Highest ever winter water temperatures recorded
Tasmania's east coast is recording its highest-ever winter water temperatures of more than 13C up to 1.5C above normal due to a strengthening of an ocean current originating north of Australia.
Satellites have given oceanographers an insight into a remarkable phenomenon a significant extens...
First ever worldwide census analysis of caribou/reindeer numbers reveals dramatic decline
Caribou and reindeer numbers worldwide have plunged almost 60% in the last three decades.
The dramatic revelation came out of the first ever
comprehensive census analysis of this iconic species carried out by biologists at the University of Alberta.
The results have recently been published i...
Biggest ever public investment in bioenergy to help provide clean, green and sustainable fuels
The biggest ever
single UK public investment in bioenergy research has been announced today (27 January) by the main funding agency for the biosciences the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).
The 27M BBSRC Sustainable Bioenergy Centre has been launched to provide t...
Earliest animal footprints ever found -- discovered in Nevada
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The fossilized trail of an aquatic creature suggests that animals walked using legs at least 30 million years earlier than had been thought.
The tracks -- two parallel rows of small dots, each about 2 millimeters in diameter -- date back some 570 million years, to the Ediacara...
Largest ever acoustics meeting is next month from June 30 to July 4, in Paris, France
May 15, 2008 -- There is only one place this summer where the tiger's roar will meet birdsongs; where the voice of the banjo and clarinet will be heard next door to advanced sonar systems; where the echoing din of the urban soundscape meets the smashing falls of Antarctic ice shelves.
Largest ever study of genetics of common disease just got bigger
DNA samples from 120,000 people are to be analysed in a 30 million follow up to last year's Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium (WTCCC), the largest ever
study of the genetics behind common diseases. The seven-fold increase in the number of samples to be analysed will allow researchers to look ...
University of Minnesota releases first ever comprehensive report of the health of college students
A report released by the University of Minnesota Boynton Health Service today is the first of its kind in the nation to conduct a comprehensive survey on the health of college students. About 10,000 college students completed the survey. Although the study is focused on students from 14 campuses i...
Footrot vaccine closer than ever
Monash University scientists have started clinical trials to find a successful vaccine against footrot in sheep.
The trials have been made possible with funding of $663,000 from Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)
The trials over three years are taking place at Monash University's Australian R...
Findings released from 1 of the largest percutaneous coronary intervention trials ever
NEW YORK (May 23, 2008) A study led by Gregg W. Stone, M.D., professor of medicine at Columbia University Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian and chairman of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation, has shown that heart attack patients who were administered the direct thrombin inhibitor bivalirudi...
Largest synthetic gene ever built offers insights into anti-malarial drug resistance
Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center say they are moving closer to understanding why the most lethal form of human malaria has become resistant to drug treatment in the past three decades. They have been able to artificially construct, and then express in yeast, a protozoan gene th...
The longest carbon nanotubes you've ever seen
Using techniques that could revolutionize manufacturing for certain materials, researchers have grown carbon nanotubes that are the longest in the world. While still slightly less than 2 centimeters long, each nanotube is 900,000 times longer than its diameter.
The fibers--which have the potentia...
Scientists get best look ever at water-life connection
No one has ever
seen exactly how water molecules interact with proteins ?even though water is the essential element for life . . . that is, not until now.
Researchers led by Ohio State University physicist Dongping Zhong revealed these interactions for the first time, and report the results in th...
MIT finds most complex protein knot ever seen
An MIT team has discovered the most complicated knot ever
seen in a protein, and they believe it may be linked to the protein's function as a rescue agent for proteins marked for destruction.
"In proteins, the three-dimensional structure is very important to the function, and this is just one ex...
The closest look ever at the cell's machines
Today researchers in Germany announce they have finished the first complete analysis of the "molecular machines" in one of biology's most important model organisms: S. cerevisiae (baker's yeast). The study from the biotechnology company Cellzome, in collaboration with the European Molecular Biology...
Newly discovered birdlike dinosaur is oldest raptor ever found in South America
Relative of Velociraptor rewrites evolutionary charts
The recent discovery of a 90-million-year-old dinosaur in Patagonia demonstrates that dromaeosaurs, a group of carnivorous theropods that includes Velociraptor and is closely related to birds, originated much earlier than previously thought. ...
No small feat: First ever gene therapy success for muscular dystrophy achieved
Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh report the first study to achieve success with gene therapy for the treatment of congenital muscular dystrophy (CMD) in mice, demonstrating that the formidable scientific challenges that have cast doubt on gene therapy ever
being feasible for children w...
Oldest fossil human protein ever sequenced
An international team led by researchers at the Department of Human Evolution, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Liepzig, Germany and Washington University in St. Louis, has extracted and sequenced protein from a Neanderthal from Shanidar Cave, Iraq dating to approximately 75,00...
Climate change poker: The barriers which are preventing a global agreement
...5 conference in Copenhagen in December 2009 to unite in the battle against climate change in one of the most complicated political deals the world has ever
seen, the increasingly complex territory of climate negotiations is being revealed in an article published today, 5 August, 2009, in IOP Publishing's ...
Brain difference in psychopaths identified
...h decision making. There is a white matter tract that connects the amygdala and OFC, which is called the uncinate fasciculus (UF). However, nobody had ever
studied the UF in psychopaths. The team from King's used an imaging method called in vivo diffusion tensor magnetic resonance imaging (DT-MRI) tractog...
August 2009 Geology and GSA Today media highlights
...ngton, Seattle, Washington 98195, USA. Pages 691-694.
Planetary scientists have debated the origin of the great canyons of Valles Marineris on Mars ever
since their discovery. Hypotheses have included erosion by giant floods, tectonic rifting, and collapse. Intense interest has been focused on the huge...
