Dynamic duo helps to heal irradiated mice

23 November 2011 – 21:23 |

An antibiotic and a protein can work together to fight radiation-induced infections better than either can manage alone. Doctors already use antibiotics to treat radiation sickness. But the addition of a protein from the immune …

Vikings Navigated With Translucent Crystals?

11 November 2011 – 20:09 |

In some Icelandic sagas—embellished stories of Viking life—sailors relied on so-called sunstones to locate the sun’s position and steer their ships on cloudy days.
The stone would’ve worked by detecting a property of sunlight called polarization.
Polarization …

Transatlantic PML

10 November 2011 – 20:10 |

The European Medicine Agency and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published in September the proceedings of a joint workshop held to address questions related to progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), a rare and sometimes fatal …

Spanish institute faces cash crisis

1 November 2011 – 16:28 |

A flagship biomedical research facility in Valencia, built during the heady days of the last economic boom, is now going bust. It is a casualty of Spain’s deep spending cuts and, some say, of poor …