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December 07, 2009
Super cool atom thermometer
Physicists have devised a thermometer that can potentially measure temperatures as low as tens of trillionths of a degree above absolute zero.

Childhood traumas linger as health risk factors for adults
Research from the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London has found that negative experiences in childhood may alter not only mental health but also physical health, into middle age and beyond.

December 2009 Geosphere highlights
The December issue of Geosphere, the Geological Society of America's Web science journal, is now online.

Study finds new relationship between gene duplication and alternative splicing in plants
University of Georgia scientists looking to understand the genetic mechanisms of plant defense and growth have found for the first time in plants an inverse relationship between gene duplication and alternative splicing.

Biogen Idec's oral compound BG-12 achieves development milestones in MS and RA
Biogen Idec today announced that its oral compound BG-12 achieved key milestones in clinical trials for multiple sclerosis (MS) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Hunt for Higgs boson: Mass of top quark narrows search
New high-energy particle research by a team working with data from Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory heightens uncertainty about the exact nature of a key theoretical component of modern physics -- the massive fundamental particle, the Higgs boson.

Dip ordinary paper into ink infused with nanotubes and nanowires to create an instant battery
Dip an ordinary piece of paper into ink infused with carbon nanotubes and silver nanowires, and it turns into a battery or supercapacitor.

Don't I know you? University of Toronto research sheds light on memorial retrieval
University of Toronto study shows hippocampus is only involved in memory retrieval when there are clues to trigger context.

Defibrotide improves response rate in patients with severe veno-occlusive disease of the liver
Defibrotide, a novel drug which modulates the response of blood vessels to injury, was markedly more effective than standard treatment in post-stem cell transplant patients with hepatic veno-occlusive disease, a life threatening toxicity of transplant caused by blockages in tiny blood vessels of the liver, according to a study led by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute scientists.

Mammography use among women younger than 40 years old differ between minority populations
Breast cancer screening guidelines generally recommend mammography begin at age 40.

Spices halt growth of breast stem cells, U-M study finds
A new study finds that compounds derived from the spices turmeric and pepper could help prevent breast cancer by limiting the growth of stem cells, the small number of cells that fuel a tumor's growth.

Self-destructing bacteria improve renewable biofuel production
An Arizona State University research team has developed a process that removes a key obstacle to producing lower-cost, renewable biofuels.

Facebook (and systems biologists) take note: Network analysis reveals true connections
Two Northwestern University researchers have developed a universal method that can accurately analyze a range of complex networks -- including social networks, protein-protein interactions and air transportation networks.

New hope for diagnosis and treatment of intractable pediatric brain tumors
Scientists have discovered oncogenes capable of driving growth of normal human brain stem cells in a highly malignant pediatric brain tumor.

Controversial kidney transplant technique could provide lifeline for very ill patients
Surgeons have developed a controversial technique that could offer a vital lifeline to patients with end-stage renal disease, as well as increasing the supply of viable organs.

Genome BC collaborates with Chile and Norway to sequence salmon genome
The economically important, environmentally sensitive Atlantic salmon species will have its genome fully sequenced.

Difficult childhood may increase disease risk in adulthood
Individuals who experience psychological or social adversity in childhood may have lasting emotional, immune and metabolic abnormalities that help explain why they develop more age-related diseases in adulthood, according to a report in the December issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Association of tight glycemic control with road crashes in diabetic patients
A study from Canada published this week in PLoS Medicine suggests an association between tighter glycemic control and an increased risk of a motor vehicle crash in diabetic adults.

December 2009 Lithosphere highlights
Lithosphere articles examine the possibilities surrounding crustal melting during continental subduction; find evidence for igneous diapirism in the San Rafael Desert; date metamorphism in the Nashoba terrane; create a 3-D model of the central Australian lithosphere; determine how the weight of the Andes affects the continental crust; correlate the Mocha fracture zone with orogenic uplift in the Andes; and study pieces of the lower lithosphere as seen in mantle rocks once erupted in southwest Texas.

