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Science News Archive - April 27, 2009

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According to a report on Sunday, Malaysian authorities seized 814 tortoises and 160 king cobras as they were being smuggled out of the country’s northern border.

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Climate change is now threatening France’s Aquitaine coast, which stretches north from the Spanish border to the Gironde River, causing erosion that is endangering coastal communities.

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Vividly painted wooden coffins housing an anthology of pharaonic-era mummies were uncovered near the Lahun pyramid in Egypt, the director of the excavation said on Sunday.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it has approved Simponi, a monthly injectable treatment for three types of arthritis. The FDA said Simponi (golimumab) was approved for use by adults with moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis, active psoriatic arthritis and active ankylosing spondylitis.

Canadian scientists say they've found a way to improve a cancer patient's immune responses that could lead to using the patient's own cells to kill tumors. A team of scientists at the Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto and their colleagues said their findings demonstrate the potential of immunotherapy in cancer treatment. In the lab study, the scientists led by Dr.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists say they've discovered a way to induce gamma waves by shining laser light directly onto the brains of mice. The high-frequency brain waves known as gamma oscillations are thought to be crucial for consciousness, attention, learning and memory.

The American Urological Association said at a Chicago convention that men should start undergoing prostate exams at the age of 40 rather than 50. The medical group said in a statement Monday a younger age for initial prostate exams in men nationwide could result in earlier diagnoses of cancer in some patients and more efficient testing overall, the Chicago Sun-Times said. Such testing may not only allow for earlier detection of more curable cancers, but may also allow for more efficient, less frequent testing, the association said. The urological group has been recommending prostate exams for men to help detect the prostate-specific antigen since high levels of the antigen are thought to be indicative of prostate cancer. Since 2000, the group has limited its recommendation for exams to men above the age of 50 and men under 50 with higher-than-average prostate cancer risks. Dr.

Word of the Day
kenspeckle
  • Having so marked an appearance as easily to be recognized.
This word may come from the Swedish 'kanspak,' quick at recognizing persons or things, or else from confusion with 'conspicuous.'