First New Mammal Found In Europe In 100 YearsMeet the Cypriot mouse-the first new mammal species to be discovered in Europe in more than a century.
The researchers who announced the find yesterday think the previously unknown creature is confined to the Mediterranean island of Cyprus (map of Cyprus).
The mouse differs from other European mice by having a bigger head, bigger ears, bigger eyes, and bigger teeth, says its discoverer, French zoologist Thomas Cucchi.
Cucchi, who is........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 10/17/2006 10:01:47 PM)
Chemistry To Predict The Dynamics Of ClottingUniversity of Chicago chemists have shown for the first time how to use a simple laboratory model consisting of only a few chemical reactions to predict when and where blood clotting will occur. The researchers used microfluidics, a technique that allowed them to probe blood clotting on surfaces that mimic vascular damage on the micron scale, a unit of measurement much narrower than the diameter of a human hair.
Eventhough researchers........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/16/2006 10:22:07 PM)
Harmful Algal Bloom ModelsA new observation and modeling program focused on the southern Gulf of Maine and adjacent New England shelf waters could aid policymakers in deciding whether or not to re-open, develop, and manage offshore shellfish beds with potential sustained harvesting value of more than $50 million per year. These areas are presently closed to the harvest of certain species of shellfish due to the presence of red tide toxins.
Scientists at the Woods........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/16/2006 10:15:38 PM)
Dietitian Offers Substitutes For Spinach's NutrientsWhile the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has lifted the ban on fresh spinach and the produce is back on a number of grocery store shelves and restaurant plates, some consumers may not be so eager to return to eating the leafy greens that left at least three people dead and 199 others sickened across 26 states after an E coli O157:H7 outbreak.
A dietitian at Washington University in St. Louis offers advice on finding new sources of the........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 10/16/2006 9:23:57 PM)
Fraudsters And Serial Killers Have Similar ProfilesLack of empathy, impulsive behaviour, pathological lying - these unsavoury traits are shared by serial killers and perpetrators of fraud. "Fraud is a crime that does not involve physical violence, so the effects are less tangible than the effects of violent acts," explains criminologist Ève Paquette, who is currently writing a master's thesis on 40 fraudsters incarcerated in Quebec institutions. "But we've observed astonishing similarities........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 10/16/2006 8:59:44 PM)
When J.Lo Gyrates With Another ManA husband would surely be green with envy, when he sees his wife getting raunchy with another man, even if it's solely for the cameras.
And Marc Anthony can certainly not be blamed for leaving after two minutes of singer/actress wife Jennifer Lopez's video shoot with raunchy rapper LL Cool J.
As per the sexy hip-hop hunk, Anthony apparently couldn't tolerate the shoot of the racy sequence, and hence did a runner right after he started to........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 10/16/2006 8:29:29 PM)
October "it" Girl, Kate MossI never used to care much for Kate Moss. Ok, maybe I was a bit fascinated by what Johnny Depp saw in her during their tumultuous relationship, but mostly I was very confused with the attention given to the waif of all waifs.
Ever since Kate's life exploded in Sept 2005, when she was caught "powdering her nose" with an illegal substance, there seems to be more depth to her. She was dumped by H&M and other major contracts, but a year later the........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 10/16/2006 8:24:39 PM)
Mimicing Lotus Leaves For Self-cleaning PV ArraysResearchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are mimicking one of Nature's best non-stick surfaces to help create more reliable electric transmission systems, photovoltaic arrays that retain their efficiency, MEMS structures unaffected by water and improved biocompatible surfaces able to prevent cells from adhering to implanted medical devices.
Based on a collaboration of materials scientists and chemical engineers, the research aims........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/15/2006 8:52:53 PM)
Complex Meteorology At VenusIn its relentless probing of Venus's atmosphere, ESA's Venus Express keeps revealing new details of the Venusian cloud system. Meteorology at Venus is a complex matter, researchers say.
New night-side infrared images gathered by the Ultraviolet, Visible and Near-Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIRTIS) in July 2006, clearly show new details of a complex cloud system.
