Science News Archive - January 15, 2010

During exploration of a new environment, mice establish "knots" – preferred places visited sporadically and marked by the performance of twists and turns.

In the February 1st issue of G&D, Dr. Brian Popko (The University of Chicago) and colleagues describe how mutation of a gene called ZFP191 leads to disordered CNS myelination in mice -- reminiscent of what is seen in human multiple sclerosis (MS) patients.

Proteosome inhibitors can rescue mutant proteins without altering the DNA of mutant genes.

Biomarkers, new treatments possible for Friedreich's ataxia.

The death toll in the massive 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti Jan. 12 is expected to continue to rise in the coming days, likely in large part because of corruption and resulting shoddy construction practices in the poor Caribbean nation, according to a University of Colorado at Boulder seismologist.

Fraunhofer scientists are developing programs that help show at a glance how much energy devices are consuming.

Word of the Day
  • To befool; deceive; balk; jilt.
  • An illusion; a trick; a cheat.
The word 'begunk' may come from a nasalised variant of Scots begeck ("to deceive, disappoint"), equivalent to be- +‎ geck.