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US Government Places 6,1 Million USD Orders Related to Precise Match-on-Card(TM) for Cyber Security Programs

LUND, Sweden and WASHINGTON DC, July 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Precise Biometrics has been awarded orders worth more than 6,1 million US dollar to supply fingerprint readers and software to the US Government, as a step in continued deployment of Precise Match-on-Card(TM) in multiple agencies...

New theory gives more precise estimates of large-scale biodiversity

Ask biologists how many species live in a pond, a grassland, a mountain range or on the entire planet, and the answers get increasingly vague. Hence the wide range of estimates for the planet's biodiversity, predicted to be between 2 million and 50 million species. A new way of estimating speci...

Mobile Communication Market Opens up for Biometrics - Precise Biometrics Awarded 1st Prize at GSMA World Mobile Congress

LUND, Sweden, February 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Precise Biometrics came in first place in the global SIMagine competition, held annually at the GSMA World Mobile Congress - the world's largest event for mobile communication. The awarded mobile aviation solution is based on Precise Match-on-SIM(TM) a...

Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Precise Biometrics as a Key Player in the Non-AFIS Fingerprint Market

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on its recent analysis of the non-AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identification System) fingerprint market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Precise Biometrics with the 2008 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Emerging Company of the Year for its high...

The precise role of seminal proteins in sustaining post-mating responses in fruit flies

Successful reproduction is critical to pass genes to the next generation. In sexually reproducing organisms, sperm enter the female with seminal proteins that are vital for fertility. In a new study published on Friday, December 14, 2007 in PLoS Genetics, researchers at Cornell University knocked ...

Male elephants woo females with precise chemistry

The exact chemical blend of a pheromone emitted by older male elephants in musth influences both a female elephant's interest in mating and how other surrounding elephants behave, a new study has found. The researchers at Oregon Health & Science University and the University of Auckland in N...

Surgical Robot 'Scrubs In' At UNC, May Be More Precise Than Conventional Surgery

The new surgical assistant at the University of North Carolina Hospitals arrived in February sporting three arms, a computerized brain and a glowing track record in helping to repair heart valves, remove cancerous prostates, bypass blocked coronary arteries and perform gastric bypass operations for...

Towards precise classification of cancers based on robust gene functional expression profiles

Chemists say they have identified a gene that appears to play a key role in the development of type 1 diabetes, also known as insulin-dependent or juvenile diabetes, a disease that affects about one million people in the U.S. and is on the rise worldwide. They described their findings, which they s...

“Nano-scissors?laser shows precise surgical capability

Precision surgery on microscaled worms ( C. Elegans ) is quite a challenge; its about 1 mm in length. A research team from the University of Texas at Austin developed a method of laser-assisted surgery to work on these little beasts, being able to section a single axon (the "arms" of a neuron) wit...

Methods for gene transfer in stem cells featured in Cold Spring Harbor Protocols

... transfection is a two-component system consisting of a transposase and a transposon containing inverted repeat/direct repeat sequences that result in precise integration into a TA dinucleotide. The article is freely accessible on the website for Cold Spring Harbor Protocols ( http://cshprotocols.cshlp.org...

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

...chers created their images by using a CT scanning device, which enabled them to take 3,000 x-rays of each fossil. These x-rays were then compiled into precise 3D models, using custom-designed software. Both Cryptomartus hindi and Eophrynus prestivicii were around the size of a 50 pence piece and they ro...

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

...Using information compiled by scientists at the University of Leicester, Biocontrol experts at CABI were able to focus their collecting efforts on the precise region of Japan where the European clone of Japanese Knotweed originated. "A number of Japanese invertebrates and micro organisms have been subje...

First genetically-engineered malaria vaccine to enter human trials

... are under development that use whole malaria parasites weakened by irradiation to protect against infection, their safety and effectiveness rely on a precise irradiation dose and trial results have been variable," Professor Cowman said. "We believe that our genetically attenuated parasite approach provides ...

