Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Longevity-linked telomere length inherited from fathers

Genes responsible for longevity-linked cellular components called telomeres are inherited from fathers but not mothers, according to a new study.


Cure for the common cold?

A new study suggests that an anti-flu, anti-cold pill called COLD-fX cuts the incidence and frequency of recurrent colds by more than half while also cutting cold duration and severity.


Sunday, October 16, 2005

"Nanotowers" built from DNA

A special enzyme has allowed engineers to construct nanoscale towers from short DNA chains—a step towards designing and building biological machines.

The enzyme, TdTase, has allowed engineers from


Cannabinoids Induce Brain Cell Growth?

The Globe and Mail is reporting that researchers at the University of Saskatchewan are claiming that high doses of cannabinoids have induced new brain cell growth in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for learning and memory, in rat subjects. There are some interesting potential implications in regards to high doses of cannabinoids found in substances like marijuana

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Machine Makes Dishes on Demand

Researchers at MIT develop a device that presses out durable plates, cups and bowls at the touch of a button -- then consumes them again after the meal.


Embryonic stem cells make cancer fighters

Embryonic stem cells have been coaxed into producing cancer-killing cells in the lab, a step towards new treatments for various types of tumors.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

New Tenth Planet Has a Moon

SPACE.com is reporting that the recently discovered 10th planet of our solar system has a neighbor - a moon. The discovery team also have nicknamed the planet 'Xena' and the moon 'Gabrielle'. Many scientists are objecting to whether the new planet really is a new planet - so what do you call a moon with no planet?