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Pecans Advance Heart Health, Disease Prevention

February 25, 2011 3:59 am | News | Comments

A new research study demonstrates that naturally occurring antioxidants in pecans may help contribute to heart health and disease prevention.

Cost-Effective Transition to Organic Farming

February 25, 2011 3:57 am | News | Comments

As the organic food trend continues to grow; more farmers are converting from conventional agriculture to organic production. One of the fastest growing markets in the U.S. is the production of organic milk.

Newborn Heart Muscle Can Heal Itself

February 25, 2011 3:56 am | News | Comments

In a promising science-fiction-meets-real-world juxtaposition, researchers have discovered that the mammalian newborn heart can heal itself completely.


Evolutionary Wrong Turn Led to Obesity, Diabetes

February 25, 2011 3:50 am | News | Comments

New research suggests that a gene called CMAH has been lost during the course of recent evolution, and may lead to an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes in humans.

Tracking Disease From Outer Space

February 25, 2011 3:48 am | News | Comments

By watching colors change on photographs of the Earth's surface, scientists can figure out, months or even years ahead of time, when a disease might flare up and become a serious hazard.

Cola Coloring Linked to Cancer

February 25, 2011 3:45 am | News | Comments

The “caramel coloring” used in Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and other foods is contaminated with two cancer-causing chemicals and should be banned, according to a regulatory petition filed today by the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Researcher Lists 4,000 Blood Chemicals

February 25, 2011 3:44 am | News | Comments

After three years of exhaustive analysis led by a Univ. of Alberta researcher, the list of known compounds in human blood has exploded from just a handful to more than 4,000.

Scientist of the Week: Philip Benfey

February 24, 2011 4:40 am | by Michelle Longo | News | Comments

Benfey and his team found that tinkering with just one gene in perennial grasses can give more robust roots, and therefore speed up the timeline for creating biofuels. The team took a genomic approach aimed at identifying genes that become active when cells stop dividing and start taking on the characteristics of the mature, adult cell they are to become.


Gorillas Beat Disease With Diet

February 24, 2011 4:00 am | Videos | Comments

Gone is the bucketful of vitamin-rich, high-sugar and high-starch foods that zoos used for decades to ensure gorillas received enough nutrients. Instead, gorillas receive a wheelbarrow of greens.

New ‘Thunder-Thighs’ Dino Discovered

February 24, 2011 3:58 am | Videos | Comments

A new dinosaur named Brontomerus mcintoshi, or "thunder-thighs" after its enormously powerful thigh muscles, has been discovered in Utah. It is a member of the long-necked sauropod group of dinosaurs.

Alltech Opens Algae Fermentation Facility

February 24, 2011 3:57 am | News | Comments

Alltech cut the ribbon on its $200 million Alltech Algae plant in Kentucky. Alltech Algae is a state-of-the-art algae fermentation facility that has been renovated as one of the largest algae production sites in the world.

Stretchy Solar Cells Power ‘Super Skin’

February 24, 2011 3:50 am | News | Comments

As if a super sensitive electronic skin that can detect chemicals and the lightest touch isn’t good enough— it’s also powered by a new stretchable solar cell.

Countdown To Discovery Shuttle Launch

February 24, 2011 3:48 am | News | Comments

NASA has given a unanimous "go" for today's planned launch of space shuttle Discovery. It will be the final flight for Discovery, the world's most traveled rocketship.

Simpler Proteins Can Advance Nanomedicine

February 24, 2011 3:43 am | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a simple method of making short protein chains with spiral structures that can also dissolve in water, two desirable traits not often found together.

Vitamin-D Bread Can Fill Void

February 24, 2011 3:38 am | News | Comments

With most people unable to get enough vitamin D from sunlight or foods, scientists are suggesting that a new vitamin D-fortified food — bread made with high-vitamin D yeast — could fill that gap.


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