12. November 2008

Measuring water from space

Observations from satellites now allow scientists to monitor changes to water levels in the sea, in rivers and lakes, in ice sheets and even under the ground. As the climate changes, this information will be crucial for monitoring its effects and predicting future impacts in different regions.Sea... [more]

12. November 2008

Computers make sense of experiments on human disease

Mathematical models resolve controversy over nicotine addiction [more]

7. November 2008

Podcast: Jelle Bijma on the achievements of the EUROCORES programme EuroCLIMATE

Prof. Jelle Bijma, chair of the scientific committee of the EUROCORES programme EuroCLIMATE (Climate Variability & Past, Present & Future Carbon Cycle) speaks about the outcomes and benefits of the programme. Jelle Bijma is a biogeochemist at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine... [more]

5. November 2008

Very cold ice films in laboratory reveal mysteries of universe

Could life have started in a lump of ice? [more]

4. November 2008

What is really happening to Greenland ice cap?

The Greenland ice cap has been a focal point of recent climate change research because it is much more exposed to immediate global warming than the larger Antarctic ice sheet. Yet while the southern Greenland ice cap has been melting, it is still not clear how much this is contributing to rising... [more]

25. October 2008

European biodiversity and ecosystem scientists merge and gear up for long term research

Measures to tackle the human impact on biodiversity require long term research and collaboration between many countries working with common goals and frameworks. This emerged from a recent workshop organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF), which moved towards establishing an ESF Research... [more]

20. October 2008

Getting to grips with the complexity of disease proteins

Drug molecules seldom act simply on one protein but on protein complexes and networks. A deeper understanding of these ‘cooperative assemblies’ should lead to better targeting of drugs [more]

18. October 2008

Human protein atlas will help pinpoint disease

A map of where proteins are located in tissues and cells could help scientists understand the molecular basis of diseases such as cancer [more]

16. October 2008

Man's best friend recruited in the hunt for disease genes

For centuries man has had a uniquely close relationship with dogs – as a working animal, for security and, perhaps most importantly, for companionship. Now, dogs are taking on a new role – they are helping in the hunt for genetic mutations that lead to diseases in humans.“Dogs get very similar... [more]

13. October 2008

Unpicking the complexity of human diseases

Impressive advances in our understanding of the genetic basis of disease were outlined at the 3rd ESF Functional Genomics Conference in Innsbruck, Austria [more]