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College students find comfort in their pets during hard times

COLUMBUS, Ohio A new study suggests that college students may handle stressful situations better if they have a pet. Research has already shown that pets can improve the quality of life for people who are aging or those who are chronically ill. But researchers at Ohio State University recently...

Novel fungus helps beetles to digest hard wood

University Park, Pa. -- A little known fungus tucked away in the gut of Asian longhorned beetles helps the insect munch through the hardest of woods according to a team of entomologists and biochemists. Researchers say the discovery could lead to innovative methods of controlling the invasive pest...

Neurons hard wired to tell left from right

It's well known that the left and right sides of the brain differ in many animal species and this is thought to influence cognitive performance and social behaviour. For instance, in humans, the left half of the brain is concerned with language processing whereas the right side is better at compre...

Scientists find that squid beak is both hard and soft, a material that engineers want to copy

(Santa Barbara, Calif.) How did nature make the squids beak super hard and sharp allowing it, without harm to its soft body to capture its prey? The question has captivated those interested in creating new materials that mimic biological materials. The results are published in this weeks ...

Fujitsu Combines Capacity, Performance and Power Efficiency Into the Industry's First 320GB 7200 RPM 2.5" Sata Hard Disk Drive

320GB Hard Disk Drive Sets the Standard for High Performance Laptops and Desktops SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc., a leading supplier of innovative computer products including hard disk drives, peripherals an...

Diabetes makes it hard for blood vessels to relax

One way diabetes is bad for your blood vessels is by creating too much competition for an amino acid that helps blood vessels relax, researchers say. That amino acid, L-arginine, is broken down by the enzyme arginase to urea, which helps the body eliminate toxins resulting from the proteins we ...

High-tech helmets reveal new information about the impact of hard hits to the head

CHAPEL HILL -- In a game that spawned the term "slobber knocker," is there a limit to the amount of impact a football player's head can handle before the player suffers a concussion" The answer is yes ... and no, say researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. High-tech helm...

Fujitsu Announces Industry Highest Capacity 2.5 Inch SATA Hard Disk Drive at 320GB(1)

320GB Capacity Meets Growing Demand for High-Performance Notebook Computers and Consumer Electronic Applications SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc., a leading supplier of innovative computer products including hard disk drives, ...

Healthy coral reefs hit hard by warmer temperatures

Coral disease outbreaks have struck the healthiest sections of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, where for the first time researchers have conclusively linked disease severity and ocean temperature. Close living quarters among coral may make it easy for infection to spread, researchers have found. ...

Scientists identify specific enzymes that make meningitis hard to fight

Two enzymes in meningitis bacteria which prevent the body from successfully fighting off the disease, and make the infection extremely virulent, have been identified in new research published today. The study found that the two enzymes - which have distinct functions - work together to hamper th...

A reason why video games are hard to give up

Kids and adults will stay glued to video games this holiday season because the fun of playing actually is rooted in fulfilling their basic psychological needs. Psychologists at the University of Rochester, in collaboration with Immersyve, Inc., a virtual environment think tank, asked 1,000 gamers...

Researcher gives hard thoughts on soft inheritance

Organisms, including humans, all inherit DNA from generation to generation, what biologists call hard inheritance because the nucleotide sequence of DNA is constant and only changes by rare random mutation as it is passed down the generations. But there also is evidence, especially in plants, th...

Beekeepers work hard for the honey, despite changing tupelo forest

Van Morrison sang about it, Peter Fonda starred in a movie about it, and people from all over the world will pay top dollar just to get some of it. It's tupelo honey, a honey so distinct, light and smooth that people describe it as they would a fine wine. But the future of tupelo honey productio...

K-State professors discover enzyme responsible for creation of a beetle's hard shell

Kansas State University researchers think their discovery of the enzyme involved in the hardening of a beetle's exoskeleton or cuticle could lead not only to better pest control, but also help create similar strong, lightweight materials for use in aircraft and armor. After a beetle first molts,...

Lance Armstrong through a physiological lens: hard training boosts muscle power 8%

Catch an athlete with clear potential early in his career, study his physiology over an incredibly eventful seven years including victory in the Tour de France, and you might uncover some incredibly important, indeed amazing facts about what training and dedication can accomplish. What Edward F. ...

Abnormal brain circuits may prevent movement disorder

...ents and non-patients with the disease gene have the same underlying functional brain abnormality, such as overactivity of motor circuits that make it hard to process sequential information. Nonetheless, mutation carriers have a characteristic circuit disorder involving a motor system that is revved up an...

August 2009 Geology and GSA Today media highlights

...versity, Solvegatan 12, SE-223 62 Lund, Sweden. Pages 739-742. During the Silurian Period (about 443-416 million years ago) fish faunas were struck hard by extinctions caused by the so-called Lau Event. This globally recognized event had significant effects on marine life, oceanic chemistry, and the se...

Jet-propelled imaging for an ultrafast light source

...t through a pulsed beam of x-rays a billion times brighter than any ever created in a light source before. ASU postdoc Dan DePonte did most of the hard work and refinement needed to realize the design. It wasn't easy. Nozzles made of solid material like glass invariably clog up, limiting droplets to a...

Naming evolution's winners and losers

...ecies of tuataras? "That is one of the big mysteries about biodiversity," Alfaro said. "Why these evolutionary losers are still around is a very hard thing to explain. They have been drawing inside straights for hundreds of millions of years. It's a real mystery to biologists how there can be any tu...

