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A novel way to make ethanol without corn or other plants

Copper-based catalyst produces large quantities of ethanol from carbon monoxide gas at room temperature. Stanford University scientists have found a new, highly efficient way to...

First comprehensive atlas of human gene activity released

A large international consortium of researchers has produced the first comprehensive, detailed map of the way genes work across the major cells and tissues...

Trees grow faster and store more carbon as they age

Trees put on weight faster and faster as they grow older, according to a new study in the journal Nature. The finding that most...

Tuberculosis and Parkinson’s Disease Linked By Unique Protein

A protein at the center of Parkinson’s disease research now also has been found to play a key role in causing the destruction of...

Vitamin C helps control gene activity in stem cells

Vitamin C affects whether genes are switched on or off inside mouse stem cells, and may thereby play a previously unknown and fundamental role...

What Is the Fastest Articulated Motion a Human Can Execute?

Humans are amazing throwers. We are unique among all animals, including our closest living relative, the chimpanzee, in our ability to throw projectiles at...

Research shows how bacteria communicate with each other

Jerusalem, March 1, 2011 -- A pathway whereby bacteria communicate with each other has been discovered by researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The discovery has important implications for efforts to cope with the spread of harmf...

Solving the riddle of nature’s perfect spring

Scientists have unravelled the shape of the protein that gives human tissues their elastic properties in what could lead to the development of new synthetic elastic polymers. University of Manchester researchers, working with colleagues in Austral...

Is organic farming good for wildlife? It depends on the alternative

Even though organic methods may increase farm biodiversity, a combination of conventional farming and protected areas could sometimes be a better way to maintain food production and protect wildlife. The findings come from a study of butterfly pop...

Protein made by breast cancer gene purified

A key step in understanding the origins of familial breast cancer has been made by two teams of scientists at the University of California, Davis. The researchers have purified, for the first time, the protein produced by the breast cancer suscep...

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