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September 10, 2012
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  • Study: Volcanic activity, not water, created some clays on Mars
    A study of Martian meteorites showed that some clays on the planet may be formed through early volcanic activity instead of previous ideas that it was formed through soil and standing water interaction or water from hydrothermal vents. Alain Meunier, a researcher at the University of Poitiers in France, discovered that the clays developed from cooling of lava on French Polynesia's Mururoa Atoll are a good chemical match to some minerals on the Red Planet. New Scientist (9/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Weighing water from tropical Pacific could help calculate sea level
    A study in the journal Geophysical Research Letters showed that weighing the ocean in the tropical Pacific area could help researchers calculate sea-level rise after discovering that the mass in this area remains constant year-round. "The principle is rather like watching your bath fill: you don't look near the taps, where all you can see is splashing and swirling, you look at the other end where the rise is slow and steady," said Christopher Hughes, author of the study and a researcher at the National Oceanography Centre. Our Amazing Planet (9/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Water shows promise in developing electricity-free computing tools
    Experiments performed at Aalto University in Finland showed that water droplets could create the basis for electricity-free computing tools. Researchers found that the droplets could serve as digital bits in logic operations or memory technologies at the most basic state of computing after observing rebounding collisions between two water droplets on a water-repellent surface. InnovationNewsDaily.com (9/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Researchers develop remote-controlled cockroaches
    North Carolina State University researchers have developed remote-controlled Madagascar hissing cockroaches by connecting a lightweight chip with a wireless transmitter and receiver to the insects and wired a microcontroller to their cerci and antennae. "Ultimately, we think this will allow us to create a mobile web of smart sensors that uses cockroaches to collect and transmit information, such as finding survivors in a building that's been destroyed by an earthquake," said researcher Alper Bozkurt. LiveScience.com (9/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Anchoring proteins influence blood glucose in study
    A study in the EMBO Journal revealed that mice lacking A-kinase anchoring proteins did not generate as much insulin from the pancreas, but showed better insulin sensitivity in skeletal muscles. "Our discovery that anchored enzymes contribute to the regulation of cellular events that underlie diabetes may help us to move more rapidly toward new therapies to control this increasingly prevalent metabolic disease," said researcher John Scott. eMaxHealth.com (9/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Antioxidant shows heart benefits for patients with type 2 diabetes
    Adding coenzyme Q10 to ramipril treatment helped reduce cardiomyocyte hypertrophy and fibrosis as well as superoxide formation, and improved diastolic dysfunction in mice with type 2 diabetes, according to a study in Diabetologia. Researchers also noted that mice that did not receive the antioxidant developed hyperglycemia among other problems. FoodConsumer.org (9/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • U.K. government pledges $16M for open research efforts
    The U.K. government has promised to offer around $15.9 million to support efforts to make scientific papers freely accessible. The financial aid aims to assist 30 research-intensive universities in their efforts to launch open-access regulations and settle publisher-charged author fees to make studies freely available to the public. ScienceMag.org/Science Insider blog (9/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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