College football linemen take one for the team in terms of health
The high-intensity exercise performed by college football linemen does not protect them from obesity, related health problems and the potential for cardiovascular disease later in life, new research suggests.

NASA's TRMM satellite sees Tropical Storm Cleo form in southern Indian Ocean
The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission or TRMM satellite captured the birth of Tropical Storm Cleo in the southern Indian Ocean today, Dec.

Emotions an overlooked key to whistle-blowing, study says
A gut-level connection with workers may be the key to encouraging whistle-blowing that could chip away at an estimated $652 billion lost to fraud annually by US businesses.

New computer model could lead to safer stents
A study by HST scientists shows that the location of arterial stents is critical to efficient and safe drug delivery.

Isolation and stress identified as contributing to breast cancer risk
Social isolation and related stress could contribute to human breast cancer susceptibility, research from a rat model designed at the University of Chicago to identify environmental mechanisms contributing to cancer risk shows.

New York autopsies show 2009 H1N1 influenza virus damages entire airway
In fatal cases of 2009 H1N1 influenza, the virus can damage cells throughout the respiratory airway, much like the viruses that caused the 1918 and 1957 influenza pandemics, report researchers from the National Institutes of Health and the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner.

U of A's David Schindler confirms untold levels of oil sands pollution on the Athabasca
After an exhaustive study of air and water pollution along the Athabasca River and its tributaries from Fort McMurray to Lake Athabasca, researchers say pollution levels have increased as a direct result of nearby oil sands operations.

Drug shows positive responses, low side-effects in multiple myeloma
The second-generation proteasome inhibitor carfilzomib is showing noteworthy response rates and low levels of adverse side effects among multiple myeloma patients in a phase II clinical trial, researchers report.

News briefs from the December issue of Chest
News briefs from the December issue of CHEST, feature studies related to the inherited nature of blood clots, how air pollution may affect children with asthma, and the effects that inhaled steroids have on smoking and nonsmoking patients with asthma.

Delivering medicine directly into a tumor
Researchers at Burnham Institute for Medical Research at University of California, Santa Barbara, have identified a peptide (a chain of amino acids) that specifically recognizes and penetrates cancerous tumors but not normal tissues.

Combination therapy with midostaurin improves survival of AML patients with FLT3 mutations, phase 1
A targeted drug that is active against acute myeloid leukemia is particularly effective when teamed with chemotherapy in patients whose cancer cells harbor a key genetic mutation, researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and their colleagues will report at the American Society of Hematology's annual meeting on Monday, Dec.

Omega-3 fatty acids may reduce risk of colon cancer
Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, primarily found in fish and seafood, may have a role in colorectal cancer prevention, according to results presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research Conference, held Dec.

Einstein receives high-risk/high-reward cancer research funding
Matthew Levy, Ph.D., assistant professor of biochemistry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, has been awarded more than $700,000 by Stand Up To Cancer for his high-risk/high-reward cancer research.

Management capacity is needed to tackle blindness in sub-Saharan Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest regional burden of blindness and visual impairment in the world (it has 11 percent of the world's population, but around 20 percent of the world's blindness).

New approach to sickle cell disease shows promise in mice
Researchers at Children's Hospital Boston report being able to get mice with sickle cell disease to start producing fetal hemoglobin again -- potentially compensating for damaged adult hemoglobin and making symptoms of sickle-cell disease much milder.

With amino acid diet, mice improve after brain injury
Neurology researchers have shown that feeding amino acids to brain-injured mice restores their cognitive abilities and may set the stage for the first effective treatment for cognitive impairments suffered by people with traumatic brain injuries.

List of 'unsung' wildlife affected by climate change released
The Wildlife Conservation Society today released a list of animals facing new impacts by climate change, some in strange and unexpected ways.

Network observation at the GAW stations and atmospheric CO2 mixing ratios over China
Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences (CAMS) in Beijing initiated network observation at the four Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) stations: Waliguan, Shangdianzi, Lin'an and Longfengshan in China.

Elsevier introduces innovative new pharmacology text
Elsevier, the world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, proudly announces the early success and rapid acceptance of its recently released Pharmacology and Therapeutics: Principles to Practice, an innovative new pharmacology textbook designed to better meet the needs of today's residents and practitioners.

