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Bipolar disorder discovery at the nano level
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:47:05 EDT
A nano-sized discovery helps explain how bipolar disorder affects the brain and could one day lead to new drug therapies to treat the mental illness, researchers report.

As permafrost soils thaw soil microbes amplify global climate change
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:14:34 EDT
Scientists have discovered how an invisible menagerie of microbes in permafrost soils acts as global drivers of Earth processes such as climate via gas exchange between soils and the atmosphere. These findings will help climate modelers more accurately predict Earth's future climate.

An effective, cost-saving way to detect natural gas pipeline leaks
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:35:58 EDT
Major leaks from oil and gas pipelines have led to home evacuations, explosions, millions of dollars in lawsuit payouts and valuable natural resources escaping into the air, ground and water. Scientists say they have now developed a new software-based method that finds leaks even when they're small, which could help prevent serious incidents -- and save money for customers and industry.

A 'Star Wars' laser bullet -- this is what it really looks like
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:35:56 EDT
Action-packed science-fiction movies often feature colourful laser bolts. But what would a real laser missile look like during flight, if we could only make it out? How would it illuminate its surroundings?

Skin patch could replace the syringe for disease diagnosis
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:35:54 EDT
Drawing blood and testing it is standard practice for many medical diagnostics. As a less painful alternative, scientists are developing skin patches that could one day replace the syringe. Scientists now they have designed and successfully tested, for the first time, a small skin patch that detected malaria proteins in live mice. It could someday be adapted for use in humans to diagnose other diseases, too.