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Scientists tackle the mystery of white-nose syndrome in bats

KNOXVILLE -- The mysterious disease that has killed more than 90 percent of wintering bats in some caves and mines from Vermont to Virginia during the last three years has raised numerous questions about the nature of the disease and how to control it. Leading experts in the fields of bat physi...

Two-day symposium in Baltimore to tackle the promises and perils of proton radiotherapy

College Park, Maryland -- April 3, 2009 -- Proton therapy has been hailed as a revolutionary cancer treatment, with higher cure rates and fewer side effects than traditional X-ray photon radiotherapy. Proton therapy is the modality of choice for treating certain small tumors of the eye, head, head...

Stanford launches $100 million initiative to tackle energy issues

Recognizing that energy is at the heart of many of the world's tribulationseconomic, environmental and politicalStanford is establishing a $100 million research institute to focus intently on energy issues, President John Hennessy announced today. The $100 million in new funds will enable the hiri...

Battling bacteria in the blood: Researchers tackle deadly infections

ANN ARBOR, Mich. It's a leading cause of death, but no one knows for sure how and why it happens. It's a major source of health care costs, adding days or weeks to the hospital stays and lost work time of millions of people. But no one fully understands how best to fight it. "It" is bacterial...

Scientists team up in Houston to tackle global challenges

Boulder, CO and Madison, WI -- 12 AUGUST 2008 -- More than 10,000 international scientists, professionals, educators, and students will gather at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston on 5-9 October 2008 to discuss the latest research and trends in energy, water resources, climate chang...

Midge-hunting scientists tackle spread of devastating bluetongue virus

Scientists at the BBSRC-funded Institute for Animal Health (IAH) are stepping up the battle against the devastating and economically damaging bluetongue virus. By combining ingenious ways to trap and monitor midges with cutting edge computer modelling and weather predictions the IAH team are gain...

Defining DNA differences to track and tackle typhoid

For the first time, next-generation DNA sequencing technologies have been turned on typhoid fever - a disease that kills 600,000 people each year. The results will help to improve diagnosis, tracking of disease spread and could help to design new strategies for vaccination. The study sets a new...

Durham scientists to tackle CO2 storage in global warming challenge

Scientists at Durham University (UK) are working on new ways of storing CO 2 emissions underground to help in the fight against global warming. The University has launched the Carbon Storage Research Group, which will be led by the newly-created position of Professor of Carbon Capture and Stor...

Europe-wide investment in lipid research will help tackle disease, says new report

Leading scientists today called for Europe to invest more funds into the study of lipids the 'fatty' molecules that play a crucial role in the function of human cells and which are implicated in a range of diseases from obesity and diabetes to Alzheimer's. Common lipids such as cholesterol are...

Oregano oil works as well as synthetic insecticides to tackle common beetle pest

New research in the Society of Chemical Industrys Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture shows that oregano oil works as well as synthetic insecticides to combat infestation by a common beetle, Rhizoppertha dominica, found in stored cereals. Not only does oregano oil work as well as syn...

Experts tackle shipment issues for beneficial radiation sources

Delays and denials of shipments involving regulated radioactive materials used in medicine and industry are of growing concern to safety and industry experts. Meeting in Rome this week at an IAEA workshop, they agreed on an action plan for the Mediterranean region that seeks to ease hardships for ...

At ACS' national meeting, global initiative set to tackle water issues

NEW ORLEANS, April 7, 2008 The Global Innovation Imperatives (Gii) project swung into motion Sunday with experts gathering for their first session at the American Chemical Societys (ACS) 235th national meeting in New Orleans. Gii, a joint collaboration between the ACS Committee on Corporation Ass...

Major scientific push to tackle agricultural productivity and food security in developing world

7M of new research is being launched today to tackle some of the most damaging and widespread pests, diseases and harsh environmental conditions which can devastate crop yields across the developing world. Three out of four poor people in developing countries live in rural areas and most depend on...

