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September 5, 2012
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  • NASA releases Curiosity's 360-degree view of Mars
    NASA has released a 360-degree view of Mars after stitching together photos taken by the navigation camera of the Curiosity rover. The image depicts the spacecraft's fresh tracks on the planet as it treks east toward a spot called Glenelg. Space.com (9/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Meteoroids affect wind circulation on planets, researchers say
    Researchers found that meteoroids passing through the ionospheres of planets such as Venus, Earth and Mars can alter the planets' wind circulation and dynamics as they lose more exotic and heavier elements including magnesium, iron and silicon. "When we add metal ions to the ionosphere as a result of this meteoroid input, we create plasma in regions where there wasn't any plasma there to start out with," said Paul Withers, assistant professor of astronomy at Boston University. Space.com (9/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CDC scientists investigate Heartland virus
    The CDC is working to understand more about the newly discovered Heartland virus, which has symptoms similar to ehrlichiosis, a bacterial disease carried by ticks. Two men in Missouri are the only people known to have contracted the virus. Researchers said the Heartland virus is a phlebovirus closely related to a virus that was recently discovered in China. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Studies to test inflammation as target in heart disease
    Two clinical trials will test whether anti-inflammatory drugs can prevent heart disease and stroke, which are respectively the No. 1 and No. 4 causes of death in the U.S. An NIH-funded study will test whether a generic anti-inflammatory drug, methotrexate, can reduce major cardiovascular events in patients who have a history of heart attack and either diabetes or metabolic syndrome. The other, funded by Novartis, will test the anti-inflammatory antibody canakinumab in patients with stable cardiovascular disease and who have increased inflammation levels. The Wall Street Journal (9/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cilia repair boosts olfactory functions in mice
    Inserting a virus that contains functional intraflagellar transport 88 protein into the noses of mice with ciliopathy helped restore the animals' cilia number and structure, and their sense of smell, according to a study in the journal Nature Medicine. However, it is unclear whether the effects in the olfactory system will translate to other organs, researchers noted. Nature (9/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New species of pterosaur excavated in Germany
    The skeleton of a fish-eating pterosaur, which lived during the late Jurassic period, has been uncovered in the Bamberg district in Germany. The new species is one of the oldest pterosaurs known. It has unusually long arms and legs and can filter small organisms from the water with its flamingo beak-shaped jaws. New Scientist/Short Sharp Science blog (9/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Foundation supports Mo. university's translational research program
    The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation's Coulter Translational Partnership Award in Biomedical Engineering will give $5 million to five translational research projects at the University of Missouri's School of Medicine and College of Engineering. One project will focus on the use of a protein in improving the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer, while another will work on a kit that will help improve personalized diagnosis of cancer patients' response to treatment. Columbia Missourian (9/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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