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Virginia's champion trees make history
Big trees are important to everyone. Not only do they provide useful information about natural history and forest ecology, but they add beauty to our landscape, as well as health, and even economic values. The Virginia Big Tree Program offers recognition to the commonwealth's rich natural heritage. (2002-12-18)

UMass professor invites travelers to test-drive Boston's big dig -- before hitting the road
Thanks to the efforts of a University of Massachusetts Amherst professor, drivers can test-drive their routes through Boston's Big Dig before ever pulling out of the driveway. (2002-12-10)

MSU astronomer part of international team that identifies ancient star
A Michigan State University astronomer is part of an international team that has identified an ancient star, one that may be the oldest ever found and which provides clues to what the universe was made of shortly after the Big Bang. (2002-10-30)

London governance post GLA and mayor
Two years after Ken Livingstone was elected Mayor of London, new research, funded by the ESRC, shows that he is much less powerful than mayors of other big cities around the world. Although powerful in relation to the London Assembly he is closely restricted by central government's tight hold on taxing spending in the capital. In the absence of strong formal powers, the London Mayor must rely on patronage, persuasion and publicity to achieve his strategic goals. (2002-05-17)

Science close to viewing the beginning of time, UW cosmologist says
New research tools promise tantalizing glimpses of characteristics in the universe that until now have gone unseen. In fact, University of Washington cosmologist Craig Hogan says (2002-03-21)

Plant response to light and stress
In ever-changing environmental conditions, the regulation of plant growth and development relies on precisely orchestrated cues provided by plant hormones. Two papers in the August 1 issue of Genes & Development highlight the importance of phytohormones, and lend valuable insight into the molecular mechanisms underlying plants' responses to light and stress. (2001-07-31)

The Chemical Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce a one-day conference on the evolution of the global chemical industry since World War II. The conference will feature five research presentations by leading scholars from The Netherlands, Italy, Norway, and the United States. The chief aim of the conference is to explore broad themes and historical patterns within and among leading chemical producing firms and nations in comparative perspective. (2001-05-23)

Carnegie Mellon astrophysics team report evidence of acoustic oscillation in cosmic microwave background
In findings reported today by the journal Science, a team of Carnegie Mellon University and University of Maine astrophysicists say they have confirmed the existence of acoustic oscillations generated shortly after the explosive birth of the universe. (2001-05-23)

Near light-speed ion collisions create brief, violent explosions
Scientists trying to replicate conditions that existed in the first microsecond after the Big Bang have discovered that gold ions ramming each other at nearly the speed of light produce a surprisingly powerful but unexpectedly brief explosion, a University of Washington physicist says. (2001-04-29)

New theory for the Big Bang
According to a team of physicists, the big bang happened by another Universe colliding with ours. This new theory could explain the early Universe better than the theory of cosmic inflation. (2001-04-10)

Health websites can be unhealthy
From the Surgeon General: (2001-02-07)

Brookhaven Lab researchers develop a technique to measure defects in materials with unprecedented accuracy
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have developed a technique to detect defects in materials with picometer accuracy -- the highest accuracy ever achieved in such measurements. The research is reported in Physical Review Letters (11/20/00). (2000-11-19)

Men prefer economic-based goals; women, socially satisfying pursuits
They are age-old questions: Who am I? Who do I want to be? A new study suggests that both questions - one involving a person's disposition and the other encompassing a person's goals - should be considered when counseling young people on career choices. (2000-11-02)

Reality programs allow people to participate without risk
Television programs such as (2000-08-03)

Gamma ray hide & seek
Draping the earth and entire universe in a thin, ever-present veil, their origin remains one of the greatest puzzles of cosmology. However, the mystique of gamma rays - particles of light comprising the most energetic and penetrating form of electromagnetic radiation - may soon diminish thanks to research by Dr. Eli Waxman of the Weizmann Institute's Condensed Matter Physics Department together with Prof. Abraham Loeb of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. (2000-05-14)

Physicists find more precise gravity number -- and weigh the Earth
University of Washington physicists have come up with a new calculation for the Earth's mass -- 5.972 sextillion (5,972 followed by 18 zeroes) metric tons -- while working to establish the most precise measurement ever achieved of Isaac Newton's gravitational constant. (2000-04-28)

Intergalactic travel
Intergalactic space travel is back on the agenda again. A Russian theorist has found a new type of wormhole compatible with Einstein's theory of relativity, that can be large and stable enough to allow voyages across the Universe. (2000-04-11)

BioOne appoints first board of directors
The non-profit corporation created to develop BioOne ((2000-02-17)

Carnegie Mellon interactive web site big signal allows public to explore Antarctica through a robot's eyes
Big Signal interactive Web site and interface for remote experience, currently featuring a robot searching for meteorites in Antarctica, is now available to the public. NASA has given Carnegie Mellon researchers $500,000 to enhance it so people can explore remote planets via future generation NASA rovers. (2000-01-26)

Atmospheric carbon monoxide levels decline U.S. mid-atlantic region
Levels of atmospheric carbon monoxide (CO) are declining in the U.S. mid-Atlantic region, according to a new study funded in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF). (1999-09-10)

Atmospheric carbon monoxide levels decreasing in mid-Atlantic region
Carbon monoxide levels in the air over Big Meadows in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, have decreased over 22 percent since 1988, according to a new study. Big Meadows air quality is considered representative of that of the mid- Atlantic region as a whole. (1999-09-07)

Seafood was brain food, says researcher
The first humans may have been beach-dwellers foraging for shellfish, not grassland hunter-gatherers, says a University of Toronto scientist. (1999-08-30)

CU-Boulder researchers involved in novel universe creation experiment
More than a dozen faculty and students from the University of Colorado at Boulder are part of an international team that has launched an unprecedented experiment in an attempt to explain how the universe's matter came to exist. (1999-06-08)

Cosmic ray history encoded in abundances of light elements
By taking a closer look at two of the lightest elements in the universe, a University of Illinois scientist is helping to solve a mystery that lies at the intersection of cosmology, cosmic rays and chemical evolution. (1999-06-01)

NCAR Scientist's Observations Aid In Discovery Of Multiple Planets Orbiting A Sun-Like Star
Three planets have been found orbiting the star Upsilon Andromedae in the first discovery of multiple planets outside our solar system. NCAR scientist Timothy Brown was part of the team of eight scientists who observed the additional planets. (1999-04-15)

Big Bang Theory Challenged
An Australian-led team of astronomers has challenged conventional Big Bang theory by finding that large numbers of stars may be living unseen in the space between galaxies. (1999-03-23)

Geologists Find Evidence That North American Glacial Advances Coincided With Iceberg Calving Events
University of Cincinnati geologist Thomas Lowell will present data during the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America, indicating that major advances of the Laurentide Ice Sheet over North America coincided with iceberg calving events over the North Atlantic. Evidence also indicates both events followed a period of global cooling, rather than initiating the cooling. (1998-10-26)

NYU Physicist Proposes New Theory For Origin And Make-Up Of Extremely High-Energy Cosmic Rays
Where do extremely high-energy cosmic rays come from and where do they get their energy? NYU physicist Glennys Farrar has proposed that the very highest energy cosmic rays appear to come from extremely distant quasars. Furthermore, Farrar says that these cosmic rays are composed of a new type of subatomic particle. (1998-10-21)

The Abrams Curve: UD Economist Links Jobless Rates With Government Size
The Abrams Curve--discovered by University of Delaware economist Burton A. Abrams and disclosed Oct. 15--provides direct evidence of a relationship between the size of a country's government and its unemployment rate, says a forthcoming article in the journal, Public Choice. The curve shows that (1997-10-15)

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