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IBMs World’s Smallest Movie, It’s Atomic!

Posted: May 5th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on IBMs World’s Smallest Movie, It’s Atomic!

IBMResearchers from tech-behemoth IBM have unveiled – confirmed by Guinness World Records –  the world’s smallest movie, made with atoms. Named A Boy And His Atom, the movie used thousands of precisely placed atoms to create nearly 250 frames of stop-motion action.

The movie depicts a character named Atom who befriends a single atom and goes on a journey that includes dancing, playing catch and bouncing on a trampoline. Set to a playful musical track, the movie represents a unique way to convey science outside the research community.

It takes around 1 million atoms to store a single bit of data on a computer, a bit being the basic unit of information in computing. Recently, IBM Research announced it can store that same bit of information in just 12 atoms.  In order to make the movie atoms were moved with a scanning tunnelling microscope. The microscope weighs two tonnes, operates at minus 268 degrees Celsius and magnifies the atomic surface more than 100 million times :: Read the full article »»»»


Erectile Dysfunctions Link With Heart Disease?

Posted: February 7th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Erectile Dysfunctions Link With Heart Disease?

Erectile Dysfunctions Link With Heart DiseaseNew Australian research has found men suffering even mild erectile dysfunction could have heart disease without knowing it. The Sax Institute’s 45 and Up Study is one of the largest on-going studies of healthy ageing in the world.

Doctors who looked at more than 95,000 men found that erectile dysfunction may be a symptom of cardiovascular disease. The study found that men with erectile dysfunction have a higher risk of being admitted to hospital with heart disease, even if they have no history of heart problems.

This is because erectile dysfunction can indicate problems with blood vessels and poor blood flow. The study notes that erectile dysfunction is common, with an estimated 40 per cent of men over 40 experiencing it ::  Read the full article »»»»


Australian Government Joins US Energy Department in $83m Solar Research Project

Posted: December 16th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Australian Government Joins US Energy Department in $83m Solar Research Project

Australian Government joins US Energy Department in $83m Solar Research Project

The Australian Federal Government has announced an $83 million solar research program in partnership with the United States. The eight-year project will bring together six Australian universities, the CSIRO and the US department of energy.

Its aim is to create new technology that will reduce the cost of solar power. Australia’s Energy Minister Martin Ferguson says it is the biggest solar energy research investment in Australia’s history :: Read the full article »»»»


New Australian Study Finds Gout Medication Helps Decrease Heart Attack Risk

Posted: November 11th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on New Australian Study Finds Gout Medication Helps Decrease Heart Attack Risk

Cankler Science News - Gout Medication Prevents Heart AttackA West Australian-led study has found a person’s risk of heart attack could be dramatically reduced by taking a common medication to treat gout. More than 500 people participated in the Heart Research Institute study at Perth’s Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

Some participants were given the Gout treatment/medication Colchicine. It’s a toxic natural product and secondary metabolite, originally extracted from plants of the genus Colchicum, Meadow Saffron, Autumn Crocus, Colchicum Autumnale.

Colchicine has been used originally to treat rheumatic complaints, especially gout, and still finds use for these purposes today despite dosing issues concerning its toxicity. It’s also prescribed for its cathartic and emetic effects.

In addition to gout, colchicine is use to treat familial Mediterranean fever, pericarditis, and Behçet’s disease. It is also being investigated for its use as an anticancer drug, it’s use as a heart attack preventative is a first :: Read the full article »»»»


NEW Scan Detects Proteins That Cause Alzheimer’s

Posted: November 9th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on NEW Scan Detects Proteins That Cause Alzheimer’s

Early Warning-Scan Can Detect the Proteins That Cause Alzheimer'sResearchers say they have seen the earliest ever warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease among a high-risk group of 20-somethings in the ongoing quest for early detection and prevention. A major problem in the search for a cure for this debilitating form of dementia is that symptoms appear years after irreversible brain decay has already set in.

For the study, a team of scientists from the United States and Colombia tested 18- to 26-year-old members of an extended Colombian family that share a common ancestor and a genetic predisposition to develop an inherited form of Alzheimer’s. One-in-three members of the clan carry a gene mutation that will lead to a rare form of the disease which hits people in their 40s, unlike the common variant which presents much later.

A brain scan comparison found that individuals who carry the errant gene have less grey matter in certain areas of the brain than those who do not, scientists wrote in The Lancet medical journal :: Read the full article »»»»