Hits Parade — AlphaGalileo Top 5
Our hit parade compiles the press releases with bigger number of visits in November 2011.
1. Is the end of polio truly in sight? — Society for General Microbiology — 28 Nov 2011
Declaring the eradication of polio will be far more difficult than it was for smallpox, according to a review published in the Journal of General Virology. Further research into the complex virus - host interactions and how the vaccine is used in the final stages of the eradication programme is crucial to its success.
Funerary stele of the priest Rom ca 1300BCE. The first recorded case of a viral disease of humans showing the withered limb and downflexed foot of typical poliomyelitis.Credit: Carlsberg museum, Copenhagen.
2. Yeast for more efficient vaccines - Might impart significant health benefits for the poorest countries — Luleå University of Technolgy (LTU) — 21 Nov 2011
To enhance the efficiency of vaccines, researchers at the division of chemical technology, Luleå University of Technolgy (LTU) have in co-operation with Karolinska Institute and Recopharma AB developed a strategy with the aim of directing vaccine components to critical parts of the immune system so that a more efficient immune response can be generated. The researchers have used a special type of protein produced in yeast. The method is now patented.
Jeast in near perspective, part of research at Luleå University of Technology
3. New programming language to plug information leaks in software — University of Gothenburg — 23 Nov 2011
The current method for preventing users and unauthorised individuals from obtaining information to which they should not have access in data programs is often to have code reviewers check the code manually, looking for potential weaknesses. Niklas Broberg of the University of Gothenburg has developed a new programming language which automatically identifies potential information leaks while the program is being written.
4. A computer system allows a machine to recognize a person’s emotional state — Universidad Carlos III de Madrid — 21 Nov 2011
Scientists at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) and the Universidad de Granada (UGR) have developed a new computer system that allows a machine to automatically recognize the emotional state of a person who is orally communicating with it.
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5. Magnetic fields set the stage for the birth of new stars — Max Planck Institute for Astronomy— 16 Nov 2011
Astronomers at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy have, for the first time, measured the alignment of magnetic fields in gigantic clouds of gas and dust in a distant galaxy. Their results suggest that such magnetic fields play a key role in channeling matter to form denser clouds, and thus in setting the stage for the birth of new stars.
Image of the Triangulum Galaxy M33, which presents astronomers with a bird’s eye view of its disk. The pink blobs are regions containing newly formed stars. Credit & Copyright: Thomas V. Davis (http://tvdavisastropics.com)