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Urine clues for prostate cancer

Posted by David Bradley on February 11th, 2009
SarcosineA biomarker for prostate cancer has been identified in urine. Details of the molecule sarcosine is published later this week in the journal Nature. More about urine clues for prostate cancer here.

Ionic Boron

Posted by David Bradley on February 4th, 2009
Ionic boronChemistry textbooks will tell you that you need at least two different elements to produce an ionic material. So, what to make of a paper in the journal Nature by Artem Oganov of the Swiss research center, ETH Zurich, and colleagues have simulated a superhard form of boron that contains ionic bonds. More on ...

Oxytocin Facial

Posted by David Bradley on January 7th, 2009
Oxytocin structureOxytocin, the nurturing hormone involved in child-birth and breast-feeding, apparently plays a role in how we recognize faces, according to a paper in the Journal of Neuroscience. Researchers gave volunteers a nasal dose of oxytocin and found that they all had improved recognition memory for faces, but not for inanimate objects. More about an ...