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January 09, 2009
McGill, MUHC and Douglas researchers get top marks from Quebec Science magazine
Scientists from McGill University, the McGill University Health Center and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute earn top marks in Quebec Science's Top Ten Discoveries of 2008 for their groundbreaking work.

Inspection technology by Louisiana Tech researchers to examine buried infrastructure
An innovative underground scanning technology developed by Louisiana Tech University researchers is the cornerstone of a technology development and commercialization project that has secured one of only nine Technology Innovation Program grants awarded nationally by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Penn study: Chances of surviving cardiac arrest depend on where patients are treated
Cardiac arrest patients in large, urban and teaching hospitals are more likely to survive compared to those in small, often rural, nonacademic hospitals, according to a Penn Medicine study published recently in the journal Intensive Care Medicine.

Phoenix conference highlights TGen's and Scottsdale Healthcare's contributions to molecular oncology
Physician-scientists from the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and Scottsdale Healthcare will present their latest findings and techniques at a national conference designed to provide cancer doctors with new treatments for their patients.

People are more suggestible under laughing gas
The pain-relieving effects of nitrous oxide -- laughing gas -- may be enhanced by suggestion or hypnosis, according to a new study by UCL.

Busy rocket season to launch at Poker Flat Research Range
A total of eight National Aeronautics and Space Administration sounding rockets will launch from Poker Flat Research Range in 2009.

Digital communication technology helps clear path to personalized therapies
Researchers at the Burnham Institute for Medical Research have shown that search algorithms used in digital communications can help scientists identify effective multi-drug combinations.

White House awards Dr. Francis Lee the highest honor for early career scientists
Dr. Francis Lee, a psychiatrist and scientist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, has received a commendation by the president of the United States in the form of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy for outstanding scientists and engineers in the early part of their independent research careers.

Eating habits and exercise behaviors in children can deteriorate early
School-age children may develop eating habits and leisure-time patterns that may not meet current recommendations and contribute to childhood obesity.

Center for Science Writings presents: 'The Risks of Safety: When Good Machines Behave Badly,' Jan. 28
The Center for Science Writings at Stevens Institute of Technology will host

The International Year of Astronomy 2009 opening ceremony: Invitation to the media
The opening ceremony of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 is just around the corner.

GKSS scientists refute argument of climate skeptics
Scientists at the GKSS Research Centre of Geesthacht/Germany and the University of Bern/Suisse have investigated the frequency of warmer than average years between 1880 and 2006 for the first time.

Where am I? How our brain works as a GPS device
The results of a new study in Psychological Science reveal that the brain does not have a distinct preference for certain cues during reorientation.

Research shows cell's inactive state is critical for effectiveness of cancer treatment
A new study sheds light on a little understood biological process called quiescence, which enables blood-forming stem cells to exist in a dormant or inactive state in which they are not growing or dividing.

Decrease-Radix Design principle for multi-valued logic units and its application
A new theory referred to as the Decrease-Radix Design is proposed.

Scripps scientists develop first examples of RNA that replicates itself indefinitely
One of the most enduring questions is how life could have begun on Earth.

Rhode Island Hospital first in US to treat kidney tumor with new device using electrical pulses
On Thursday, Jan. 8, Rhode Island Hospital treated an inoperable kidney tumor using a new technology known as NanoKnife.

Dartmouth researchers find new protein function
A group of Dartmouth researchers has found a new function for one of the proteins involved with chromosome segregation during cell division.

UGA research explores little-known chapter in college desegregation
Many of the battles to desegregate Southern colleges and universities were fought in public, but efforts to desegregate the standardized testing that is often a prerequisite to admission have, until now, received little attention.

Stevens receives $25,000 grant from the Engineering Information Foundation
Through a $25,000 grant from the Engineering Information Foundation, the Writing and Communications at the Institute program at Stevens will offer a number of workshops to engineering students in their junior and senior years.

Carnegie Mellon to unveil new sequestration plan
Carnegie Mellon's M. Granger Morgan will unveil a novel

CU-Boulder proposals selected for NASA moon initiative
The University of Colorado at Boulder was awarded two grants totaling $11 million today from NASA's Lunar Science Institute to probe the cosmos from observatories on the moon and to conduct science and safety investigations on the dusty lunar surface and its atmosphere.

UT leads $2.5 million training program in pioneering area of genetic research
A consortium led by the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston has received a $2.5 million award to train investigators in a ground-breaking area of genetic study known as gene-environment interaction.

Synthetic HDL: A new weapon to fight cholesterol problems
Northwestern University scientists now offer a promising new weapon that could help fight high cholesterol levels and the deadly heart disease that often results: synthetic high-density lipoprotein, or HDL -- the

Why the swamp sparrow is hitting the high notes
Scientists have long thought that a bird's vocal performance is a static characteristic-set once a song is learned.

CU-Boulder to build $6 million instrument for NASA lunar orbiter
The University of Colorado at Boulder has been awarded a $6 million grant from NASA to build a high-tech lunar dust detector for a 2011 mission to orbit the moon and conduct science investigations of the dusty lunar surface and its atmosphere.

Researcher wins $1.2 million grant for gene regulation work
A unique discovery in a Florida State University College of Medicine laboratory is the basis for research with the potential to one day help scientists learn how to stop cancer and other diseases in the tissue where they are forming.

Springer author and advisory board member wins L'Oreal UNESCO Women in Science Award
Physicist Athene Donald is one of five women scientists who will receive the prestigious 2009 L'Oreal UNESCO Women in Science Award.

Congressional health-care reform proposals would offer coverage to many without insurance
With health reform high on the agenda of the incoming Congress and president, a new analysis of legislative proposals -- including the plans of President-elect Barack Obama and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) -- shows that several proposals already put forth could substantially reduce the number of uninsured Americans, and would either reduce health-care spending or add only modestly to annual health-care expenditures.

Penn researchers unlock molecular origin of blood stem cells
A research team led by Nancy Speck, Ph.D., professor of cell and developmental biology, has identified the location and developmental timeline in which a majority of bone marrow stem cells form in the mouse embryo.

SNM praises CMS decision to expand reimbursement for cancer treatment
On Jan. 6, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a draft of their proposed positron emission tomography (PEt) national coverage determination.

High insulin levels raise risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women
Higher-than-normal levels of insulin place postmenopausal women at increased risk of breast cancer, researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University report.

Researchers first to 'see' reactive oxygen species in vital enzyme
Using two simultaneous light-based probing techniques at the US Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, a team of researchers has illuminated important details about a class of enzymes involved in everything from photosynthesis to the regulation of biological clocks. 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