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October 04, 2013
Ultraviolet light to the extreme
When you heat a tiny droplet of liquid tin with a laser, plasma forms on the surface of the droplet and produces extreme ultraviolet (EUV) light, which has a higher frequency and greater energy than normal ultraviolet.

A better device to detect ultraviolet light
Researchers in Japan have developed a new photodiode that can detect in just milliseconds a certain type of high-energy ultraviolet light, called UVC, which is powerful enough to break the bonds of DNA and harm living creatures.

4th Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting in Hong Kong to present latest regional research
Hong Kong Osteoporosis Foundation and the Osteoporosis Society of Hong Kong, is staging Asia's key medical congress devoted to osteoporosis and related musculoskeletal diseases.

Stem cells engineered to become targeted drug factories
A group of Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Harvard Stem Cell Institute researchers and collaborators at MIT and MGH have found a way to use stem cells as drug delivery vehicles.

Cultural differences shed light on non-completion of HPV vaccination in girls in low-income families
Although they are at higher risk for cervical cancer, girls from low-income families are less likely to receive the human papillomavirus vaccine that prevents it, and the reasons they are not fully vaccinated differ depending on whether their parents are English-speaking or Spanish-speaking, suggests research being presented at IDWeek 2013™.

Journalism fellowship recognizes America's top age beat reporters
The Gerontological Society of America and New America Media have selected 17 reporters for the MetLife Foundation Journalists in Aging Fellows Program, now in its fourth year.

New brochure provides nutritional data on soy products fed to pigs
A publication recently released by the University of Illinois is providing new nutritional information on soy products and their value when fed to pigs.

Overweight dogs have a shorter life expectancy
Being overweight shortens a dog's life expectancy according to new research by the WALTHAM® Centre for Pet Nutrition.

Study examines effect of use of gloves and gowns for all patient contact in ICUs on MRSA or VRE
The wearing of gloves and gowns by health care workers for all intensive care unit patient contact did not reduce the rate of acquisition of a combination of the bacteria methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus, although there was a lower risk of MRSA acquisition alone, according to a study published online by JAMA.

Laying down a discerning membrane
One of the thinnest membranes ever made is also highly discriminating when it comes to the molecules going through it.

Cancer survivors in rural areas forgo health care because of cost
Older cancer survivors living in rural areas were more likely to forgo medical and dental care because of financial concerns compared with older cancer survivors living in urban areas, according to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Rutgers scientists discover molecules that show promise for new anti-flu medicines
A new way to attack flu viruses is taking shape in laboratories at Rutgers University, where scientists have identified chemical agents that block the virus's ability to replicate itself in cell culture.

Why do doctors abuse prescription drugs? 'Self-medication' is key reason
Doctors who abuse prescription drugs often do so for

Norovirus vaccine reduces symptoms of illness by more than half, early research shows
An investigational vaccine appears generally well tolerated and effective against the most common strain of norovirus, reducing the main symptoms of the gastrointestinal infection, vomiting and/or diarrhea, by 52 percent, suggests research being presented at IDWeek 2013™.

Walking can reduce breast cancer risk
Postmenopausal women who were very active or walked for at least seven hours a week had a reduced risk for breast cancer, according to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Nano-dissection identifies genes involved in kidney disease
A new method developed by researchers at Princeton University and the University of Michigan called

Dartmouth researcher finds a new role for the benefits of oxygen
During a heart attack when the flow of oxygen-rich blood to a section of the heart is interrupted, and not quickly restored, heart muscle begins dying.

Understanding the evolution of lungs through physical principles
Two French physicists, Bernard Sapoval and Marcel Filoche from École Polytechnique in Palaiseau, France, suggest in a study published in EPJ E how evolution has shaped our lungs through successive optimizations of physical parameters such as conservation of energy and speed of delivery.

NSF awards $12 million to SDSC to deploy 'Comet' supercomputer
The San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego, has been awarded a $12-million grant from the National Science Foundation to deploy Comet, a new petascale supercomputer designed to transform advanced scientific computing by expanding access and capacity among traditional as well as non-traditional research domains.

Universal gown and glove use by health-care workers in ICU reduces MRSA 40 percent
Health-care workers' use of disposable gowns and gloves upon entering all patient rooms on an ICU, versus only in rooms on standard isolation protocol, helped reduce patient acquisition of MRSA by approximately 40 percent.