Coffee consumption associated with reduced risk of advanced prostate cancer
While it is too early for physicians to start advising their male patients to take up the habit of regular coffee drinking, data presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research Conference revealed a strong inverse association between coffee consumption and the risk of lethal and advanced prostate cancers.

Springer signs co-publishing agreement with the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Springer and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences will collaborate to publish AMBIO, A Journal of the Human Environment.

Now where was I again?
Computer screen pop-ups may slow down your work more than you think, according to new research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

Caffeine doesn't reverse the negative cognitive impact of alcohol, study shows
People who drink may want to know that coffee won't sober them up, according to new laboratory research.

Pitt study suggests craving hinders comprehension without your realizing it
A new University of Pittsburgh study reveals that craving a cigarette while performing a cognitive task not only increases the chances of a person's mind wandering, but also makes that person less likely to notice when his or her mind has wandered.

Decline in breast cancer: Not just because of hormone therapy
Between 2002 and 2003, American women experienced a 7 percent decline in breast cancer incidence, which scientists attribute to the publicity surrounding results of the Women's Health Initiative.

H1N1 more risky than seasonal flu in children with sickle cell disease
Infection with the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, causes more life-threatening complications than seasonal flu in children with sickle cell disease, according to research from Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

Mayo Clinic researchers prove key cancer theory
Mayo Clinic researchers have proven the longstanding theory that changes in the number of whole chromosomes -- called aneuploidy -- can cause cancer by eliminating tumor suppressor genes.

Lightning-produced radiation a potential health concern for air travelers
New information about lightning-emitted X-rays, gamma rays and high-energy electrons during thunderstorms is prompting scientists to raise concerns about the potential for airline passengers and crews to be exposed to harmful levels of radiation.

Genetic variations indicate risk of recurrence, secondary cancer among head and neck cancer patients
Eighteen single-point genetic variations indicate risk of recurrence for early stage head and neck cancer patients and their likelihood of developing a second type of cancer, researchers at the University of Texas M.

Air Force-funded research is shattering traditioinal notions of laser limits
Air Force Office of Scientific Research and National Science Foundation-funded professor, Dr.

Urine test for pediatric obstructive sleep apnea possible
Researchers at the University of Chicago have discovered a technique that is able to determine whether a child has obstructive sleep apnea or habitual snoring by screening their urine.

Second-line CML drugs evoke faster response than front-line therapy
Two medications approved as treatment for drug-resistant chronic myeloid leukemia continue to provide patients with quicker, better responses as a first treatment than the existing front-line drug, researchers at the University of Texas M.

How to read brain activity?
Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tuebingen, Germany, have found a crucial link between the activity generated within the brain to that measured with EEG.

The first portrait of a cool planet
Max Planck astronomers have succeeded in directly imaging a faint object that orbits a sun-like star.

Cedars-Sinai to supply stem cells to scientists developing treatments for Huntington's disease
The Cedars-Sinai Regenerative Medicine Institute is to provide stem cells to a five-member National Institutes of Health consortium of researchers for development of potential therapies to treat Huntington's disease.

HIV-related memory loss linked to Alzheimer's protein
More than half of HIV patients experience memory problems and other cognitive impairments as they age, and doctors know little about the underlying causes.

ESC press release: BMI and waist circumference
Body mass index and waist circumference are well known risk factors for cardiovascular diseases, but a new study reported in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology, today, Dec.

Deaths from opioid use have doubled, 5-fold increase in oxycodone deaths
Deaths from opioid use in Ontario, Canada, have doubled since 1991 and the addition of long-acting oxycodone to the drug formulary was associated with a 5-fold increase in oxycodone-related deaths, found a new study in CMAJ.

Quitting smoking can reverse asthma-inducing changes in lungs
Asthmatic smokers may be able to reverse some of the damage to their lungs that exacerbates asthmatic symptoms just by putting down their cigarettes, according to research out of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

Deaths related to narcotic pain relievers have doubled since 1991: Study
Deaths from opioid use in Ontario have doubled -- from 13.7 deaths per million residents in 1991 to 27.2 deaths per million residents in 2004 -- according to a new study led by physicians at St.

