Monthly Archives: June 2011

Laboratory yeast artificially evolve into multicellular organisms

One of the biggest evolutionary hurdles for life on Earth was the jump from single-celled to multi-cellular organisms…or at least, that’s what we thought. Scientists set out to replicate this evolutionary leap in laboratory conditions. It took them two months. … Continue reading

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Pathophysiology of Diabetes

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Insulin is the principal hormone that regulates uptake of glucose from the blood into most cells (primarily muscle and fat cells, but not central nervous system cells). Therefore deficiency of insulin or the insensitivity of its receptors plays a central … Continue reading

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Rosalyn Yalow

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Rosalyn Sussman Yalow (July 19, 1921 – May 30, 2011) was an American medical physicist, and a co-winner of the 1977 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (together with Roger Guillemin and Andrew Schally) for development of the radioimmunoassay (RIA) technique. She was the second woman to be awarded … Continue reading

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Gulfstream G450 crosses the Atlantic on 50/50 biofuel-jetfuel blend

With the rising price of fuel and more stringent emissions regulations, there is a strong need for the aviation industry to begin taking steps to earn its green wings. It’s not surprising therefore that biofuel was one of the hot … Continue reading

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Genome editing, a next step in genetic therapy, corrects hemophilia in animals

Using an innovative gene therapy technique called genome editing that hones in on the precise location of mutated DNA, scientists have treated the blood clotting disorder hemophilia in mice. This is the first time that genome editing, which precisely targets … Continue reading

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Spectacular discoveries in New Guinea

A frog with fangs, a blind snake and a round-headed dolphin are among more than 1,000 new species recently found on the incredible Melanesian island of New Guinea, environment group WWF said. Scientists made the astounding discoveries, which also included … Continue reading

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Artificial pancreas being developed to ease diabetes burden

The 25.8 million Americans who have diabetes may soon be free of finger pricks and daily insulin dosing. Mayo Clinic endocrinologists Yogish Kudva, M.B.B.S., and Ananda Basu, M.B.B.S., M.D., are developing an artificial pancreas that will deliver insulin automatically and … Continue reading

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Saturn’s Sensational “One Ring” Discovery

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Lab-grown meat would ‘cut emissions and save energy’

Meat grown using tissue engineering techniques, so-called ‘cultured meat’, would generate up to 96% lower greenhouse gas emissions than conventionally produced meat, according to a new study. The analysis, carried out by scientists from Oxford University and the University of … Continue reading

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Austrian company debuts revolutionary wingless aircraft

A firm from Austria, Austrian Innovative Aeronautical Technology IAT21 has unveiled a new type of aircraft that flies without wings or rotors, at the Paris Air Show. Though not actually flown at the show, spokesmen for the new aircraft, named … Continue reading

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What You Learned About Static Electricity Is Wrong

For many of us, static electricity is one of the earliest encounters we have with electromagnetism, and it’s a staple of high school physics. Typically, it’s explained as a product of electrons transferred in one direction between unlike substances, like … Continue reading

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UrtheCast video platform will let users view Earth from space

Canadian-based company UrtheCast has announced a project intended to let a wider audience view the earth from space. A pair of cameras will be installed on the International Space Station, recording videos and imagery of the planet. The project’s aim … Continue reading

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Floating +Pool would let New Yorkers swim in the river

It’s a hot summer day, you’re sweaty and uncomfortable, and there’s a river full of cool, clear water right beside you. Do you jump in? Not if you’re in New York City, as the rivers that flow through that city … Continue reading

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New alloy converts heat directly into electricity

The heat given off by electronics, automobile engines, factories and other sources is a potentially huge source of energy, and various technologies are being developed in order to capture that heat, and then convert it into electricity. Thanks to an … Continue reading

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Van Gogh Self Portrait Actually His Brother

Art researchers at Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum said they have “discovered” a work by Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh — long thought to have been a self-portrait — was in fact a picture of his younger brother Theo. “According to … Continue reading

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Flames of Betelgeuse: New image reveals vast nebula around famous supergiant star

Using the VISIR instrument on the European Southern Observatorys Very Large Telescope VLT, astronomers have imaged a complex and bright nebula around the supergiant star Betelgeuse in greater detail than ever before. This structure, which resembles flames emanating from the … Continue reading

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Timekeeping on a grand scale – the 10,000 Year Clock

When we hear about things being built to last, we usually think in terms of years or decades … or maybe, centuries. But millennia? Well yes, if you’re talking about the 10,000 Year Clock. As its name implies, the 200 … Continue reading

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Flying-high in 2050: The Airbus Concept Cabin

Airbus engineers have outlined their vision of what passengers could expect from air travel circa 2050 – and it sounds like a lot more fun than today’s cattle class experience. The Airbus Concept Cabin focuses on high levels of customization … Continue reading

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner makes Paris appearance

One of the most anticipated commercial airplanes in recent years made an appearance at the 49th Paris Airshow this week. The first flight-test 787 Dreamliner (ZA001) spent two days on static display on the tarmac at Le Bourget and will … Continue reading

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Study finds single photons cannot exceed the speed of light

Click picture for enlarged view The rule that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light, c, is one of the most fundamental laws of nature. But since this speed limit has only been experimentally demonstrated for information carried … Continue reading

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