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UNH chemists create molecule with promising semiconductor properties
A team of chemists from the University of New Hampshire has synthesized the first-ever stable derivative of nonacene, creating a compound that holds significant promise in the manufacture of flexible organic electronics such as large displays, solar cells and radio frequency identification tags. The team, led by professor of organic chemistry and materials science Glen Miller and including two UNH undergraduates, published their findings in January 2010 in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. (2010-02-11)

New chameleon species discovered in East Africa
A new species of chameleon has been discovered in a threatened forest in Tanzania. (2009-11-23)

HIV's disguises no match for 'bionic assassins'
HIV is a master of disguise, able to rapidly change its identity and hide undetected in infected cells. But now, in a long-standing collaborative research effort partially-funded by the Wellcome Trust, scientists from Oxford-based Adaptimmune Limited, in partnership with the Universities of Cardiff and Pennsylvania have engineered immune cells to act as (2008-11-09)

Unheard of life history for a vertebrate
There is a newly discovered life history among the 28,300 species of known tetrapods. A chameleon from arid southwestern Madagascar spends up to three-quarters of its life in an egg. Even more unusual, life after hatching is a mere 4 to 5 months. No other known four-legged animal has such a rapid growth rate and such a short life span. The new research is reported in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (2008-06-30)

Toad research could leapfrog to new muscle model
The deceptively simple, remarkably fast feeding action of toads and chameleons offers a new look at how muscles work. This fresh perspective could lead to designing more efficient electric motors, better prostheses and new medical treatments for neuromuscular diseases like Parkinson's. Science has long held that muscles behave largely like motors. Northern Arizona University researcher Kiisa Nishikawa suggests that muscle acts more like a spring. (2008-06-02)

Seeing through the dark
Astronomers have measured the distribution of mass inside a dark filament in a molecular cloud with an amazing level of detail and to great depth. The measurement is based on a new method that looks at the scattered near-infrared light or 'cloudshine' and was made with ESO's New Technology Telescope. Associated with the forthcoming VISTA telescope, this new technique will allow astronomers to better understand the cradles of newborn stars. (2008-03-07)

Conspicuous social signaling drives the evolution of chameleon color change
In dwarf chameleons, evolutionary shifts in the capacity for color change are associated with increasingly conspicuous signals used in contests and courtship rather than by the need to match different backgrounds. (2008-01-28)

'Smart' sunglasses and goggles let users adjust shade and color
The future looks bright for sunglasses with adjustable lenses. A low-cost, low-energy material with adjustable transparency lets wearers dial up their preferred color and shade. (2007-03-27)

Scientists develop a new way to target Alzheimer's disease
A group of scientists at NYU School of Medicine have devised a way to reduce amyloid beta deposition by interfering with the deadly embrace of these proteins. (2006-12-04)

Watching how planets form
With the VISIR instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope, astronomers have mapped the disc around a star more massive than the sun. The very extended and flared disc most likely contains enough gas and dust to spawn planets. It provides the rare opportunity to witness the conditions prevailing prior to or during planet formation. (2006-09-28)

Spineless tales provide strong backbone to human brain research
University of Oregon biologist Nathan Tublitz talked about moths, flies and cephalopods, telling an audience of scientists meeting in Australia this week that research on these spineless creatures is unveiling the mechanics of how the brain regulates behavior. (2006-08-14)

Science-savvy 'Lia' stars in new TV series developed by BU photonics, communication school
Lia is the girl-star of a new science education project being developed by Boston University's Photonics Center and College of Communication. The BU groups, together with Boston-based children's media firm Fablevision, have formed an educational programming and technology collaboration that ultimately will use television, the Internet, software, and published materials to create a series they hope will bring an excitement and enthusiasm for science and technology among 8 to 12 year olds. (2004-04-22)

Cancer biologists and a cardiologist take a new look at aggressive tumors
An unusual collaboration between a University of Iowa cardiologist and cancer biologists at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI, the Scripps Research Institute in California and Kanagawa Cancer Center Hospital and Research Center in Japan utilized a multidisciplinary approach to learn more about how aggressive cancer cells function and how they differ from poorly aggressive cancer cells. (2003-09-04)

Fruit fly model could explain how mosquitoes carry malaria: new drugs and vaccines on the horizon
For the first time, scientists have found a way to turn a fruit fly into a surrogate mosquito, able to carry malaria and infect chickens with the deadly disease. Their approach may pave the way for better anti-malarial, transmission- blocking vaccines, and engineered mosquitoes that are resistant to malaria. (2000-06-29)

Adult stem cells can produce a wealth of cell types, Science authors report
Research by a team of Swedish scientists suggests that reprogrammed adult neural stem cells in mice can potentially generate a wide variety of cell types, contributing to heart, liver, muscle, intestine and other tissues. The scientists encouraged this transformation by exposing the adult stem cells to embryonic environments. (2000-06-01)

Unusual cluster of young stars discovered over the South Pole
An unusual cluster of very young stars has been discovered near Earth in the sky over the South Pole. The cluster is expected to become an important laboratory for understanding a number of mysteries concerning star formation and the early stages of stellar evolution. (1999-06-01)

Clinton's Mastery Of Rhetorical Styles Could Be His Biggest Asset In Upcoming Congressional Impeachment Hearings
President Bill Clinton may be facing the possibility of impeachment over the issue of Monica Lewinsky, but his mastery of public speech could be his ticket to staying in office, according to a University of Georgia professor of speech communication who is a scholar of presidential and political rhetoric. (1998-10-01)

New Polymer Diode Is The First To Emit Light Of Many Colors
Materials scientists have developed a new polymer-based light-emitting diode (LED) that can change color with the ease of a chameleon. The device, the first plastic material and the first LED able to emit light of multiple colors, signals an era when plastic actually forms the electronic soul of modern devices and is no longer relegated to the outer shell (1997-04-16)

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