets" get exploited by R&D companies. In many occasions I've seen very promising drugs candidates or related research get canned because no money was to be made with it, even if millions would have been saved worldw...

AGU journal highlights -- Aug. 6, 2009

...onfined areas such as fjords can play an important role in the larger-scale ocean circulation. However, most ocean circulation studies have focused on open regions. To examine how waves below the surface, known as internal waves, are modified by closely spaced submerged ridges, or sills, Xing and Davies c...

'Green' energy from algae

...r, closed systems are required. Presently, algae are being produced in open ponds in southern countries of relatively small productivity. This is where...ar energy into biomass, the efficiency being five times higher than that in open ponds." The plates in usual photo-bioreactors are arranged verti-cally. "Ev...

Scary ancient spiders revealed in 3-D models, thanks to new imaging technique

...silised remains of this creature suggested that it could have hunted on the open forest floor. It had long legs that enabled it to run through leaf litter t... to eat." At present, most palaeontologists analyse fossils by splitting open a rock and looking at the creatures encased inside. This means that scienti...

Holding breath for several minutes elevates marker for brain damage

...ain damage, according to a new study from the Journal of Applied Physiology . However, the appearance of the protein, S100B, was transient and leaves open the question of whether lengthy apnea (breath-holding) can damage the brain over the long term. "The results indicate that prolonged, voluntary ap...

Drug-proof zebrafish reveal secrets of addiction

... The effects of amphetamines on gene expression in zebrafish have been uncovered. This new study, published in BioMed Central's open access journal Genome Biology , provides clues to the genetics that underlie susceptibility to addiction by describing the nad zebrafish mutant, whic...

New computer simulation helps explain folding in important cellular protein

... has been studied in depth for many years, it also serves as an important model system for how similar systems work. That's why the new simulation may open doors in many other areas of inquiry. "The main advantage of this two-step approach lies in its flexibility as well as its generality," said Landau...

Fujitsu Expands Support for Ethernet Networks With New Additions to XG Switch Product Line

...e Fujitsu brand name they have come to trust. The XG0224 and XG0448 will feature auto sensing 10/100/1000 Base-T with 4 ports of SFP optics and open slots for 1 or 2 dual port 10GbE uplink cards, depending upon the model. The low-power, 1U high form factor allows for easy integration into existing...

Freshwater fish at the top of the food chain evolve more slowly

...ly relies on swimming to overtake its prey, and at the last moment will pop open its mouth kind of like popping open an umbrella and inhale the prey item," says Wainwright. "They're able to s...

Researchers develop 'brain-reading' methods

...ning the pattern of neural connections, you can predict with a high degree of accuracy what mental processing task a person is doing." The findings open up the possibility of categorizing a multitude of mental tasks with their unique pattern of neural circuitry and also represent a potential first, ear...

Nanophysics: Serving up Buckyballs on a silver platter

...ush the limits of surface science because the molecules and the re-arrangement of the underlying silver atoms are quite complex. The measurements thus open the door to studies of a large number of technologically and biologically important molecules on surfaces. ...

Humans lend a hand to critically endangered waterbird

... around half of the global population. Working in partnership with BirdLife International, the researchers found that the ibis prefer to forage in open and accessible sites with low vegetation and bare soil. This is believed to be because it makes it easier to find prey, aids take-off and landing, and...

Common allergy drug reduces obesity and diabetes in mice

... BOSTON, Mass. (July 26, 2009) Crack open the latest medical textbook to the chapter on type 2, or adult-onset, diabetes, and you'll be hard pressed to find the term "immunology" anywhere. Thi...

UC San Diego's $3 million NSF grant to fund science festivals

...stival Educational Enrichment activities for students of all ages across San Diego. Each annual cycle of enhanced science education programs will both open and close with the week-long celebration of science and technology in conjunction with local science and research firms, museums, colleges and univers...

Sticky protein helps reinforce fragile muscle membranes

...of sticky tape can prevent a pin from bursting a balloon, the sturdy basal lamina reinforces muscle cell membranes and keeps small tears from bursting open -- but only if the dystroglycan "glue" affixing the basal lamina to the membrane is working. "This study helps us understand how membrane structure...

$2 million grant aids study of lung cancer in people who never smoked

...ake a coordinated approach to biomarker discovery, using their expertise to study the same sets of specimens by different methods. Researchers hope to open the project to additional researchers after the first year. The researchers will use lung-cancer cell lines, tumor and lung tissue, and blood speci...
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