Monthly Archives: March 2013

Scientists want to bring 22 animals back from extinction ·

They chose the animals using the following criteria: Are the species desirable – do they hold an important ecological function or are they beloved by humans? Are the species practical choices – do we have access to tissue that could … Continue reading

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Pentagon weapons-maker finds method for cheap, clean water | Reuters

A defense contractor better known for building jet fighters and lethal missiles says it has found a way to slash the amount of energy needed to remove salt from seawater, potentially making it vastly cheaper to produce clean water at … Continue reading

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Nanoparticles loaded with bee venom kill HIV | Newsroom | Washington University in St. Louis

Nanoparticles carrying a toxin found in bee venom can destroy human immunodeficiency virus HIV while leaving surrounding cells unharmed, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown. The finding is an important step toward developing a … Continue reading

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A comet headed for Mars: The hits keep coming | The Economist

A PAIR of middle-aged tourists (see previous post) are not the only thing headed for Mars. Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) is also on its way. Discovered on January 3rd, some calculations of its orbit, according to Phil Plait, the … Continue reading

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Insect wings shred bacteria to pieces : Nature News & Comment

The veined wing of the clanger cicada kills bacteria solely through its physical structure — one of the first natural surfaces found to do so. An international team of biophysicists has now come up with a detailed model of how … Continue reading

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Study Finds Genetic Risk Factors Shared by 5 Psychiatric Disorders –

The psychiatric illnesses seem very different — schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, major depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Yet they share several genetic glitches that can nudge the brain along a path to mental illness, researchers report. Which disease, if … Continue reading

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