National assessment done on potential invasive snail and slug pests in US
...the first-ever assessment of snail and slug species that are of potential threat to the nation's agriculture industry and the environment, should they ever
be introduced in the U.S.
The July 2009 article in the American Malacological Bulletin is authored by snail/slug biologist Robert H. Cowie of the...
Leicester research paves way for first use in Europe of an insect to fight invasive plant
... Researchers at the University of Leicester have paved the way for the first ever
use in Europe of an insect (biocontrol) to combat an invasive plant species in Britain.
University of Leicester biologists established that the Jap...
A crystal ball for brain cancer?
...predict which ones will be shrunk by the drug Avastin -- before the patient ever
starts treatment. By linking high water movement in tumors to positive dru...to suggest that we can predict which tumors will respond before the patient ever
Pope and his colleagues focused on glioblastoma, the mo...
Jet-propelled imaging for an ultrafast light source
... x-rays in faster pulses, lensless imaging becomes ever
more critical for science. Among the promises of s...d beam of x-rays a billion times brighter than any ever
created in a light source before.
ASU postdoc ... nanocrystals from which diffraction patterns have ever
been obtained, and the first from membrane protein...
Organic food not nutritionally better than conventionally-produced food
... & Tropical Medicine have now completed the most extensive systematic review of the available published literature on nutrient content of organic food ever
conducted. The review focussed on nutritional content and did not include a review of the content of contaminants or chemical residues in foods from ...
121 breeding tigers estimated to be found in Nepal
... Kathmandu, Nepal The first ever
overall nation-wide estimate of the tiger population brought a positive ray of hope among conservationists. The figures announced by the Nepal Governm...
Nanophysics: Serving up Buckyballs on a silver platter
...ectronics are reported in Physical Review Letters and highlighted in the July 27th issue of APS's on-line journal Physics ( physics.aps.org ).
since the 1985 discovery of C60, this molecule, with its perfect geodesic dome shape has fascinated scientists, physicists, and chemists alike. Like a...
Early detection and quick response are key to defense against anthrax attack
... Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "But most important of all are multilateral diplomatic efforts to prevent bioterrorist attacks from ever
The study predicts that a campaign initiated two days after exposure would protect as many as 87 percent of exposed individuals from il...
High-tech vehicle design boosts emergency rescue capacity
...0 km/h. The rescue vehicles are easy and safe to operate, and simple to clean and disinfect.
Environment disasters and terrorist attacks are putting ever
increasing pressure on the rescue services as they often have to take care of a high number of victims in a very short period. In particular, there is...
Silicon with afterburners: Process developed at Rice could be boon to electronics manufacturer
...f boron, arsenic or phosphorus per 100 million of silicon.
But as manufacturers pack more transistors onto integrated circuits by making the circuits ever
smaller, doping gets problematic.
"When silicon gets really small, down to the nanoscale, you get structures that essentially have very little volu...
UK bioscience sparkles with new Diamond fellowship
...nology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) including the first ever
Diamond Fellowship, so named because the post will be based at the new Rese...ity.
Professor So Iwata, from Imperial College London, becomes the first ever
Diamond Fellow. He will use the high quality x-rays produced by the Diamond...
Munich researchers discover new target for tailored antibiotics
...try journal Angewandte Chemie .
Antibiotics can hold harmful pathogens in check by interfering with their ability to produce essential compounds. ever
more bacterial strains are developing multiple antibiotic resistances, however, rendering previously life-saving medications ineffective. That is why ...
French Authorities Give Sole Approval to GMAT Exam to Collect Biometric Data to Advance Security
...us ensuring the test taker is that candidate. It offers a highly reliable form of authentication because it utilizes no trace technology, no image is ever
stored, and the data cannot be read by other devices. The CNIL noted in its approval, "It is not likely to be captured without the knowledge of the pe...
Telomeres resemble DNA fragile sites
...rin protects the ends of linear chromosomes, which look like damaged DNA, from unnecessary repair. Working with TRF1, the very first shelterin protein ever
to be identified, de Lange and Sfeir have not only unveiled a completely unanticipated replication problem at telomeres, they have also shown how it i...
When it comes to brain damage, blankets take the place of drugs
... Have you ever
covered yourself with a blanket to stave off the shivers? A new study shows that a blanket can also help alleviate shivering in patients who have been...
Scientists are learning more about big birds from feathers
...sk, but a Purdue University researcher has found a way around the problem, and, in the process, gathered even more information about the birds without ever
laying a hand on one.
"Many birds are small, easy to catch and abundant," said Andrew DeWoody, associate professor of forestry and natural resource...
International team of students and scientists on month-long field course in Siberian Arctic
...rgest share of the Arctic. Yet few western scientists, much less students, ever
get the chance to work in the Siberian Arctic. This research experience is ...s, "My experiences in Siberia have taught me more about science than I have ever
learned in any classroom. With the help of the professors involved, I have...
OJ worse for teeth than whitening says Eastman Institute researchers
...oducts, are insignificant compared to acidic fruit juices. Orange juice markedly decreased hardness and increased roughness of tooth enamel.
before, researchers were able to see extensive surface detail thanks to a new focus-variation vertical scanning microscope. "The acid is so strong tha...
New biomarker method could increase the number of diagnostic tests for cancer
...ne of the major hurdles in validating protein biomarkers for clinical use. Thousands of cancer biomarkers are discovered every day, but only a handful ever
makes it through clinical validation. This is a critical roadblock because biomarkers have the potential to allow doctors to detect cancer in the earl...
Super-sleepers could help super-sizers!
...etabolism of their cells changes radically during the dormancy period allowing the frogs to maximise the use of their limited energy resources without ever
running on empty. This discovery could prove to have important medical applications in the long term. "It could potentially be useful in the treatment...