Apart from the usual symptoms of poisoning, such as nausea, diarrhoea, speech impairment, convulsions, pupil contractions, stiff shoulders and backaches, the human victims in Japan also suffered rhabdomyolysis, which is rarely seen.
Their discovery contradicts the prevailing theory that aging is a buildup of tissue damage similar to rust. The Stanford findings suggest specific genetic instructions drive the process. Science might find ways of switching the signals off and haltin
Komodo dragons have shark-like teeth and poisonous venom that can kill a person within hours of a bite. Yet villagers who have lived for generations alongside the world's largest lizard were not afraid — until the dragons started to attack.
Nanopore arrays combine high power and storage capacity.
Deployment of flexible, printed photovoltaics, Konarka, a solar-cell startup based in Lowell, MA, has opened a commercial-scale factory, with the capacity to produce enough organic solar cells every year to generate one gigawatt of electricity, equiv
The mitochondria, often called "the powerhouses of the cell" in biology textbooks, are one of the coolest parts of the cell. They're the primary site of metabolism
Plastic solar cells are lightweight, flexible, and, most important, cheap to make.
A new material could eventually be used to store vast amounts of data on a disc. InPhase presented a prototype that stores 713 gigabytes per square inch.
One hundred million years ago a termite was wounded and its abdomen split open. The resin of a pine tree slowly enveloped its body and the contents of its gut preserving the microscopic organisms in its gut. These microbes are the forebears of
Ever since the 1940s, chrome has been used to add a protective coating and shiny luster to a wide range of metal products, from bathroom fixtures to car bumpers. Chrome adds beauty and durability, but those features come at a heavy cost.
Scientists have unveiled a 47-million-year-old fossilised skeleton of a monkey hailed as the missing link in human evolution.
The news on graphene keeps getting better as researchers are rushing into print. Now we have the first centimeter sized sheets of graphene and larger sheets are now in sight. If this method can consistently lay down a single layer and I suspect that
Semi-automatic, 14 shot magazine. Delivers over 18J kinetic energy, and speeds up to 110km/h! (using 42 gram projectiles). It’s a single stage gun. 8 seconds between charges. 11 lbs. $136. 40 hours to construct.
[note video tab at top] The World Health Organization is investigating a claim by an Australian researcher that the swine flu virus circling the globe may have been created as a result of human error.
[very weird] Many people suffering from swine influenza, even those who are severely ill, do not have fever, an odd feature of the new virus that could increase the difficulty of controlling the epidemic, said a leading American infectious-disease ex
It sounds like something out of science fiction: zombie fire ants. But it's all too real. Fire ants wander aimlessly away from the mound. Eventually their heads fall off, and they die.
Modern Australia lacks big land predators, but until about 30,000 years ago, the continent was ruled by Thylacoleo carnifex, the marsupial "lion." Several well-preserved skeletons of the leopard-size beast have been found. Now, a newly disc
Spaceward has a page on space elevator feasibility that looks at tether strength and power to weight ratio for the power system for the space elevator climber.
US scientists say they have successfully reversed the effects of Alzheimer's with experimental drugs.
This is a welcome list of the high energy research projects currently underway and allows us to catch up on what is afoot. Serious money is been now devoted to the field and we can expect to see more avenues explored. I have reposted on some of these
The Obama administration is considering an unprecedented fall vaccination campaign that could entail giving Americans three flu shots — one to combat annual seasonal influenza and two targeted at the new swine flu virus spreading across the globe.
Sanofi-Aventis SA of Paris, Baxter International Inc. of Deerfield, Illinois, and GlaxoSmithKline Plc of London are talking with world health authorities about producing shots, the agency said.
For years, scientists have contemplated spraying ABA directly onto crops to enhance their protection in times of stress. But ABA is a costly, complicated and light-sensitive molecule that has not found use in agriculture. Now new research from the
The United Nation’s health agency will ask drugmakers to start producing a vaccine for swine strain once they finish making shots for seasonal flu, said Marie-Paule Kieny, director of the WHO’s initiative on vaccine research, in an interview.
String theory seems equally capable of describing universes very different from ours. Greene hoped that something in the theory would eventually rule out most of the possibilities and single out one of these universes as the real one: ours.
Guided by one of the animal’s lab-coated creators, the visitor’s hand is led to the creature’s underbelly and towards a spot in the middle under eight inches of greasy wool. Lurking there is a spare pancreas.
found that it worked better to dynamically adjust the polymer shell around the building to let in sunlight and heat. The outside of the building is coated with a three-meter thick mesh of pillows from a material called ethylene tetrafloroethylene (ET
This is what I have been looking for over the past four years. I believe it to be the missing piece which comes close to completing the puzzle. This could explain both the scientific theory of pole reversals, and Mayan prophecy of 2012.
They sold 30 years ago the same flu.
Batches of seed virus are being developed for potential vaccine production, according to WHO. Paris-based Sanofi-Aventis SA, Baxter International Inc. of Deerfield, Illinois, and GlaxoSmithKline Plc of London are talking with world health authorities