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2011-03-17 21:08:28

Systems biology is a holistic approach to the study of how a living organism emerges from the interactions of the individual elements that make up its constituent cells. Embracing a broad range of disciplines, this field of science that is just beginning to come into public prominence holds promise for advances in a number of important areas, including safer, more effective pharmaceuticals, improved environmental remediation, and clean, green, sustainable energy. However, the most profound...

2011-03-07 21:34:47

Laminin, long thought to be only a structural support protein in the microenvironment of breast and other epithelial tissue, is "famous" for its cross-like shape. However, laminin is far more than just a support player with a "pretty face." Two studies led by one of the world's foremost breast cancer scientists have shown how laminin plays a central role in the development of breast cancer, the second most leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States. In one study it was...

2011-02-04 12:07:15

In typical plasmonic devices, electromagnetic waves crowd into tiny metal structures, concentrating energy into nanoscale dimensions. Due to coupling of electronics and photonics in these metal nanostructures, plasmonic devices could be harnessed for high-speed data transmission or ultrafast detector arrays. However, studying plasmonic fields in nanoscale devices presents a real roadblock for scientists, as examining these structures inherently alters their behavior. "Whether you use a laser...

2011-02-01 00:31:43

RJ Lee Group, Inc., materials characterization and analytical services laboratory, successfully completed a multi-phase study on unbound nanoparticles (UNP). The study, conducted in collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), evaluated worker exposure and potential environmental release of UNP. Monroeville, PA (PRWEB) January 31, 2011 RJ Lee Group, Inc., materials characterization and analytical services laboratory, successfully completed a multi-phase study on unbound...

2011-01-25 11:53:15

They said it could be done and now they've done it. What's more, they did it with a GRIN. A team of researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California, Berkeley, have carried out the first experimental demonstration of GRIN "“ for gradient index "“ plasmonics, a hybrid technology that opens the door to a wide range of exotic optics, including superfast computers based on light rather than...

2010-12-27 20:41:56

A newly engineered yeast strain can simultaneously consume two types of sugar from plants to produce ethanol, researchers report. The sugars are glucose, a six-carbon sugar that is relatively easy to ferment; and xylose, a five-carbon sugar that has been much more difficult to utilize in ethanol production. The new strain, made by combining, optimizing and adding to earlier advances, reduces or eliminates several major inefficiencies associated with current biofuel production methods. The...

2010-11-11 07:00:00

FREMONT, Calif., Nov. 11, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- News Highlights Infosys Technologies (Nasdaq: INFY) and U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) are collaborating on the development of a graphical user interface (GUI) for the EnergyPlus building simulation engine that will assist Architects, Engineers, Designers and Developers to create the most energy efficient commercial buildings possible. Both EnergyPlus and the GUI will be widely available free...

2010-05-25 12:48:00

WASHINGTON, May 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is releasing today the names of the drywall manufacturers whose drywall emitted high levels of hydrogen sulfide in testing conducted for the agency by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). There is a strong association between hydrogen sulfide and metal corrosion. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20030904/USCSCLOGO) Of the samples tested, the top ten reactive...

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2010-05-11 07:40:45

The future of clean green solar power may well hinge on scientists being able to unravel the mysteries of photosynthesis, the process by which green plants convert sunlight into electrochemical energy. To this end, researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC), Berkeley have recorded  the first observation and characterization of a critical physical phenomenon behind photosynthesis known...

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2010-05-04 09:05:00

Microbes have among smallest genomes, plus unusual interactions with other Archaea In the depths of a former copper mine in Northern California dwell what may be the smallest, most stripped-down forms of life ever discovered. The microbes "“ members of the domain of one-celled creatures called Archaea "“ are smaller than other known microorganisms, rivaled in size only by a microbe that can survive solely as a parasite attached to the outside of other cells. Their genomes,...


Word of the Day
mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.