2 Brown faculty to study brain development in infants and children with bipolar disorder
Sean Deoni, assistant professor of engineering, and Dr. Daniel Dickstein, assistant professor of psychiatry, have each received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health to study brain development in children with bipolar disorder.

New technology could boost disease detection tests' speed and sensitivity
A team led by Yale University scientists has developed a way to rapidly manipulate and sort different cells in the blood using magnetizable liquids.

AACR names Perou 2009 Outstanding Investigator for Breast Cancer Research
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Snowflake chemistry could give clues about ozone depletion
Purdue University ice chemists are studying the surface structure of snow crystals and why sharp transitions in shape occur at different temperatures.

Munich lab demonstrates diesel truck engine with barely measurable emissions
At the Technische Universitaet Muenchen, where Rudolf Diesel himself studied engineering, a research team including students is pushing to see how clean and green a diesel truck engine can be.

Delinquent boys at increased risk of premature death and disability by middle age
Men who have a history of delinquency in childhood are more likely to die or become disabled by the time they are 48, and not just from the obvious consequences of antisocial behavior, new research indicates.

Severity of H1N1 flu in US during current flu season may be less than feared
A new study from researchers at the UK Medical Research Council and the Harvard School of Public Health projects that the severity of the H1N1 flu during the autumn-winter flu season in the US will likely be less than previously feared.

Playing favorites: Parents still involved after children are grown
Middle-aged parents are more involved in their grown children's lives than ever, according to new research from Purdue University.

A see-through surprise
Very often in science, the unexpected discovery turns out to be the most significant.

Young adults' blood lead levels linked to depression, panic disorder
Young adults with higher blood lead levels appear more likely to have major depression and panic disorders, even if they have exposure to lead levels generally considered safe, according to a report in the December issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Stand Up to Cancer funds high-risk/high-reward cancer research by 13 young scientists
Stand Up To Cancer announced today that it is awarding $9.68 million to support high-risk/high-reward cancer research conducted by 13 young scientists.

MIT takes step toward airport scanners that can identify explosives
In a paper appearing in the most recent issue of Nature Photonics, Qing Hu, a professor of electrical engineering at MIT's Research Laboratory of Electronics, and his colleagues describe the first practical method for tuning terahertz quantum cascade lasers.

Brightness variations of sun-like stars: The mystery deepens
An extensive study made with ESO's Very Large Telescope deepens a long-standing mystery in the study of stars similar to the Sun.

The thalamus, middleman of the brain, becomes a sensory conductor
Two new studies show that the thalamus -- the small central brain structure often characterized as a mere pit-stop for sensory information on its way to the cortex -- is heavily involved in sensory processing, and is an important conductor of the brain's complex orchestra.

A virtual physician's conference
Telemedicine facilitates communication between family physicians, hospitals and nursing services -- yet current solutions lack flexibility and are consequently very expensive.

Exercise reduces death rate in prostate cancer patients
As little as 15 minutes of exercise a day can reduce overall mortality rates in patients with prostate cancer, according to findings presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research Conference, held here, Dec.

Study shows nearly 1/3 of human genome is involved in gingivitis
Gingivitis, which may affect more than one-half of the US adult population, is a condition commonly attributed to lapses in simple oral hygiene habits.

Fit teenage boys are smarter
In the first study to demonstrate a clear positive association between adolescent fitness and adult cognitive performance, researchers find that better aerobic health among teenage boys correlates to higher scores on a range of intelligence tests -- and more education and income later in life.

Type 2 diabetes gene predisposes children to obesity
Pediatric researchers have found that a gene already implicated in the development of type 2 diabetes in adults also raises the risk of being overweight during childhood.

Antioxidant compound reduced incidence of colorectal metachronous adenomas
Supplementation with a selenium-based antioxidant compound decreased the risk of developing new polyps of the large bowel -- called colorectal metachronous adenomas -- in people who previously had colorectal polyps removed.