Humans lend a hand to critically endangered waterbird

...of all South-East Asia's large waterbirds and is now the most threatened. Once common in Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia, the precise causes behind the bird's continuing decline have until now been poorly understood, which has hindered conservation efforts. ...

DOE-funded research projects win 46 R&D 100 Awards for 2009

...orvallis, OR. (Jointly with Perpetua) Ultrasensitive ESI-MS Source & Interface - integrates four technologies to provide greater sensitivity and precise measurements from mass spectrometry instrumentation while requiring smaller samples. Mass spectrometry instrumentation is commonly used for environme...

New windows opened on cell-to-cell interactions

...bes at the outer end. These miniscule polymers were incorporated into artificial membranes placed on a silicon wafer that acts like a mirror, allowing precise optical measurements of the orientation of the molecule. Electron microscopy revealed the presence of rigid, rod-like brushy glycoprotein (sugar-co...

Reveal the enemy

...ast two days after arrival of the sample in the laboratory. Tests that work faster, in the field, and without complex sample preparation, whilst being precise and error-free, are thus high on the wish list. A Spanish research team headed by Jordi Riu and F. Xavier Rius at the University Rovira i Virgili in T...

Munich researchers discover new target for tailored antibiotics

...zyme. The research team of Professor Groll, Dr. Eppinger, and Dr. Grwert has now succeeded in cracking the closed-state X-ray structure that shows the precise folding pattern of the protein chain and the chemical environment of the active site cavity. The crystal structure opened the door to a detailed ex...

Researchers achieve major breakthrough with water desalination system

...or of UCLA's Water Technology Research (WaTeR) Center, which is overseeing this project. "It can control a variety of process variables, including the precise measure of chemical additives to condition the water. All the valves are computer-controlled, so the system can adjust itself automatically. We can al...

Toward an explanation for Crohn's disease?

...sociates the predisposition for Crohn's disease with both the NOD2 mutation and the presence of mycobacteria, but researchers must still determine the precise combination of these factors to understand how the disease develops. More research is required to establish a complete explanation. From this, it ...

The tiny difference in the genes of bacteria

...investigate how pathogenic bacteria evolve in the environment. "Hereby, this high resolution method makes an important contribution towards a fast and precise recognition of microbial pathogens with pandemic potential." ...

The tiny difference in the genes of bacteria

...investigate how pathogenic bacteria evolve in the environment. "Hereby, this high resolution method makes an important contribution towards a fast and precise recognition of microbial pathogens with pandemic potential." ...

New trigger for chronic inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis discovered

...s and added tenascin-C. After the tenascin-C was added, the cells produced more molecules that cause inflammation. The authors plan to work out the precise mechanism by which tenascin-C increases these levels of inflammatory molecules in the human joint and try to find ways to inhibit this action. ...

Engineering innovative solutions for 21st century medicine

...erstanding of what they need to make their lives better. Medical imaging has the capacity to give my patients access to new tools for earlier and more precise diagnoses of cancer and heart disease, better targeted therapies, less invasive surgery, and improved techniques for rebuilding tissue after surgery."...

When palm trees gave way to spruce trees

... taken from there contained a record of ancient spores and pollen blown from the continent to the west. "These marine sediment cores give us a very precise chronology of the changes in the dominant land plants," said Dr. Greenwood "and since many of these species have modern relatives, we can assume that ...

Nonstick and laser-safe gold aids laser trapping of biomolecules

...t mix. By making very small islands of gold, we positioned individual molecules where we wanted them, and with a mechanical strength that enables more precise and additional types of studies, Perkins says. ...

Innovative system for monitoring coastline processes

...rfers from all over the world and the location for one of the Surfing World Championships. The monitoring developed by AZTI-Tecnalia enables a more precise knowledge of the characteristics of the sandbanks at Mundaka to be obtained, provides a monitoring and even a prediction of the waves (height, periodi...

