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2010-06-14 06:58:00

FRANKFURT, Germany and LAUSANNE, Switzerland and PARIS, June 14, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IMIDIA ("Innovative Medicines Initiative for Diabetes"), a public private consortium funded by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), announced today the launch of a project focusing on pancreatic islet cell function and survival. Academia, biotech and pharma industry have joined forces to develop biomarkers and tools to pave the way for improved disease management and ultimately provide a...

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2010-06-09 09:34:53

Ten past and present ESA astronauts will be at the ILA international aerospace show at Berlin's Schoenefeld on Friday 11 June. At the same time, ESA will continue its presence on its shared stand. ESA will participate in ILA's "ËœSpaceflight: Yesterday"“Today"“Tomorrow' workshop on Friday, starting at 12:00 CEST in the Space Hall (Raumfahrt-Halle). Former ESA astronauts Ulf Merbold and Ernst Messerschmid will represent the previous generation of space flyers and start...

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2010-06-03 05:50:00

An international team of researchers will commence a virtual trip to Mars on Thursday by sealing themselves up in a windowless capsule at the Moscow Institute of Biomedical Problems (IBMP) for 520 days "“ the time required for a round trip visit to the red planet. The six-member, all-male crew will consist of three Russians, a Frenchman, an Italian-Colombian and one Chinese.  Although they won't experience weightlessness, they will live for nearly a year and a half in conditions...

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2010-06-02 09:30:00

About to be shut away from the outside world, the Mars500 volunteers still get to have fun. Their duties will include regular playing of video games "“ though with a serious purpose. Results from the games will help develop computerized "Ëœelectronic partners' to support crews on future deep space missions. The latest stage of the international Mars500 program begins in June: a six-man crew will be sealed in an isolation facility at Moscow's Institute for Biomedical Problems...

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2010-06-01 08:37:06

EMBL scientists identify molecules that ensure red blood cell production Red blood cells, the delivery men that take oxygen to cells all around the body, have short lives. To keep enough of them in circulation, the human body produces around 2 million of these cells every second "“ even more in response to challenges like severe blood loss. In a study published today in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Monterotondo,...

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2010-06-01 08:15:00

ESA's Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli will soon visit the International Space Station, and he needs your help to name his mission. Paolo Nespoli is now in intensive training for his challenging 6-month mission that will start next November. He will be launched in a Soyuz TMA spacecraft from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on November 30 with Dmitri Kondratyev and Catherine Coleman. After docking two days later, they will stay on the International Space Station (ISS) as members of...

2010-05-31 01:59:00

BOZEN, Sud-Tirol, Italy, May 31, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Health Robotics today announced that its joint venture Health Robotics South East Asia Ltd. scored two strategic wins by reaching agreements on two separate government-sponsored projects to deliver CytoCare-made accurate and sterile oncology patient doses in Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok, respectively. Health Robotics' CytoCare is the first and only robot in the world proven to automatically compound and dispense oncology intravenous...

2010-05-20 07:00:00

BURLINGAME, Calif., May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) had teamed up with leading public-domain data providers European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the U.S.-based informatics service provider Collaborative Drug Discovery (CDD) to make freely available key scientific information on more than 13,500 compounds that could ultimately lead to new treatments for malaria. The release of this data marks the first time that a...

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2010-05-11 14:00:00

Astronaut candidate Tim Peake is on his way to becoming the first U.K. citizen to be admitted into the European Space Agency's (ESA) Astronaut Corps. Peake's training will get him ready to fly to the International Space Station (ISS). "We had a number of very important tasks to do, but at each stage there was also a lot of laughter because it was so much fun," Peake told BBC News. The former British Army helicopter pilot took a parabolic flight that allowed him to float free in the cabin of...

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2010-05-04 10:20:00

A group of volunteer astronauts are beginning their final round of training in preparation for a simulated mission to Mars that will last 520 days, according to Tuesday media reports. In late May or early June, a team of three Russian, one Chinese, and a pair of European Space Agency (ESA) astronauts will be locked into a 1,000 square foot module near Moscow. The mission, which has been dubbed Mars500, was designed to simulate the journey from Earth to the Red Planet, and will help illustrate...


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Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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