Stem cell research aims to tackle Parkinson's disease

Scientists in Sweden are developing new ways to grow brain cells in the laboratory that could one day be used to treat patients with Parkinsons disease, an international conference of biologists organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF) was told last week. Professor Ernest Arenas of th...

International scientists tackle obstacles to treating brain disorders

A research team led by scientists at the University of Minnesota Medical School and Oregon Health & Science University have outlined the challenges and made suggestions on how to advance research and improve treatments for brain disorders. The review article is published in the January 2008 issue...

UC San Diego physicists tackle knotty puzzle

Electrical cables, garden hoses and strands of holiday lights seem to get themselves hopelessly tangled with no help at all. Now research initiated by an undergraduate student at the University of California, San Diego has resulted in the first model of how knots form. The study, published thi...

Scientists tackle mystery mountain illness

Experts at the University are studying an illness known as HAPE (high altitude pulmonary oedema), which causes fluid to build up in the lungs can and can occur from as low as 2,500 metres, affecting people of all age groups and fitness levels. Little is known about the condition and there is no...

New antibacterials being developed to tackle MRSA superbug

A novel antibacterial medicine that kills the superbug MRSA is being developed under a new scheme launched by the Wellcome Trust. The Seeding Drug Discovery initiative is aimed at catalysing the development of new drugs in areas of unmet need. Prolysis, an R&D company based in Oxford, has re...

Funding to tackle hospital superbugs

A novel approach to treating infectious diseases is being developed by researchers at Cardiff University. Superbugs such as MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) are resistant to one of more conventional antibiotic and require new therapies to aid the treatment of infection. A t...

South Africa still debating how to tackle HIV/AIDS when 5 million are infected

A national conference in South Africa was dominated this week by the continuing debate over HIV/AIDS drugs. Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang repeated yet again that drugs were not the only way to fight HIV/AIDS, and that eating habits were also important. After previously denying links b...

Symposium to discuss geoengineering to fight climate change at the ESA Annual Meeting

...tical of climate engineering. "Playing with the Earth's climate is a dangerous game with unclear rules," says Jackson. "We need more direct ways to tackle global warming, including energy efficiency, reduced consumption, and investment in renewable energy sources." ...

New supercomputer to reel in answers to some of Earth's problems

...e and predict the chemistry within and between molecules. But a wide variety of programs can run on the supercomputer. Scientists are using Chinook to tackle problems such as: Gas hydrates: Pockets of fuels such as methane are often found deep under the sea, trapped in a lattice of water molecules. Rese...

UK bioscience sparkles with new Diamond fellowship

...cientists throughout their careers, as they will be essential to helping us tackle the major challenges we face." The Fellowships, lasting from three to fi...esearchers to concentrate exclusively on conducting world-class research to tackle serious scientific questions. The 2009 BBSRC Fellows will be tackling biosc...

'Show me the money!' MDA greenlights grants

... in this area within my laboratory. It will contribute to the training of highly qualified personnel and trainees who will be the future scientists to tackle neuromuscular disease questions." In San Diego, Hristelina Ilieva of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research has been awarded $180,000 over thr...

New national genome center launched

...of State for Science and Innovation, Lord Drayson said: "The UK is a world leader in genomics, which is increasingly essential to understanding how to tackle the challenges we face in food security, the development of eco-friendly fuels and fighting superbugs. "This project goes to show that partnership...

Ovarian transplantation: First baby is born after a new technique

...and became pregnant naturally six months after transplantation. Both mother and baby are doing well", he said. Dr. Piver and colleagues set out to tackle one of the biggest problems of ovarian transplantation: the low response to stimulation caused by insufficient vascularisation of the transplanted tis...

Structural biology scores with protein snapshot

... family of cell signaling proteins are targets for about half of all pharmaceuticals. Sanders is collaborating with other Vanderbilt investigators to tackle G protein-coupled receptor structure using both NMR and a complementary structural approach, X-ray crystallography. DAGK may be a therapeutic target...