The first (false colour) view - the composite of three infrared images........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/15/2006 8:42:16 PM)
Giant Pandas Can See ColorThey may be black and white, but new research at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Zoo Atlanta shows that giant pandas can see in color. Graduate researcher Angela Kelling tested the ability of two Zoo Atlanta pandas, Yang Yang and Lun Lun, to see color and found that both pandas were able to discriminate between colors and various shades of gray. The research is published in the psychology journal Learning and Behavior, volume 34 issue........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/15/2006 8:17:46 PM)
Bistable NanoswitchCarbon nanotubes (CNT) have been under intense study by researchers all over the world for more than a decade and are being thought of as ideal building blocks for nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS). A type of one-dimensional structure with high-aspect ratio, carbon nanotubes have emerged as a promising material because of their a number of impressive mechanical, electrical and chemical properties.
Now researchers from Northwestern........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/15/2006 8:11:08 PM)
Promise For Herpes VaccineA study by a Montana State University researcher suggests a new avenue for developing a vaccine against genital herpes and other diseases caused by herpes simplex viruses.
According to a research findings published earlier this year in the Virology Journal, MSU virologist William Halford showed that mice vaccinated with a live, genetically-modified herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) showed no signs of disease 30 days after being exposed to........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 10/15/2006 7:26:26 PM)
Adolescent And FluoxetineA new study offers clues as to why some teenagers taking common anti-depressants may become more aggressive or kill themselves. The research is reported in the October Behavioral Neuroscience, which is published by the American Psychological Association (APA).
Neuroresearchers at the University of Texas at Austin observed that juvenile hamsters given low doses of fluoxetine hydrochloride, which is sold in the United States as Prozac, became........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 10/15/2006 7:11:24 PM)
Reward Perception In Cocaine AddictionPeople addicted to cocaine have an impaired ability to perceive rewards and exercise control due to disruptions in the brain's reward and control circuits, as per a series of brain-mapping studies and neuropsychological tests conducted at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory.
"Our findings provide the first evidence that the brain's threshold for responding to monetary rewards is modified in drug-addicted people,........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/15/2006 6:55:28 PM)
Northern Bogs Andt Global WarmingMethane gas released by peat bogs in the northern-most third of the globe probably helped fuel the last major round of global warming, which drew the ice age to a close between 11,000 and 12,000 years ago, UCLA and Russian Academy of Sciences scientists have concluded.
But the new information in no way lets human sources of greenhouse gases off the hook for the present round of global warming, warn the team of researchers whose findings are........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/12/2006 9:56:37 PM)
Microsoft ZuneNow here's something that will give the Apple iPods a run for their money. and they may actually have a chance in hell of succeeding.
Microsoft has just unveiled the Zune brand media player. Microsoft claims that the Zune experience centers around connection - connection to your library, connection to friends, connection to community and connection to other devices.
With a suggested retail price of approximately $249.99, Zune will be........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 10/12/2006 9:34:21 PM)
Health of Florida's Coral ReefNASA satellite data was used to help monitor the health of Florida's coral reef as part of a field research effort completed this August and September.
The project was the first comprehensive assessment of the resiliency of reefs along the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The sanctuary is administered by NOAA in partnership with the Florida Department of Environmental........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/12/2006 9:06:37 PM)
Plants Become Air Quality DetectivesWhat does a garden have to do with the chemistry of the atmosphere and air quality? One of the newest exhibits at NASA Goddard's Visitor Center, Greenbelt, Md., is a project correlation to NASA's Aura satellite. Aura is currently studying atmospheric chemistry and air pollution from space. The new Aura Ozone Monitoring Garden is used to study air quality from the ground by seeing how ozone in the air damages the leaves of certain plants.
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Potential New Drug For Multiple SclerosisVirginia Commonwealth University scientists have identified a unique mechanism of action of a new drug that shows great promise for the therapy of multiple sclerosis.
The scientists report the unique action of FTY720, or Fingolimod, an immunosuppressant drug that was already known to affect the functioning of the immune system by preventing the egress of white blood cells from the lymph nodes into the blood. The article was pre-published as........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/12/2006 5:11:34 AM)
Seek ArchitectureStand in front of world famous architecture with 25HoursTravel. Everywhere on this amazing planet habitat over the centuries has left it's footprint. Take pleasure in the creative genius that built your most inspiring visual.
