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May 03, 2013
New mechanism discovered in meiosis
The research group headed by molecular biologist Andrea Pichler from the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics in Freiburg has made an important discovery in meiosis research.

Mathematicians help to unlock brain function
Mathematicians from Queen Mary, University of London will bring researchers one step closer to understanding how the structure of the brain relates to its function in two recently published studies.

Older US-born Mexican-Americans more physically limited than Mexican-American immigrants: Study
New research indicates that Mexican-Americans born in the United States who are aged 55 and over are significantly more likely than Mexican-American immigrants to report that they have substantial limitations in one or more basic physical activities such as walking, climbing stairs, reaching, lifting, or carrying.

University of Luxembourg Ph.D. student wins scientific prize
Physicist Dominik Berg, University of Luxembourg, has received the €10,000 Umicore Scientific Award for his ground breaking Ph.D. work in the field of thin film photovoltaics.

SAGE and AOSSM launch the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
SAGE today announces the launch of a new international open access (OA) journal, the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine.

Fleeing Facebook: Study examines why people quit -- and come back -- to the 'global aquarium'
With more than a billion active accounts worldwide, it can be easy to forget that some people don't use Facebook.

Aerospace engineering research on testing to produce safer, faster, more reliable aircraft
A University of Texas at Arlington aerospace engineer is developing diagnostic and predictive tools that can aid aircraft manufacturers in analyzing composite structures used to make aircraft safer, faster and more reliable.

Virtual concert halls, buzzing cicadas, and more from ICA 2013 Montreal, June 2-7
The 21st International Congress on Acoustics (ICA 2013 Montreal) will be held June 2-7, 2013, at the Palais des congrès in downtown Montreal.

Launch of £90 million initiative in big data and drug discovery at Oxford University
The new Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Information and Discovery is supported by a £20 million gift from the Li Ka Shing Foundation, announced today, and £10 million for big data research from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, also newly announced today.

Gray hair and vitiligo reversed at the root
It's true -- the cure for gray hair is coming.

NASA sees Springs Fire rage Near Malibu, Calif.
NASA's Aqua satellite captured an image from space that shows the heat and smoke from the Springs Fire near Malibu, Calif.

NASA sees sun emit mid-level flare
The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 1:32 pm EDT on May 3, 2013.

Agricultural fires dot Mexico
In Guerrero, Oaxaca, Michoacan, Colima, and Jalisco regions (as well as others in the Yucatan Peninsula) of Mexico hundreds of fires were detected by the MODIS instrument on the Aqua satellite.

Anesthesia selection impacts outcomes in patients with sleep apnea undergoing joint replacement
Using regional anesthesia instead of general anesthesia in patients with sleep apnea undergoing total joint replacement decreases major complications by 17 percent, according to a study published online, ahead of print, in the journal Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine.

'Dark oxidants' form away from sunlight in lake and ocean depths, underground soils
Indeed, our bodies aren't perfect. They make mistakes, among them producing toxic chemicals, called oxidants, in cells.

Violent video games have lower effects on highly-exposed teens
Teenagers who are highly exposed to violent video games -- three or more hours per day -- show blunted physical and psychological responses to playing a violent game, reports a study in the May issue of Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, the official journal of the American Psychosomatic Society.

International congress on Kierkegaard
From May 5 to 8, The Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre at the University of Copenhagen will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Kierkegaard's birth by hosting an international congress with the title

NASA study projects warming-driven changes in global rainfall
A NASA-led modeling study provides new evidence that global warming may increase the risk for extreme rainfall and drought.

Predicting the path to death and helping patients cope with end-stage heart failure
Congestive heart failure affects more than 5.3 million Americans, is increasing in prevalence, and is ultimately fatal, but the duration and quality of life leading up to death can be unpredictable and vary greatly.

Award-winning sheet
Empa, in conjunction with the company Schoeller Medical AG and the Swiss Paraplegic Centre, has won the Innovation Prize at the international Techtextil trade fair.

How do anticancer drugs work?
Anticancer drugs save lives and/or improve the quality of life for many cancer patients.

$1 million for smart energy solutions
In a climate as prone to extremes as Canada's, buildings are often inefficient to heat, light and cool.

George Washington University biologist discovers new dinosaur in China
Fossil remains found by a George Washington University biologist in northwestern China have been identified as a new species of small theropod, or meat-eating, dinosaur.

More than a game: Exploring new digital frontiers
A groundbreaking new initiative led by the University of York, with partners at Cass Business School, part of City University London and Durham University Business School, aims to unlock the potential for scientific and social benefits in digital games.

JISC Collections purchases SpringerProtocols
Today, Springer announced that JISC Collections has purchased the archive content of SpringerProtocols, the world's largest database of life sciences protocols.

