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Growing cartilage — no easy task

February 1, 2010

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New nanoscopic material enables cartilage to do what it doesn’t do naturally Northwestern University researchers are the first to design a bioactive nanomaterial that promotes the growth of new cartilage in vivo and without the use of expensive growth factors. Minimally invasive, the therapy activates the bone marrow stem cells and produces natural cartilage. No […]

Computer model demonstrates that white roofs may successfully cool cities

February 1, 2010

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Painting the roofs of buildings white has the potential to significantly cool cities and mitigate some impacts of global warming, a new study indicates. The new NCAR-led research suggests there may be merit to an idea advanced by U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu that white roofs can be an important tool to help society adjust […]

Stem cells rescue nerve cells by direct contact

February 1, 2010

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Scientists at the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet have shown how transplanted stem cells can connect with and rescue threatened neurons and brain tissue. The results point the way to new possible treatments for brain damage and neurodegenerative diseases. A possible strategy for treating neurodegenerative diseases is to transplant stem cells into the brain that […]

Small satellite will study mysterious terrestrial gamma-ray flashes

February 1, 2010

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NASA scientists are about to launch the first dedicated survy of gamma-ray flashes, events in the Earth’s atomsphere which have been a mystery for more than 15 years. Known as terrestrial gamma-ray flashes, or TGFs, these phenomena seem to have a connection with lightning. They’re called Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes, or TGFs, and very little is […]

Unexplained: all cows, everywhere, simultaneously face north (or south) while eating

February 1, 2010

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… Have you ever noticed anything peculiar about cows when they eat? No? Well, neither did anyone else until some German scientists started looking at satellite photos of cows using the high tech wonder-software known as “Google Earth.” It turns out that all cows, everywhere, simultaneously face north (or south) while eating. Scientists have a […]

Jason Mraz wins first two GRAMMY awards

February 1, 2010

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Lamb of God and Trey Songz didn’t get to bring home the gold, but Mechanicsville’s Jason Mraz was a mini Grammy darling, claiming two of music’s most prestigious prizes. Mraz, who lives in San Diego, won his first-ever trophies for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “Make it Mine” and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals […]

U.S. deploys land and sea-based missile shield in the Gulf to deter attack from Iran

February 1, 2010

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The U.S. has retaliated to what it sees as Iran’s growing missile threat by deploying a land and sea-based missile shield to protect American allies in the Gulf, officials said. Barack Obama is dispatching land-based Patriot defensive missile installations in Kuwait, Qatar, UAE and Bahrain, as well as keeping two U.S. Navy ships with missile […]

Ten American Christians arrested in Haiti trying to take 33 orphans out of the country

February 1, 2010

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Arrested: Eight of the accused, including leader Laura Silsby, second from right, at police headquarters in Port-au-Prince Ten Americans have been arrested after allegedly trying to smuggle 33 children out of earthquake-stricken Haiti. The Baptist church group claimed they were on a mission to rescue orphans of the disaster. But last night the Haitian authorities […]

HAARP has deleted its records from 2010-1-11

February 1, 2010

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A very unusual deletion can be observed in the archived data of HAARP instrument readings from the day before the Haiti earthquake. Perhaps it is a matter of time until it will get fixed with a simple copy-paste operation, but I have made screen shots of it). Set the date in “Chart Archives” below the […]

New “Destroyer” Dinosaur Found, Was T. Rex Relative

February 1, 2010

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A 29-foot-long (9-meter-long) “destroyer” dinosaur once reigned over the Wild West, according to a new study of a fossil T. rex relative found in New Mexico. Two nearly complete skeletons of the new species, Bistahieversor sealeyi—eversor means “destroyer” in Latin—were discovered in the desolate badlands of New Mexico’s Bisti/De-na-zin Wilderness. A “teenager’s” skeleton was found […]

First Stealth Fighter Makes Test Flight

February 1, 2010

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A prototype of Russia’s first stealth fighter successfully completed its long-delayed maiden flight Friday, receiving a warm welcome from government officials who hope that the jet will become a new centerpiece for its aging air fleet. The flight is also welcome news for the country’s military industry, which is struggling to develop technologies not based […]

Was mysterious jellyfish in sky caused by space satellite reflecting Northern Lights?

February 1, 2010

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A strange jellyfish-shaped object spotted hanging in the sky over Norway, may have been caused by light from the aurora being bounced off a space satellite, experts say. If proven it will be the first known case of a satellite reflecting the Northern Lights. The mysterious phenomenon was photographed last week by amateur photographer Per-Arne […]

Superfast Bullet Trains Are Finally Coming to the U.S.

February 1, 2010

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Believe it: Bullet trains are coming. After decades of false starts, planners are finally beginning to make headway on what could become the largest, most complicated infrastructure project ever attempted in the US. The Obama administration got on board with an $8 billion infusion, and more cash is likely en route from Congress. It’s enough […]

Natural Cough Suppressant – Homemade Cough Suppressants, Cough Suppressing Home Remedies

February 1, 2010

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I’ve been coughing non-stop for about a week now. It is driving me nuts. I’m going to try some of these.  I think I’ll start with just lemon, honey, apple cider vinegar  and ginger. . Natural Cough Suppressants * Take one lemon and cut it into half. On the inner part, put some salt and […]

New ‘suicide’ molecule halts rheumatoid arthritis

February 1, 2010

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A researcher from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine has invented a novel way to halt and even reverse rheumatoid arthritis. He developed an imitation of a suicide molecule that floats undetected into overactive immune cells responsible for the disease. Whimsically referred to as Casper the Ghost, the stealthy molecule causes the immune cells to […]

Using magnetic toys as inspiration, researchers tease out structures of self-assembled clusters

February 1, 2010

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Scientists have long studied how atoms and molecules structure themselves into intricate clusters. Unlocking the design secrets of Nature offers lessons in engineering artificial systems that could self-assemble into any desired form. In the January 29th issue of Science, a team from Harvard led by Vinothan Manoharan and Michael Brenner, presents additional clues to how […]

Fatal familial insomnia, very rare incurable genetic disease

February 1, 2010

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I just looked up fatal familial insomnia. What a wretched way to go. Fatal familial insomnia (FFI) is a very rare autosomal dominant inherited prion disease of the brain. The gene mutation responsible has been found in just 50 families worldwide; if only one parent has the gene, the offspring have a 50% chance of […]

Study Offers Evidence That Spongiform Brain Diseases Are Caused By Aberrant Protein

February 1, 2010

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Scientists have determined how a normal protein can be converted into a prion, an infectious agent that causes fatal brain diseases in humans and mammals. The finding, in mice, is expected to advance the understanding of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, or TSEs, a family of neurodegenerative diseases that include Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, kuru and fatal familial insomnia […]

Stem cell breakthrough: Bone marrow cells are the answer

February 1, 2010

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New research in the FASEB Journal shows that bone marrow cells fuse to different types of cells, including embryonic stem cells, creating new hybrids that may evade immune rejection Using cells from mice, scientists from Iowa and Iran have discovered a new strategy for making embryonic stem cell transplants less likely to be rejected by […]

HIV researchers solve key puzzle after 20 years of trying

February 1, 2010

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Researchers have made a breakthrough in HIV research that had eluded scientists for over 20 years, potentially leading to better treatments for HIV, in a study published today in the journal Nature. The researchers, from Imperial College London and Harvard University, have grown a crystal that reveals the structure of an enzyme called integrase, which […]