White, but not pure
Even the snow on Aconcagua Mountain in the Andes is polluted with PCBs.

Web searches for religious topics on the rise
Religion is not just for churches, synagogues or mosques anymore -- it's a topic that is being actively searched for online, according to researchers at Penn State.

Milling and drilling in cyberspace
Machinists, NC programmers or mechatronics engineers -- trainees in engineering jobs often have to master complex equipment.

New screening tool helps identify children at risk
A screening tool developed at Women and Infants Hospital and Brown University is to be featured in the journal Pediatrics.

Severity of swine flu in the United States
Research published this week in PLoS Medicine presents the most accurate assessment to date of the severity of the swine flu (H1N1) pandemic in the US.

Not all parents place their babies 'back to sleep,' Yale research finds
Placing infants on their backs for sleep can help reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.

Deaths related to narcotic pain relievers have doubled since 1991: Study
Deaths from opioid use in Ontario have doubled -- from 13.7 deaths per million residents in 1991 to 27.2 deaths per million residents in 2004 -- according to a new study led by physicians at St.

New platinum compound shows promise in tumor cells
MIT chemists have developed a new platinum compound that is as powerful as the commonly used anticancer drug cisplatin but better able to destroy tumor cells.

EPSRC invests £13 million in the future of maths
Three new Centres for Doctoral Training in mathematical sciences awarded funding The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council has announced a new investment of £13 million to fund three new Centres for Doctoral Training at the universities of Lancaster, Cambridge and Warwick.

State agencies and universities to receive $7 million in stimulus funding for volcano monitoring
The US Geological Survey, an agency of the Department of the Interior, has allocated $7 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to 15 universities and state agencies nationwide.

Pivotal trial data demonstrate Neuropace RNS system reduced seizures in people with epilepsy
NeuroPace Inc. announces results from its pivotal trial that demonstrated the RNS System, a novel investigational device that utilizes responsive brain neurostimulation, significantly reduced the frequency of seizures among people who have a common form of epilepsy that is difficult to treat with medication.

UCLA researchers demonstrate that stem cells can be engineered to kill HIV
Researchers from the UCLA AIDS Institute and colleagues have for the first time demonstrated that human blood stem cells can be engineered into cells that can target and kill HIV-infected cells -- a process that potentially could be used against a range of chronic viral diseases.

In cancer-ridden rats, loneliness can kill
Socially isolated female rats develop more tumors -- and tumors of a more deadly type -- than rats living in a social group, according to researchers at Yale University and the University of Chicago.

Getting a 'Head Start' on obesity prevention
A survey finds that the early childhood education program goes above and beyond federal requirements for diet and exercise for a population that's at high risk for childhood obesity.

Military children face more emotional challenges as parental deployments grow longer, study finds
A new study finds that children in military families suffer from more emotional and behavioral problems as the length of their parents' deployments grow.

UCSB scientists show that female fruit flies can be 'too attractive' to males
Females can be too attractive to the opposite sex -- too attractive for their own good -- say biologists at UC Santa Barbara.

Tiny RNA has big impact on lung cancer tumors
Researchers from Yale University and Mirna Therapeutics Inc., reversed the growth of lung tumors in mice using a naturally occurring tumor suppressor microRNA.

Antiepileptic drugs not linked to suicide among those with bipolar disorder
Despite government warnings about an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and actions while taking antiepileptic drugs, these medications do not appear to be associated with increased risk of suicide attempts in individuals with bipolar disorder, and may have a possible protective effect, according to a report in the December issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Study on land plant fossils shows Paleoasian Ocean disappeared about 251 million years ago
A latest discovery of land plant fossils from Heilongjiang, Northeast China shows that the Siberian Plate sutured with the North China Plate at the end of the Permian, and resulted in the final closure of the Paleoasian Ocean (an ocean existed for hundreds of million years in earth history).

Study links factors to choice of infant sleep position
Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have identified three principal factors linked to whether caregivers place infants to sleep on their backs.