Not 1, but 2 kinds of males found in the invasive round goby

...the department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster University. "This has the potential to have a significant impact on how researchers tackle what has become a very difficult problem in the Great Lakes." Because males expend lots of energy or eat less while guarding their nests, and attra...

Scientists examine perceptions of risk and the spread of disease

... University of Tennessee, Knoxville, June 7-9. Ecologists, epidemiologists, economists, and mathematicians will comprise a NIMBioS Working Group to tackle the topic, "Synthesizing and Predicting Infectious Disease While Accounting for Endogenous Risk" or SPIDER. Accounting for endogenous risk means jo...

Scientists examine human behavior and the threat of disease

... University of Tennessee, Knoxville, June 7-9. Ecologists, epidemiologists, economists, and mathematicians will comprise a NIMBioS Working Group to tackle the topic, "Synthesizing and Predicting Infectious Disease While Accounting for Endogenous Risk" or SPIDER. Accounting for endogenous risk means jo...

Lenfest forage fish task force launched

...ersity has launched the Lenfest Forage Fish Task Force, a team of 13 preeminent scientists from around the world that will develop management plans to tackle the unprecedented depletion of forage fish from our oceans. These small prey fish are a critical food source for marine mammals, seabirds, and many la...

Stanford's Woods Institute awards new round of Environmental Venture Projects

...ractical solutions promoting global sustainability. Four Stanford University faculty teams will receive a total of $791,692 over the next two years to tackle environmental challenges, from the desert grasslands of Australia to the mountain meadows of California. Thirty-three EVP grants have been aw...

City rats loyal to their 'hoods, scientists discover

...y encouraging the rodents to repopulate other areas and further spread disease. When you smell a rat, the researchers say, the best solution may be to tackle the problem on a much larger scale--perhaps by targeting entire families at once. Rat race won. ...

Scientists find formula to uncover our planet's past and help predict its future

... warmer periods as researchers will be able to calculate lost information and put together a more complete picture. Similarly they will be able to tackle ecological studies that are currently incomplete or distorted. Why do populations of animals like rabbits and foxes fluctuate so dramatically? Which ...

The challenges of avian influenza virus: Mechanism, epidemiology and control

...range and interspecies transmission of H5N1 virus is worrisome. The mechanism underlying this change is elusive and scientists are working together to tackle this problem from our understanding of the virus itself and the host factors affecting this change. George F. GAO, Frank LIU and colleagues from CAS K...

American Chemical Society's Weekly PressPac -- May 13, 2009

...aining and maintaining the costly computational infrastructure required for analysis of data. "Cloud computing," using a large network of computers to tackle one complex task, may make this mountain of data easier to manage. The researchers describe development of a new approach to proteomics data analys...

ExcellGene and Khner achieved milestone in development of novel 250 Liter mammalian cell culture bioreactors

...s technical and developmental expertise of Kühner AG in shaking technology is providing the necessary hardware knowledge that will be needed to tackle the challenging task of creating a revolutionary scale-up bioreactor system, that will provide products up to the multi-thousand liter scale from mamm...

Aerosol: A key piece of the climate change puzzle

...opardises the reliability of all current predictions of climate change. Now, a new 630,000 project has been launched at the University of Leeds to tackle the conundrum of how aerosol affects climate. Aerosols are small particles suspended in the atmosphere, such as soot in smoke or chemicals emitte...

DOE funds bio-inspired solar fuel center at Arizona State

...light and convert it to useful energy. All 46 centers and are being established by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as part of an overall effort to tackle the "grand challenges" and accelerate scientific advances needed to build a 21st century energy economy. DOE plans to fund ASU's EFRC for Bio-Inspired...

Students least informed about environmental science are most optimistic

...ith a team of researchers at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, or OECD, an international organisation that helps governments tackle the economic, social and governance challenges of a globalised economy. A PISA assessment is done every three years. PISA 2006 focused on science, ass...
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