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After storm, 1,000 Maine customers still powerless

December 30, 2009 6:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly 1,000 Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. customers still are without power in Maine because of a snowstorm that struck northern New England.The utility considers a customer to be a home or even a big building. Company spokeswoman Susan Faloon says crews are working to end a series of small...

GRT Technology to Design-in RFaxis' RFX2401 RFeIC in Its Wireless ZigBee Product Lines

December 30, 2009 6:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

RFaxis ( , a fabless semiconductor company focused on innovative, next-generation RF solutions for the wireless and connectivity markets, announced today that GRT Technology Co. Ltd has selected RFaxis' RFX2401 ( RF Front-end...

A 'fountain of youth' for stem cells?

December 29, 2009 9:30 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

( Cell Transplantation Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair ) Stems cells used for transplantation in the nervous system to provide neural regeneration are fragile, but can be kept "forever young" during implantation through the use of self-assembling nanofiber scaffolds...


Superatoms mimic elements: Research gives new perspective on periodic table

December 29, 2009 9:29 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

( Penn State ) Research at Penn State has shown that certain combinations of elemental atoms have electronic signatures that mimic the electronic signatures of other elements. The findings could lead to much cheaper materials for widespread applications such as new sources of energy,...

Small molecules found to protect cells in multiple models of Parkinson's disease

December 29, 2009 9:29 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

( Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research ) Several structurally similar small molecules appear capable of protecting cells from alpha-synuclein toxicity, a hallmark of Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by tremors, muscle...

Tarantula venom-based MD therapy to be advanced by UB scientists' biotech company

December 29, 2009 9:29 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

( University at Buffalo ) University at Buffalo biophysicists have found a protein in tarantula venom that shows promise as a potential therapy for muscular dystrophy. They have formed a start-up biotech company in Buffalo -- Rose Pharmaceuticals -- to advance the drug to clinical trials.

2009 review: In green tech we must trust

December 29, 2009 9:27 am | by New Scientist | News | Comments

More brainpower than ever before has been expended on technologies to cut the damage we do to the environment – here are some of the most interesting

China introduces law to boost renewable energy

December 29, 2009 9:27 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

BEIJING (Reuters) - A new Chinese law requires power grid operators to buy all the electricity produced by renewable energy generators, in a move that will increase the proportion of energy that comes from renewable sources in coal-dependent China.


Yield loss eyed as snow covers U.S. corn crop

December 29, 2009 9:26 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

CHICAGO (Reuters) - As much as 100 million bushels of U.S. corn could be lost after heavy snowstorms in recent days likely delayed until spring the final stages of an already historically slow harvest, analysts and meteorologists said on Monday.

China speeds up resettlement in water mega-scheme

December 29, 2009 9:26 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will use stimulus spending to speed up shifting 330,000 people slated to be displaced for a vast water transfer project, accelerating work on the troubled scheme, an official newspaper said on Tuesday.

Molecular chaperone keeps bacterial proteins from slow-dancing to destruction

December 29, 2009 9:26 am | by Science Daily | News | Comments

Just like teenagers at a prom, proteins are tended by chaperones whose job it is to prevent unwanted interactions among immature clients. And at the molecular level, just as at the high school gym level, it's a job that usually requires a lot of energy.

Ladder-walking locusts show big brains aren't always best

December 29, 2009 9:24 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

( University of Cambridge ) Scientists have shown for the first time that insects, like mammals, use vision rather than touch to find footholds. They made the discovery thanks to high-speed video cameras -- technology the BBC uses to capture its stunning wildlife footage -- that they...

Cockroaches offer inspiration for running robots

December 29, 2009 9:24 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

( Oregon State University ) The sight of a cockroach scurrying for cover may be nauseating, but the insect is also a biological and engineering marvel, and is providing researchers at Oregon State University with what they call "bioinspiration" in a quest to build the world's first...

Emerald BioStructures announces discovery of small molecule modulators of PDE4

December 29, 2009 9:22 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

( MacDougall Biomedical Communications, Inc. ) Emerald BioStructures announced today a publication in the Dec. 27, 2009, advance online issue of Nature Biotechnology, detailing the application of structure-based drug design to engineer new allosteric small molecule modulators of the...

Pressure rises to stop antibiotics in agriculture

December 29, 2009 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

EDITOR'S NOTE: Once-curable diseases such as tuberculosis and malaria are coming back, as germs rapidly mutate to form aggressive strains that resist drugs. The reason: The misuse of the very drugs that were supposed to save us has built up drug resistance worldwide. Third in a five-part series.By...


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