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Scientists grow human cartilage using stem cells

(Reuters) — For the first time, fully functional human cartilage has been grown using stem cells derived from human bone marrow in a laboratory. According to the research team at Columbia University in New York who developed the new method, cartilage is a simple but important tissue. It is the only tissue in the body that does not have blood vessels or nerves. It is also a load-bearing tissue that protects the bone ends in the joints. Cartilage […]

IRRI’s iron-rich “miracle rice” ready by year 2029: Can the country’s poor wait?

By Rommel B. David It was 11:30am. Passengers were rushing to and from the port area of Allen in Northern Samar in Eastern Visayas. We were among the people at the port entrance. The sweltering temperature coming from the sea doubled the scorching heat of the sun. The humid air dampened our skin while the rays of the sun blinded our eyes. The heat made it difficult to use the improvised ladder to disembark from […]

Climate changes push native Montana trout toward extinction: study

(Reuters) – Climate changes that have made Montana streams much warmer over the last 30 years are helping invasive trout push their native cousins toward extinction, researchers said on Tuesday, saying study is an example of  reducing biodiversity. The study led by ecologists with the U.S. Geological Survey links warming streams and reduced spring flows in the Flathead River basin in western Montana and Canada to a sharp rise in interbreeding between rainbow trout introduced […]

Introducing Duster: App To Help You To Have Fewer Friends In Facebook

If you want fewer friends in Facebook, and if you’re ready for a little cleaning, then you might like to use the recently released app designed for Facebook called Duster. Developed by Carter Wheatley and Adlai Gordon, two computer science students at Boston University, Duster app connects to your Facebook account and walk through your list of friends to pick out the people you haven’t been interacting with lately. Duster provides a list of casual acquaintance that gives […]

Hypertension Awareness and Cervical Cancer Consciousness Month 2014 – Infographic

May is Hypertension Awareness Month and Cervical Cancer Consciousness Month   May of every year has been declared Hypertension Awareness Month and Cervical Cancer Consciousness Month, by virtue of Proclamation No. 1761, s. 2009, and Proclamation No. 368, s. 2003, respectively. Through these proclamations, both government and non-government organizations are encouraged to make campaigns and activities that will increase public awareness of these two diseases.  Hypertension is one of the major factors in the development of a stroke. The most […]

China confronts U.S. envoy over cyber-spying accusations

(Reuters) – China summoned the U.S. ambassador after the United States accused five Chinese military officers of hacking into American companies to steal trade secrets, warning Washington it could take further action, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday. The U.S. Ambassador to China, Max Baucus, met with Zheng Zeguang, assistant foreign minister, on Monday shortly after the United States charged the five Chinese, accusing them of hacking into American nuclear, metal and solar companies to steal trade secrets. […]