Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have already been explored as drug carriers into mammalian cells. Compared to nanoparticles, CNTs have a larger inner volume which allows more drug molecules to be encapsulated, and this volume is more easily accessible because the end caps can be easily removed, and they have distinct inner and outer surfaces for functionalization (see Nanotechnology's 'magic bullet' for more details).
Scientists, policymakers, environmentalists, and industry representatives will gather next week at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) to discuss the issue of mining precious metals from the seafloor. A public colloquium, which will feature keynote addresses from leading voices on the subject and a panel discussion, will be held on Thursday, April 2, from 2 to 5 p.m. in WHOI’s Redfield Auditorium,… Continue
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The real agenda behind agricultural reconstruction in Afghanistan and Iraq
In this Briefing, we look at how the US’s agricultural reconstruction work in Afghanistan and Iraq not only gives easy entry to US agribusiness and pushes neoliberal policies, something that has always been a primary function of US development assistance, but is also an intrinsic part of the US military campaign in these countries and the surrounding regions. Seen together with the growing clout that… Continue
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I’ve been writing about geoengineering since 2005, and have even published a short book on the subject (Hacking the Earth), looking primarily at the ethics and politics of the issue. The political… Continue
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New Indication is One of Three FDA Approvals Spanning Lilly Neuroscience Brands
INDIANAPOLIS, March 23, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new indication for Symbyax(R) (olanzapine and fluoxetine HCl capsules), Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) announced today. Symbyax is now the first drug approved by the FDA for the acute treatment of treatment-resistant depression (TRD).
DALLAS — March 20, 2009 — A new study by UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers is the first to pinpoint damage inside the brains of veterans suffering from Gulf War syndrome — a finding that links the illness to chemical exposures and may lead to diagnostic tests and treatments.
Simi Valley, CA -- Every year, hundreds of thousands of doses of vaccines are thrown out due to poor refrigeration at clinics, hospitals and doctors' offices, according to the Center for Disease Control. The CDC states that improper storage is the most common cause for loss of vaccine potency and effectiveness.
But an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The solution is clear.
Finally, there is a practical and affordable solution to meet the temperature… Continue
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland's John W. Frece is taking his years of "smart growth" expertise and experience to the Obama Administration to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Smart Growth division.
Frece just stepped down as associate director of the University of Maryland's National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education. This week he took the reins as director of the EPA's Development,…Continue
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The latest update of major corporate ownership and involvement in the organic food sector is now out. The chart graphically focuses on the organic brands with ties to the top 25 food processors in North America. You can view a full-size version of the latest chart by clicking here.
Dr. Phil Howard, an Assistant Professor at Michigan State, is responsible for the creation and updating of the organic food… Continue
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Scientists in Brazil and at the University of California, Davis, are teaming up to develop a herd of genetically modified dairy goats, whose milk is expected to protect against the types of diarrheal diseases that each year claim the lives of more than 2 million children around the world.
The team plans to have a milk-producing herd of these goats established in Brazil within two years and hopes to begin human… Continue
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To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the United States domestic energy supply.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 5, 2009
Mr. LARSON of Connecticut (for himself, Mr. GEORGE MILLER of California, Mr. MCDERMOTT, Mr. BLUMENAUER, Mr. HOLT, Mr. WU, and Mr. MORAN of Virginia) introduced the following bill; which was referred to… Continue
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Chemicals Not Listed on Product Labels Due to Weak Regulatory Standards
Washington − Despite marketing claims like “gentle” and “pure,” dozens of top-selling children’s bath products are contaminated with the cancer-causing chemicals formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane, according to product test results released today by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. The chemicals were not disclosed on product labels because contaminants are exempt from labeling laws.
A gas used for fumigation has the potential to contribute significantly to future greenhouse warming, but because its production has not yet reached high levels there is still time to nip this potential contributor in the bud, according to an international team of researchers.