The North Pacific, a global backup generator for past climate change
Vitamin B3 as a novel approach to treat fungal infections
Toward the end of the last ice age, a major reorganization took place in the current system of the North Pacific with far-reaching implications for climate, according to a new study published in the July 9, 2010, issue of Science by an international team of scientists from Japan, Hawaii, and Belgium.
Wild cat mimics monkey calls
A team of scientists from the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC) of the University of Montreal have identified vitamin B3 as a potential antifungal treatment. Led by IRIC Principal Investigators Martine Raymond, Alain Verreault and Pierre Thibault, in collaboration with Alaka Mullick, from the Biotechnology Research Institute of the National Research Council Canada, the study...
ScienceShot: Synchronized Lightning Bugs
In a fascinating example of vocal mimicry, researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and UFAM (Federal University of Amazonas) have documented a wild cat species imitating the call of its intended victim: a small, squirrel-sized monkey known as a pied tamarin. This is the first recorded instance of a wild cat species in the Americas mimicking the calls of its prey.
Frustrating Zombie Satellite Still Adrift In Space
Why do some lightning bugs flash in sync?
Bacteria protect flies from infertility
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so-called Galaxy 15 zombie satellite that lost contact with ground controllers
on Earth in April is still adrift in space, with engineers keeping a close eye on
the wayward satellite as it approaches two other spacecraft this month.
Anesthetics Could Add to Global Warming
A bacterium that lives inside fruit flies has found a new way to ensure it gets passed on to the next generation of flies - by protecting female flies against infertility.
Fireflies Blink in Sync
HealthDay - THURSDAY, July 8 (HealthDay News) -- Inhaled anesthetics used to
put patients to sleep during surgery contribute to global climate change,
according to a new study.
Saber-Toothed Cat Unearthed
Groups of male fireflies will synchronize their flashes to attract the attention of females.
A City's Motto: I ♥ Tap Water
The discovery marks the first time the carnivore, with fangs half the length of its skull, had been seen in Australia.
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Submarine Robots Learn Teamwork
New York City is so proud of its tap water that the Bloomberg administration has come up with a product line to trumpet its quality and promote it as an affordable and sustainable alternative to bottled water....
Solar Impulse Lands After Successful 24-Hour Flight
New technology networks autonomous underwater vehicles so that they can travel farther and survey more ocean than ever before.
Early Humans Ventured Farther North Than Thought
An experimental solar-powered plane completed its first 24-hour test flight successfully Thursday, proving that the aircraft can collect enough energy from the sun during the day to stay aloft all night.
The test brings the Swiss-led project one step closer to its goal of circling the globe using only energy from the sun.
Pilot Andre Borschberg eased the Solar Impulse out of the clear blue...
The Human Genome: Big Advances, Many Questions
Ancient man ventured into northern Europe far earlier than previously thought, settling on England's east coast more than 800,000 years ago, scientists said.
It had been assumed that humans -- thought to have emerged from Africa around 1.75 million years ago -- kept mostly to relatively warm tropical forests, steppes and Mediterranean areas as they spread across Eurasia.
But the discovery of...
A Developing La Nina May Mean More Hurricanes
Every Wednesday at 3:15 p.m., a few dozen Stanford University medical students turn their backs on the sun, gather in a high-tech classroom and flip open their laptops.
The summer class they're taking is a foray into the future of medicine. The course title, Genetics 210, Genomics and Personalized Medicine, betrays little about how personal the journey will be. The students will study their own...
Forecast for Gulf impacting spill containment plan
The climate phenomenon known as La Nina appears to be developing, threatening more bad news in the efforts to clean up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
When a La Nina occurs there tend to be more hurricanes than normal in the Atlantic and Caribbean regions, which include the Gulf of Mexico.
The federal Climate Prediction Center said Thursday that La Nina conditions are likely to develop...
Can a Stimulating Life Ward Off Cancer?
AP - Rough weather forecasts in the Gulf of Mexico could force BP and Obama administration officials to speed up plans to connect a third containment vessel to the blown-out undersea oil...
Fuel Tank Ready For Final Space Shuttle Flight
Mice raised in spacious cages with lots of toys and mates develop smaller tumors
Yoda voice for TomTom GPS launched
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ORLEANS The huge external fuel tank for NASA's final space shuttle mission was prepared for delivery to its Florida launch site Thursday, accompanied by a brass band and
hundreds of handkerchief-waving workers celebrating its completion as the U.S. space agency winds down its 30-year shuttle program.
Plug-in hybrid battery gets federal boost
TomTom GPS users can now get directions from the official voice of Star Wars' Yoda.
A battery being tested for plug-in Chrysler pickup trucks was one of 18 clean technology projects across Canada that have received a federal boost this week.
Neuron research may hold hope for Alzheimer's
Our father, John Clarke, who has died aged 85, was a reproductive physiologist and lecturer in the departments of agricultural science and zoology at Oxford University. He was a dedicated teacher with an enormous interest in people, and many of his students became lifelong friends.John was born in Perth, Western Australia. He had a happy childhood with his brothers, Stuart and Miles. Their father...
Merck shuts 16 sites including Quebec facility
U.S. scientists have found a chemical that can form neurons in brains of mice, and improve the memory of old rats, which suggests there may be hope for a cure for Alzheimer's disease.
Pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. has announced it is closing 16 manufacturing plants and research sites, including one in the Montreal region, as a cost-cutting measure.