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June 21, 2005
NASA helps highlight lightning safety awareness week
Summertime arrives officially today in the northern hemisphere, and with it comes thunderstorms.

Australia boasts one of the largest biotech IP pools
A record number of commercialization teams from Australian universities and research centers head to BIO 2005 this week, focused on showcasing their offerings and cutting deals with US firms.

Ill-health and unhappiness among the risks for older mothers
Although there are considerable risks to becoming pregnant later in life, more and more women are choosing to do it, a scientist reported at the 21st annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology today (Tuesday 21 June 2005).

Some male breast cancer patients may have unnecessary radiotherapy
Some men with breast cancer may be having unnecessary radiotherapy, according to a new research published (Wednesday 22 June) in the Annals of Oncology.

Holograms detect digital fraud
A new technique for detecting forged photographs will help newspapers and magazines check celebrity pictures that might have been doctored to make them more newsworthy, and prevent hackers from tampering with sensitive legal images including fingerprint records and medical scans used as evidence in court.

ESC Congress 2005 to utilise studies, sessions and sunshine to shed light on women and CVD
With the aim of better understanding and addressing women and cardiovascular disease (CVD), the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) has made women and CVD the focus of its next major annual event, the ESC Congress, which will take place in Stockholm, 3 - 7 September 2005.

New insight into autoimmune disease: Bacterial infections promote recognition of self-glycolipids
The ability of the immune system to recognize the body's own tissues is essential, but sometimes the immune system loses the ability to distinguish

Michael R. Zalutsky named recipient of Society of Nuclear Medicine's 2005 Berson-Yalow Award
Michael R. Zalutsky, Ph.D., a professor of radiology and biomedical engineering at Duke University, Durham, N.C., is the recipient of the 2005 Society of Nuclear Medicine's Berson-Yalow Award.

NSF awards Rensselaer first-of-its-kind grant for fuel cell research education
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, as part of its continued expansion of energy research, today announced a $4.8 million novel interdisciplinary program to train doctoral students in fuel cell science and engineering.

Young drug abusers suffer brain damage similar to early Alzheimer's, says new research
Young drug abusers are up to three times more likely to suffer brain damage than those who don't use drugs, according to research published online by Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology.

'Vicious cycle' of protein formation involved in Parkinson's disease
Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have discovered a mechanism that causes a protein to clump together in brain cells of people with Parkinson's disease, pointing toward a possible treatment for the condition.

NYU, Salk Institute neuroscientists offer new path for measuring visual responses to complex images
Neuroscientists at the New York University and the Salk Institute have developed a new technique for measuring visual responses to complex images.

Sandia develops secure wireless technology
Sandia National Laboratories in cooperation with Time Domain Corporation and KoolSpan Inc. has developed a secure wireless Ultra Wideband (UWB) data communication network that can be used to help sensors monitor U.S.

Jet skis and quad bikes help scientists predict and monitor storm damage
Quad bikes and jet skis, as well as computer models, are being used by scientists and engineers to measure and predict storm damage.

EGNOS system delivered to ESA by industry
A key step for satellite navigation in Europe was achieved on 16 June 2005.

Pescarolo team makes fastest lap at Le Mans
Congratulations to the drivers of the Pescarolo Judd racing car no.

Italian law on ART brings problems for doctors and patients
Three presentations at the 21st annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology highlighted the effects of the new Italian law on the choices available to infertile parents.

A protein in the eye may prevent immune response and protect eyes from disease
Scientists at The Schepens Eye Research Institute have discovered that a protein known as F4/80 found on immune cells in the eye and other parts of the body may have a function in the regulation of the body's immune response and protect delicate tissues that cannot survive the

Manatee eyes could be window to health status
By sampling manatees' tear film in addition to performing other standard tests, scientists think they might be able to more efficiently evaluate manatees' immune system function and better determine strategies for rescue, treatment and rehabilitation.

Howe School is cited among 'World's Elite Institutions' in technology management
In the latest in a series of high-level awards, Stevens Institute of Technology's Howe School of Technology Management has been cited as co-existing among the

Synthetic aperture radar may soon be used for reconnaissance on small UAVs
Researchers at the National Nuclear Security Administration's Sandia National Laboratories flew what is probably the world's smallest fine-resolution synthetic aperture radar (SAR) in May, making real-time images from the 6-kilometer range with a resolution of four inches.

Tahoe Coring Workshop
Nevada and California researchers are gathering Sept. 15 - Sept.

'Bumpy space dust' explains origin of most common molecule in universe
Science fiction writer Harlan Ellison once said that the most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.