Stem cell research: From molecular physiology to therapeutic applications

...ell research has made significant progress in the past decade. Some therapeutic applications are coming closer to being on the market, but it is still hard to predict if and when stem cell therapy will replace largely traditional therapeutics. Given the early indications for success, we hope to see promis...

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

...America, Inc., a leading supplier of innovative computer products including hard disk drives, peripherals and biometric security solutions, today launched a... Products of America, Inc. currently offers products and services including hard disk drives, scanners and scanner maintenance, broadcast video products, pa...

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

...growth, explain the researchers. "Fish make great fish food," says co-author Brian O'Meara of the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center. "But they're hard to catch," says O'Meara. Biologists have long known that certain head and body shapes make some centrarchids better at catching fish than others. ...

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. This is because metabolic conditions and immunologic conditions are, with a few exceptions, distant co...

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

...n, and Illinois Institute of Technology) Super hard and Slick Coating (SSC) - The coating can improve ...nternational Co. and Hauzer Technocoating) The hard X-ray Nanoprobe - A new device provides X-ray imag...spatial resolution previously not available in the hard X-ray range. The system also provides qualitative ...

Ants more rational than humans

...pment of bio-inspired solutions to engineering problems. What do these findings potentially say about understanding 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...

Silicon with afterburners: Process developed at Rice could be boon to electronics manufacturer

...ly doing the same thing." Tour said years of research into molecular computing with an eye toward replacing silicon has yielded little fruit. "It's hard to compete with something that has trillions of dollars and millions of person-years invested into it. So we decided it would be good to complement si...

Stunting plants' skyward reach could lead to improved yields

...iar to generations of plant biologists but only in a broad sense. Phytochromes tend to control more than one function, Montgomery explained, making it hard to nail down at the molecular level exactly what causes a specific effect in a plant. Plants are adept at using sunlight to determine the time of y...

When children have breathing problems

... lung function test by the local paediatricians involved in the project. During the test the children were asked to blow into measuring devices first hard and then slowly. This provided a measurement of the extent to which their bronchial tubes were constricted and therefore limited in function. When ...

Fujitsu PalmSecure Certified Under International Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 2

...America, Inc., a leading supplier of innovative computer products including hard disk drives, peripherals and biometric security solutions, today announced ... Products of America, Inc. currently offers products and services including hard disk drives, scanners and scanner maintenance, palm vein recognition techno...

Researchers achieve major breakthrough with water desalination system

...on growth. With these critical issues looming large, researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science are working hard to help alleviate the state's water deficit with their new mini-mobile-modular (M3) "smart" water desalination and filtration system. In designi...

Building memories with actin

...eorganization occurs in two stages that are controlled by different pathways, a discovery that helps explain why it is easy to encode new memories but hard to hold onto them. If you can't seem to forget those ABBA lyrics you heard in seventh grade but can't remember Lincoln's Gettysburg address, the va...

Telomeres resemble DNA fragile sites

...d. The research lays new groundwork for the study of common fragile sites throughout the genome, explains de Lange. "Fragile sites have always been hard to study because no specific DNA sequence preceeds or follows them," she says. "In constrast, telomeres represent fragile sites with a known sequence,...

Army study improves ability to predict drinking water needs

...esearchers hope to develop either a table or an online application program in which an individual could enter variables such as height and weight, how hard and long they would be active and what the environmental conditions would be (temperature, humidity, sunlight and wind). The device would then calcula...

1-finger exercise reveals unexpected limits to dexterity

... "Push your finger as hard as you can against the surface. Now as hard as you can but move it slowly - follow the ticking...sensor. First, the volunteers simply pressed as hard as they could without moving. Then, still pressing...

Scientists are learning more about big birds from feathers

...te professor of forestry and natural resources. "With eagles, the effort can be 100 to 1,000 times greater than catching chickadees." Eagles can be hard to find, they often require live bait to attract and, with sharp talons and beaks capable of snapping off human fingers, they pose a risk to their wou...

Battle of the sexes benefits offspring, says research

... Dr Harrison said: "In our study we found that if one parent starts slacking off or deserts, its mate works harder to bring up the brood, but not so hard as to completely compensate for their partner's laziness. "Some say that marriage is a state of antagonistic cooperation - in this case we found th...

Virus-resistant grapevines

... such as the vine louse or the rust mite, fungi such as mildew, or viruses such as the "Grapevine fanleaf virus" (GFLV for short) can give the vines a hard time. The GFLV infects the grapevine and causes fanleaf disease, resulting in deformed and very yellowed leaves, smaller grapes and crop loss. Howe...

Who goes abroad for fertility treatment and why?

...yology today (Monday June 29). Study co-ordinator Dr. Franoise Shenfield, from University College Hospital, London, UK, said that this was the first hard evidence of considerable fertility patient migration within Europe. "Until now we have only had anecdotal evidence of this phenomenon", she said. ...

Elsevier announces 2008 journal impact factor highlights

...ear is a sign of the strong partnerships we have with our journal editors and our societies. This year's impact factor growth is one indication of the hard work and focus on quality of these collaborations." "The fact that Elsevier's overall results are amongst the best in the industry is a true indica...

Genetic finding could lead to targeted therapy for neuroblastoma

... of events, London said. "What's amazing is there are so many different ways for tumorigenesis to occur," London said. "That's the reason it is so hard to treat and cure cancer, or even to understand why it happens and how it happens." ...
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