Daily Archives: May 14, 2012

Francis Crick was on LSD when he discovered DNA

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Francis Crick, the Nobel Prize-winning father of modern genetics, was under the influence of LSD when he first deduced the double-helix structure of DNA nearly 50 years ago. The abrasive and unorthodox Crick and his brilliant American co-researcher James Watson famously celebrated their eureka moment in March 1953 by running from the now legendary Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge to the nearby Eagle pub, where they announced over pints of bitter that they had discovered the secret of life. Crick, who died … Continue reading

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One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center, (see update) more simply known as 1 WTC and previously known as the Freedom Tower, is the lead building of the new World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan, New York City. The 104-story supertall skyscraper is being constructed in the northwest corner of the 16-acre World Trade Center site, occupying the location where the original 8-story 6 World Trade Center once stood. The building is bounded to the west by West Street, to the north by Vesey Street, to the south by Fulton Street, and to … Continue reading

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Pierre Curie


Pierre Curie (15 May 1859 – 19 April 1906) was a French physicist, a pioneer in crystallography, magnetism, piezoelectricity and radioactivity, and Nobel laureate. In 1903 he received the Nobel Prize in Physics with his wife, Marie Salomea Skłodowska-Curie, and Henri Becquerel, “in recognition of the extraordinary services they have rendered by their joint researches on the radiation phenomena discovered by Professor Henri Becquerel”. Born in Paris, France, Pierre was the son of Dr. Eugène Curie (28 August 1827 – … Continue reading

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Scientists uncover potential treatment for painful side effect of diabetes


Why diabetics suffer from increased pain and temperature sensitivity is a step closer to being understood and effectively treated. Research published in the journal Nature Medicine has discovered key information around one of the most distressing side effects of diabetes. Painful diabetic neuropathy (PDN), which is abnormal and persistent pain experienced by roughly 50% of patients with diabetes, impairs patients’ quality of life and affects sleep, mood, mobility, ability to work, relationships, self-esteem and independence. Currently there is no clear understanding of how … Continue reading

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First satellite tag study for manta rays

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Using the latest satellite tracking technology, conservationists from the Wildlife Conservation Society, the University of Exeter (UK), and the Government of Mexico have completed a ground-breaking study on a mysterious ocean giant: the manta ray. The research team has produced the first published study on the use of satellite telemetry to track the open-ocean journeys of the world’s largest ray, which can grow up to 25 feet in width. Researchers say the manta ray — listed as “Vulnerable” by the … Continue reading

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Virus ‘barcodes’ offer rapid detection of mutated strains

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Researchers at the University of Leeds are developing a way to ‘barcode’ viral diseases to rapidly test new outbreaks for potentially lethal mutations. Dr Julian Hiscox and Dr John Barr of the University’s Faculty of Biological Sciences are working with the Health Protection Agency Porton (HPA) to build a bank of molecular signatures that will help identify the severity of virus infection from characteristic changes seen in cells. Currently the team is barcoding different strains of influenza virus and human … Continue reading

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