Next to nature the craft of humankind offers so much too experience. Start now! www.charismatravel.net for all your ground arrangements. Moscow's best!........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 10/11/2006 9:10:01 PM)
DNA computing targets West Nile VirusScientists say that they have developed a DNA-based computer that could lead to faster, more accurate tests for diagnosing West Nile Virus and bird flu. Representing the first "medium-scale integrated molecular circuit," it is the most powerful computing device of its type to date, they say.
The new technology could be used in the future, perhaps in 5 to 10 years, to develop instruments that can simultaneously diagnose and treat cancer,........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/17/2006 9:34:14 PM)
Bacteria Increase Risk Of Stomach CancerThe bacteria Helicobacter pylori substantially increase the risk of cancer in the lower stomach, but it may decrease the risk of cancer near the junction between the esophagus and the stomach, as per a research studyin the October 19 Journal of the National Cancer Institute. This finding may help explain the changing rates and distributions of these cancers in Western countries over the past century.
Infection with H. pylori, which is known........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/17/2006 9:31:22 PM)
New Details of Mars, Young and OldDuring its first week of observations from low orbit, NASA's newest Mars spacecraft is already revealing new clues about both recent and ancient environments on the red planet.
Researchers hope the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter will answer questions about the history and distribution of Mars' water by combining data from the orbiter's high-resolution camera, imaging spectrometer, context camera, ground-penetrating radar, atmospheric sounder,........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/16/2006 9:31:45 PM)
Audi Q7 Gets a 5 Star Security RatingThe Audi Q7 has been tested as on of the safest car on road by the US National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration. Audi Q7 got a 5 Star Rating for driver and passenger protection frontal crash tests and it also received the same rating in the side impact tests done for the front and rear passenger protection.
Audi of America's Executive Vice President Johan de Nysschen commented that Audi has always demonstrated a strong commitment to........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 10/16/2006 9:15:03 PM)
Apricot And Cashew Nut LeftoversI was surfing this morning and this article got my attention.
Apricot and cashew nut by-products can be used as renewable feedstocks to make nanomaterials, say scientists in the US.
George John and Praveen Kumar Vemula from the City College of the City University of New York, US, have used plant-derived resources to make a variety of soft nanomaterials, which are useful for a wide variety of applications.
John started with amygdalin, a........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 10/16/2006 9:10:05 PM)
Could Dreams Be A Mechanism To Help Us Prepare For Danger?Dreams have been interpreted in many different ways through the ages: as messages from the gods, repressed sexual fantasies. or, based on an evolutionist approach that emerged around the turn of the millennium, as a mechanism that helps us to prepare survival strategies in the face of danger.
Antonio Zadra, a professor in the Department of Psychology, likes that last theory. "Among its merits is that it lets us formulate hypotheses that can........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/16/2006 8:56:11 PM)
IRocker IPod ChairWe have earlier told you about gaming chairs with built-in speakers and subwoofers that would increase your gaming fun multifolds! So, this time its for the music-lovers, iRocker - a chair with an iPod dock! The chair features an iPod dock, speakers, a LED indicator for the volume and other goodies to let you enjoy your music.
The chair is also compatible with other players besides the iPod. The iPod chair comes in six cool colors in a........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 10/15/2006 9:02:05 PM)
Software To Calculate Heart Attack RiskPioneering computer software is helping doctors to decide how best to treat patients admitted to hospital with suspected heart attacks.
An international consortium of researchers, led by the University of Edinburgh, has developed a programme that enables doctors to swiftly assess the severity of a patient's condition. The new 'risk calculator' is already being used in British hospitals.
Doctors using the new system take key data from........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 10/15/2006 8:56:23 PM)
Marine Life Stirs OceanOceanographers worldwide pay close attention to phytoplankton and with good reason. The microscopic plants that form the vast foundation of the marine food chain generate a staggering amount of power, and now a groundbreaking study led by Florida State University has calculated just how much -- about five times the annual total power consumption of the human world.
Physical and biological oceanographers led by FSU Professor William Dewar put........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/15/2006 8:30:38 PM)
Internet Users May Be Taking Phishing BaitA higher-than-expected percentage of Internet users are likely to fall victim to scam artists masquerading as trusted service providers, report researchers at the Indiana University School of Informatics.
