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2012-10-26 00:40:03

Findings from a nationwide study led by researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute suggest that patients with advanced lung or colorectal cancer are frequently mistaken in their beliefs that chemotherapy can cure their disease. The study, published in the Oct. 25 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, found that 69 percent of patients with advanced lung cancer and 81 percent of patients with advanced colorectal cancer did not understand that the chemotherapy they were receiving was...

Lubricants Made From Vegetable Oil
2012-10-23 12:05:35

Oil-independence is the dream of many countries that lack raw materials. Nevertheless, black gold still retains its dominant role as a power source, and also serves as a basic material for the chemical industry. In order to change this, researchers started the “Integrated BioProduction” project. At the Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP in Leuna, the pilot plant-scale production of epoxides, made from domestic vegetable oils, begins in October. The...

Smart Fabric Woven With Silver Thread Triggers Alarm When Disrupted
2012-09-11 13:25:05

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online German researchers have developed a new woven fabric with an embedded microcontroller that triggers an alarm when broken by potential thieves. The smart fabric can also locate the point of penetration and could be a cheap alternative to other anti-theft systems in certain situations. Erik Simon at the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM in Berlin managed the project that involves a fine lattice of conductive...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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