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July 23, 2002
This old house may put its occupants on path to good health
Residents of urban and suburban homes built before 1974 are much more likely than residents of newer homes to walk a mile or more at least 20 times each month, according to new research.

NASA to study lightning storms using high-flying uninhabited vehicle
To better understand both the causes of an electrical storm's fury and its effects on our home planet, NASA and university research scientists will use a tool no atmospheric scientist has ever used to study lightning -- an uninhabited aerial vehicle.

From theory to certainty: BaBar announces new result on charge parity violation
The BaBar collaboration at DOE's SLAC announced their new measurement of sine two beta, a parameter that expresses the degree of asymmetry between matter and antimatter.

Recirculated airplane cabin air does not cause more colds
Passengers flying in airplanes with recirculated air report no more colds than do people traveling in planes using 100 percent fresh air for ventilation, according to a

UCSD researchers identify eye-formation strategy in mice
Researchers at UCSD have discovered a linkage between proteins that is an essential part of the complex series of molecular events leading to normal eye development in mice.

Dwarf galaxies give universe a breath of fresh oxygen
Astronomers have discovered that a nearby dwarf galaxy is spewing oxygen and other

NREL launches fuel research lab in Denver
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will dedicate a new a research facility in Denver on July 19 that will develop cleaner fuels for trucks and buses - part of a broader DOE effort to find domestically produced alternatives to petroleum and improve the nation's air quality.

Least-fit elderly reap greatest benefits from Tai Chi
Older men and women who are most in need of the benefits of regular exercise are exactly the ones who tend to reap the greatest rewards from twice-weekly tai chi classes, researchers report.

UC & sister institutions form 'Institute Without Walls' for transdisciplinary collaborations
The University of California and a group of sister institutions announced today creation of the Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter as an international, multi-campus organization exploring the frontiers of science.

Diabetes patients with low literacy more likely to have poorly controlled disease
Diabetes patients with low literacy are nearly twice as likely as patients with higher literacy to have poorly-controlled blood sugar and serious long-term diabetes complications, according to UCSF researchers.

Benefits of exercise lead to further activity in elderly
The benefits of regular exercise are powerful motivators for the elderly to continue a physical activity regimen, according to a new study.

Harvard Medical School consortium receives grant to harness microbe genomes for environment/energy
Harvard Medical School, in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Partners HealthCare, is the recipient of a Department of Energy $15 million, five-year grant that will be used to study three bacteria each with unique properties important to the environment and energy production.

Innovative utility takes to the wind
Waverly Light and Power, the municipal utility for Waverly, Iowa, which has helped lead the way for wind energy development across the Midwest, has been awarded the 2002 Paul Rappaport Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Award by the U.S.

ORNL receives $21.7 million for DOE's Genomes to Life
Oak Ridge National Laboratory is named on three of five Department of Energy awards for the Genomes to Life program and will receive about $21.7 million as part of a massive effort that promises payoffs for energy and environmental applications.

New book is road map to help parents 'find' their child who has autism
Two leading researchers have written a book to help parents through the numbing and confusing experience when they receive a diagnosis that their child has autism and then must sort through the wide variety of treatment approaches available.

University of Washington developing AI caretakers for Alzheimer's sufferers
The UW is leading a consortium of researchers in exploring the use of AI and ubiquitous computing to develop cyber caretakers to assist people with diminished mental ability. 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