Liquid cooling with microfluidic channels helps computer processors beat the heat
A new technique for fabricating liquid cooling channels onto the backs of high-performance integrated circuits could allow denser packaging of chips while providing better temperature control and improved reliability.

Pitt and Bell Labs researchers send 'heavy photons' over world-record distances
Scientists from the University of Pittsburgh and Bell Labs report that they have designed and demonstrated a two-dimensional semiconductor structure in which excitons exist longer and travel farther than previously recorded.

Endocarditis infection commonly related to health care factors, increasingly due to staph
An international study reveals that infective endocarditis, infection and inflammation involving the heart valves is commonly associated with health care factors and is increasingly due to staphylococcal infection, according to a study in the June 22/29 issue of JAMA.

Antibiotic treatment not necessary for majority of children with conjunctivitis
Most children with infective conjunctivitis (pinkeye) do not need treatment with an antibiotic, suggests a study published online today (Wednesday June 22, 2005) by The Lancet.

DISSCO makes 'music' for Argonne, UIUC researchers
A mathematician and a musician have teamed up to create a new computer program that both composes music and creates the instrumentation to play it.

A role for public and scientists in NIEHS research plan
A new leader at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) says members of the public, including all scientists, should help direct the future of research on how the environment influences human health, according to a notice posted in the Federal Register.

Genomic sequences processed in minutes, rather than weeks
A new computational tool developed at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is speeding up our understanding of the machinery of life -- bringing us one step closer to curing diseases, finding safer ways to clean the environment, and protecting the country against biological threats.

Purdue scientists may have found key to halting spinal cord damage
Purdue University researchers may have isolated the substance most responsible for the tissue damage that follows initial spinal cord injury, a discovery that could also improve treatments for a host of other neurodegenerative conditions.

Environmental chemical cocktail may sabotage sperm
New research has shown that combinations of chemicals found in everyday products and food have subtle but potentially damaging effects on sperm fertility.

University of Oregon experts create online resource for green chemistry
University of Oregon experts have created a unique online teaching resource for green chemistry.

For individuals with family history of lung cancer, risk greater for blacks than whites
First-degree relatives of black individuals with early-onset lung cancer have twice the risk of lung cancer than first-degree relatives of white individuals with early-onset lung cancer, according to a study in the June 22/29 issue of JAMA.

Breakthrough: Scientists create world's tiniest organic particles
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill chemists have developed what they believe is a breakthrough method of creating the world's tiniest manufactured particles for delivering drugs and other organic materials into the human body.

New clinical tool to help war veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder
A new clinical tool for assessing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) could enable researchers to develop better treatments for war veterans suffering from the disabling anxiety disorder.

Assuring the supply of vaccines
The recent shortage of flu vaccine, which eventually became a surplus, points to problems with vaccine financing and production.

First experimental evidence of quantum monodromy
Ohio State University physicists have obtained the first-ever experimental evidence of a particular quantum mechanical effect -- one that was theorized a decade ago.

Foresight Nanotech Institute launches nanotechnology roadmap
Foresight Nanotech Institute and Battelle and have launched a Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems through an initial grant of $250,000 from The Waitt Family Foundation.

Antibiotics appear to have little benefit for uncomplicated lower respiratory tract infections
Patients with uncomplicated lower respiratory tract infections, such as bronchitis, who were given antibiotics had little difference in symptom relief compared to patients who did not receive antibiotics, according to a study in the June 22/29 issue of JAMA.

Study: Harmless virus kills some cancers
Six days is all it takes for a common, non-disease-causing virus to kill cervical, breast, prostate and squamous cell cancer cells in laboratory cultures, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers.

Insomnia may precede and prolong major depression
Two new studies show that insomnia, far from being a symptom or side effect of depression, may instead precede it, making some patients more likely to become and remain mentally ill.

Multitasking: You can't pay full attention to both sights and sounds
The reason talking on a cell phone makes drivers less safe may be that the brain can't simultaneously give full attention to both the visual task of driving and the auditory task of listening.

Society of Nuclear Medicine Technologist Section names Jan Winn as outstanding educator
Jan Winn, M.Ed., RT(N), CNMT, of Edmond, Okla., was named recipient of the Outstanding Educator Award by the Society of Nuclear Medicine Technologist Section (SNMTS) during SNM's 52nd Annual Meeting June 18-22 in Toronto.

Study strengthens link between Foxp2 gene and language development
The Foxp2 gene plays an essential role in the development of social communication, according to a study led by researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

From butterflies to freshwater supplies
The Stanford Institute for the Environment (SIE) has awarded a second round of Environmental Interdisciplinary Initiatives grants to 17 members of the Stanford University faculty. 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