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October 06, 2006
Cluster muscles back from deep hibernation
On September 15, flight controllers at ESA's Space Operations Centre watched tensely as

UCR-led research team receives $5 million grant to study interaction of ecology and evolution
An interdisciplinary team of researchers led by UC Riverside's David Reznick has been awarded $5 million over five years by the National Science Foundation to conduct an experimental study on how ecology -- a branch of science concerned with the interrelationship of an organism and its environment -- and evolution interact.

Prescribe exercise for older adults for better health
Tufts University researchers propose that physicians give older adults

Vegetables, like people, urged to live up to potential
A major stress in a carrot's life -- like the slash of a kitchen knife -- and the tapered tuber kicks in the juice and pumps up its phytochemicals.

Rearing an army to save wheat
Montana State University entomologists seek ways to rear parasitic wasps, the natural enemies of the wheat stem sawfly.

October MCP: A special issue on Clinical Proteomics
The October 2006 issue of the journal Molecular and Cellular Proteomics will focus specifically on biomarker discovery and clinical proteomics.

LSD treatment for alcoholism gets new look
For the past five years, Dr. Erika Dyck has been unearthing some intriguing facts related to a group of pioneering psychiatrists who worked in Saskatchewan, Canada in the '50s and '60s.

Robotic whiskers can sense three-dimensional environment
Two Northwestern University engineers have been studying the whisker system of rats to better understand how mechanical information from the whiskers gets transmitted to the brain.

IBM awards Rice $700K for shared university research project
Rice University and IBM will collaborate on the development of an open-standards-based, service-oriented architecture (SOA) that will help higher education institutions tie together their increasingly diverse academic software applications.

German Environment Prize awarded to Ernst-Detlef Schulze
Springer author and editor Prof. Ernst-Detlef Schulze (65) from Jena in Germany is one of the two winners of this year's German Environment Prize.

Energy resources, climate change, coastal issues at GSA this month
Geoscience research, public policy considerations and perspectives from a variety of scientific disciplines will come together this month at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, October 22-25.

Genes and diet linked to risk factors for heart disease
Research shows that a variant of the APOA5 gene was associated with higher triglyceride levels in people whose omega-6 fatty acid consumption was six percent or more.

Car manufacturers acting in the interest of profits rather than safety in poor countries
A study published today in the BMJ journal Injury Prevention calls for greater vigilance in ensuring that car manufacturers are fully committed to promoting road safety interventions that are based on sound evidence of effectiveness.

'Urban Wildlife Management' book something to crow about
The book is

Texas researchers casting for answers to stop algae problem in Texas lakes
A team of Texas Agricultural Experiment Station fishery scientists this week took water samples from Lake Whitney for a new round of experiments.

Patent protection 'key to Europe's knowledge economy'
Protecting patents has a central role to play in Europe's knowledge economy and EU competitiveness, European Patent Office President Alain Pompidou told the annual EPO online services conference in Lisbon co-organized by the Portuguese Patent and Trademark Office (INPI).

Train your brain to hear your friends at a party
A major science prize was today awarded to a researcher who is looking for the region of the brain that helps us to hear someone in a noisy place, such as a party or bar, and is responsible for

Consuming cola may up osteoporosis risk for older women
In an epidemiological study, researchers analyzed dietary questionnaires and bone mineral density measurements of more than 2,500 people in the Framingham Osteoporosis Study and found that cola consumption was associated with lower bone mineral density at three different hip sites of older women.

UCR's Xuemei Chen receives the 2006 Charles Albert Shull Award
Xuemei Chen, an associate professor of plant cell and molecular biology in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences at UC Riverside, has been awarded the Charles Albert Shull Award.

Electromagnetic miniatures
G. M. Whitesides and co-workers (Harvard University) have developed an uncomplicated method for producing a microfluidic channel along with two metal cables parallel to it and only 10 μm away.

Galaxy gardening more than hobby for future moon, Mars residents
Lush lettuce is growing by galactic measure in cylinders designed by Texas Agricultural Experiment Station researchers to mimic conditions on the moon and Mars.

UC Davis breast cancer researchers report new insights into ductal carcinoma in situ
New UC Davis research supports the recent hypothesis that both ductal carcinoma in situ and invasive breast cancer develop from the same breast cancer progenitor cells.

CSIRO boasts Ig Nobel laureates
The 2006 Ig Nobel Prize in mathematics was awarded to Dr.

Hubble finds 16 candidate extrasolar planets far across our Galaxy
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has discovered 16 extrasolar planet candidates that are orbiting a variety of distant stars.

Science of healthy foods subject of grant aimed at university students
A $500,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant will enable researchers at Texas A&M University, Iowa State University and Ohio University to develop a multi-discipline approach to undergraduate education on foods for health.

A measure of excellence
DFG presents its fourth funding ranking of German research institutions.

Researchers to develop active nanoscale surfaces for biological separations
A team of researchers has received a four-year, $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study improved methods for biological separations.

University of Rochester spin-off secures $2 million in funding
iCardiac Technologies, Inc., a company formed earlier this year to commercialize leading cardiac safety technologies developed at the University of Rochester Medical Center, has received $2 million in Series A funding.

HiRISE Camera on NASA orbiter gets detailed view of opportunity at Victoria Crater
With stunningly powerful vision, the HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has taken a remarkable picture that shows the exploration rover Opportunity poised on the rim of Victoria crater on Mars.

New technology to speed up research into Huntington's disease
A new tool developed at Cambridge University represents a breakthrough in the race to find treatments to help sufferers with Huntington's disease.

Study shows unique garlic product works like the real thing
A study presented at the Annual Meeting of the American College of Nutrition today shows that a new proprietary garlic product developed by Nutra Products, Inc., Garli-Eze®, delivers allicin, the key bioactive ingredient of garlic, to the body in amounts equal to that of fresh high allicin garlic macerate and yielded no unsocial responses due to chewing fresh garlic.
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