Archive | June, 2012

Frisky firefly sex tape

Once the lights go out, female fireflies apparently prefer a little more substance and a little less flash. Infrared imaging and other techniques have been used to monitor firefly behaviour and to show that the females of the species tend to choose mates that they perceive as able to deliver a large “nuptial gift” a […]

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Journal of Commercial Biotechnology July 2012 issue now available

Journal of Commercial Biotechnology Vol 18, Issue 3 (2012) Could personalized medicine be the driver for widespread price controls? Yali Friedman Everyone should agree that the benefits of personalized medicine — prescription of drugs most likely to benefit and least likely to harm individual or groups of patients — are are positive. However, one must […]

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Celery Chemical, Apigenin Tackles Breast Cancer

Apigenin, a natural substance found in grocery store produce aisles, shows promise as a non-toxic treatment for an aggressive form of human breast cancer, following a new study at the University of Missouri. MU researchers found apigenin shrank a type of breast cancer tumor that is stimulated by progestin, a synthetic hormone given to women […]

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Flaky safety concerns over graphene

It was almost inevitable that the naysayers and scaremongers would start to express concerns about graphene, the new wonder material that won its developers a Nobel prize for their work with sticky tape and HB pencils. It’s sensible to look at graphene if there are risks and Ken Donaldson, a respiratory toxicologist at the University […]

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Pluto is not a planet

Pluto is not a planet…but what is a planet anyway? For those stuck in endless arguments down the pub about why Pluto was, but is no longer, a planet: Related Posts: The evolving, revolving of the Moon Still, lifeless, unchanging…how did the Moon get so boring? Here’s what a few billion years of volcanic activity […]

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