‘On-Off Switch’ Mechanism Stops Spread Of Cancer

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A tiny bit of genetic material with no previously known function may hold the key to stopping the spread of cancer, researchers at Yale School of Medicine and Sichuan University in Chengdu, China report in two papers in the September 7-11 issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

 

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How Future Computer Games Will Simulate Real Smells Of War

How Future Computer Games Will Simulate Real Smells Of War

Jars holding the aromas. Realistic smells could soon be added to video games.  

It is one of the most memorable lines in movie history. As the air around him is rent by explosions and the whiz of bullets, Colonel Kilgore stands nonchalantly with hands on hips, sniffs the acrid breeze and declares: ‘I love the smell of napalm in the morning.’
 

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Heart Attack Risk Triples Being In Traffic Jam

Heart Attack Risk Triples Being In Traffic Jam 

Being in heavy traffic triples your risk of heart attack within one hour, a new research warns. A German study presented at the American Heart Association’s 49th Annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention in Florida said that people who have had a heart attack are likely to report having been in traffic shortly before their symptoms began.

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Why Are A Majority Of People Resistant To Cancer?

Why Are A Majority Of People Resistant To Cancer? 

 Dividing cancer cells

Every year, millions of people are diagnosed with cancer – a remarkably high number. But what about the flipside of those statistics? That is, two out of three people never get cancer, and more than half of heavy smokers don’t get cancer, either. A recent study points out this overlooked fact, and suggests that researchers might discover something by asking why so many people are resistant to the often deadly disease.

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Rewiring The Brain May Help Treat Paralysis

Rewiring The Brain May Help Treat Paralysis 

 Paralyzed monkeys regained the ability to move their wrists when their nervous systems were rewired.

Rerouting electrical signals around damaged nerves may one day help treat paralysis.  A pair of partially paralyzed monkeys regained the ability to move their wrists when researchers wired individual neurons directly to the monkey’s arm muscles, according to a study published online in Nature on Wednesday.

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Root Cause of Epilepsy Found

Root Cause of Epilepsy Found

If only we all had glowing brains like this dude, we’d know what’s happening in there

Researchers in the United States said that they had found the key to a decades-old riddle over epileptic fits, helping to advance the quest for new treatments for this disabling condition.

Experiments in the last century found that by breathing carbon dioxide (CO²), an epileptic patient boosted acid levels in the brain and could terminate a fit, although the molecular switch for achieving this was veiled in mystery.

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Laser Used to Trigger Lightning in a Thunderstorm

Laser Used to Trigger Lightning in a Thunderstorm

European scientists have discovered how to trigger lightning with a laser

A team of European scientists has deliberately triggered electrical activity in thunderclouds for the first time by aiming high-power pulses of laser light into a thunderstorm. At the top of South Baldy Peak in New Mexico during two passing thunderstorms, the researchers used laser pulses to create plasma filaments that could conduct electricity. No air-to-ground lightning was triggered because the filaments were too short-lived, but the laser pulses generated discharges in the thunderclouds themselves up to several meters long.

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