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Friday, 30 August 2013

Eating fruit significantly cuts diabetes risk - but drinking juice INCREASES it,

Eating fruit significantly cuts diabetes risk - but drinking juice INCREASES it,The scientists found that blueberries, grapes, raisins, apples and pears were especially protective, while drinking fruit juice could increase the risk of developing the condition by as much as 8 percent.
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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Despite Fukushima, IAEA sees global progress on nuclear safety

http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE97M0FS20130823?irpc=932

ISSUU - UNDP 2012/2013 Annual Report : Supporting Global Progress by United Nations Development Programme

http://issuu.com/undp/docs/undp_ar2013_english_web?e=0/3235368

How big data is changing the world

How big data is changing the world http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23253949

Miniature human brain grown in lab

Miniature human brain grown in labThe cells were able to grow and organise themselves into separate regions of the brain, such as the cerebral cortex, the retina, and, rarely, an early hippocampus, which would be heavily involved in memory in a fully developed adult brain.
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University of St Andrews scientists create fastest man-made spinning object

University of St Andrews scientists create fastest man-made spinning objectThey saw it spin faster and faster until it reached 600 million rpm - and then it seemed to vanish!
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Monday, 26 August 2013

India parliament debates cheap food plan

India parliament debates cheap food planThe scheme aims to give 5kg 11lb of cheap grain every month to about 800 million poor people.
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Ovarian cancer screening has potential

Ovarian cancer screening has potentialThere is a survival rate of up to 90% when ovarian cancer is caught early, compared with less than 30% if it is discovered in the later stages.
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Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Scientists accidentally make ‘impossible material’ Upsalite - the world’s most efficient water absorber

Scientists accidentally make ‘impossible material’ Upsalite - the world’s most efficient water absorberThe breakthrough has far-reaching commercial applications, as Upsalite named after the University of Uppsala, where the scientists are based is the worlds most efficient water absorber, with potential to be used for the removal of moisture in drug creation and high-tech electronics to cleaning up huge oil spills.
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It doesn't look like much, but scientists from Sweden's Uppsala University are calling a newly created form of magnesium carbonate an "impossible" material.

Dubbed upsalite, the highly porous material sets new records for surface area and water absorption, according to a written statement issued by the university. It is expected to have all sorts of applications, from controlling moisture in processes used by the electronics and pharmaceutical industries to sopping up toxins in the aftermath of chemical and oil spills.

"In contrast to what has been claimed for more than 100 years in the scientific literature, we have found that amorphous magnesium carbonate can be made in a very simple, low-temperature process," study co-author Johan Goméz de la Torre, a researcher in the university's nanotechnology and functional materials division, said in the statement.

The researchers succeeded in making upsalite in 2011 by bubbling carbon dioxide through an alcohol-containing suspension. But it took another year of analysis and fine-tuning to be sure that they had created the "impossible" material.

Upsalite has the highest surface area ever measured for a so-called alkali earth metal carbonate, according to the statement. In addition, it's filled with empty pores with diameters measuring less than 10 nanometers.

"This, together with other unique properties of the discovered impossible material is expected to pave the way for new sustainable products in a number of industrial applications", study co-author Maria Strømme, a professor of nanotechnology at the university, said in the statement.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Sunday, 11 August 2013

How to grow a burger in the lab

Here, Prof Mark Post of Maastricht University who led the research, explains how the burger was made and reveals the freezers full of ingredients.
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A group of scientists from the Netherlands will introduce the world's first in-vitro burger made in a laboratory.The process involves taking the stem cells from cows and growing them in petri dishes until they have formed thousands of muscle fibres.Supporters of the laboratory burgers and animal activists say that it will reduce the need for factory farming.Al Jazeera's Nadim Baba reports from London.