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September 13, 2012
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  • Researchers find new species of monkey in Congo
    Researchers have discovered a brightly colored, shy species of monkey in the Democratic Republic of Congo's rainforests. The members of the species called Cercopithecus lomamiensis live in a remote and vast region of the country in groups and survive on leafy plants and fruits. Researchers' findings detailed the monkeys' distinct characteristics, such as raising a chorus of booming calls at first daylight. Our Amazing Planet (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Sequencing of 1918 flu virus guides development of vaccines
    Researchers who sequenced the genome of the 1918 pandemic flu virus have discovered that strains that caused pandemics in 1957, 1968 and 2009 were related to the 1918 virus. Experts said the discovery helps advance the understanding of flu biology and the development of "universal" vaccines, and may help make the response to potential pandemics more effective. InfectionControlToday.com (9/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study shows "proof of concept" that stem cells can restore hearing
    Auditory nerve cells created from human embryonic stem cells were able to reconnect the inner ear to the brain in gerbils, thus restoring hearing in the animals, researchers said. The researchers observed that the transplanted cells had formed signals to the brain 10 weeks after implantation and that the procedure improved hearing by 46% in most of the animals. "We have the proof of concept that we can use human embryonic stem cells to repair the damaged ear," says lead author Marcelo Rivolta of the University of Sheffield in the U.K. Nature (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bacterial diversity important to combat sinusitis-causing strains
    A study in the journal Science Translational Medicine indicated that sinusitis-causing strains could be combated by introducing a second species of bacteria into the noses of mice. Researchers including Susan Lynch, a clinical microbiologist from the University of California in San Francisco, discovered that mucus samples from subjects with sinuses have less diversity of bacterial species compared with those of healthy participants. They also suggested that boosting and maintaining the normal microflora of the nose could be an effective treatment for sinusitis. The Scientist online (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Curiosity's systems, instruments are in good condition, NASA says
    Scientists announced that NASA's Mars Curiosity rover is close to passing a rigorous series of health tests. The inspections of the rover's 10 science instruments and systems have gone well and its tools are all in good working condition, Curiosity mission team members say. "Throughout every phase of the checkouts, Curiosity has performed almost flawlessly," said Jennifer Trosper, Curiosity mission manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. Space.com (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dark energy's existence probability stands at around 99%, study says
    A two-year study in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society showed that the probability of the existence of dark energy, which scientists believe plays a role in the acceleration of the universe's expansion, stands at 99.996%. Researchers found that dark energy is responsible for the hotter areas of the cosmic microwave background maps after reassessing arguments raised against the detection of the Integrated Sachs-Wolfe effect, an evidence for the energy's existence. Discovery (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Amateur astronomers record videos of fireball hitting Jupiter
    Amateur astronomers Dan Peterson and George Hall captured videos of a fireball, possibly a comet or asteroid, hitting Jupiter's surface Monday, according to a report from SpaceWeather.com. "Astronomers around the world will now begin monitoring the impact site for signs of debris -- either the cindery remains of the impactor or material dredged up from beneath Jupiter's cloud tops," SpaceWeather.com wrote. CNN/Lightyears blog (9/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Archaeologists discover medieval shipwreck in Danube River
    Archaeologists from Hungary have discovered what they believe to be an intact shipwreck from the medieval times in Central Europe's Danube River. The wreck, which is partially buried in gravel and mud, is estimated to have a width of 10 feet and a length of 40 feet. They identified floor-timbers, oak floor-planks and L-shaped ribs on the wreck after an initial survey of the site. Discovery (9/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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