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2008-12-01 14:15:00

Microorganisms in rivers and streams play a crucial role in the global carbon cycle that has not previously been considered. Freshwater ecologist Dr. Tom Battin, of the University of Vienna, told a COST ESF Frontiers of Science conference in October that our understanding of how rivers and streams deal with organic carbon has changed radically. Microorganisms such as bacteria and single celled algae in rivers and streams decompose organic matter as it flows downstream. They convert the carbon...

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2008-08-21 15:10:00

Scientists say dogs are becoming increasingly more intelligent and are even learning morals from living in close contact with humans. The fact that dogs' play rarely escalates into a fight shows the animals abide by social rules, they say. One study observed dogs in an experimental setting where when they held up a paw, they were rewarded with a food treat, but when a lone dog was asked to raise its paw but received no treat, the researchers found it begged for up to 30 minutes. Researchers...

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2008-06-02 15:29:29

In the first large study to affirm wider cancer-fighting applications for Zometa and other bone-building drugs called bisphosphonates, new research has found that Zometa, a bone loss prevention drug used by women undergoing breast cancer treatment, substantially reduced the risk of breast cancer recurrence.  The study, led by Dr. Michael Gnant of the Medical University of Vienna, was  reported Saturday at an American Society of Clinical Oncology conference in Chicago, and has given...

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2004-12-01 08:31:27

The devastating cycles of plant and animal extinctions have spawned different schools of thought: Did the earth or the heavens bring catastropher? Astrobiology Magazine -- Two hundred and fifty million years ago, ninety percent of marine species disappeared and life on land suffered greatly during the world's largest mass extinction. The cause of this great dying has baffled scientists for decades, and recent speculations invoke asteroid impacts as a kill mechanism. Yet a new study published...

2004-11-25 03:00:18

Aim. Imaging with radiolabelled vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) has been developed for the localisation and diagnosis of a variety of human solid tumors including gastrointestinal tumors. Methods. In this study we investigated the biodistribution, safety and absorbed dose of iodine-123 radiolabelled VEGF^sub 165^ (^sup 123^I-VEGF^sub 165^) in 9 patients with pancreatic carcinoma. Following intravenous administration of ^sup 123^I-VEGF^sub 165^ (18917 MBq; Results. The highest...


Word of the Day
cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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