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Ancient records help test climate change (AP)

AP - A librarian at this 10th century monastery leads a visitor beneath the vaulted ceilings of the archive past the skulls of two former abbots. He pushes aside medieval ledgers of indulgences and absolutions, pulls out one of 13 bound diaries inscribed from 1671 to 1704 and starts to read about the...

Prestigious Lasker awards announced (AP)

AP - Two researchers who opened up the field of heart-valve replacement and a scientist who discovered a type of cell that plays a key role in the immune system have won prestigious medical prizes.


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Lakes Boiling With Methane Discovered In Alaska

A lake in Alaska was found violently boiling with escaping methane. Scientists are studying methane emissions from arctic lakes, especially the connection between thawing permafrost and climate change. As permafrost around a lake's edges thaws, the organic material in it -- dead plants and animals -- can enter the lake bottom, where bacteria convert it to methane, which bubbles into the...

Mother's Milk A Gift That Keeps On Giving

Medical research shows that mothers' milk satisfies babies' nutritional needs far better than any manufactured infant formula. It also protects babies against many common infectious diseases and certain inflammatory diseases, and probably helps lower the risk of a child later developing diabetes, lymphoma and some types of leukemia. These conclusions appear in a major new review of the medical...

Scientists synthesize memory in yeast cells

Harvard Medical School researchers have successfully synthesized a DNA-based memory loop in yeast cells, findings that mark a significant step forward in the emerging field of synthetic biology.

A molecule that protects from neuronal disorders

Many neuronal disorders, including epilepsy, schizophrenia and lissencephaly - a form of mental retardation -, result from abnormal migration of nerve cells during the development of the brain. Researchers from the Mouse Biology Unit of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Italy, have now discovered that a protein that helps organising the cells` skeleton is crucial for preventing...

Bentley to aim for 'greener' limousines

Volkswagen's luxury car division Bentley wants to make its models more environmentally friendly and to edge closer to proposed EU limits, the financial daily Handelsblatt reported Friday, citing Bentley head Franz-Josef Paefgen.

Chip Makers Seek New Technology

(AP) -- We're used to computers becoming obsolete almost as soon as they leave the store because of rapid advances in chip technology, but the whole science of silicon chips is starting to show its age.

EU Court to Deliver Microsoft Ruling

(AP) -- When Europe's second-highest court rules Monday on Microsoft Corp.'s appeal of its landmark antitrust conviction, more will be at stake for regulators than just the behavior of the world's largest software company.

Icahn Calls for Sale of BEA Systems

(AP) -- Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn on Friday called for the sale of BEA Systems Inc., a business software maker whose stock price has sagged with the growth in open-source software and under pressure from larger competitors such as IBM Corp. and Oracle Corp.

SCO Group Files for Bankruptcy

(AP) -- The SCO Group Inc., licenser of the Unix operating system, filed for bankruptcy protection Friday, drained by unsuccessfully filing lawsuits claiming its software code was misappropriated by developers of the open-source Linux operating system.