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At Molecules in Motion research scientists, teachers, and students alike can explore and gain a rapid and deep understanding of molecular structure and function from interactive, rotatable 3D molecular structures.


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A study published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine has found that prospective doctors studying at UK medical schools, are not receiving adequate instruction on the promotion of physical activity.
James Morgan interviews one of the authors of the study for Science Omega. To see the full-text of the study simply go to the library’s SFX system and put British Journal of Sports Medicine in to the search box. Choose the database that covers the most recent edition of the journal.

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Photo of red berries with frostThe North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) will be using their radar technology to track Santa’s route tomorrow evening.  You can follow along online or by downloading the NORAD Tracks Santa app.

Unfortunately NORAD’s technology doesn’t enable them to predict the arrival time of Santa at individual houses:

“NORAD tracks Santa, but only Santa knows his route, which means we cannot predict where and when he will arrive at your house. We do, however, know from history that it appears he arrives only when children are asleep! ”  [http://www.noradsanta.org/en/faq.html#f3]

History of NORAD’s Santa tracking.

More information about NORAD.

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Professor David Cowan, speaking at the British Science Festival in Bradford, has spoken of a new test to detect autologous blood doping among sport cheats. This is the practice of transfusing the athlete’s own blood back in to their body before an event in order to enhance their performance. To date, autologous blood doping has been undetectable. WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) have succeeded in developing a test based on differences in blood cell surface antigens, which led to a successful case against a cyclist at the Athens Olympics, but this has limited applicability. Prof Cowan’s work would widen detectability and greatly reduce the number of offenders.

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