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Core system for national online science library
The National Science Foundation has announced a grant of $1.56 million to Cornell University's Digital Library Research Group to develop the core infrastructure for the National Science Digital Library (NSDL), which will make high-quality science source materials available to students from kindergarten through college. (2001-10-18)

Brain trauma may increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease
A new study published in BMC Neurology suggests that brain injury leads to an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease (2001-08-22)

Montana State University begins major trout and salmonid book collection
Known in some circles as Trout U, Montana State University in Bozeman is assembling a major trout and salmonid book collection at its Renne Library. With two major donations numbering more than 11,000 pieces, the collection is well on its way to becoming an attraction for anglers and fisheries scientists worldwide. (2001-06-19)

Making science museums more dynamic, beneficial
Are science and natural history museums warehouses filled with insignificant artifacts, or vital educational centers that shed light on critical contemporary issues? Join experts from some of the world's greatest cultural institutions as they discuss new ways to make museums more relevant, beneficial. June 8-9 in Chicago at Sears Tower and The Field Museum. Sponsored by Assn. of Systematics Collections (2001-05-31)

Field Museum plays vital role in creation of huge new park
The Peruvian government yesterday created a 5,225-square-mile national park, thereby protecting a pristine area of Andean rainforest that is slightly bigger than Connecticut, or 150% the size of Yellowstone National Park. Last year, the Field Museum, the Asociación Peruana para la Conservación de la Naturaleza (APECO) and other scientists conducted a rapid biological inventory that led to creation of the park (2001-05-22)

Book catalogs panoply of African maps to beginning of 20th century
As Plutarch observed 2 millennia ago, mapmakers aren't nearly as accurate as they claim to be. Even in the Greek historian's day, they had biases, agendas and tricks. Over the centuries, mapmakers continued to bring subjectivity to their craft, says the co-author of (2001-04-30)

Archiving scholarly journals in digital form raises questions
Cornell University Library's (2001-01-15)

National Science Foundation awards research grant for $1.1 million to UA Museum
The National Science Foundation has awarded a $1.1 million research grant to the University of Alaska Museum to create the Arctic Archival Observatory, the first NSF-funded observatory of its kind in the U.S. The grant will also improve access to museum holdings for the global community and enhance hands-on opportunities for graduate students. (2000-06-28)

NEH funds African-American history and culture project in Virginia
Ten consortium members of the Virtual Library of Virginia have received a $250,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to create the Virginia Heritage Project, a database of African-American history and culture in the commonwealth. (2000-05-15)

Taking a SNP in the gene pool: Scientists harvest human gene differences
Scientists are eagerly cataloging human gene variations known as single nucleotide polymorphisms, or SNPs, in the hopes of understanding how differences in our genes lead to differences in us. In the November issue of Genome Research, Kavita Garg, Philip Green, and Deborah Nickerson (University of Washington) report a method to identify common human SNPs located in active genes (1999-11-14)

UNC-CH anthropologists return remains, artifacts to Cherokees
Complying with both the golden rule and federal law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill archaeologists last week returned numerous human remains and prehistoric artifacts unearthed between 1966 and 1985 in the mountains to the Eastern Band of Cherokees, an N.C. Indian tribe. (1999-09-30)

13 lifelines successfully used in unique umbilical cord blood transplant into ailing adult
CorCell, one of the nation's foremost umbilical cord blood banking facilities, located in Philadelphia, has successfully completed one of the first transplants of 13 separately donated umbilical cord blood collections into one 350 lb. adult patient suffering from Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. (1999-08-17)

Full Text Of The BMJ Now Available On The World Wide Web
This week the BMJ will appear in full text version on the world wide web (, with free access for all. The editors of the BMJ write that the Internet is a means of closing the information gap between the developed and developing world and that there is an obligation to ensure that the (1998-04-10)

Videos, Photographs And Patient Consent
The internet and electronic publishing are powerful tools for the dissemination of medical information, say Hood et al, but with the advent of digital imaging even more complicated questions about informed consent are raised. (1998-03-27)

Recovery From Mass Extinction Is Unexpectedly Diverse
A study by University of Chicago paleontologist David Jablonski shows that recoveries from mass extinctions differ widely from one geographical region to another, even though the extinction intensities and patterns are more or less the same everywhere. Results are published in the Friday, February 27, issue of the journal Science. (1998-02-27)

3D Visualization Software To Help With Information Overload
Starlight, an advanced three-dimensional visualization technology, has been developed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash., to help solve the problem of information overload. Already in use by the U.S. intelligence community, Starlight can be applied to a variety of other fields, such as medical data analysis, environmental security and current events monitoring. (1997-12-03)

Visitors Can "Touch" Ancient Artifacts & Art Through Multimedia
In the hushed galleries of the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University in Atlanta, visitors can do more than just gaze passively at ancient artifacts and works of art. Through the (1997-01-16)

Bog Beetle, Misidentified For 85 Years, Is 'Discovered' At Cornell
A beetle sitting in a collection at Cornell Univ. has been identified by Cornell entomologist (1997-01-14)

Six Institutions, Led By Columbia, Putting Collections of Ancient Manuscripts Online
Experts at the six American institutions with the most extensive collections of ancient Greek and Egyptian papyri are collaborating to make the fragile materials available online. The effort, to go live next fall, will unite collections containing some 30,000 items, about 10 percent of known papyrological archives worldwide. (1996-12-06)

Native Human Remains Returned To Bering Sea Island Home
Siberian Yup'ik Eskimos were in Fairbanks recently to pack and return the remains of 386 of their ancestors for reburial. This is the first repatriation of human remains returning to the St. Lawrence Island villages of Gambell and Savoonga, off the coastof Alaska in the Bering Sea (1996-10-17)

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