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Monthly Archives: October 2009

Caterpillars are not descended from a worm/insect hybrid

A proposal that butterfly caterpillars are descended from the mating of an ancient insect with a type of worm is comprehensively rejected by a new paper to be published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of …
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Where in your brain do you change your mind?

From Phyllis Brown, UC Davis Health System Public Affairs When you rationalize driving your SUV with the world growing ever warmer or smoking with the threat of lung cancer looming, a distinct area in the middle of the frontal lobes …
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Physics Nobel: How telephone echoes lead to digital cameras

The 2009 Nobel Prize for Physics is split between Charles Kao, for developing fiber optics, and Willard Boyle and George Smith, who invented the Charge Coupled Device or CCD at Bell Laboratories in 1969. CCDs are now the ubiquitous heart …
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Telomeres a Nobel No-brainer

Today’s award of the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine to Elizabeth Blackburn of UCSF, Carol Greider of Johns Hopkins University and Jack Szostak at Harvard, “for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase,” …
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