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Scripps Florida scientists show 'lifeless' prions capable of evolutionary change and adaptation

December 31, 2009 10:24 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( Scripps Research Institute ) Scientists from the Scripps Research Institute have determined for the first time that prions, bits of infectious protein devoid of DNA or RNA that can cause fatal neurodegenerative disease, are capable of Darwinian evolution.

Quelling Casimir: Scientists to control quantum mechanical force

December 31, 2009 10:24 am | by Science Daily | Comments

Scientists are developing a way to control the Casimir force, a quantum mechanical force that attracts objects when they are only hundred nanometers apart.

Unusual protein modification involved in muscular dystrophy, cancer

December 31, 2009 9:30 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( University of Iowa ) With the discovery of a new type of chemical modification on an important muscle protein, a University of Iowa study improves understanding of certain muscular dystrophies and could potentially lead to new treatments for the conditions.


Carbon nanotubes show promise for high-speed genetic sequencing

December 31, 2009 9:29 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( Arizona State University ) In the current issue of Science, Stuart Lindsay, director of Arizona State University's Center for Single Molecule Biophysics at the Biodesign Institute, along with his colleagues, demonstrates the potential of a new DNA sequencing method in which a...

Small business gets big boost from solar power

December 31, 2009 8:13 am | by PAM SOHNAssociated Press | Comments

A small manufacturer in Pikeville became a state star this month when its owner, Lester Burks, switched on one of the largest solar electric systems in the Volunteer State - and the first sun power producer in Bledsoe County.Life Line Foods, the county's largest manufacturer, has installed 128...

Endangered species to get daily web spot in 2010

December 31, 2009 6:30 am | by Reuters | Comments

GENEVA (Reuters) - Endangered species from polar bears to giant salamanders, great white sharks to beluga whales and Namibian quiver trees to Cuban crocodiles will have their day on the Internet throughout 2010.

EU carbon slips to end 2009 down 21 percent for year

December 31, 2009 6:30 am | by Reuters | Comments

LONDON (Reuters) - European Union carbon futures slipped in light trading on Thursday to end the year down 21 percent from 2008 closing prices.

Hoku Announces Amendment to Contract With Alex New Energy

December 31, 2009 3:13 am | by The Associated Press | Comments () -Hoku Materials, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hoku Scientific, Inc. (NASDAQ: HOKU) established to manufacture and sell polysilicon for the solar market, and Shanghai Alex New Energy Co., Ltd. (Alex), a manufacturer of crystalline silicon solar cells, modules...


Looking back in time 12 billion years with new instruments on Herschel Space Observatory

December 30, 2009 4:26 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

Astronomers have made the most detailed views yet of space up to 12 billion years back in time.

Eastman Kodak sells its organic LED unit to LG

December 30, 2009 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Eastman Kodak Co. said Wednesday it had completed the previously announced sale of its organic LED, or light-emitting diode display, business to South Korea's LG Electronics Inc.Eastman Kodak did not say how much it received for the business but said the deal will help its finances and tighten...

Engineered tobacco plants have more potential as a biofuel

December 30, 2009 12:23 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

( Thomas Jefferson University ) Researchers from the Biotechnology Foundation Laboratories at Thomas Jefferson University have identified a way to increase the oil in tobacco plant leaves, which may be the next step in using the plants for biofuel. Their paper was published online in...

Farewell: Nobel winner, King of Pop left us in '09

December 30, 2009 12:13 pm | by POLLY ANDERSON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Of all the notables who died in 2009, the one who most changed the world could have walked down any Main Street USA without causing a stir.Scientist Norman Borlaug, who died Sept. 12 at age 95, developed crops that enabled Third World farmers to wrest more food from their land. His "green...

Canada approves PetroChina's oil sands bid

December 30, 2009 11:32 am | by Reuters | Comments

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Canada approved on Tuesday PetroChina's bid for control of two oil sands projects, a deal it scrutinized under recently tightened rules for takeovers of strategic assets by foreign state-controlled companies.

ESA space telescope with CU-Boulder connection looks back to early galaxies

December 30, 2009 11:30 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( University of Colorado at Boulder ) An instrument package developed in part by the University of Colorado at Boulder for the $2.2 billion orbiting Herschel Space Observatory launched in May by the European Space Agency has provided one of the most detailed views yet of space up to...

Jackson, Cronkite among arts world deaths in 2009

December 30, 2009 11:13 am | by POLLY ANDERSON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | Comments

It was only a rehearsal, and he was twice the age of the dancers accompanying him. But the video doesn't lie: Michael Jackson was looking ahead to a smash opening in London - and giving it his all.And then he was gone.With his thrilling music and dance, enigmatic personality and worldwide reach,...


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