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RIM shares reach new high

Shares of Research in Motion rose to an all-time high on Friday, a day after the company reported that second-quarter profits doubled as the subscriber level for its BlackBerry wireless devices surpassed the 10 million level.

Novell Sparkles in OpenSUSE Update

Novell has announced that the newest Linux distribution of OpenSUSE is now available for free download from the OpenSUSE Project -- a Novell-sponsored community initiative with 54,000 members. "The OpenSUSE community continues to deliver innovations and has created a new version of OpenSUSE that will excite a wide range of computer users," said OpenSUSE project director Andreas Jaeger. "It...

Japan's Lunar Probe Reaches Orbit

Japan put its first satellite into orbit around the moon Friday, placing the country a step ahead of China and India in an increasingly heated space race in Asia. The probe was set into lunar orbit after completing a complicated navigational maneuver late Thursday, space agency officials said. The probe will gradually move into orbit closer to the surface to the moon before conducting a...

Scientists Show San Andreas Rock Cores

A team of scientists on Thursday showed off the first rock samples taken from a borehole being drilled into the mighty San Andreas Fault to better understand how earthquakes are born. The 4-inch-wide rock cores were pulled earlier this month from two miles beneath a seismically active section of the fault halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Researchers hope the core...

Kids' Use of Heartburn Drugs Surges

The number of young children on prescription drugs for heartburn and other digestive problems jumped about 56 percent in recent years and researchers say obesity and overuse might be contributing to the surprising increase. The surge was found in a Medco Health Solutions Inc. analysis released Thursday of U.S. prescription data for 2002-2006. It suggests that more than 2 million U.S. children...

Chemical Compound Found In Tree Bark Stimulates Growth, Survival Of Brain Cells

Researchers have identified a compound in tree bark that mimics the chemical reactions of a naturally occurring molecule in the brain responsible for stimulating neuronal cell signaling. The tree bark compound, known as gambogic amide, behaves much like Nerve Growth Factor, a molecule found in the brain. NGF binds to TrkA, a neuronal receptor, and activates neuronal signaling. It is known that the...

Combination Therapy Reverses Effects Of Portal Hypertension In Rats

A combined treatment with rapamycin and Gleevec might reverse the effects of portal hypertension in patients with chronic liver disease. Portal hypertension is a serious complication of chronic liver disease, and a leading cause of liver transplantation and mortality. It develops when a blockage in the blood flow through the liver causes the body to develop new blood vessels to develop (through a...

Mini-strokes Linked To Uric Acid Levels

Researchers have found that high-normal uric acid levels may cause barely-detectable mini-strokes that potentially contribute to mental decline in aging adults. Diet, exercise and drugs like allopurinol (all of which lower UA levels) could eventually be of value in reducing this risk, especially for those with additional risk factors such as diabetes, obesity and hypertension, the researchers say....

Big Music Wins File-Sharing Jury Trial

The Recording Industry Association of America won a critical battle in the fight against digital piracy on Thursday. A federal jury found a Minnesota mom guilty of sharing copyright-protected music online and decided $220,000 was fair recompense to the record labels. The plaintiffs, which include Virgin Records, Sony BMG, Capitol Records, Arista Records, Warner Bros., UMG Recordings, and...

In pictures: Ig Nobel prize 2007

Cambridge, Masachusetts, October 5 2007: Last night saw the presentation of the Ig Nobel awards 2007. Awarded by the Annals of Improbable Research magazine, the prizes recognise 'achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think'

British Patients Get Therapy on PC

For nearly her entire life, Mary had a crippling fear of cramped spaces that meant she couldn't travel on airplanes, subways, or cars. Seeing a psychologist didn't help. So she tried something else. The 61-year-old bookkeeper, who only gave her first name to protect her privacy, sat down in front of a computer and spilled out her problems to a kind of psychiatric computer game called...

Halo 3 Smashes Entertainment Records

Microsoft's gaming division could soon turn a profit, thanks to the smashing success of Halo 3. Redmond reports the franchise has made history as one of the biggest entertainment launches of all time, with more than $300 million in sales during its first week on store shelves. Halo 3, the conclusion to the epic Halo trilogy, picks up where Halo 2 left off, answering questions about the fates...

Pfizer Tops Global Research Spending

Pfizer Inc., the world's largest drugmaker, is the world's biggest spender on research, the European Commission said Friday. That means it outranks rival Johnson & Johnson, software giant Microsoft Corp. and auto companies Ford Motor Co. and DaimlerChrysler AG. Pfizer spent 5.8 billion euros ($8.18 billion) last year to take the top spot from Ford on the EU's research and development list,...

Amazon Rainforest At Risk From Initiative To Connect South American Economies

An unprecedented development plan to link South America's economies through new transportation, energy and telecommunications projects could destroy much of the Amazon rainforest in coming decades, according to a new study. Researchers show that IIRSA's development projects will coincide with mounting pressures on the Amazon's ecosystem and its traditional communities. These pressures include...