Royal Society elects 2 new Fellows from the John Innes Centre
Two scientists from the John Innes Centre have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society, the premier scientific accolade in the UK.

Unusual comparison nets new sleep loss marker
For years, Paul Shaw, Ph.D., a researcher at Washington University School of Medicine in St.

NIDA's Dr. Volkow joins President Clinton on Clinton Foundation's prescription drug abuse panel
Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health, will join President Bill Clinton, New York dignitaries, and college students from New York University for a panel discussion on prescription drug abuse.

Computer simulations reveal the energy landscape of ion channels
Ion channels are important drug targets. A young team of researchers led by pharmacologist Anna Stary-Weinzinger from the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Vienna investigated the opening and closing mechanisms of these channels.

Hubble sees the remains of a star gone supernova
These delicate wisps of gas make up an object known as SNR B0519-69.0, or SNR 0519 for short.

Birth of a black hole
According to a new study by an astrophysicist at Caltech, a new kind of cosmic flash may reveal something never seen before: the birth of a black hole.

Injectable nano-network controls blood sugar in diabetics for days at a time
In a promising development for diabetes treatment, researchers have developed a network of nanoscale particles that can be injected into the body and release insulin when blood-sugar levels rise, maintaining normal blood sugar levels for more than a week in animal-based laboratory tests.

Monkey math
Opposing thumbs, expressive faces, complex social systems: it's hard to miss the similarities between apes and humans.

Tohoku earthquake and tsunami focus of BSSA special issue
A special issue of the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America captures the latest progress in understanding what happened when this massive M >9 earthquake struck offshore of Japan.

Preordering lunch increases healthy entree selection in elementary schools
Cornell University researchers Andrew Hanks, David Just and Brian Wansink set out to test whether or not preordering lunch would nudge students to make healthier entrée choices.

Princess Anne gives award to Utah biologist
For the second time in five years, the United Kingdom's Princess Anne handed the prestigious Whitley Gold Award for conservation to Çağan Şekercioğlu.

Telling time on Saturn
A University of Iowa undergraduate student has discovered that a process occurring in Saturn's magnetosphere is linked to the planet's seasons and changes with them, a finding that helps clarify the length of a Saturn day and could alter our understanding of the Earth's magnetosphere.

NASA's Fermi, Swift see 'shockingly bright' burst
A record-setting blast of gamma rays from a dying star in a distant galaxy has wowed astronomers around the world.

Carnegie Mellon Research shows self-affirmation improves problem-solving under stress
New research from Carnegie Mellon University provides the first evidence that self-affirmation can protect against the damaging effects of stress on problem-solving performance.

Teens with high blood pressure have less distress, better quality of life
Teenagers with high blood pressure appear to have better psychological adjustment and enjoy higher quality of life than those with normal blood pressure, suggests a study in the May issue of Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, the official journal of the American Psychosomatic Society.

Fires in Eastern Russia
Fires in eastern Russia are commonplace at this time of year.

Scientific ocean drilling poised to reveal the secrets of the subseafloor for the next decade
Chikyu, Japan's deep sea drilling research vessel, is set to continue to exploring the frontiers of Earth, ocean, and life sciences in the New International Ocean Discovery Program.

NASA high school STEM challenge announces winning team
The NASA RealWorld-InWorld Engineering Design Challenge, an integrated science, technology, engineering and mathematics program focused on NASA's forthcoming James Webb Space Telescope, has named the 2012-2013 first place team.

American Chemical Society past president receives science communications award
An organization of leaders of 60 scientific societies representing more than 1.4 million members have honored American Chemical Society past president Bassam Z.

Identifying inhibitors of human proteins that promote tumor formation
Tumor repressor genes, which inhibit tumor formation, can be

New mouse model confirms how type 2 diabetes develops
Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have developed a new mouse model that answers the question of what actually happens in the body when type 2 diabetes develops and how the body responds to drug treatment.

FDA warning against high dose antidepressant prescription may be unwarranted, study finds
A new Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System and University of Michigan study calls into question the FDA's warning against high dosages of citalopram after finding no increased risk for abnormal heart rhythms or death in patients who took daily doses of more than 40 milligrams before or after the warning took effect.

NTU strikes closer collaborations with industry in water research
Another $132 million earmarked for NTU's water research institute which has moved to JTC CleanTech Park to have seamless connection with industry

Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation donates € 50 million to promote life sciences at JGU
The Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation is providing support for top level research at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.

'Going negative' pays for nanotubes
Rice researchers turn carbon nanotubes into negatively charged liquid crystals that could enhance the creation of fibers and films.

The risks of H7N9 infection mapped
A map of avian influenza (H7N9) risk is presented in Biomed Central's open access journal Infectious Diseases of Poverty today. 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