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UCSD project takes fish collection into the digital age
The same medical technology used to image brain tumors and torn knee ligaments is now taking the field of marine biology to a new dimension by allowing anyone with Internet access to examine fish as never before. (2006-03-16)

Elsevier brings the best of Chinese research to an international audience
Elsevier, a world-leading scientific and healthcare publisher, announced today that it is launching a collection of Chinese journals on ScienceDirect. Reflecting the country's economic boom, China currently ranks fifth in the world in the number of published papers. By working in collaboration with prestigious Chinese research societies and Science Press, the ScienceDirect China Collection offers unique online access to peer-reviewed literature from an emerging global player, on the world's leading full-text platform. (2006-03-15)

STN AnaVist 1.1 offers new options for sharing
Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) and FIZ Karlsruhe have announced a new version of the STN AnaVist analysis and visualization software that provides customers the ability to share their visualization results with others in their organization through new login IDs for Shared Projects that enable interactive viewing and through new pre-defined Project Reports. (2006-02-20)

Let patients use their own terms to describe ethnicity
Allowing patients to use their own terms to describe their race or ethnicity for medical records may help reduce differences in how health care is provided to racial and ethnic minorities versus whites, according to a study in the March issue of the American Journal of Public Health. (2006-02-17)

Illegal trade is propelling rare turtle toward extinction, new report
A new report released today finds that the illegal trade in the Roti Island snake-necked turtle, found only on one island in Indonesia, has left it all but extinct in the wild. Exotic pet enthusiasts in Europe, North America and East Asia are fueling the illegal trade for the turtle, often without realizing that they are contributing to its demise. No legal trade of this species has been allowed since 2001. (2006-02-02)

Positive outcome of Medicare drug benefit
An editorial by Richard Platt, professor and chair of the Department of Ambulatory Care and Prevention (of Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care), says that an unintended effect of the Medicare Drug Benefit could be the creation of the world's most valuable resource for understanding how drugs are used, as well as their risks and benefits, especially among the elderly and chronically ill. (2005-12-28)

New enhancements upgrade NIST Mass Spectra Library
After three years of development, the National Institute of Standards and Technology has released a major upgrade of the widely used Mass Spectral Library. The library is an encyclopedic database of (2005-12-22)

The yeast glycome
Dr. Michael Snyder (Yale University), Dr. Elizabeth Grayhack (University of Rochester Medical Center) and colleagues have constructed an unprecedented yeast genomic library, which will serve as an important research tool for the entire scientific community. (2005-11-30)

UF study first to quantify validity of DNA I.D. tool using marine snails
A trendy holiday gift within a decade may be a hand-held device that instantly identifies any species from a snippet of animal tissue, says a University of Florida researcher. (2005-11-29)

Researchers to uncover secrets of Gladstone's library
Researchers at the University of Liverpool are undertaking a major study at the library of the former Prime Minister, William Gladstone, which will provide new insights into the mind of the famous Liverpool-born politician. (2005-11-09)

Sandia researchers determine that common anthrax sampling methods need improvement
A research team from the National Nuclear Security Administration's Sandia National Laboratories has discovered that common anthrax sampling methods need improvement. The research shows that more deadly spores remain after decontamination than previously believed. (2005-10-25)

ESA's new Earth Images Gallery: Typhoon Kirogi makes stormy entry
This Envisat acquisition showing Typhoon Kirogi passing beneath Japan is the latest of more than 480 satellite images so far available for viewing in ESA's new Earth Images Gallery. (2005-10-21)

New approach to ensure challenges to data access and management don't slow scientific progress
Complex changes in data production, distribution and archiving--and issues they raise regarding who pays for data, who preserves it and who has access to it--should prompt an international initiative that ensures current and future scientists worldwide will have the information they need, according to a new report on challenges to data management and access presented today to the International Council for Science (ICSU). (2005-10-20)

