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July 16, 2001
Annals of Internal Medicine, Tip Sheet, July 17, 2001
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Turn up the schedule pressure, improve the quality, says O.R. study
In an effort to improve product quality and discourage ill-conceived short cuts, a researcher recommends that already stressed software developers set tighter deadlines, according to a study published in a journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMSĀ®).

Gladstone researchers find clue to Alzheimer's disease risk factor
A protein called apoE4, a well-known risk factor for Alzheimer's disease, inhibits nerve cells from functioning normally, researchers at the Gladstone Institutes of Neurological Disease have found.

Dr. Edmund C. Tramont named director of NIAID's Division of AIDS
Edmund C. Tramont, M.D., is the new director of the Division of AIDS (DAIDS), part of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

Scripps researchers unveil the first comprehensive wildfire forecast for the western United States
Using statistical methods developed in climate forecasting research, scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, have constructed the first comprehensive forecast for wildfires in the western United States.

Parenting style linked to teenage delinquency rates
Parenting style is a crucial influence on whether young teenagers turn to crime or engage in delinquent activities.

International award for concrete from waste
An Australian scientist has won the concrete world's most prestigious award for his work in turning industrial waste into a useful component of concrete for building and construction.

New 'mighty mice' research brings muscle growth closer to reality
The Johns Hopkins scientists who first created

Quantum dot DNA test
Indiana University researchers have shown how to identify tens of thousands of genes all at once by using tiny semiconductor crystals that dazzle in ultraviolet light.

Both smells and pheromones may arouse instinctive behaviors in mammals
In the July 12 issue of Nature, scientists at Indiana University and Harvard Medical School report that the vomeronasal organ in the mammalian nose, which was believed to detect only pheromones, can also detect a variety of smells.

Climate change in Atlantic larger than previously thought
A NASA satellite confirms that overturning in the North Atlantic Ocean - a process where surface water sinks and deep water rises due to varying water densities - speeds up and slows down by 20 to 30 percent over 12 to 14 year cycles.

Air pollution helps fight global warming
Texas A&M University atmospheric sciences professor Don Collins has received grants from NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to design instruments to measure the impacts of aerosol pollution on climate.

Watch global warming happen in real time - on Mars
Earth is not alone in experiencing planetary climate change. Within the last month, the global atmospheric temperature of Mars has increased by approximately 50 degrees Fahrenheit, according to data being received by the Thermal Emission Spectrometer (TES) on NASA's Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft.

'Gene pill' patent extended to include all proteins secreted into blood
The first patent for a method of inducing insulin production by delivering normal genes in a pill, granted just two months ago to the University of California, San Francisco, now is joined by a second patent issued today by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for all proteins secreted into the blood.

Texas lends high-tech helping hand to Ehime Maru salvage effort
When the U.S. Navy begins operations near Hawaii to recover the Japanese fishing vessel Ehime Maru, Texas technology will be keeping divers safe and making sure things go smoothly.

Researchers find large discrepancies in spouses' reports on birth control
An analysis by researchers at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health of data collected from married couples in 23 developing countries has found considerable discrepancies between spouses' statements about their use of contraception.
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