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Thursday, August 11, 2011 | Volume: 11220


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U.S. scientists predict eruption of undersea volcano

U.S. scientists said Tuesday they have for the first time successfully predicted the eruption of one of the world's most active undersea volcanoes off the coast of the western state of Oregon.


Nokia confirms N9 MeeGo phone not coming to U.S.

Nokia unveiled the N9, its first MeeGo-based smartphone, at an event in June. Although the device is impressive, Nokia is setting it up for failure. Nokia's commitment to a new platform strategy that revolves around Windows Phone 7 raises questions about the extent to which its first—and probably last—MeeGo device will be supported.


Moonless Earth could potentially still support life, study finds

Scientists have long believed that, without our moon, the tilt of the Earth would shift greatly over time, from zero degrees, where the Sun remains over the equator, to 85 degrees, where the Sun shines almost directly above one of the poles.


Japan tsunami calved Antarctic ice shelf, Manhattan-sized iceberg broke off

An Antarctic ice shelf that had remained unshuffled for 46 years was broken by the Japanese tsunami in March, scientists have discovered. The Sulzberger Ice Shelf in the Antarctic registered the impact of the Japanese tsunami in 18 hours, when a huge iceberg began disintegrating and floating off to the Ross Sea.


Experimental aircraft to go from zero to 13,000 in hypersonic test launch

Falcon HTV-2 is an arrow-shaped aircraft that launches in a rocket, separates and then glides at hypersonic speeds of 13,000 mph through the Earth’s atmosphere.


Did dinosaurs hibernate? Melting history's mysteries at South Pole

Dinosaurs living in the intense cold and months-long darkness of the South Pole were once thought to hibernate during the winter months just to survive. That old theory has been put on ice.


Talking to children reduces their stress and anxiety
Tehran Times Health Desk

TEHRAN — A Health Ministry expert, Mahdieh Vares Vazirian, says talking to children reduces their stress and anxiety, the Far news agency reported.


What are nanomedicines?

Nanomedicines are pharmaceuticals prepared by manipulating matter at the nanoscale (< 1000 nm); i.e. manipulations at less than 1000th of a millimetre, and for drug delivery applications this typically takes the form of creating nanoparticles (5 ~ 800 nm) which are then used to package drug molecules and genes. 


Single gene defect causes brain tumor

Pilocytic astrocytoma, the most common brain tumor in children, is usually slow-growing and benign.


Depression makes diabetics prone to diabetic retinopathy

A five-year study has found that depressed diabetics are at high risk of developing diabetic retinopathy, a disease that damages the eye's retina. 


   

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