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What Are The Challenges Of 'Trailblazing Mars'?

October 1, 2010 3:35 pm | Podcasts | Comments

What grows best in Martian soil? How do you get oxygen out of thin air? Pat Duggins, author of Trailblazing Mars: NASA’s Next Giant Leap, talks about the questions NASA will face if it sends astronauts to the Red Planet and how to choose the right people for the job.

Newly Discovered Exoplanet Ripe For Life

October 1, 2010 3:35 pm | Podcasts | Comments

Gliese 581g, a planet orbiting the dwarf star Gliese in the constellation Libra, is Earth-like in a few key ways. It's not much bigger than Earth, and its temperature seems mild enough for liquid water. Steven Vogt, of the University of California, Santa Cruz, explains how he found the planet.

Smelly Invaders Want To Crawl Into Your Home

October 1, 2010 3:34 pm | Podcasts | Comments

The brown marmorated stink bug, which hails from Asia, had a population boom this year -- terrorizing farmers and homeowners up and down the Eastern U.S. USDA entomologist Tracy Leskey explains what's known about the bug and how to cope.

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New Species Of Extinct Giant Penguin Discovered

October 1, 2010 3:34 pm | Podcasts | Comments

Scientists report finding the fossilized remains of a new species of giant penguin in a Peruvian desert. Paleontologist Julia Clarke of the University of Texas, Austin describes what these huge birds looked like and how the new finding can help explain penguin evolution.

Are 'Stuxnet' Worm Attacks Cyberwarfare?

October 1, 2010 3:34 pm | Podcasts | Comments

Computer experts say a sophisticated computer worm dubbed "Stuxnet" exploits vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows to attack industrial control systems, including one at an Iranian nuclear power plant. Computer security experts discuss the worm and its impact on security.

Celebrating Carl Sagan And 'Cosmos'

October 1, 2010 3:33 pm | Podcasts | Comments

The television series Cosmos, which first aired 30 years ago this week, made a celebrity of science communicator Carl Sagan. In this archival 1994 Science Friday interview, Sagan discusses his book The Pale Blue Dot and shares his thoughts on manned space exploration.

Mark Twain And Science: It's Complicated

October 1, 2010 3:33 pm | Podcasts | Comments

Did you know Mark Twain tried his hand at science fiction? In the book The Disappearing Spoon, author Sam Kean writes about Twain's prescient story "Sold to Satan." In the story, Satan’s problems stem, in part, from the fact that he is made entirely of the newly discovered radioactive...

Strategies for Overcoming Cancer Health Disparities through Communication Highlighted at AACR Meeting

October 1, 2010 3:31 pm | by AACR | News | Comments

MIAMI — Cancer disparities persist across racial, ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic lines. Several factors contribute to the disparity in health care, including differences in culture, education and financial resources. Other factors include language barriers, limited access to health...

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Electromed settles lawsuit over SmartVest name

October 1, 2010 2:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medical device maker Electromed Inc. said Friday it settled a trademark lawsuit over the use of the name SmartVest for its breathing products.Electromed did not disclose terms of the settlement but said it will be able to continue using the name SmartVest.The lawsuits were brought by Hill-Rom...

TWAS to meet in India

October 1, 2010 2:35 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(TWAS) TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world, will hold its 21st General Meeting in Hyderabad, India, on October 19-22, 2010. More than 350 scientists from 35 countries are expected to attend. Dr. Manmohan Singh, the prime minister of India, will address the...

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Boston Medical Center research study validates the Boston Bowel Preparation Scale

October 1, 2010 2:35 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Boston University Medical Center) Boston Medical Center doctors have proven the reliability of the Boston Bowel Preparation Scale, a tool that assesses the cleanliness of the colon during colonoscopies.

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DNA Repair Capacity Identified Those at High Risk for Non-melanoma Skin Cancer

October 1, 2010 2:34 pm | by AACR | News | Comments

MIAMI — DNA repair capacity (DRC) measurements effectively identified individuals who were at high risk for non-melanoma skin cancer, and may be a useful method to evaluate the efficacy of preventive therapies, according to study results presented at the Third AACR Conference on the...

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Vigorous Exercise Reduces Breast Cancer Risk in African-American Women

October 1, 2010 2:33 pm | by AACR | News | Comments

MIAMI — Vigorous exercise of more than two hours per week reduces the risk of developing breast cancer in postmenopausal African-American women by 64 percent, compared to women of the same race who do not exercise, according to researchers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Memory Impairment Common in People with a History of Cancer

October 1, 2010 2:33 pm | by AACR | News | Comments

MIAMI — People with a history of cancer have a 40 percent greater likelihood of experiencing memory problems that interfere with daily functioning, compared with those who have not had cancer, according to results of a new, large study.

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Low Socioeconomic Status Linked With More Severe Colorectal Cancer

October 1, 2010 2:33 pm | by AACR | News | Comments

MIAMI — People living in economically deprived neighborhoods were more likely to be diagnosed with late-stage, non-localized colorectal cancer, even after researchers controlled for known colorectal cancer risk factors, according to data presented at the Third American Association for...

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