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February 06, 2002
Yale astronomer explores the final moments of merging black holes
A slow dance lasting up to10 million years between a super-massive black hole and a smaller one culminates in a violent outflow of energy, possibly powering the bright light known as a quasar, according to a calculation by a Yale astronomer and a collaborator.

Public Science Day brings new experiences to thousands of Cambridge students
Each year since 1989, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has sponsored Public Science Day as a time of scientific exploration for children in the various locales where the organization holds its annual meetings.

The February issue of Materials Today looks at molecular electronics and asks questions
Recent progress in the field of molecular electronics has been the source of much excitement and speculation in the materials research world.

Researchers discover gene causing deadly infantile form of genetic kidney disease
Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have identified and fully characterized the gene that causes autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD), raising hopes of a treatment and eventual cure for infants born with ARPKD.

More students choosing health profession sciences as major due to unstable job atmosphere
Colleges and universities are experiencing a boom in heath major applicants.

Potential allergy vaccine boosts hope for sufferers
Australian scientists have developed a potential vaccine for hayfever and other pollen related allergies.

American Thoracic Society Journal news tips for February (first issue)
Newsworthy studies show that: high perceived stress in caregivers of 2- to 3-month-old infants who have a genetic predisposition to allergy was associated with increased risk of wheezing during the first 14 months; allergic reactions to a potent German cockroach allergen that causes emergency room visits in kids are not linked to enzymatic activity as is dust mite responses; and adenosine provides a new bronchrestrictive test for allergic airway inflammation.

Built in brakes for skis and snowboards
Help is at hand for newcomers to skiing and snowboarding as they hurtle uncontrollably down the slopes.

Genomic tools reveal new microbial phototrophs in the ocean
Genomic technologies are now being taken to sea, and are helping researchers discover the identity--and more importantly--the ecological roles, of microbes in the ocean.

Medical education lacks emphasis on adverse drug reactions, Georgetown research finds
Although studies have reported that adverse drug reactions may cause more than 100,000 deaths annually in the United States, only a small percentage of the curriculum at many medical schools is dedicated to recognizing and reporting adverse drug reactions, according to a study conducted at Georgetown University Medical Center and published in the current issue of Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics.

Environmental engineer works to resolve arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh water supplies
University of Cincinnati engineering professor Shafiqul Islam returned to his native Bangladesh in October 2001 as a Senior Fulbright Scholar for six months to help solve what has been called

Growth hormone may boost production of disease-fighting cells in elderly
Growth-hormone therapy in elderly patients increases lean body mass and reduces body fat, helping them maintain fitness.

Researcher studies employees who handle life's 'dirty work'
University of Cincinnati business professor and researcher Glen Kleiner found that people who work in jobs most of us shun actually enjoy their work, but their managers have a more difficult time.

Duke researchers identify the mechanisms by which drug combinations kill fungal infections
Molecular biologists in the Mycology Research Unit at Duke University Medical Center have traced cellular pathways that are targeted to enhance the action of drugs used to treat fungal infections in people with compromised immune systems, such as those undergoing organ and bone marrow transplants.

Scientists to examine DNA of George Washington trees
The DNA collected from 13 trees at Mount Vernon, planted under George Washington's supervision, will be profiled and cataloged as the first step in the creation of a genetic database for specific ornamental trees.

Women more likely to get regular cancer screening if primary care is well-organized, study finds
Low-income, inner-city women--shown in previous studies to be less likely to get regular screenings for cancer and more likely to die from late-stage disease--tend to more closely follow screening recommendations if their primary health care provider provides comprehensive, well-organized services, according to research conducted at Georgetown University Medical Center.

First genetic evidence uncovered of how major changes in body shapes occurred during early animal evolution
Biologists at the University of California, San Diego have uncovered the first genetic evidence that explains how large-scale alterations to body plans were accomplished during the early evolution of animals.

Scientist: motion sickness drug scopolamine should be tested as new nerve agent treatment
Because of concerns about terrorists one day using such deadly nerve agents as sarin, soman, tabun and VX, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill scientist is urging the government and medical researchers to investigate potentially more effective treatments.

Rock Ethics Institute sponsors public dialogue on ethical situations in medicine, business, art, war, sports
Is the patenting of indigenous plants advantageous or biopiracy? How do we balance the potential of stem cell research with concerns about cloning?

NIH panel outlines strategies for managing tumors of the adrenal glands
A panel convened by the National Institutes of Health issued recommendations to help physicians evaluate a particular class of tumors of the adrenal glands and determine which should be removed and which should be left alone. 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