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Discovering The Secret, Speedy Life Of Plants

August 13, 2010 2:33 pm | Podcasts | Comments

Plants have a reputation for being sedentary, unmoving, planted. But some plants are moving so quickly, their motion is invisible to human eyes. Biologist Joan Edwards and physicist Dwight Whitaker broke out the high-speed cameras to capture the story of exploding peat moss.

Study Suggests Earlier Meat-Eating In Hominids

August 13, 2010 2:33 pm | Podcasts | Comments

A new study in the journal Nature suggests that the butchering of animals with tools by hominids occurred nearly a million years earlier than thought. Study author Zeresenay Alemseged and anthropologist David DeGusta discuss the finding and what it might mean for human evolution.

SETI Throws A Party

August 13, 2010 2:33 pm | Podcasts | Comments

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute -- SETI -- turns 25 this year, and it's celebrating with "SETIcon." Participants, including SETI father Frank Drake and the director of the Center for SETI Research, Jill Tarter, discuss the conference and their work.


Science Diction: The Origin Of ’Evolution’

August 13, 2010 2:33 pm | Podcasts | Comments

Although Charles Darwin's tome The Origin of Species is associated with the theory of evolution today, Darwin himself preferred terms such as "transmutation by means of natural selection." Science historian Howard Markel discusses how “evolution“ entered the scientific -- and popular -- vocabulary.

Estrogen not associated with lung cancer incidence and mortality among postmenopausal women

August 13, 2010 2:31 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Journal of the National Cancer Institute) Use of estrogen alone did not increase lung cancer mortality in postmenopausal women, according to a study published online Aug. 13 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.


Biotech vet Chip Clark takes CBO role at Genocea Biosciences

August 13, 2010 1:34 pm | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

Genocea Biosciences has named Chip Clark, co-founder of Maryland biotech Vanda Pharmaceutical Inc., as chief business officer of the vaccine-focused biotech firm in Cambridge.

Federal Register: Medical Device User Fee Act; Public Meeting; Request for Comments; Meeting on September 14, 2010

August 13, 2010 1:34 pm | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

The FDA is announcing a public meeting on the reauthorization of the medical device user fee program. The current legislative authority for the medical device user fee program expires in September 2012 and new legislation will be required for FDA to...


MMRC joins UK biotech in start of multiple myeloma trial

August 13, 2010 1:34 pm | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

A Phase 2 clinical trial of a treatment for relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma has launched, led by U.K.-based Astex Therapeutics Ltd. and funded by Norwalk, Conn.-based Multiple Myeloma Research Consortium (MMRC).


Cambian and Care Aspirations Join to Create the UK's Largest Private Provider of Specialist Services in Education, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities

August 13, 2010 1:33 pm | by RealWire | News | Comments

London July 26, 2010 - The Cambian Group ( and Care Aspirations have today announced that they have combined operations to create the UK's largest provider of specialist services in education, mental health and learning disabilities. The enlarged Cambian Group will...


CROs gain traction from pharma cost cuts

August 13, 2010 1:33 pm | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

Parexel International Corp., a Boston-based contract research organization, reported this week that its profit more than doubled in the second quarter year over year. The company is a poster child for the findings in the Global Life Sciences Hiring Index, which found that services and...


Cell membranes capture electrical energy to amplify sound

August 13, 2010 1:32 pm | by Baylor College of Medicine | News | Comments

Lightning, with its bright flash and deadly force, has nothing on the electrical energy generated by human cells. Now researchers at Baylor College of Medicine have found that cell membranes, the thin outer layer of cells, act alone to convert that electrical energy into mechanical force,...


TSX-listed corporate dividends and distributions declared Aug. 13, 2010

August 13, 2010 11:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dividends or distributions were declared or updated on the followed listed issues on the Toronto Stock Exchange on August 13, 2010.Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. (TSX:INE): $0.14818. Payable Jul 15. Record Jun 30.Canadian Helicopters Income Fund Units (TSX:CHL.UN): $0.091875. Payable Sep 15....

6 French Engage Introducer Devices by St. Jude Medical: Recall - Potential for Separation of Shaft From Hub

August 13, 2010 11:30 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

Potentially life threatening episode of bleeding could occur during surgical procedures.


Thermo Fisher to shutter Rhode Island facility

August 13, 2010 10:32 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

Instrumentation company Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is closing down its East Providence, R.I., facility, leaving 66 people unemployed, according to a spokesperson for the company. The facility develops reagents, calibrators and controls used to make disease-focused tests.


Sun Healthcare prices offering of 26.7 M shares

August 13, 2010 7:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Health care facility operator Sun Healthcare Group Inc. said Friday it priced an underwritten public offering of 26.7 million shares at $7.75 per share.The offering is expected to close Aug. 18. The company gave underwriters a 30-day option to buy up to 4 million additional shares of its stock...


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