'Towering' Achievement for Goddard's Visualization Studio
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Britain to switch off energy-guzzling light bulbs
"Towers in the Tempest," a NASA visualization that illustrates the complex science of hurricane hot towers, has been selected for an award by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Science Magazine's fifth annual International Science and Technology Visualization Challenge.
FCC Chairman Discusses Proposed Takeover
Britain unveiled plans on Thursday to phase out energy-wasting traditional light bulbs by 2012 to cut the equivalent of a coal-fired power station's carbon dioxide emissions.
India to develop own technology for space travel
(AP) -- Broadcasters nationwide need not worry about local advertising revenue disappearing if the proposed takeover of XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. by Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. goes through, the FCC's chairman said Thursday.
New Cambridge University star catalogue 'most accurate ever'
India will develop its own technology to launch an astronaut into space rather than rely on outside support, the head of the country's space agency said Thursday.
Rover at 1st Destination in Mars Crater
For thousands of years, people all over the world have gazed at the night sky and wondered just how far they would have to travel to reach the stars.
Senator Says Google Deal Merits Scrutiny
(AP) -- NASA's rover Opportunity has reached its first stop inside a huge Martian crater and was poised Thursday to carry out the first science experiments inside the giant crater a month after reaching the edge of the crevasse.
SOHO Mission Discovers Rare Comet
(AP) -- The chairman of a Senate antitrust panel said Thursday that Google Inc.'s proposed $3.1 billion acquisition of online advertising firm DoubleClick Inc. "warrants close examination" by federal regulators.
Antarctic plants and animal life survived ice ages
The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) has discovered a rare periodic comet. SOHO has already discovered more than 1,350 comets during its mission, but this is the first time one of its discoveries officially has been designated periodic.
Carbon dioxide did not end the last Ice Age
Springtails, mites, worms and plant life could help solve the mystery of Antarctica`s glacial history according to new research published in the journal Science this week.
Cockroaches are morons in the morning, geniuses in the evening
Carbon dioxide did not cause the end of the last ice age, a new study in Science suggests, contrary to past inferences from ice core records.
Discovery challenges timeline of oxygen on Earth
In its ability to learn, the cockroach is a moron in the morning and a genius in the evening. Dramatic daily variations in the cockroach`s learning ability were discovered by a new study performed by Vanderbilt University biologists and published online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Ethics Group Rips Google on Copyrights
Two multinational teams of scientists, including four researchers from Arizona State University, are reporting that traces of oxygen appeared in Earth`s atmosphere 50 to 100 million years before the Great Oxidation Event. This event happened between 2.3 and 2.4 billion years ago when most geoscientists think atmospheric oxygen rose sharply from very low levels. The amount of oxygen before that...
Experimental drug boosts survival in recurrent ovarian cancer
(AP) -- An ethics group is urging Congress to scrutinize Google Inc.'s copyright controls after finding hundreds of apparently pirated movies available on the Internet search leader's Web site.
Genes linked to suicidal thinking during antidepressant treatment
New clinical data showed an experimental drug called pertuzumab prolonged the survival time for women with recurrent ovarian cancer, a University of Alabama at Birmingham doctor said recently.
Giardia genome unlocked
Specific variations in two genes are linked to suicidal thinking that sometimes occurs in people taking the most commonly prescribed class of antidepressants, according to a large study led by scientists at the National Institutes of Health`s (NIH) National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Depending on the particular mix inherited, these versions increased the likelihood of such thoughts from 2-...
Hair Untangles Woolly Mammoth Puzzle
Giardia lamblia, one of the most common human parasites in the United States, causes more than 20,000 intestinal infections a year, often through contact with contaminated drinking or swimming water. In the September 28 issue of Science, an international team led by researchers at the MBL (Marine Biological Laboratory) describe the complete genome (genetic sequence) of Giardia, which could lead to...
Individual differences caused by shuffled chunks of DNA in the human genome
Stephan C. Schuster and Webb Miller of Penn State University, working with Thomas Gilbert from Copenhagen and a large international consortium, discovered that hair shafts provide an ideal source of ancient DNA -- a better source than bones and muscle for studying the genome sequences of extinct animals. Their research achievement, described in a paper to be published in the journal Science on 28...
Interacting protein theory awaits test from new neutron analysis tools
A study by Yale researchers offers a new view of what causes the greatest genetic variability among individuals suggesting that it is due less to single point mutations than to the presence of structural changes that cause extended segments of the human genome to be missing, rearranged, or present in extra copies.
New national study links asthma to allergies
An international collaboration directed by an Oak Ridge National Laboratory researcher has performed the first-ever atomic-detail computer simulation of how proteins vibrate in a crystal.
Quantum device traps, detects and manipulates the spin of single electrons
Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have found that more than 50 percent of the current asthma cases in the country can be attributed to allergies, with approximately 30 percent of those cases attributed to cat allergy.
Rating might be unlikely to affect teens exposure to smoking in movies
A novel device, developed by a team led by University at Buffalo engineers, simply and conveniently traps, detects and manipulates the single spin of an electron, overcoming some major obstacles that have prevented progress toward spintronics and spin-based quantum computing.
Rice Urges Nations to Find Cleaner Fuels
Several recent research studies published in the United States have determined that young adolescents who see smoking scenes in movies are more likely to smoke. To combat smoking among youth, public health groups have called for Restricted (R) ratings for movies that depict smoking. A new study from New Zealand, however, calls that strategy into question, noting that the R rating may not have...
Study fuels debate over whether exercise and body size influence ovarian cancer risk
(AP) -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice challenged the world's biggest polluters Thursday to find ways to shift toward energy sources that reduce global warming, without harming their economies.
Study shows lead-based paint problem isn't isolated to China
A new study adds fuel to the debate over whether being fat or inactive affects the risk of developing ovarian cancer. The study, presented by Australian researchers today (Thursday) at the European Cancer Conference (ECCO 14) in Barcelona, found some evidence suggesting exercise might increase the risk. It found no link with body measurements.
A multinational team of environmental and occupational health researchers has found that consumer paints sold in Nigeria contain dangerously high levels of lead.