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'Good neighbor' corn fights borers at home, nearby (AP)

AP - This corn turns out to be a very good neighbor. Corn that's been genetically engineered to resist attacking borers produces a "halo effect" that provides huge benefits to other corn planted nearby, a new study finds. Since the borers that attack the genetically modified crops die, there are fewer of them to go after the non-modified...

Microsoft Official Suggests Quarantining Infected PCs

Infected computers should be quarantined. That's the recommendation of Scott Charney, vice president for Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing effort, in a speech Tuesday at the International Security Solutions Europe Conference in Berlin, Germany. Charney also made the recommendation on his blog and in a paper published by Microsoft. His recommendation is based on lessons from public health, where...

At last, a living model for an important body channel

(PhysOrg.com) -- Ion channels provide a way for key molecules to cross into cells, are the means for many swift physical reactions and regulate the movement of fluid across internal cavities in our bodies. When chloride ions cross a cell membrane they may also bring sodium and water along. In the airways, when the channels don’t function well, the mucus that covers the surface becomes very...

Cassini catches Saturn moons in paintball fight

(PhysOrg.com) -- Scientists using data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft have learned that distinctive, colorful bands and splotches embellish the surfaces of Saturn's inner, mid-size moons. The reddish and bluish hues on the icy surfaces of Mimas, Enceladus, Tethys, Dione and Rhea appear to be the aftermath of bombardments large and small.

Controversial law improves care for serious mental illness

(PhysOrg.com) -- Mounting evidence supports the benefits of New York State’s much-debated law authorizing court-ordered outpatient psychiatric treatment for people with serious mental illnesses, according to a series of newly published reports led by Duke University Medical Center researchers.

Heart healthy diet: Low fat or low carbs?

(PhysOrg.com) -- Losing weight, especially among adults who are very heavy to obese, is a good way to prevent the onset of atherosclerosis, the artery-thickening condition that leads to potentially deadly heart disease. A diet that is low in either fats or carbohydrates can help reduce weight. But which one is the more heart-healthy?

In plants, small changes make big impact

(PhysOrg.com) -- You can’t see them or feel them, but right now countless biochemical interactions in your body affect your life in countless ways. These interactions are important because if they go poorly, really bad things can happen. In a simple and admittedly extreme example, poorly regulated protein interactions – interactions between molecules that are the main regulators of...

Researchers develop better way to see molecules at work in living brain cells

By creating a better way to see molecules at work in living brain cells, researchers affiliated with MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory and the MIT Department of Chemistry are helping elucidate molecular mechanisms of synapse formation. These studies could also help further understanding of how synapses go awry in developmental diseases such as autism and Fragile X syndrome. The study...

Scientists trick bacteria with small molecules

(PhysOrg.com) -- A team of Yale University scientists has engineered the cell wall of the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, tricking it into incorporating foreign small molecules and embedding them within the cell wall.

Sony commercializes 16.41 megapixel 'Exmor R' back-illuminated CMOS image sensors for mobile phones

Sony today announced the commercialization of two new "Exmor R" back-illuminated CMOS image sensors with dramatically improved photographic performance including significantly high sensitivity and low noise. In addition, Sony will launch two new lens modules equipped with these image sensors, which also include the smallest and thinnest model for mobile phones. This is also the first time that...

Thoughts about time inspire people to socialize

Does thinking about time or money make you happier? A new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, finds that people who are made to think about time plan to spend more of their time with the people in their lives while people who think about money fill their schedules with work, work, and -- you guessed it -- more work.