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DNA lends scientists a hand, revealing new chemical reactions

...ve developed a powerful way of mining the chemical universe for new reactions by piggybacking collections of different small organic molecules onto short strands of DNA, which then gives the reactants the opportunity to react by zipping together. Their work draws upon an innovative technique, known as "DNA-te...

Can you tell the difference between Quarks and DNA?

...l the matter we see around us was created, how the universe evolved and how it will ultimately end. Just as importantly, the applications of this sort of research in nuclear medicine is at work in hospitals every day saving lives and its applications are a vital aspect of building safe, sustainable energy res...

Human health, astronomy, and environmental concerns merge at Dark-Sky meeting

... "We stand on the verge of losing our view of the universe from our national parks," he says, "yet, unlike losing a species to extinction, topsoil to erosion, or virgin lands to development, the night sky is 100% recoverable." Antarctica has months-long days and nights and two presenters will talk about the...

Money talks: Concern for biodiversity pressed on boardrooms by new breed of fund managers

... 2003, 40% more than the 174 percent growth of the universe of assets under professional management. Similar trends are evident in Europe. The number of SRI funds tripled in France from 2000 to 2002. Some 74 percent of Dutch pension funds expect to use social or environmental criteria in investment decision...

Rice and M. D. Anderson establish Center for Computational Cancer Research

...utations -- larger than the number of atoms in the universe -- so even identifying them is a daunting task, the scientists say. The center will both facilitate the development of this software and simplify the applications to make them more broadly accessible to cancer researchers. "Our goal, of course, is to...

Science's breakthrough of the year: Illumination of the dark, expanding universe

...3, new evidence cemented the bizarre idea that the universe is made mostly of mysterious "dark matter," being ...ence society. These insights into our "dark" universe plus nine other research advances make up Science's top ten scientific developments in 2003, chose...

Marie Curie Nobel Centennial Celebration of Women in Science

...the audience. "Marie Curie's discoveries opened a universe of new scientific experimentation and her career has served as a powerful model for women scientists,"said Susan Hockfield, Provost and Moderator of the Challenges panel. "Our celebration of the centenary of Marie Curie's first Nobel Prize recognizes...

Laboratory 'theme park' re-creates RNA world for study

...ere with 'how does the mind work?' or 'how did the universe begin?'" Meanwhile, Bartel and his team continue working toward their goal of developing an RNA enzyme that can fully replicate other RNAs. "We're designing these RNAs as well as we can," Bartel says, "and what we can't design, we evolve." The more ...

Three Pacific Northwest National Laboratory inventions win R&D 100 Awards

...antly who was who in the information-visualization universe at the time of the query. John Risch, PNNL senior research scientist, led the software development team. FT-MS Proteome Express is an automated, ultra-high resolution combined separation and mass spectrometer-based system that measures the large and ...

Perfect planet, clever species

...s calls it "an engaging tour do force of life, the universe and everything...overflowing with fascinating detail and provocative insights." - Hugh Iltis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison writes, "I believe that this brilliant, richly documented, and well-written book--on par in historical importance with...

Without enzyme catalyst, slowest known biological reaction takes 1 trillion years

...n years, "This number puts us way beyond the known universe in terms of slowness," he said. "(The enzyme reaction) is 21 orders of magnitude faster than the uncatalyzed case. And the largest we knew about previously was 18. We've approached scales than nobody can grasp." Why would we want to know the rate of ...

Berkeley scientists create first 3-D map of protein universe

The universe has been mapped! Not the universe of stars, planets, and black holes, but the protein universe, the vast assemblage of biological mole...

First draft of 'periodic table' of protein structures helps visualize nature's universe of proteins

... building blocks, letting scientists visualize the universe of possible protein structures -- the many possibl... he began looking for a global view of the protein universe that would at least let him rule out some predicted structures and search only within the realm of s...

Time flies

...vity, the big questions about the beginning of the universe and the possibility of time and space as particles...are part of space/time, anything we do changes the universe because, according to the theory, mass affects the shape of space/time. Therefore, according to Mark...

'The end of the world' has already begun, UW scientists say

...hesis that simple life is relatively common in the universe but complex, Earth-like life is exceedingly rare. "The Life and Death of Planet Earth" explains how the myriad life on Earth today was preceded by a long period of microbial dominance, and the authors contend that complex life eventually will disappe...

Gift creates KSU Human Origins Study Institute

...ed to launch what may be the only life-form in the universe capable of self-realization." Elements of the Ferrini Institute will include: The Matthew Ferrini Endowed Chair in Biological Anthropology, which will attract to Kent State an internationally known scholar in human evolution. An endowed assistant pro...

Physics tip sheet #29 October 23, 2002

.... Weld, A. Kapitulnik arXiv preprint server If the universe has extra dimensions, they might show up by modifying the force of gravity at small scales. Because gravity is relatively weak, it is hard to measure it precisely but physicists are continually pushing to smaller scales. A new experiment takes anothe...

Folding@home scientists report first distributed computing success

...t connection to search for intelligent life in the universe by downloading special data-analysis software. When a SETI@home screensaver is activated, the PC begins processing packets of radio telescope data. Completed packets are sent back to a central computer, and new ones are assigned automatically. For th...

Seven E.O. Lawrence Award winners named

...the genetic code to measuring the expansion of the universe itself," Secretary Abraham said. The winners are: C. Jeffrey Brinker, Sandia National Laboratories and the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque Claire M. Fraser, The Institute for Genomic Research, Rockville, Md. Bruce T. Goodwin, Lawrence Liv...

A thermodynamic history traces temperature's effect on Universe, Earth and humans

...nes of humanity, Segr describes the history of our universe in terms of its evolution from the 100-billion-degree Big Bang to the average of a few degrees above absolute zero found across today's cold, sparse universe. Along the way, the warm interstellar dust near our newborn sun condensed into moderately s...

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