"Designing Ethical Phishing Experiments: A study of (ROT13) rOnl query features," published online, simulated phishing tactics used to elicit online information from eBay customers. The online auction giant was selected because of its........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 10/15/2006 8:20:39 PM)
Physicians Hinder Use Of Cutting Edge Technology In DiabetesDiabetic patients who use newer technologies such as insulin pumps and blood glucose monitoring devices are better able to manage their disease and adhere to therapy regimens, with less daily pain, than with conventional therapys, as per Duke University researchers. Yet scientists have observed that the newer methods to manage diabetes are not being widely used because physicians may be reluctant to prescribe them, and even patients who are........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 10/15/2006 7:38:19 PM)
Same Gene For Cleft Lip And Skin BiologyFollowing up on an earlier discovery that a gene called IRF6 is involved in the common birth defect cleft lip and palate, researchers at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and their colleagues have identified the function of the gene. Their latest findings, published online Oct. 15 in Nature Genetics, reveal an unexpected role for IRF6 in the growth and development of skin cells, a discovery that may have........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/15/2006 7:16:58 PM)
Friendly Bacteria To Fight Food AllergiesFeeding babies alcoholic milk may help to protect against some food allergies. Kefir, a traditional fermented drink, is consumed in Eastern Europe as a health food, and is often used to wean babies, as it is easily digested. Food allergy prevalence is especially high in children under the age of three, with around 5-8% of infants at risk. Currently the only treatment is avoidance of the problematic food.
"Friendly" bacteria in kefir may play........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/15/2006 7:03:44 PM)
High Blood Sugar Level Before Surgery Is DangerousPatients who have high blood sugar before undergoing surgery run an increased risk of developing blood clots, deep vein thrombosis and even pulmonary embolism after surgery.
Boris Mraovic, M.D., assistant professor of anesthesiology in the Artificial Pancreas Center at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, and colleagues examined records of nearly 6,500 hip or knee replacement surgery patients at Thomas........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 10/15/2006 6:50:10 PM)
Making Safer PesticidesEach year millions of dollars in crops are lost to two insects notorious for devastating farms: the greenbug (Schizaphis graminum) and the English grain aphid (Sitobion avenae). Although these tiny green insects are 1/16th of an inch long, they are heavyweights in the farm industry. In 2005, the Department of Agriculture reported that $100 million in crops were lost in six states to these pests.
In a new study in the recent issue of........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 10/12/2006 9:50:41 PM)
Solio Universal Hybrid ChargerSolio, the Universal "Hybrid" Charger , can charge all of your handheld electronic products, even if you've been relocated to Antarctica. It works by absorbing power from the sun and storing the energy within the Solio's own internal battery (charging Solio's internal battery takes 8-10 hours of direct sunlight). If your igloo comes with a wall socket, you can also plug it in to charge it.
Not only can it charge your cell phone, but also........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 10/12/2006 9:38:20 PM)
Central American Fires Impact U.S. Air QualityScientists using NASA satellites and computer models have shown that pollutants from Central American biomass burning can influence air quality and climate in the United States.
A NASA-funded study published in the July 26, 2006 Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres found that during April-May 2003, large amounts of smoke, which include aerosols -- tiny particles suspended in the air -- from biomass burning in the Yucatan Peninsula and........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 10/12/2006 8:06:16 PM)
Jupiter's Little Red Spot GrowingThe highest wind speeds in Jupiter's Little Red Spot have increased and are now equal to those in its older and larger sibling, the Great Red Spot, according to observations with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
The Little Red Spot's winds, now raging up to approximately 400 miles per hour, signal that the storm is growing stronger, according to the NASA-led team that made the Hubble observations. The increased intensity of the storm probably........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/12/2006 7:49:39 PM)
In Wake Of Horse Slaughter BillThe American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, making its way from the U.S. House to the Senate, could leave thousands of horses with no final resting ground.
Composting may be an environmentally friendly option that fits in the "circle of life" frame of mind and may be less emotional, two area scientists said.
On Sept. 7 the House approved the Act, which bans the slaughter of horses for human consumption by a vote of 263-146. The Senate........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 10/12/2006 5:16:57 AM)
Cassini Finds More RingsImages taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, looking in the direction of the Sun, have provided scientists fresh insights into the dynamic nature of the rings and, in particular, the creation of new rings made from tiny particles released from larger bodies.
Cassini findings being presented this week at the Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting of the American Astronomical Society held in Pasadena, Calif. include several new faint ring........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/12/2006 5:00:21 AM)