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July 14, 2006
Carnegie Mellon collaborates with Taiwanese government
Carnegie mellon University has signed a $3 million agreement with the Taiwanese government, establishing a new research program.

Undersea vehicles to study formation of seafloor deposits enriched in gold and other precious metals
An international team of scientists will explore the seafloor near Papua New Guinea in the western Pacific Ocean later this month with remotely operated and autonomous underwater vehicles, investigating active and inactive hydrothermal vents and the formation of mineral deposits containing copper, gold and other commercially valuable minerals.

The Euroscience Open Forum 2006 opens its doors to scientists and the public
The Euroscience Open Forum 2006 (ESOF2006) begins this weekend in Munich.

US IT infrastructure not adequately prepared for cyber attacks, says IEEE-USA
Because our nation's information technology infrastructure is highly vulnerable to hackers, terrorists, organized crime syndicates and natural disasters, increased funding for cyber security research and development is needed, according to a recent position adopted by IEEE-USA.

Landscapes from the ancient and eroded lunar far side
This image, taken by the advanced Moon Imaging Experiment (AMIE) on board ESA's SMART-1 spacecraft, shows a highly-eroded highland area on the lunar far side, close to the equator.

Majority of health care opinion leaders say Medicare Part D helps beneficiaries, changes are needed
Two-thirds of respondents to the latest Commonwealth Fund Health Care Opinion Leaders Survey agree (strongly agree or agree) that enactment of Part D was on balance good for beneficiaries, but majorities also support basic changes to the law.

Natural vitamin E tocotrienol reaches blood at protective levels
Two recent studies offer new evidence suggesting an alternative form of natural vitamin E can be taken by mouth and will reach the blood in humans at levels determined to protect against stroke and other diseases.

Australia-US FTA threatens blood supply
The safety of Australia's blood supply could be at risk under the free trade agreement with the United States according to ANU research published today in the Medical Journal of Australia.

Rush University Medical Center maintains Magnet status for quality nursing
Rush University Medical Center has received renewal of its Magnet status, the highest recognition given for nursing excellence.

Energy-efficient buildings: Government of Canada supports the BC government strategy
Conserving energy and improving energy efficiency in British Columbia homes and buildings are the goals of Government of Canada funding provided to the Province of British Columbia.

Sub-millimeter astronomy in full swing on southern skies
The Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) 12-m sub-millimeter telescope lives up to its ambitions of providing access to the

The aging-clock connection
In the July 15th issue of G&D, Dr. Marina Antoch and colleagues (The Lerner Research Institute) establish a link between the innate biological clock -- known as the circadian clock -- and aging.

Mercury atomic clock keeps time with record accuracy
An experimental atomic clock based on a single mercury atom is now at least five times more precise than the national standard clock based on a

Fundaci├│n BBVA and IDIBAPS reassess the intermittent treatment efficiency against malaria
Research has demonstrated that the intermittent treatment with sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP) is safe, well tolerated and reduces by 22.2 percent the cases of clinical malaria in children under one year.

Yale biomedical engineers receive prestigious Early Career Awards
Two assistant professors of Biomedical Engineering at Yale have been named recipients of Wallace H.

Ultra low-dose estrogen shown safe for post-menopausal women
A study led by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center has shown that extremely low doses of estrogen had no ill effects on the cognitive abilities or general health of older women over the course of two years.

Quitting smoking improves lung function considerably
For smokers with asthma, quitting smoking can improve lung function test scores by more than 15 percent in less than two months.

CERN Council adopts European strategy for particle physics
At a special meeting in Lisbon today, the CERN Council unanimously adopted a European strategy for particle physics.

UGA researchers find that hunting can increase the severity of wildlife disease epidemics
A new study by University of Georgia researchers shows that the common practice of killing wild animals to control disease outbreaks can actually make matters worse in some cases.

'Lord of the Rings' director makes donation to UCI stem cell research
Peter Jackson, Academy Award-winning director of the

Gene screen for breast cancer better than pathologist's 'eye'
Johns Hopkins scientists have found that a method they developed to screen body fluids for certain kinds of cells and some of their genetic blueprint is twice as accurate at spotting breast cancer cells as a pathologist's view with a microscope.

Children who live with smokers have more respiratory complications during surgery
When family members smoke, children are often a

Rush University Medical Center programs ranked among the nation's best in US News and World Report
Ten Rush University Medical Center programs are ranked among the best in the nation according to the July 17 issue of U.S.

Watching TV could help your parenting
Phase two of The Great Parenting Experiment, which aims to find out whether watching

Beekeepers work hard for the honey, despite changing tupelo forest
Van Morrison sang about it and people from all over the world will pay top dollar just to get some of it.

Mental health providers can be successfully located with pediatricians
Mental health providers can be successfully located with or in pediatric practices, according to researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and the N.C.

Starting to talk to a vehicle
BMW Group Research and Technology, a subsidiary of BMW AG, allows all scientifically interested to have an insight into their research lab at the Euroscience Open Forum at the Deutsche Museum.

Less expensive treatment for lung lining infection in kids
After testing the two most common treatments for empyema in children and seeing equal results, researchers concluded that the enzyme urokinase should be the primary treatment against infection in the lung lining because it costs 25 percent less than the other procedure, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery.

Eleven million Euros for Endotrack
The 6th Framework Program of the European Union is one of the main instruments for the funding of research and innovation in science in Europe.

Neurologists developing first standardized measurement scale for dyskinesia in Parkinson's patients
Two neurologists have been awarded $134,000 to develop the first comprehensive clinical scale to accurately measure the presence and severity of dyskinesia (involuntary, uncontrolled movements) in patients with Parkinson's disease.

BACS breathes perception into robots
The Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics is a partner in the Integrated Research Project BACS (Bayesian Approach to Cognitive Systems), which is being sponsored by the EU and will run until 2010.

Position No. 1 at the Euroscience Open Forum in Munich
The State of Baden-W├╝rttemberg is represented with six innovative research projects at the Euroscience Open Forum. 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