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2011-02-26 08:19:41

NSF-supported researchers map the genetic origins of "village" dogs on five continents By Marlene Cimons, National Science Foundation Most animal lovers can't resist bringing home the occasional stray dog. Imagine, then, having to fight this impulse every day, and on the other side of the world, all while trying to maintain some measure of scientific detachment. Ryan Boyko and his fellow researchers, who spent two years collecting blood samples from more than 1,200 stray dogs in dozens of...

2011-02-19 00:00:41

Stem cell recruitment based on groundbreaking research by Stanford University. ProFormax-CR may shorten recovery time and boost muscle mass development. Houston, TX (PRWEB) February 18, 2011 Houston-based Aikon Holdings, Inc. announced today that it has launched a revolutionary new natural performance enhancer, ProFormax-CR (http://www.BuyProFormax.com). By helping the body recruit its own stem cells, ProFormax-CR may shorten recovery time and accelerate muscle mass development when...

2011-02-16 11:00:00

MENLO PARK, Calif., Feb. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- SRI International, an independent nonprofit research and development organization, announced today that Charles Shaw has joined SRI as the Executive Director of Defense and Intelligence Programs. "Charles Shaw comes to SRI with a strong understanding of customer value and leadership experience in government and the private sector," said Jerry Harrison, Vice President and General Manager of Government Business Development at SRI...

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2011-02-10 07:00:00

US researchers have created beating heart cells in the lab with a rare heart defect that came from skin cells taken from children with the same rare heart defect, allowing researchers to test new drugs on human cells rather than their usual animal test subjects. While most heart drugs have failed to work on the cells, a new cancer drug being tested by Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals appears to help, according to a team of researchers led by Ricardo Dolmetsch of Stanford University. The study,...

2011-02-10 00:14:01

Chemical compounds called manganites have been studied for many years since the discovery of colossal magnetoresistance, a property that promises important applications in the fields of magnetic sensors, magnetic random access memories and spintronic devices. However, understanding"”and ultimately controlling"”this effect remains a challenge, because much about manganite physics is still not known. A research team lead by Maria Baldini from Stanford University and Carnegie...

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2011-01-25 07:05:00

One of the White House's key methods to improve healthcare in the United States -- electronic health records -- may actually do little or nothing to improve quality, researchers said on Monday. A team from Stanford University in California analyzed data from nationwide surveys of more than 250,000 doctor's office visits and other outpatient settings between 2005 and 2007. The team found that electronic health records did very little to improve quality, even when there was "decision support"...

2011-01-10 08:00:00

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Canary Foundation has teamed up with Cervelo, a high-end cycling company out of Toronto, Ontario, to raise funds for cancer early detection research through the 2011 Canary Century cycling event. The 2011 Canary Century -- to be held on May 28, 2011 immediately following the Tour of California -- will specifically benefit the Stanford Cancer Center in Stanford, California. Don Listwin, Founder of Canary Foundation, says of the...

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2011-01-06 15:10:00

The Crab Nebula, one of our best-known and most stable neighbors in the winter sky, is shocking scientists with a propensity for fireworks"”gamma-ray flares set off by the most energetic particles ever traced to a specific astronomical object. The discovery, reported today by scientists working with two orbiting telescopes, is leading researchers to rethink their ideas of how cosmic particles are accelerated. "We were dumbfounded," said Roger Blandford, who directs the Kavli Institute...

2010-12-22 10:55:20

Stanford University in the USA has an X-FEL (X-ray Free Electron Laser) with a pricetag of hundreds of millions. It provides images of 'molecules in action', using a kilometer-long electron accelerator. Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) have developed an alternative that can do many of the same things. However this alternative fits on a tabletop, and costs around half a million euro. That's why the researchers have jokingly called it 'the poor man's X-FEL'. It's one of...

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2010-12-21 13:20:00

Researchers reported on Monday that expanding screening for the AIDS virus to include every American at least once and the highest-risk people once a year could prevent over 80,000 infections over the next 20 years. The team at Yale University and Stanford University in California reported that if treatment for infected people were integrated into a program like this then it would prevent about 212,000 new infections. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends...