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Huge Flock Of Critically Endangered Sociable Lapwings Discovered

Hopes are rising for one of the world's rarest birds after the discovery of the largest flock seen for more than 100 years. More than 3,000 critically endangered sociable lapwings have been found in the Ceylanpinar district of south-eastern Turkey after a satellite tag was fitted to one of the birds migrating from breeding grounds in Kazakhstan.

Medical Nanoimaging Pinpoints Cause Of Cataracts

By studying the membranes of cells in a patient's eye cataracts, medical researches have discovered the molecular cause of this disease. The scientists used high-resolution AFM imaging of diseased tissue to provide information at the single molecule level of the disease.

New Fatal Genetic Heart Disease Discovered

Researchers have discovered a previously unknown congenital disease that is caused by a genetic defect resulting in muscle cells not being able to store energy from sugar. In the worst case, the disease can lead to the heart stopping. Researchers also determined that people can live without glycogen. This finding may be of great significance for research regarding type 2 diabetes.

New Theory Predicts Location Of Oil And Gas Reserves

Researchers have developed a theory which can be important for future oil and gas exploration. The Golden Zone is the name of a an underground zone where temperatures range between 60 and 120 C. The name refers to a new discovery that 90 per cent of the world\'s oil and gas reserves are to be found just there.

New Wastewater Treatment System Removes Heavy Metals

The presence in the environment of large quantities of toxic metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, zinc or others, poses serious health risks to humans, and this threat puts the scientific community under pressure to develop new methods to detect and eliminate toxic contaminants from wastewaters in efficient and economically viable ways. A new type of nanomaterial called nanostructured silica has...

Protein May Link Obesity To Diabetes 2

Obesity increases the risk of developing diabetes, but nobody knows the details of why this is the case. Researchers have now identified a protein that may play a role in increasing the risk. The discovery may in the long term lead to new methods of preventing type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is a metabolic condition in which the body does not form sufficient quantities of insulin or in which the insulin...

Researchers Knocks Out HIV

With the latest advances in treatment, doctors have discovered that they can successfully neutralize the HIV virus. The so-called 'combination therapy' prevents the HIV virus from mutating and spreading, allowing patients to rebuild their immune system to the same levels as the rest of the population. To date, it represents the most significant treatment for patients suffering from HIV, according...

Bush adds rules to protect fish species (AP)

AP - President Bush is trying to encourage more recreational fishing in state waters and adding more federal rules limiting commercial fishing of two overfished species — striped bass and red...

German team wins solar home competition (AP)

AP - A team of students from Germany's Technische Universitat Darmstadt won a weeklong competition Friday on the National Mall for the best, most efficient and well-designed and -engineered solar...

Bad science: Threats - the homeopathic panacea

Dr Andy Lewis runs a website called Quackometer; he criticised the Society of Homeopaths in no uncertain terms. In his opinion, they do not enforce their own "code of practice" (you're not even allowed to imply you can cure a named disease!); it is a figleaf; and they fail to censure their members over dangerous claims.

The Mortification of James Watson

Once again, the Nobel-winning geneticist has embroiled himself in controversy -- this time over foul remarks about race. But does he really deserve this much condemnation?


FRIDAY 19. OCTOBER 2007


3G Phones for Mexico's America Movil

(AP) -- America Movil SA, the largest provider of wireless services in Latin America, expects to launch third-generation handsets in early 2008 and spend up to $3.2 billion expanding its network over the next year, company officials said Friday.

By the Light of the Moon

The gently glowing moon is more than just a pretty ball in the sky—for gamma-ray astronomers, the moon could become a unique target for calibrating instruments such as the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST).

Confining the data explosion

More simulation also requires more space on the hard disk - no prob-lem for the new compression software. The volume of data for crash and weather simulations is shrunk to as little as a tenth of its original size.

Engineer aims to regulate varying wind power

As Texas' electric grid operator prepares to add power lines for carrying future wind-generated energy, an electrical engineer at The University of Texas at Austin is developing improved methods for determining the extent to which power from a wind farm can displace a conventional power plant, and how best to regulate varying wind power.

Light shone within brains of mice reveals secrets of sleep-wake cycle

By flickering a special light inside the brains of sleeping mice to wake them up, Stanford researchers have shown that they can induce behavior in a living mammal by directly controlling specific neural cells. In so doing, they have answered fundamental questions about the process of waking up.

Mice roar message: genetic change happens fast

While looks can be deceiving, heredity is revealing, and two scientists who've studied the genetic makeup of a common field mouse report that what's most revealing to them is how fast both genes and morphology can change.