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International team discovers element 117

An international team of scientists from Russia and the United States, including two Department of Energy national laboratories and two universities, has discovered the newest superheavy element, element 117.

Posted: Apr 7th, 2010

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Cell division caught on film

Name a human gene, and you'll find a movie online showing you what happens to cells when it is switched off. This is the resource that researchers at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany, and their collaborators in the Mitocheck consortium are making freely available, as the result of a study in which they have identified the genes involved in mitosis - the most common form of cell division - in humans.

Posted: Apr 6th, 2010

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Molecular gauge to disclose function of new medications

Luminescent markers are an indispensable tool for researchers working with DNA. But the markers are troublesome. Some tend to destroy the function and structure of DNA when inserted. Others emit so little light, that they can barely be detected in the hereditary material. So researchers have been asking for alternative markers. A tool that you might call a molecular gauge could potentially solve both problems.

Posted: Apr 6th, 2010

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Researchers solve two 20-year old problems that could transform solar cell technology

Thanks to two technologies developed by Professor Benoit Marsan and his team at the Universite du Quebec a Montreal (UQAM) Chemistry Department, the scientific and commercial future of solar cells could be totally transformed. Professor Marsan has come up with solutions for two problems that, for the last twenty years, have been hampering the development of efficient and affordable solar cells.

Posted: Apr 6th, 2010

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Scientists 'train' bacteria to build a nanopyramid

Faster than lion tamers... More powerful than snake charmers... Make way for the bacteria trainers! Professor Sylvain Martel and his team at the Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal NanoRobotics Laboratory have achieved a new world first: 'training' living bacteria to build a nanopyramid.

Posted: Apr 6th, 2010

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Methuselah Foundation launches NewOrgan Prize

Today Methuselah Foundation launched the NewOrgan Prize, the Foundation's new longevity prize specifically focused on advancing the development of replacement tissues and organs for humans. Its goal is to accelerate advances in regenerative medicine, which will become the standard of care for replacing all tissue and organ systems in the body within 20 years.

Posted: Apr 6th, 2010

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Boron nanowires could turn T-shirts into body armor

Researchers at the University of South Carolina, collaborating with others from China and Switzerland, drastically increased the toughness of a T-shirt by combining the carbon in the shirt-s cotton with boron - the third hardest material on earth. The result is a lightweight shirt reinforced with boron carbide, the same material used to protect tanks.

Posted: Apr 6th, 2010

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