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July 28, 2006
UCLA psychology professor honored at White House for research on marriage
Shelly Gable, a UCLA associate professor of social psychology who studies marriage and other close relationships, was honored by President George W.

An active Florida hurricane season adds to red tide
Scientists believe that Florida's very active 2004 hurricane season may have played an important part in the development of extensive and long-lasting red tide conditions that affected its coastal areas in 2005.

Media advisory: International mercury conference coming to Madison Aug. 6-11
More than 1,000 scientists, academics, natural resource managers, environmental managers and policymakers will gather Sunday-Friday, Aug.

Synthetic version of scorpion venom delivers radioactive iodine to malignant brain tumors
A new method of delivering a dose of radioactive iodine -- using a man-made version of scorpion venom as a carrier -- targets deadly brain tumors called gliomas without affecting neighboring tissue or body organs.

Onchocerciasis treatment reduces prevalence and intensity by 38 percent
A project held during more than 10 years by a group from Hospital ClĂ­nic-Universitat de Barcelona established in Equatorial Guinea studies a disease affecting 18 million people, 17.5 of which live in Africa.

UGA study explains peaks and troughs of dengue epidemics
A new study by researchers at the University of Georgia suggests that a brief period of cross-immunity conferred by any one of the four viral strains, or serotypes, that cause dengue explains the timing of epidemics.

Iowa State researchers convert farm waste to bio-oil
Iowa State researchers are converting manure and corn stalks into a bio-oil that can be burned as fuel.

More efficient and ecological system for the production of electricity, cold and heat
IKERLAN-IK4 is taking part in a European project the aim of which is to design a single installation that will, at the same time, produce electricity, cold and heat for domestic use, while affording a notable reduction in environmental impact.

UF scientists test improved gene therapy method for hereditary heart conditions
UF researchers used gene therapy to successfully reverse symptoms in mice with a form of muscular dystrophy that damages the heart.

Study identifies potential drug target for Huntington's disease
An enzyme known to be critical for the repair of damaged cells and the maintenance of cellular energy may be a useful target for new strategies to treat Huntington's disease and other disorders characterized by low cellular energy levels.

Mosquito spray increases toxicity of pyrethroids in creek, study finds
A relatively benign compound contained in a widely used group of insecticides can mix with and increase the toxicity of existing pesticides in the environment, according to a new study led by UC Berkeley biologists.

Spray-on skin relieves emotional trauma for child burn victims
Spray-on skin is helping child burns victims cope with the trauma of scarring, according to a study by University of Queensland researchers at the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane.

Texas A&M system agencies join forces to hasten bioenergy revolution
The Texas A&M University System has the scientific expertise in engineering and agriculture to become a national leader in the development of clean, renewable bioenergy -- when cars run on some refined form of grease, garbage or grain -- or scores of other plant and animal products.

New study set to count the cost of front-line reporting
While witnessing horrific crimes and reporting of disturbing events might be considered just part of an average day for a journalist, a new study from the University of Western Sydney is set to examine the psychological impact of this work.

Carefully mixed radiation cocktail reduces breast cancer treatment's collateral damage to skin
A carefully determined mixture of electron and X-ray beams precisely treated breast tumors while significantly reducing collateral skin damage in 78 patients, researchers will report in August at the annual meeting of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine in Orlando.

New genetic model for Parkinson's disease
Researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden are homing in on mechanisms that may explain one set of causes for Parkinson's disease.

ESA Astronaut Thomas Reiter's August 3 spacewalk from the ISS
On August 3, at 15:55 CEST, ESA Astronaut Thomas Reiter will step out of the International Space Station to begin a 6 1/2-hour spacewalk (extra-vehicular activity).

Pigeons provide clue to solving common problem in heart patients
Through studying pigeons with genetic heart disease, researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine have discovered a clue about why some patients' heart vessels are prone to close back up after angioplasty.

Role of protein in immune response may aid HIV research
A family of proteins that serve as the body's first line of defense against bacterial infections may provide a lifeline for individuals with compromised immune systems, according to researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine -- Northwest.

Penn researchers examine the effects of meditation on early cognitive impairment
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine are examining the effectiveness of meditation on early cognitive impairment.

Researchers aim to give nurses a lift
Nurses offer care and comfort, but they often end up with a pain in the back for their efforts, the results of a new study show.

US grant targets genes behind severe arthritis
A Brisbane professor will jointly lead a global study to uncover the genes that cause a common form of arthritis.

MIT researchers watch brain in action
For the first time, scientists have been able to watch neurons within the brain of a living animal change in response to experience.

University of Kentucky professor's child bereavement research makes psychiatric news
Julie Cerel, an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky College of Social Work, and four colleagues are presenting answers to questions about child bereavement and its effects.

Granicus and Tinjar Valles
These images, taken by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on board ESA's Mars Express spacecraft, show the regions of Granicus Valles and Tinjar Valles, which may have been formed partly through the action of subsurface water, due to a process known as sapping.

The myth of the 'security mom' and other insights from 'Gapology'
Recent studies of the 2004 election data by political scientists assess the role and impact of major sets of differences in the voting behavior of Americans -- known in popular parlance as
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