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2011-02-21 08:30:00

Researchers at the University of Michigan and Penn State University have been studying a species of shape-changing plant that they believe can help them develop a new breed of structures that can twist, turn, bend, stiffen, and otherwise adapt to their environments.

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2010-12-14 13:35:47

It's colds and flu season, and as any parent knows, colds and flu spread like wildfire, especially through schools.

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2010-12-10 08:12:58

A team of scientists led by Melissa Rolls, an assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State University, has peered inside neurons to discover an unexpected process that is required for regeneration after severe neuron injury.

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2010-12-02 09:31:19

Conservation and international aid groups may be on the wrong course to address the havoc wreaked by climate change on tropical rainforests.

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2010-11-12 08:16:40

For the first time, scientists have been able to "freeze in time" a mysterious process by which a critical enzyme metabolizes drugs and chemicals in food.

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2010-11-09 08:50:00

A team of scientists has observed the activity of nerve cells in a songbird's brain as it is singing a particular song.

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2010-11-05 12:55:00

Federal scientists have found that the oil spill caused by BP in the Gulf of Mexico may have caused damage to deep sea corals and other marine life several miles away.

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2010-10-29 08:13:44

Strong immunity may play a key role in determining long life, but may do so at the expense of reduced fertility, a Princeton University study has concluded.

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2010-10-25 06:30:29

Astronomers in Japan, using an X-ray detector on the International Space Station, and at Penn State University, using NASA's Swift space observatory, are announcing the discovery of an object newly emitting X-rays, which previously had been hidden inside our Milky Way galaxy in the constellation Centaurus.

2010-09-21 11:04:36

The scientists who put an innovative tree of life online last year now have made that same resource available -- free -- for smartphones.


Word of the Day
alicorn
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.
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