Insight into the dazzling impact of insulin in cells

in medicine

Australian scientists have charted the path of insulin action in cells in precise detail like never before. This provides a comprehensive blueprint for understanding what goes wrong in diabetes.

Nano-messenger opens way for new cancer treatment

in technology, environment, medicine

A new study from Karolinska Institutet shows that exosomes, nanoparticles that transmit information between cells, constitute a potential new treatment strategy for several cancers. The study, which was conducted on mice, was published recently online in the scientific journal Cancer Research.

Apigenin makes cancer cells 'mortal', another reason to like Mediterranean diet

in medicine

Researchers have found that apegenin, a compound in the Mediterranean diet,  can re-program cancer cells to die.

Studying sharks and fossilized teeth gain insight into sharks' ancient ancestors

in biology

The lasting legacy of the great white shark is sharp, strong and pointy: its teeth.

Not only is it the part of the creature that resonates most strongly with people, it's usually the only part left behind after death, as the rest of its skeleton is cartilage.

Newfound gene may help bacteria survive in extreme environments

in biology

In the days following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, methane-eating bacteria bloomed in the Gulf of Mexico, feasting on the methane that gushed, along with oil, from the damaged well. The sudden influx of microbes was a scientific curiosity: Prior to the oil spill, scientists had observed relatively few signs of methane-eating microbes in the area.

New device may inject a variety of drugs without using needles

in medicine

Getting a shot at the doctor’s office may become less painful in the not-too-distant future.

India the Queen of Internet Spam? Most junk emails originate in India

in technology

According to a news report from BBC, India has become the top spam-spewing nation on the planet. This was measured by determining the amount of emails routed through computers in different countries.

SpaceX Dragon capsule, the private spaceship, launch delayed

in technology

Dragon capsule the spaceship of SpaceX will not be launched as scheduled on April 30, 2012.  Dragon capsule was expected to be the first private spaceship to be launched to the International Space Station.