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2010-07-05 06:05:00

Now possible to film development of fruit fly and of zebrafish's eyes and brain The scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany, who 'fathered' the Digital Embryo have now given it wings, creating the Fly Digital Embryo. In work published today in Nature Methods, they were able to capture fruit fly development on film, and were the first to clearly record how a zebrafish's eyes and midbrain are formed. The improved technique will also help to shed...

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2010-06-22 06:00:00

Europe's "Big Bang" particle research group CERN, plans to open membership to all countries around the world who qualify to join. The more than half-century-old organization, located near Geneva on the borders of France and Switzerland, has an annual budget of 8.7 billion dollars and had previously only admitted European states as full members, although many other countries take part in its work. "This is a giant leap for particle physics that recognizes the increasing globalization of the...

2010-06-17 14:36:47

The Council of the European Space Agency today announced that Jean-Jacques Dordain will continue as the Director General of ESA for a further period of four years. Mr Dordain has served as Director General of ESA since 2003. This third mandate extends his term to June 2015. Mr Dordain's tenure at ESA includes many important European space milestones. At the end of 2003 he signed the first Framework Agreement between ESA and the European Community, starting a new relationship that continues to...

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2010-06-16 07:20:00

A spectacular new image of the Sculptor Galaxy (NGC 253) has been taken with the ESO VISTA telescope at the Paranal Observatory in Chile as part of one of its first major observational campaigns. By observing in infrared light VISTA's view is less affected by dust and reveals a myriad of cooler stars as well as a prominent bar of stars across the central region. The VISTA image provides much new information on the history and development of the galaxy. The Sculptor Galaxy (NGC 253) lies in...

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2010-06-15 09:53:15

This image may bring to mind a patchwork quilt, or a picture taken from a gallery of abstract paintings, but the artisan behind it is actually Mother Nature, with a little help from scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany. Using an electron microscope, Virginie Lecaudey in Darren Gilmour's group at EMBL captured this snapshot of the beginnings of an organ which plays a central role in how zebrafish perceive the world around them "“ the...

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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