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Australian startup reinvents the process of giving

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - New website facilitates charitable donations by enabling people to make a public promise and pay a nominated amount to a charity if they break that promise.

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30+ AIDS vaccine clinical trials in 24 countries, research occurring on every continent

International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, Thu February 01, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
New York - The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative's (IAVI) January 2007 Annual Issue of VAX, an editorially independent bulletin on AIDS vaccine research published by IAVI, reports that 13 new preventive AIDS vaccine trials were initiated in eight countries around the world in 2006. There are now more than 30 trials ongoing in 24 countries, across every continent.

100 percent juices found as beneficial to health as fruits and vegetables

EurekAlert, Sun January 28, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
A review of the literatures finds that health benefits attributed to consumption of fruits and vegetables are also applicable to 100 percent juices due to their antioxidant content.

A boost for hydrogen fuel cell research

EurekAlert!, Fri January 26, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Berkeley, California, USA - The development of hydrogen fuel cells for vehicles, the ultimate green dream in transportation energy, is another step closer.

Molecular link between inflammation and cancer discovered

University of California - San Diego, Thu January 25, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
San Diego - A team led by biochemists at the University of California, San Diego has found what could be a long-elusive mechanism through which inflammation can promote cancer. The findings may provide a new approach for developing cancer therapies.

Harvesting nuts, improving lives in Brazil

World Wildlife Fund, Thu January 25, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Brazil - Jose Francisco Conceicao started harvesting Brazil nuts on his small family plot in the Amazon forest 32 years ago. It wasn't until a few months ago that he actually made enough of a profit from his crop to buy a house. Find out more about sustainable livelihoods in the Brazilian Amazon.

Hydrogen-powered lawnmowers?

National Sciene Foundation, Tue January 23, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Princeton, New Jersey, USA - In a breakthrough that could make fuel cells practical for such small machines as lawnmowers and chainsaws, researchers have developed a new mechanism to efficiently control hydrogen fuel cell power.

Brown team finds crucial protein role in deadly prion spread

Brown University, Tue January 23, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Providence, Rhode Island, USA - A single protein plays a major role in deadly prion diseases by smashing up clusters of these infectious proteins, creating the "seeds" that allow fatal brain illnesses to quickly spread, new Brown University research shows.

Biggest Russian food and feed importers adopt GE free policy

Greenpeace, Thu January 18, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Kaliningrad, Russian Federation - Today, after three weeks of intensive campaigning against imports of genetically engineered food (GE) and feed coming into Russia, Greenpeace received an announcement from two major Russian food and feed importers that they have adopted a policy of only using non GE products.

Built-in Molecular Brakes Curb The Sniffles

Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Wed January 17, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Baltimore, MD - Researchers at Johns Hopkins have discovered how our anti-infection machinery turns itself down and limits the sniffles, congestion and fevers that are a side effect of the campaign against invading viruses. The discovery seems to solve part of the mystery of why the misery of the common cold lasts only so long.

California Governor Announces World’s First Global Warming Pollution Standard for Motor Fuels

NRDC, Tue January 16, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Sacramento - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the first big step to implement California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32). Through an executive order that will direct the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to begin the process of adopting the world’s first global warming pollution standard for motor vehicle fuels, the governor is accelerating action to reduce one of the leading sources of heat-trapping pollution, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

Antivirals effectively curb influenza virus

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Tue January 16, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Seattle - Two antiviral drugs, oseltamivir and zanamivir, are highly effective when given as a preventive measure to reduce the spread of the influenza virus, according to an analysis of household-based studies by researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Michigan and University of Virginia, published in the current print edition of the American Journal of Epidemiology.

Einstein’s tea leaves inspire new blood separation technique

American Institute of Physics, Tue January 16, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Scientists at Monash University in Australia have developed a process for rapidly and efficiently separating blood plasma at the microscopic level without any moving parts, potentially allowing doctors to do blood tests without sending samples to a laboratory.

‘Beavertail’ surgery helps tongue cancer patients

University of Alberta, Tue January 16, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Edmonton, Alberta - A new surgical technique pioneered at the University of Alberta has given back the ability to swallow to patients with tongue cancer.

New gene targeted for Alzheimer disease

Case School of Medicine, Mon January 15, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Cleveland, OH - Robert Friedland, M.D., Professor in the Department of Neurology, and a team of investigators at Case School of Medicine, in collaboration with an international effort by researchers led by Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), the University of Toronto and Columbia University Medical Center, have uncovered a major new gene SORL1 ֖ for late-onset Alzheimer disease. Replicated in four distinct ethnic groups, SORL1 is only the second gene discovered for late-onset Alzheimers. APOE, the first gene, was identified in 1993.

Alzheimer’s gene identified:  study

University of Toronto, Sun January 14, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Toronto - An international effort led by scientists at the University of Toronto, Columbia University and Boston University has isolated another gene responsible for Alzheimer's disease.

Paraguay extends forest conservation law

World Wildlife Fund, Sun January 07, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Asuncion, Paraguay - The government of Paraguay has extended a law that seeks to curb deforestation rates in the Upper Parana Atlantic Forest.

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