Commerce's NIST coordinates study of structural damage from Gulf hurricanes
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has deployed the first of three teams of technical experts under a multiorganizational partnership to perform assessments of physical structures damaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita along the Gulf Coast. The partnership -- coordinated by NIST and made up of 26 engineers from 16 separate private-sector, academic and federal organizations -- will document data on damage to structures due to wind, wind-borne debris, storm surge, surge-borne debris and flooding. (2005-10-14)

Radiocarbon dates reveal that New Guinea art is older than thought
Preliminary results from the first large-scale dating project on New Guinean art challenge assumptions that the objects have been around only a few generations. (2005-10-12)

SCAI, NCQA partner to hold landmark conference on introducing complex medical therapies
SCAI and NCQA will partner to hold a landmark conference addressing key issues surrounding data collection and analysis related to carotid artery stenting. The conference, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, will explore the best options for coordinating the collection and analysis of data on CAS procedures and their outcomes. The two organizations expect that these efforts will ultimately serve as a model for the safe and effective introduction of other complex technologies and treatments into clinical practice. (2005-09-28)

RIT receives National Science Foundation grant to model rumor propagation
Rumors and their often dangerous aftereffects have long been major themes in pop culture, including an entire movie devoted to the spread of one rumor, Gossip. However, little scientific data is available on the importance of rumors in social interaction. (2005-09-06)

Northwest Indians continue efforts to revive languages at UW workshop
A language is a terrible thing to lose, and that's why nearly two dozen community members of Northwest Indian tribes and nations will spend next week at the University of Washington learning way to breathe new life into endangered indigenous languages. (2005-09-06)

Researchers shed more light on conversion of water to hydrogen gas
Chemists are several steps closer to teasing hydrogen fuel from water using man-made molecular devices that collect electrons and use them to split hydrogen from oxygen. (2005-08-28)

UQ leads the nation in innovative e-research
The University of Queensland has topped the nation in Australian Research Council (ARC) E-Research Support grants. (2005-08-24)

Public collections of DNA and RNA sequence reach 100 gigabases
The world's three leading public repositories for DNA and RNA sequence information have reached 100 gigabases [100,000,000,000 bases; the 'letters' of the genetic code] of sequence. Thanks to their data exchange policy, which has paved the way for the global exchange of many types of biological information, the three members of the International Nucleotide Sequence Database Collaboration - EMBL Bank, GenBank and the DNA Data Bank of Japan all reached this milestone together. (2005-08-22)

Coalition's refusal to record Iraq's civilian deaths failing to respect international law
The US-led Coalition is failing to respect the Geneva Conventions by refusing to facilitate an accurate count of civilian deaths in Iraq, states an editorial in this week's issue of The Lancet. (2005-07-28)

Scholars of emblems to gather at Illinois
Experts from across the globe will gather at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in late July to share their latest research on some very old books. Their meeting, (2005-07-18)

Undersea data: Canada and Denmark agree on joint survey
Canada and Denmark have agreed to team up on an undersea data collection project that will help both countries fulfill international commitments. Representatives from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Ottawa on June 27, 2005. (2005-07-14)

Researchers link nursing injuries to staffing levels
The more hours of nursing care provided per nursing home patient, the fewer the workplace caregiver injuries, which leads to better quality of care, say researchers from the University of Toronto and the University of Maryland. (2005-06-28)

ESO receives Computerworld Honors Program 21st Century Achievement award in science category
ESO, the European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the southern Hemisphere, received the coveted 21st Century Achievement Award from the Computerworld Honors Program for its visionary use of information technology in the Science category. The award was given in recognition of the way ESO has revolutionized the operations of ground-based astronomical observatories with a new end-to-end data flow system, designed to improve the transmission and management of astronomical observations and data over transcontinental distances. (2005-06-09)

