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Czech lab mice injected with fluorescent protein for clues on cancer

Injected with a fluorescent protein to make them glow bright red, laboratory mice are helping Czech scientists better understand the causes behind intestinal cancers and skin diseases while leaving the rodents unscathed. A research group at the Institute of Molecular Genetics at the Czech Academy of Sciences is using proteins…

Closest Earth-like planet may be half as far as previously thought

The closest rocky, Earth-like world could be as close as 6.5 to 7 light years away, according to new research. New Scientist magazine reported Tuesday that Penn State University astronomer Ravi Kopparapu’s estimates put these types of potentially life-sustaining worlds half as distant from Earth as previously believed. In February,…

Detection system capable of diagnosing Alzheimer’s long before symptoms appear wins coveted SXSW ‘innovation’ prize

Technology capable of diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease long before its symptoms appear won a coveted honor for innovation Tuesday at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival. Neurotrack, which uses eye tracking to achieve a claimed 100 percent success rate, took the health technologies category in the SXSW Accelerator competition as the…

Being the underdog can make you more attractive: study

Though power may be “the ultimate aphrodisiac,” being the underdog could make others view you as being more physically attractive. “Despite theory and research suggesting a ubiquitous attraction to winners, we propose that people are, at times, attracted to disadvantage,” Kenneth S. Michniewicz and Joseph A. Vandello of the University…

Scientists use iPhones to diagnose intestinal worms

Scientists used an iPhone and a camera lens to diagnose intestinal worms in rural Tanzania, a breakthrough that could help doctors treat patients infected with the parasites, a study said on Tuesday. Research published by the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene showed that it is possible to fashion…

NASA rover finds conditions once suited to life on Mars

WASHINGTON — An analysis of a Mars rock sample by the Curiosity rover has unveiled minerals, including hydrogen, carbon and oxygen, that are the building blocks of life, NASA said Tuesday. “A fundamental question for this mission is whether Mars could have supported a habitable environment,” said Michael Meyer, lead…

No proof that helmets prevent concussion: experts

Helmets and mouthguards can prevent serious head and facial injuries, but there is no evidence they specifically stave off concussion, top authorities in sports medicine say. Paradoxically, wearing this protection may lead to injuries because a player is tempted to take greater risks, they say. Concussion has become a big…

New study shows Viagra doesn’t help protect against heart failure

The erectile dysfunction drug commonly known as Viagra is no help against heart failure and should not be taken for it, according to research out Monday that contradicts previous, smaller studies. Some early research had suggested the drug, which can increase blood flow to other parts of the body, might…

Meteorological organization: El Nino and La Nina unlikely to appear in first half of 2013

The El Nino and La Nina climate patterns are unlikely to make an appearance during the first half of this year, the UN’s weather agency said Monday. “Model forecasts and expert opinion suggests that the likelihood of El Nino or La Nina conditions developing during the first half of 2013…

U.S. and Japan hold talks to run joint space operations

Japan and the United States held talks Monday on wide-ranging cooperation in space, including the satellite monitoring of ships, a joint statement said. The collaboration is apparently aimed at countering China’s growing assertiveness at sea and the expansion of its space exploration programme, according to Japanese media. The statement, released…

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