Using Computers to Accurately Calculate Body Shape

Brown University computer scientists have developed a program that creates an accurate computerized image of a person’s body even when the subject is clothed - the first of its kind. The technology could be useful in in fashion, film, forensics, sports medicine, and video gaming.

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High-dose Flu Vaccine May Offer Greater Benefits to the Elderly

Sanofi Pasteur - the vaccines division of sanofi-aventis - has reported results from a recently completed Phase III clinical trial that show their high-dose influenza vaccine demonstrated increased immune responses among adults 65 years of age and older, when compared against the standard influenza vaccine.

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Genetic Basis for Transsexuality?

Researchers from several institutions in Melbourne, Australia and the University of California, Los Angeles collaborated in this ground-breaking study of 112 male-to-female transsexuals to look for a biological basis for how gender identity develops.

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Purple tomatoes: The richness of antioxidants against tumors

High anthocyanins content tomatoes, produced by European researchers, may be able to extend lifespan in cancer-prone mice; the finding by the FLORA European Project published in the journal Nature Biotechnology.

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Mars Science Laboratory Backshell is Delivered To NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

First ran across this story on GIZMODO and got curious about the rest of this project.

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Mars Science Lab Aeroshell

Fluorescent Protein Slide Show from Howard Hughes Medical Institute

HHMI states, "Fluorescent proteins have illuminated biology for years. The slideshow presents a sampling of images from the labs of HHMI researchers."

This is a terrific photo slide show is complete with educational paragraphs like this one regarding round worm RNA.

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 Credit: Jessica Vasale/Laboratory of Craig Mello

Genetics - Helping Dad Choose the Right Paint Color ....

Consumer Genetics, Inc. today announced the release of a new pregnancy testing kit that also is able to predict the sex of the baby with greater than 95% accuracy. No longer will expecting parents have to wait 18 to 20 weeks until an ultrasound technician is able to pick up on the gender specific parts - the new test can confirm the happy news as early as 7 weeks post-conception.

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Biology Majors - Stand up for Science, Win $1000

The folks at Pearson Higher Education - publisher of many, if not most of the textbooks used in teaching today - has announced a $1000 scholarship prize targeted at biology majors who are willing "to take a public stand for science".

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Boldly going where no scientists have gone before .....

Later this month, an international team of scientists from six different nations will embark on a new exploration of one of the last unexplored places on earth - an ice covered mountain range in Antarctic's Gamburstev Province, that current scientific knowledge suggests shouldn't even be there.

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Earliest Animal Footprints Ever Found - Discovered in Nevada

The fossilized trail of an aquatic creature suggests that animals walked using legs at least 30 million years earlier than had been thought. The tracks -- two parallel rows of small dots, each about 2 millimeters in diameter -- date back some 570 million years, to the Ediacaran period.

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