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2010-04-21 12:25:00

PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has discovered something odd about a distant planet -- it lacks methane, an ingredient common to many of the planets in our solar system. "It's a big puzzle," said Kevin Stevenson, a planetary sciences graduate student at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, lead author of a study appearing tomorrow, April 22 in the journal Nature. "Models tell us that the carbon in this planet should be in the form of methane. Theorists are going...

2009-04-28 14:40:38

A new vaginal cream containing a reawakened protein could someday prevent the transmission of HIV. Scientists at the University of Central Florida in Orlando have revived a dormant gene found in humans and coaxed it to produce retrocyclin, a protein that resists HIV. Lead scientist Alexander Cole used aminoglycosides, drugs commonly used to fight bacterial infections, to trigger the production of the sleeping protein expressed by the retrocyclin gene. "It could make a huge difference in the...

2008-08-04 06:00:27

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- As China showcases its rapid modernization at this summer's Beijing Olympics, an international group of college students is trying to preserve the country's rich heritage. They created ChinaVine, a project that places vanishing Chinese art forms and village life on the Web. Its online videos offer a glimpse of traditional shoe and kite makers, gourd carvers, woodblock painters and more, with detailed stories, descriptions and photos. ChinaVine aims to...


Word of the Day
baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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