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Sluggish cell division may help explain genital defects

June 1, 2010 7:25 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

Researchers say a gene memorably named Sonic hedgehog controls genital development by regulating a process known as the cell cycle -- a biological event that regulates when, and how fast, cells divide to form hearts, brains, limbs and all the other complex structures needed to build an...

'Little brown balls' tie malaria and algae to common ancestor, researchers find

June 1, 2010 7:25 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

Inconspicuous "little brown balls" in the ocean have helped settle a long-standing debate about the origin of malaria and the algae responsible for toxic red tides, according to a new study.

Oil spill sparks criminal probe

June 1, 2010 6:28 pm | by Reuters | Comments

VENICE, La./LONDON (Reuters) - BP Plc faced a grim future on Tuesday as its failure to stop a Gulf of Mexico oil spill prompted a plunge in the energy giant's shares and the Obama administration said it opened a criminal investigation.

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BP seeks to reassure investors over oil spill cost

June 1, 2010 6:28 pm | by Reuters | Comments

LONDON (Reuters) - BP will seek to patch up its battered share price by reassuring investors the cost of cleaning up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is manageable and will not affect dividends, British media reported on Wednesday.

New Technique Reliably Detects Enzyme Implicated In Cancer And Atherosclerosis

June 1, 2010 2:27 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

( Georgia Institute of Technology Research News ) A Georgia Tech research team has developed a new technique that reliably detects and quantifies an enzyme implicated in osteoporosis, arthritis, atherosclerosis, cancer metastasis and other disease processes.

Immune System Helps Transplanted Stem Cells Navigate In Central Nervous System

June 1, 2010 2:27 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

( University of California - Irvine ) By discovering how adult neural stem cells navigate to injury sites in the central nervous system, UC Irvine researchers have helped solve a puzzle in the creation of stem cell-based treatments: How do these cells know where to go?

Blocking DNA Repair Protein Could Lead To Targeted, Safer Cancer Therapy

June 1, 2010 2:26 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

( University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences ) Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) and the School of Medicine have discovered that inhibiting a key molecule in a DNA repair pathway could provide the means to make cancer cells more...

Backwards black holes might make bigger jets

June 1, 2010 1:26 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

Going against the grain may turn out to be a powerful move for black holes. New research suggests supermassive black holes that spin backwards might produce more ferocious jets of gas. The results have broad implications for how galaxies change over time.

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Supplement may prevent alcohol-related brain, skull defects

June 1, 2010 1:26 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

The dietary supplement CDP-choline, sold as a brain-boosting agent and under study for stroke and traumatic brain injury, may block skull and brain damage that can result from alcohol consumption early in pregnancy, researchers report. Alcohol consumption in early pregnancy increases...

Scientists gain new 'core' understanding of nanoparticles

June 1, 2010 1:24 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

A research team has uncovered a mystery in the magnetic response of iron-oxide nanoparticles, one that may be a key to controlling nanoparticle magnetism for future applications.

New Automated Tool 'debugs' Nuclear Weapon Simulations

June 1, 2010 1:24 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

( Purdue University ) Purdue University researchers, working with high-performance computing experts at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, have created an automated program to "debug" simulations used to more efficiently certify the nation's nuclear weapons.

Microbe Power As A Green Means To Hydrogen Production

June 1, 2010 1:23 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

( Arizona State University ) Scientists have been hard at work harnessing the power of microbes as an attractive source of clean energy. Now, Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University researcher Dr. Prathap Parameswaran and his colleagues have investigated a means for enhancing...

Congress Investigating J & J 'Phantom Recall'

June 1, 2010 11:28 am | by Manufacturing.net | Comments

Lawmakers are investigating the alleged "phantom recall" by Johnson & Johnson, in which the company hired a contractor to buy up defective painkillers instead of issuing a recall.

Special Report: Inside BP's War Room

June 1, 2010 11:27 am | by Reuters | Comments

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Last Wednesday, five weeks into the worst oil spill in U.S. history, BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward locked himself in a room on the third floor of the British oil giant's U.S. headquarters in Houston.

Google Quitting Windows

June 1, 2010 11:25 am | by InformationWeek | Comments

Worries about Windows security have prompted Google to move employees to other operating systems.

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