Researchers have developed a novel system to simultaneously deliver a sustained dose of both an immune-system booster and a chemical to counter cancer's defensive secretions, resulting in a powerful therapy that, in mice, delayed tumor growth, sent...
The exhalations of people with the flu can do more than just sicken others. Chinese researchers have developed a quick and noninvasive diagnostic tool that identifies influenza viruses in the breath of sick people. Doctors usually diagnose flu by its symptoms, but misdiagnoses are common. Reverse transcription quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) can accurately detect the flu by identifying genetic material from viruses, but it takes several hours. To speed virus detection, Maosheng Yao of Peking University and colleagues developed a way to rapidly condense the liquid in breath, and then analyze it with an ultrasensitive silicon nanowire sensor.
There is a very persistent myth that Candida albicans cannot survive a high (alkaline) pH. The fact is that C. albicans can survive very acid to extremely alkaline pH. The primary difference is the form it takes on dependent on the pH.
A team of scientists has recovered part of the genome of two individuals who were alive in the Mesolithic Period, 7,000 years ago. The remains were found at La Braña-Arintero site, located at Valdelugueros (León), Spain.
This week scientists at the CERN laboratory in Geneva announced the discovery of the long sought after Higgs Boson, the subatomic particle that completes the so called standard model and is responsible for creating mass in the universe.
The list of uncompactified string theories is short - it only contains 6 entries:
- type I string theory with
spin(32)/Z_2 gauge group
- type IIA string theory
- type IIB string theory
- heterotic E_8 x E_8 string theory
- heterotic spin(32)/Z_2 string theory
The first five entries should be called “string theory” because vibrating 1-dimensional strings are the most important objects they contain. All of the string theories contain closed strings (e.g. the graviton is always a closed string); type I string theory is the only one on the list whose strings are unorientable and that also contains open strings. The last entry in the list is the eleven-dimensional M-theory and contains no strings. Instead, it has other extended objects, namely M2-branes and M5-branes. The numerals in the brane nomenclature count the number of spatial dimensions; so strings in string theories are also known as F1-branes (“F” stands for “fundamental”); they may also be obtained as M-theory’s M2-branes with one dimension wrapped around the compact dimension of the M-theory spacetime.
Widely held beliefs about Neuro-Linguistic Programming and lying are unfounded. Proponents of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) have long claimed that it is possible to tell whether a person is lying from their eye movements.
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