Metamaterials could reduce friction in nanomachines
Nanoscale machines expected to have wide application in industry, energy, medicine and other fields may someday operate far more efficiently thanks to important theoretical discoveries concerning the manipulation of famous Casimir forces that took place at the US Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory.

African computer scientists recognized
Three African scientists have been awarded the inaugural TWAS-AAS-Microsoft Award for Young Scientists, by TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world and the African Academy of Sciences.

Higher risk for heart disease and diabetes associated with androgen deprivation therapy
Men of all ages treated for prostate cancer with androgen deprivation therapy, specifically with gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists, have an increased risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, according to a new study published online Dec.

Validity of cost-effectiveness models based on randomized clinical trials
Cost-effectiveness studies are widely used to guide prescribing policy in many countries, as part of health technology assessment programs.

New understanding of how to prevent destruction of a tumor suppressor
Researchers led by Lindsey Mayo, Ph.D., of Indiana University School of Medicine, have determined how the protein Mdm2, which is elevated in late-stage cancers, disables genes that suppress the growth of tumors.

$2.4 million stimulus fuels effort to regenerate injured spinal cords
Fueled by a National Institutes of Health Grand Opportunity grant of $2.4 million, a multi-institutional team of researchers associated with the University of Florida McKnight Brain Institute's Regeneration Project has begun creating genomic tools necessary to compare the extraordinary regenerative capacity of the Mexican axolotl salamander with established mouse models of human disease and injury.

Microbes help mothers protect kids from allergies
A pregnant woman's exposure to microbes may protect her child from developing allergies later in life.

Improving the odds
Clinical trials of a method for restoring the immune systems of bone marrow recipients from mismatched donors show promise.

Cosmic rays hunted down
Nearly 100 years after the discovery of cosmic rays, a new type of gamma ray telescope is finally allowing physicists to make images of sites of cosmic ray acceleration.

Antidepressant may change personality while relieving symptoms
Individuals taking a medication to treat depression may experience changes in their personality separate from the alleviation of depressive symptoms, according to a report in the December issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

All digital systems go!
Technology companies are welcoming a government backed body launched today to help create the new digital society.

Absence of evidence for a meteorite impact event 13,000 years ago
An international team of scientists led by researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa have found no evidence supporting an extraterrestrial impact event at the onset of the Younger Dryas approx.

West Nile virus infection may persist in kidneys years after initial infection
A new study shows that people who have been infected with West Nile virus may have persistent virus in their kidneys for years after initial infection, potentially leading to kidney problems.

Study shows gene positions may aid cancer diagnosis
Certain genes switch their nuclear position in tumor cells, offering a potential new method of diagnosing cancer, say researchers from the National Cancer Institute.

UOG and Guam Navy donate endangered cycad plants to Tinian
Guam cycad seedlings find a safe haven in Tinian through the collaborative efforts of the University of Guam, US Navy and CNMI government.

NRL's MISSE7 launched aboard STS-129
The Materials on the International Space Station Experiment 7, designed and built by the Naval Research Laboratory, launched aboard STS-129 for transport to the International Space Station.

Transcription factors guide differences in human and chimp brain function
Humans share at least 97 percent of their genes with chimpanzees, but, as a new study of transcription factors makes clear, what you have in your genome may be less important than how you use it.

Percentage of babies placed to sleep on their backs levels off
The rate of babies being placed on their backs to sleep -- a sleep position associated with a dramatic decrease in the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) -- has reached a plateau since 2001, according to a report in the December issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Researchers demonstrate nanoscale X-ray imaging of bacterial cells
An ultra-high-resolution imaging technique using X-ray diffraction is a step closer to fulfilling its promise as a window on nanometer-scale structures in biological samples.

The Academy of Natural Sciences and Temple Press revive rare natural history work in new book
The Academy of Natural Sciences today announced the revival of one of the world's rarest works on natural history, an early 19th-century nature magazine of which only 13 complete sets are known to exist.

Brain scans show distinctive patterns in people with generalized anxiety disorder in Stanford study
Scrambled connections between the part of the brain that processes fear and emotion and other brain regions could be the hallmark of a common anxiety disorder, according to a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to