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Biotech

Submission + - Study shows virus to contribute to human obesity (livescience.com)

Xemu writes: "A few weeks ago, a study showed a casual link between having fat friends and becoming fatter and it was reported. Now, a team of scientists at Louisiana State University presents a new study showing that the human adenovirus-36 (Ad-36) causes adult stem cells from fatty tissue to develop into fat cells, where non-infected cells would not. The Ad-36 virus actually causes fat levels to increase in human cells. "We're not saying that a virus is the only cause of obesity, but this study provides stronger evidence that some obesity cases may involve viral infections," said Dr. Magdalena Pasarica."
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Researchers create 'rubbery metal'

Space_donkey writes: Researchers at Virginia Tech have developed a new type of metal that also has the vibration-dampening properties of rubber. That's according to a patent filing discovered by New Scientist. Ultimately, it might be used in aircraft engines and other systems that experience a lot of vibration. In the shorter-term it could also be seen in sports equipment such as tennis rackets and baseball bats.

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