Archive | December 2014

New hope for obesity patients as FDA approves Saxenda

After promising clinical trials, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a drug called Saxenda for chronic weight management that will be available by prescription to overweight and obese adults.
Intended to accompany a diet and exercise plan, Saxenda is a once-daily…
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American cities are many times brighter than German counterparts

German cities emit several times less light per capita than comparably sized American cities, according to a recent publication in the journal Remote Sensing. The size of the gap grew with city size, as light per capita increased with city size in the USA but decreased with city size in Germany….
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What you tweet when you go party can be useful for improving urban planning

IMAGE: Layout of businesses, nightlife and leisure areas in Madrid using Twitter are illustrated here. The uncolored part corresponds to residential areas.
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Credit: V. y E. Frías-Martínez

Millions of Twitter users are constantly reporting where they are and what they are …
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Evolvable internet architecture

IMAGE: The framework of the evolvable architecture is shown.
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Credit: ©Science China Press

How to improve the existing architecture to meet kinds of requirements is the key topic in the future Internet research. Professor Xu Ke and his group from Tsinghua National L…
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Parasite eggs from the Celtic period found in Switzerland

IMAGE: This image shows a roundworm egg (Ascaris sp.) with a typical undulating membrane.
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Credit: University of Basel, IPAS

This news release is available in German.
As part of an international project, researchers at the Integrative Prehistory and Archaeological …
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Enzyme’s alter ego helps activate the immune system

Already known to cut proteins, the enzyme SPPL3 turns out to have additional talents, according to a new study from Johns Hopkins. In its newly discovered role, SPPL3 works without cutting proteins to activate T cells, the immune system’s foot soldiers. Because its structure is similar to that o…
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What are the mechanisms of zooxanthella expulsion from coral?

IMAGE: The ratio of degraded zooxanthella (Symbiodinium) cells (black bars) expelled from the two coral species are shown. Bars show the normal (white) and degraded (black) forms of zooxanthellae. Dotted lines…
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Credit: Fujise et al., PLOS ONE. DOI: 10…
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