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First Detailed Look At Progress Of A Wildland-urban Fire

To better understand increasingly prevelant Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) fires -- and how best to prevent or fight them -- researchers have issued an in-depth case study on fire behavior and defensive actions taken in a community during a major WUI fire in California.

Existing Parkinson's Disease Drug May Fight Drug-resistant TB

Existing drugs used in the treatment of Parkinson's disease could be repositioned for use in the treatment of extreme drug-resistant tuberculosis, which kills about 2 million people each year, according to a new study. The rise of these strains of TB throughout the world, including industrialized countries, poses a great threat to human...

'Jumping Gene' Diminishes The Effect Of New Type 2 Diabetes Risk Gene

Research has identified a new gene associated with diabetes, together with a mechanism that makes obese mice less susceptible to diabetes. A genomic fragment that occurs naturally in some mouse strains diminishes the activity of the risk gene Zfp69. The researchers also found that the corresponding human gene (ZNF642) is especially active in overweight individuals with...

Coolest Spacecraft Ever In Orbit (-273 Degrees Celsius)

On July 2 the detectors of Planck's High Frequency Instrument reached their amazingly low operational temperature of -273°C, making them the coldest known objects in space. The spacecraft has also just entered its final orbit around the second Lagrange point of the Sun-Earth system,...

Japanese imperial army maps to go online

Old Asia-Pacific maps from Japanese Imperial Army archives are going online for modern use, such as studying changes in forest cover or the growth of cities, a Japanese researcher said Friday.

Neil Armstrong: I want to be alone

Neil Armstrong was the first man on the moon. Pretty impressive. So impressive that 40 years later, people still make documentaries wondering what that must've been like. Being Neil Armstrong (Sun, 9pm, BBC4) is the latest.Its premise is this: Neil Armstrong has become a recluse. He never signs autographs and doesn't speak to the press. Why? Why don't you want to come out and talk to us, Neil? Why...


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