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Bacteria armed with toxic tips kill rivals

<b>UC SANTA BARBARA (US) —</b> A mysterious type of protein found in bacteria and other organisms, including humans, appears to act as a delivery system for …

Opinion: Too Early to Panic Over Bird Flu

New virus is lethal, but flu viruses are always unpredictable, author says.<p><b>Editor's note: David Quammen is a contributing writer for National Geographic and the author of many books. His most recent, Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic, appeared last fall.</b><p>A deadly new kind of …

Simpler HIV-fighting antibodies could assist vaccine designers

Powerful HIV-fighting antibodies have long been found in complicated forms that are difficult to implement as vaccines, but researchers have now studied a simpler version of such an antibody and developed a road map to create a vaccine based on it. By finding the uncommon type of antibody in a …

In the footsteps of Schrödinger: understanding the physics of life

Erwin Schrödinger, the Austrian physicist whose eponymous equation lies at the heart of quantum mechanics, strayed beyond his normal disciplinary …

Flights to get bumpier as turbulence to double

Flying is to become a far less comfortable experience according to a study of how levels of turbulence are set to change over the next 40 years.<p>Trans Atlantic flights will encounter up to twice as much turbulence while enroute, the research has shown.<p>Using atmospheric computer models, the …

Omega-3 fatty acid may slow tumors

<b>UC DAVIS (US) —</b> New research with mice uncovers a possible anti-cancer property of metabolized omega-3 fatty acids, which come from fish oil and …

Breakthrough in neuroscience could help re-wire appetite control

Researchers have made a discovery in neuroscience that could offer a long-lasting solution to eating disorders such as obesity.<p>It was previously …

3D printer produces synthetic tissue capable of transmitting signals like nerves

Scientists have used a custom-made 3D printer to make a synthetic tissue that could have a variety of applications — including the ability to transmit long-distance electric signals much like nerves. The process, published in <i>Science</i> by an Oxford University team led by Hagan Bayley, prints a network …