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Less than one month to opening of world’s largest global congress on osteoporosis

More than 4,000 health professionals are expected to attend the upcoming IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis (IOF WCO) to be held from December 3 7, 2008 in Bangkok, Thailand. Detailed information about the congress is available on the IOF website at www.iofbonehealth.org IOF and the Thai Os...

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...

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. These so...

A new analysis method allows to find out the sex of the baby from the second month of pregnancy

The spin off of the University of Granada Lorgen, in collaboration with the Foetal Medicine Unit of the Maternity Hospital Virgen de las Nieves of Granada, has managed to develop a genetic trial that identifies the sex of the foetus from the eighth week of pregnancy separating the DNA found in th...

Duke stem cell biologist wins 3 major awards in 1 month

DURHAM, N.C. Chay Kuo, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of cell biology at Duke University Medical Center, has won three prestigious awards in one fell swoop. His cutting-edge, noteworthy progress in stem cell research is the reason that three different organizations called him with good news thi...

GSA Northeastern Section to meet in Buffalo this month

Boulder, CO, USA - Approximately 700 geoscientists will gather 27-29 March 2008 for the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Section of the Geological Society of America. Topics range from recent earthquake activity in New England to geological factors affecting wines made in western New York. ...

Planetary geoscience, paleontology, and more at GSA Annual Meeting in Denver next month

Boulder, CO Approximately 6300 geoscientists from around the world will gather at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Colorado Convention Center, Denver, 27-31 October 2007. Journalists are cordially invited to attend. Eligible media representatives will receive complimentary regist...

Combating anthrax: Results of study published this month as researchers look for a better vaccine

A new study published this month by a Saint Louis University vaccine researcher scrutinizes what in the future could be an alternative to the presently available anthrax vaccine. This new type of anthrax vaccine produced the immune response doctors were looking for, according to peer-reviewed res...

EMBO pioneers pension plan for internationally mobile postdoctoral researchers

...ditional funding to support the international mobility of early-stage researchers. The EMBC support allows for incentive contributions of 100 euro per month during a two-year fellowship for each EMBO Fellow enrolled in the plan. Participation in the pension plan is voluntary. In addition to the monthly...

New cancer drug delivery system is effective and reversible

...searchers report that they have assembled a new cancer drug delivery system that, in cell culture, achieves all of the above. The findings appear this month in the journal Angewandte Chemie . The team began with the knowledge that small, membrane-bound compartments, called liposomes, are useful as drug...

ComCam Selected by ePortation on New Maritime Domain Awareness Project

...lized control room functions to track all assets specifically within sea ports." ePortation President Paul Labow said, "The project starts this month in a Group 1 Sea Port defined by DHS as the 'highest risk' and will make extensive use of ComCam's technology and expertise and will be integral to ou...

A crystal ball for brain cancer?

...stin, a drug shown to quell cancers in the breast, colon and lung. One month later, McNabb's tumors had shrunk by 95 percent. Subsequent brain scans sh...abb, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Avastin last month for the treatment of brain cancer. The powerful drug shrinks tumors by cho...

New drug may reduce heart attack damage

...ecovery after a heart attack. Safety trials of Dz13 are now underway ahead of Phase 1 human trials. A paper outlining the animal study appears this month in the high-impact cardiovascular journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology . "While this drug doesn't prevent the heart attack, i...

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

...urers reach beyond the current limits of Moore's Law as they make microprocessors both smaller and more powerful. Their findings are published this month by the Journal of the American Chemical Society . Moore's Law, suggested by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore in 1965, said the number of transistors ...

High construction cost for cycads

...-growing species, for example, constantly replace their leaves. For these species, food synthesis may be reduced to negligible levels in less than one month after leaf construction. In contrast, the decline in food synthesis for leaves of Guam's Cycas is minimal, with rates of two-year-old leaves sustain...

Bad mitochondria may actually be good for you

...iversity examined the mitochondria of MCLK1-defective mice, a strain known for its longevity, at various ages. What they found was that in young (3 month old) MCLK1-defective mice, mitochondria were quite energy inefficient and produced a lot of harmful oxygen radicals; yet surprisingly, when these mice...

Study explains potential failure of oral contraceptives with obese women

...lood concentrations needed in the body to prevent conception in obese women, it appears to take twice as long, leaving a "window of opportunity" every month where the contraceptive may not be at a high enough level to prevent a pregnancy. The findings are of particular importance, researchers noted in t...

Results from trials of DHA in Alzheimer's disease and age-related cognitive decline

...Karin Yurko-Mauro, PhD, Associate Director of Clinical Research at Martek, conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multi-center, six month study to determine the effects of 900 mg per day of algal DHA on improving cognitive functions in 485 healthy older people (average age=70) with mild ...

Down Under dinosaur burrow discovery provides climate change clues

...y Martin has found evidence of more dinosaur burrows this time on the other side of the world, in Victoria, Australia. The find, to be published this month in Cretaceous Research , suggests that burrowing behaviors were shared by dinosaurs of different species, in different hemispheres, and spanned milli...

New theory gives more precise estimates of large-scale biodiversity

...tes for the planet's biodiversity, predicted to be between 2 million and 50 million species. A new way of estimating species richness reported this month in the journal Ecology Letters by University of California, Berkeley, ecologist John Harte and colleagues, will make such estimates more precise for...

Plastics chemical retards growth, function of adult reproductive cells

...chronic exposure to low doses of BPA can impair the growth and function of adult reproductive cells. The researchers will describe their findings this month at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Reproduction. A healthy, mature follicle, called an antral follicle, includes a single egg ce...