IU researchers, collaborators discover new therapeutic agents that may benefit leukemia patients
An Indiana University cancer researcher and his colleagues have discovered new therapeutic targets and drugs that may someday benefit people with certain types of leukemia or blood cancer.

Children's Cancer target of $1.7 million grant
CureSearch for Children's Cancer this week awarded researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah a $1.73 million grant to test a novel targeted treatment for Ewing sarcoma that hopefully will disrupt the cancer's growth and spread.

Notre Dame researchers uncover keys to antibiotic resistance in MRSA
University of Notre Dame researchers Shahriar Mobashery and Mayland Chang and their collaborators in Spain have published research results this week that show how methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) regulates the critical crosslinking of its cell wall in the face of beta-lactam antibiotics.

International team receives $4m to study dimensions of biodiversity
A multidisciplinary, international team of researchers has been awarded nearly $4 million to develop a broad interdisciplinary framework to explain and predict plant and animal species distribution in Brazil's endangered Atlantic Forest.

Study links moderate activity to lower breast cancer risk
A large new American Cancer Society study adds to increasing evidence that physical activity reduces the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women.

Researchers discover biomarker, potential targeted therapy for pancreatic cancer
University of Cincinnati researchers have discovered a biomarker, known as phosphatidylserine, for pancreatic cancer that could be effectively targeted, creating a potential therapy for a condition that has a small survival rate.

High Medicare spending on prostate cancer screenings, but little benefit for older men
Prostate cancer screening has little benefit for men aged 75 and older, yet over three years, the Medicare fee-for-service program spent $447 million annually on PSA-based screenings -- one-third of which was for men in the over 75 age group, according to study by researchers at the Yale Cancer Outcomes, Public Policy, and Effectiveness Research Center.

Extrusive volcanism formed the Hawaiian Islands
A recent study by researchers at the University of Hawaii, Manoa and the University of Rhode Island changes the understanding of how the Hawaiian Islands formed.

Study shows how program improves sun protection practices among children of melanoma survivors
Children of melanoma survivors were more likely to wear hats and re-apply sunscreen after receiving a multimedia informational program designed specifically for them.

New book from CSHL Press on DNA repair and responses to DNA damage
Damage to DNA has serious consequences for cells and may lead to cancer.

Well-connected hemispheres of Einstein's brain may have sparked his brilliance
The left and right hemispheres of Albert Einstein's brain were unusually well connected to each other and may have contributed to his brilliance.

International research collaboration reveals the mechanism of the sodium-potassium pump
Researchers from Aarhus University have collaborated with a Japanese group of researchers to establish the structure of a crucial enzyme -- the so-called sodium-potassium pump -- which forms part of every cell in the human body.

Dietary intervention reduces stomach problems for diabetes patients
Many diabetes patients suffer from symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and lack of appetite.

Climate puzzle over origins of life on Earth
The mystery of why life on Earth evolved when it did has deepened with the publication of a new study in the latest edition of the journal Science.

NASA's moon landing remembered today as a promise of a 'future which never happened'
Management and social psychology experts claim NASA used the moon landing to project a story of its own importance for the future.

Sparing the body, breast cancer treatment via nipple injection
On October 4, JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, will publish a new technique for breast cancer treatment and prevention -- injection of therapeutics via the nipple.

American Society for Bone and Mineral Research Annual Meeting highlights
New research on calcium supplements and vitamin D, risk of fractures in older men, and the new culprit in bone fractures, weak muscles, and more will be released at the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) 2013 Annual Meeting in Baltimore, the largest scientific meeting in the world on bone and mineral metabolism.

Researchers uncover metabolic enzymes with 'widespread roles' in opium poppy
University of Calgary scientists have discovered metabolic enzymes in the opium poppy that play

Surprisingly simple scheme for self-assembling robots
Researchers at MIT find that small cubes with no exterior moving parts can propel themselves forward, jump on top of each other, and snap together to form arbitrary shapes.

The root of the matter: The role of nitric oxide in root branching
A new study in the October issue of Applications in Plant Sciences re-evaluates the effect of nitric oxide (NO) on lateral root formation, focusing on the process of lateral root initiation and utilizing a new parameter for measuring lateral root density.

New kind of microscope uses neutrons
Researchers at MIT, working with partners at NASA, have developed a new concept for a microscope that would use neutrons -- subatomic particles with no electrical charge -- instead of beams of light or electrons to create high-resolution images. 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