Embryology study offers clues to birth defects

...dentifying Raldh2 and Raldh3, the genes responsible for retinoic acid synthesis, and has shown that retinoic acid is only produced by certain cells at precise stages of development. In the study, the team of scientists showed that mice missing the Raldh2 and Raldh3 genes, which normally die early and do ...

Horse whisperers, lion tamers not needed: Scientists find genetic regions that soothe savage beasts

...e who handles and raises animals to more fully understand what makes some animals interact with humans better than do others. It may also lead to more precise breeding strategies designed to pass specific genes from one generation to the next as a way to produce tame animals. "I hope our study will ultim...

Bullies have harassed 14 percent of workers over past 6 months

... Although it is a relatively widespread phenomenon, the experts have still not been able to come up with an all-encompassing and precise definition of workplace abuse or bullying. Basing their work on previous literature, David Gonzlez, of the High Court of Justice of Madrid and Jos Lus...

Olympus broadens portfolio with new biliary metallic stent

...ings and working with the world's top medical experts to provide solutions that best suit the needs of its customers and their patients." To ensure precise placement of the stent during a therapeutic procedure, the X-Suit NIR has virtually no foreshortening. In addition, each end of the stent features fiv...

NIH funds work at WPI on regenerating heart tissue and preventing urinary tract infections

...threads with hMSCs, then stitching those threads directly into a damaged heart. The technique significantly improves the ability to place the hMSCs at precise points in the heart to improve function in the damaged area. The new study aims to develop processes for maximizing the number of hMSCs that can be lo...

UF makes gene therapy advance in severe genetic disorder

...stops the body from being able to correctly store and use sugar between meals. In order to survive, children and adults with this disease must receive precise doses of cornstarch every few hours. The disease is even more dire in dogs, which must be fed sugar every 30 minutes to survive. "Without treatment...

NASA uses satellite to unearth innovation in crop forecasting

...drought in 2008 led to an estimated $1.1 billion in crop losses in Texas alone. "This advance is making it possible for us to do our job in a more precise way," said Curt Reynolds, a crop analyst for the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service in Washington. "We plan to make NASA's soil moisture information ...

Healing wounds with lasers, vehicles that drive themselves, other cutting-edge optics

...satellite with military-grade star trackers, which along with GPS makes the imagery from the satellite very accurate -- an important aspect for making precise maps. He will also preview the satellite GeoEye-2, which is expected to be launched around 2012 and would have a ground resolution twice as fine as Ge...

Immune genes adapt to parasites

...osts time to adapt in response. Some of the genes that were shaped by worm diversity made perfect sense, as the proteins they encode help generate the precise type of immune response required to rid the body of worms. Other genes, however, seemed to be influenced more by the diversity of viruses, bacteri...

Breakthrough in radiotherapy promises targeted cancer treatment

...to destroy, making the treatment especially invasive and often causing nasty side effects. A new development in radiotherapy will enable a far more precise and accurate treatment for cancerous tumours by using real-time images to guide the radiation beam. Real-time image-guided radiotherapy, combining ...

Bull's-eye electrode helps interpret thoughts, deliver stimulus to aid paralyzed, epileptic patients

...dition to detecting signals from the brain, Besio believes the electrode can be used in a therapeutic manner to administer an electrical stimulus to a precise location in the brain to control epileptic seizures or treat other neurological disorders. He has been awarded a $397,000 grant from the National Ins...

New tool for next-generation cancer treatments using nanodiamonds

...ress this issue, the team used the Nanofountain Probe to target and inject single cells with a dose of nanodiamonds. "This allows us to deliver a precise dose to one cell and observe its response relative to its neighbors," Ho says. "This will allow us to investigate the ultimate efficacy of novel trea...

University of Liverpool awarded $3.3 million for genomics hub

...nitiative will engender innovative ways of working and enable new and exciting discoveries. We hope the hubs will allow scientists to ask increasingly precise questions about diseases, and gather answers that were undreamt of only a decade ago." ...
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