Genetic factors implicated in survival gap for breast, ovarian or prostate cancer

...1 percent higher for ovarian cancer patients. The poorer outcome for African-American cancer patients was supported by separate data published last month in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO), which found that disparities in breast cancer survival based on race persisted even after adjusting for dif...

Iron and biological production in the high-latitude North Atlantic

...ts were performed on a cruise aboard the RRS Discovery within the central Iceland Basin during the summer of 2007, and the findings are published this month in the scientific journal Global Biogeochemical Cycles . The researchers found that the concentration of dissolved iron in surface waters was ver...

Natural compound stops retinopathy

...enter have found a way to use a natural compound to stop one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. The research appears online this month in the journal Diabetes , a publication of the American Diabetes Association. The discovery of the compound's function in inflammation and blood...

University of Leicester researchers discover new fluorescent silicon nanoparticles

...atoms and their fluorescence were discovered after mixing them with water. This resulted in stability in fluorescence intensity over more than a three month period. An interdisciplinary research project with the Department of Chemistry, led by Professor Chris Binns and Dr Glenn Burleigh, also incorpora...

Who goes abroad for fertility treatment and why?

...ealth system. 1230 forms were completed and returned. "This may not seem to be a very high number", said Dr. Shenfield, "but it reflects only one month of events in a limited number of centres in six countries. The total number of treatment cycles per year can be estimated by extrapolating our monthly...

Researchers see evidence of memory in the songbird brain

...ing on and off of thousands of genes after a bird hears a new tune offers a new picture of memory in the songbird brain. The finding, detailed this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , was a surprise, said principal investigator David Clayton, a professor of cell and developme...

A breath mint made from... coffee?

... to our expectations, we found some components in coffee that actually inhibit bad breath," explains Prof. Rosenberg. The findings were presented last month to members of the International Society for Breath Odor Research in Germany by Yael Gov, a researcher in Prof. Rosenberg's laboratory. A "taster'...

Toxic molecule may help birds 'see' north and south

..., superoxide, is proposed as a key player in the mysterious process that allows birds to "see" Earth's magnetic field. The discovery, reported this month in Biophysical Journal , occurred as a result of a "mistake" made by a collaborator, said principal investigator Klaus Schulten, who holds the Swanlu...

Study of agricultural watersheds and carbon losses

...udy determined that annual losses of DOC were not affected by any crop management practice. However, when drainage-inducing rainfall occurred with one month of manure application, the monthly DOC concentration of the manured plot was greater than that of non-manured plots. Overall, drainage hydrology was d...

When palm trees gave way to spruce trees

...e Eocene/Oligocene transition, but that the period was marked by increasing seasonality," said Dr. Greenwood. "Mean temperatures during the coldest month dropped by five degrees Celsius, to just above freezing," he said. "This was probably not enough to create much in the way of continental ice on Ea...

Mammalogists to convene in Alaska for annual meeting

... FAIRBANKS, AlaskaMore than 400 biologists from around the world will convene at the University of Alaska Fairbanks later this month for the 89th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists. The meeting runs from June 24-28 and includes technical sessions, poster pres...

American Chemical Society's weekly PressPac -- May 27, 2009

...owever, that approach involves safety concerns, since the detergent can irritate the stomach lining, making it unsuitable for drugs that must be taken month after month. The scientists describe development of a first-of-its-kind microcapsule made from lipid oils and nanoparticles 1/50,000th the width o...

Nontoxic hull coating resists barnacles, may save ship owners millions

... free of barnacles after 18 months of seawater exposure, while flat coatings with the same chemical composition showed barnacle buildup after just one month in seawater. Engineers and scientists have strived for decades to uncover ways to keep barnacles off ship hulls. Barnacle colonization on a ship b...

NASA satellite detects red glow to map global ocean plant health

...llis, Ore. "We have an important new tool for observing changes in phytoplankton every week, all over the planet." The findings were published this month in the journal Biogeosciences and presented at a news briefing on May 28. Over the past two decades, scientists have employed various satellite s...

Non-toxic hull coating resists barnacles, may save ship owners millions

... free of barnacles after 18 months of seawater exposure, while flat coatings with the same chemical composition showed barnacle buildup after just one month in seawater. Engineers and scientists have strived for decades to uncover ways to keep barnacles off ship hulls. Barnacle colonization on a ship b...

Sulphur in just one hair could blow a terrorist's alibi

...he geographical movements of people, including international crime suspects and victims. In order to carry out this study, which is published this month in the journal Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry , the scientists focused on the most abundant sulphur isotopes in hair keratin sulphur-32 (32S...

Scientists announce top 10 new species, issue SOS

... representing the first taxonomic act of 2008 and the first act registered in the newly launched taxonomic database Zoobank. As a result, in the first month following its original description, it was the most downloaded article in Zootaxa 's history and was among the top 10 downloaded articles for 11 mont...

Scientists announce top 10 new species; issue SOS

... representing the first taxonomic act of 2008 and the first act registered in the newly launched taxonomic database Zoobank. As a result, in the first month following its original description, it was the most downloaded article in Zootaxa 's history and was among the top 10 downloaded articles for 11 mont...

Investigating the development of mechanosensitivity

... the mouse embryo have already fully developed their mechanosensitivity competence on embryonic day 13. That corresponds to about the end of the sixth month of pregnancy in humans. For this development the neurons do not require any nerve growth factor, which is why the researchers suspect that this pr...
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