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August 16, 1999
Chemists hold national meeting August 22-26
Symposia on the origin of elements in the solar system, pesticide residues in eggs, Gulf Coast environmental problems and food and chemistry in the next millenium are among topics to be discussed at the 218th national meeting August 22-26 of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society.

IFT experts inform and caution consumers about dietary supplements
How do dietary supplements differ from drugs, food additives, and food ingredients in classification and regulation?

Ethnic clustering of male genes in India
In the August issue of Genome Research, Nitai Pada Bhattacharyya, Partha Majumder and colleagues ask whether social customs in India have restricted male gene flow between ethnic populations.

Latest in computer security revealed at WPI international workshop
More than 180 computer security experts, half of whom traveled from outside the United States, converged on Worcester Polytechnic Institute for the 1999 Workshop on Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems (CHES), Aug.

American Home Products announces FDA approval for Sonata (Zaleplon): A breakthrough approach to treat insomnia
American Home Products Corporation's pharmaceutical division, Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories, announced today that Sonata (Zaleplon) has been approved by the U.

Invasion of alien parasite halted; California coast cleared of African worm in abalone
Hope is a word rarely heard in regard to invading pest species from other continents.

Geologists at UNC-CH discover state's 'most spectacular' fossils
When Brian Coffey, a former University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student, planned a field trip for an otherwise routine geology honors project in 1995, he had no idea he'd help make what his professor called

Sandia-developed remote sensor expected to analyze gases up to two miles away
A new remote sensor the size of a dime being developed by the Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratories should allow users to rapidly detect dangerous gases from up to two miles away.

Particulate matter causing air pollution
Scientists from around the world have gathered in Atlanta this month to determine the best ways to measure the fine particulate matter that is polluting the nation's air, particularly in large urban areas.

New math method adds to likelihood of super-reliable metal parts
A Purdue engineer has developed a mathematical method to help speed the emergence of a technique for making ultrahard metal parts such as bearings and jet engine parts that never have to be replaced because they are so reliable and long lasting.

New spacecraft propulsion method could be out of this solar system
A new propulsion system dubbed M2P2 could greatly boost spacecraft speeds, perhaps to 10 times the velocity of the space shuttle, and might power the first craft to leave the Solar System, University of Washington scientists believe.

Jefferson scientist hopes to answer the question, 'Why is it so hard to quit smoking?'
Scientists hope to learn why some people can 'go cold turkey' on cigarettes and nicotine, while others remain hooked.

When it comes to business travel there's something stressful in the air
Flying is no picnic for millions of business travelers. It is a stressful ordeal that has become an integral part of their working lives.

'Thick' blood may increase stroke risk
A person with 'thick' blood may be at higher risk for stroke, according to a new study in today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Protecting the rice bowl: Chromosomal mapping of the rice blast fungus
In the August issue of Genome Research, Heng Zhu, Ralph Dean, and colleagues report an important step towards defeating the depredations of rice disease: construction of the first complete physical map of a rice pathogen chromosome.

Smog impacts: Hurtling through airways, tiny particles may do more damage than previously assumed
When city skies are thick with smog, people who are sick, injured, elderly or young often die at higher rates.

NASA takes delivery of 100th space shuttle external tank
It's been the backbone of the Space Shuttle for 18 years, and now the 100th Space Shuttle External Tank has been delivered to NASA.

New clinical trial to test promising U-M heart valve reconstruction operation for patients with serious heart failure
Heart failure patients once thought too sick for surgery may now have their ailing hearts repaired, in the first clinical trial of a promising surgical procedure developed at the University of Michigan. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to