Swedish researchers first in the world to gain access to BIMS
Owing to the system now being developed at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, and that was presented this week at an international conference on biobanks, the university's biobank will now be based on informatics as well as tissue and blood samples. The system will enable researchers to seek biobank samples linked to the vast databases of phenotype and genotype information on the individual donors and to a variety of other data sources. (2005-05-27)

Building a human kinase gene repository
Using the human genome sequence annotation, high-throughput cloning methodologies, and automation, a group at the Harvard Institute of Proteomics lead by Leonardo Brizuela (Harvard Medical School lecturer on biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology) mined public databases to collect the sequence information of all identified human kinase genes and have built a gene repository for this gene class. (2005-05-23)

Museum rescues 'endangered' recordings
In 1958, The Field Museum recorded information about 6,622 artifacts in a new Pacific collection acquired over 60 years. They used a (2005-05-03)

UCR, Science Fiction Museum & Hall of Fame team up for conference on science fiction
The University of California, Riverside Libraries, which house The J. Lloyd Eaton Collection, the world's most extensive science fiction and fantasy collection, joins The Science Fiction Museum & Hall of Fame in Seattle to present (2005-04-06)

Federal/private partners launch resource for diabetic kidney disease gene studies
The largest single collection of biosamples and data is now available for research on the genetic causes of kidney disease in type 1 diabetes. (2004-12-28)

Columbia U to develop first international registry of solid earth samples
The Solid Earth Sample Registry (SESAR) will address the urgent need for unique sample identifiers so that sample-based data can be shared and preserved. (2004-11-18)

UGA's Peabody Archives receives a 'Save America's Treasures' grant to preserve television programs
The University of Georgia's Walter J. Brown Media Archive and Peabody Awards Collection has received a (2004-11-10)

New study reveals locations of possible Alzheimer's genes
Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center have found two locations in the human genome that may harbor genes that increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease. If confirmed, they will be the first genes linked to Alzheimer's disease since ApoE4 was discovered in 1993. The findings are published in the November issue of Molecular Psychiatry, a journal of the Nature Publishing Group. (2004-11-05)

NASA & partners create new worldwide coral reef library
A NASA-funded project has created an archive of approximately 1,500 images of worldwide coral reefs. The archive is a tool international researchers will use, as they track reef health. (2004-11-04)

Blood transplants may be more harmful than bone marrow transplants in pediatric leukemia patients
A new study has shown for the first time that transplantation of peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) from sibling donors may be more harmful than bone marrow in pediatric leukemia patients. (2004-11-01)

Are museum collections of ancient life representative?
Members of the general public look to museums for the best examples of ancient life - the biggest dinosaur, the nicest fossils of plants and bugs. Increasingly, researchers are looking to museum collections to answer questions about what lived on earth millions of years ago and how life evolved. But are museum collections representative of what is found in nature? Maybe the curator just looked for T-rex teeth and flies in amber. (2004-11-01)

Citizen environmental monitoring in Appalachia
Citizen environmental monitoring (CEM) is the repeated collection of, and in some cases analysis of, environmental data by local volunteers. Ecological parameters measured by volunteers should be selected to answer questions of interest to the community and can be used for a variety of purposes including setting background levels, establishing environmental trends, raising a red flag of possible problem areas, educating communities, and influencing policy and management practices. (2004-10-20)

Research gaining momentum by silencing genes
VIB researchers are accelerating the study of the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. Taking advantage of the new RNAi technology, they are able to study the function of genes with the aid of specially designed fragments that turn off the corresponding genes. The scientists are building a collection of such fragments in Arabidopsis. Their ultimate goal is to contribute to the elucidation of the functions of all the genes in this model organism. (2004-10-15)

Oct. 15-17 Bioinformatics meeting in Irvine, Calif.
At this meeting, part of the National Academy of Sciences' Arthur M. Sackler colloquium series, scientists will explore recent advances in bioinformatic theory and experimentation across the biological and medical sciences, as well as technological innovations that will further enable the collection of useful data. (2004-10-13)

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