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Sun, 25th Jul 2010

Spores on Smoke Rings and Pain Free Vaccines

Habit shot of the low-growing Sphagnum moss showing reproductive heads with capsules raised above the mat by pseudopodia.  (c) Image courtesy of Joan Edwards

In this NewsFlash, we hear how Sphagnum moss spores travel on smoke rings, explore a new way to capture carbon, discover pain free vaccine patches and better solid batteries.  Plus, the microbicidal gel that could block HIV.

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  • 00:19 - Spores Travel on Mushroom Clouds

    Moss spores get extra lift from the same process that generates smoke rings and mushroom clouds, according to new research published in the journal Science this week...

  • 02:24 - Electrolysing carbon-dioxide

    A new more efficient way of converting carbon-dioxide back to carbon has been invented that uses solar energy very efficiently.

  • 04:48 - Painless vaccine patches

    For most of us, vaccinations are a normal, if not very pleasant, part of life. But what if there was an alternative? What if it was just as easy as putting on a sticking plaster? Researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University reported in Nature Medicine...

  • 08:19 - What Makes A Cell Grow Old?

    A family of proteins has been identified that may limit the number of times any cell can divide, according to research published in the journal Nature Cell Biology this week.

  • 11:24 - Solid Li-ion batteries

    New solid batteries could store more energy for longer without catching fire.

  • 14:00 - Gel offers protection against HIV infection

    A vaginal gel which contains the anti-AIDS drug called tenofovir has been found to reduce transmission rates of HIV amongst women by up to 50%. To explain a bit more about the study, which was carried out in South Africa, we spoke to Salim Abdool Karim from the University of Kw...



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