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Blocking malaria
Could scorpions help wipe out malaria? Researchers in Mexico have shown that by genetically engineering mosquitoes to produce scorpion venom in their guts, the development of malaria parasites can be blocked. (2000-07-07)

The gender effect: fatherhood spurs men to work longer hours -- especially if it's a boy!
Two University of Washington economists have discovered that American men work longer hours after having children - and the effect is significantly greater when they have sons than when they have daughters. (2000-06-07)

X-ray snaps of Eros
Thanks to a solar flare, astronomers were able to make the first ever measurements of the composition of a small portion of Eros. Their findings link the asteroid to the very first stage of Solar System formation. (2000-06-06)

GM seed may be more widespread than we think
According to an American company, the latest furore over accidental planting of genetically modified seed in Europe may be just the tip of the iceberg. Genetic ID told New Scientist that more than half of 20 random samples of US seed distributors contained detectable traces of GM seed. (2000-05-23)

Fresno researcher receives national award
Chemist George B. Kauffman of Fresno, Calif., will be honored on March 28 for more than 43 years of guiding students to think and act imaginatively and independently. He will receive the American Chemical Society Award for Research at an Undergraduate Institution at the Society's national meeting in San Francisco. (2000-03-21)

St. Paul researcher receives national award
Philip Portoghese of St. Paul, Minn., will be honored March 28 by the world's largest scientific society for revealing how drugs like morphine interact with opioid receptors. He will receive the Alfred Burger Award in Medicinal Chemistry from the American Chemical Society at its 219th national meeting in San Francisco. (2000-03-21)

Are there parts of the universe where time runs backwards?
The Universe may contain regions where milk would stir itself out of coffee and eggs would un-break, according to a physicist in New York state. The idea that there may be regions where time runs backwards could explain invisible dark matter. (1999-11-23)

Clinical consensus: Paracetamol's broad tolerability confirmed
'Clinical Consensus - An International Update on Paracetamol' - symposium confirms the role of paracetamol as the first- line therapy of choice in adults and children with fever and pain. (1999-11-07)

New Penn State system improves wireless access to global information sharing
Penn State researchers have designed and tested a new concept for providing wireless access to the full resources of the information superhighway that promises to improve efficiency by reducing (1999-09-08)

Cockroaches beware! This house has been treated with catnip
Researchers have confirmed an old wives' tale: Placing catnip around the house helps keep cockroaches away. Their findings could lead to the development of new natural insect repellents that could be sprayed along baseboards to keep roaches from coming out of the walls. (1999-08-23)

Chlorine discovery near Jupiter moon hints at salt presence on surface
The recent discovery of chlorine above Io, a moon of Jupiter, indicates the odd object may hold common table salt, according to two University of Colorado at Boulder scientists. (1999-06-02)

Watch Out, There's A Tsunami On The Way
Japan should soon be able to get advance warning of tsunamis, the giant waves that create havoc when they hit the coast. A new alerting system uses Global Positioning System navigation satellites to monitor the vertical motion of a buoy moored out in the ocean. (1999-05-05)

Free E-mail Services Are Vulnerable To Hackers
Free Web-based e-mail services are vulnerable to hackers, according to findings by an Internet security consultancy in Maryland, US. They found that the three biggest Web-based e- mail services failed to provide a basic security feature that helps keep hackers out. (1999-05-05)

Scientists Discover Protein In Mammals Tuned To Respond To What May Be Hottest Temperature Our Nerves Can Detect
Researchers at the University of California San Francisco have discovered a receptor protein in rodents and humans tuned to respond to temperatures of 120 degrees Fahrenheit and higher - by far the hottest temperatures for which a nerve receptor has been identified. (1999-03-31)

Superfast Jets From Expoding Stars Could Explain Cosmic Speed Freaks
Gamma-ray bursts may be produced by the debris expelled from a supernova in a hyperfast jet, according to an astronomer in New Jersey. His theory would also explain why some pulsars are moving at speeds ten times faster than ordinary stars. (1998-09-16)

HIV Patients' Mental Health Affects How Seriously They Take Treatment
HIV patients who feel they have a meaningful life and are well cared for take their treatment more seriously than those who don't, a new University of California San Francisco study has found. (1998-07-01)

From Sunscreen To Semiconductors: New Chemistry For Building Better Polymers
Bullet-proof cashmere? Well, maybe not. But Michigan Tech's Gerard Caneba's new polymer process has investors looking at building all kinds of new substances that tie together all kinds of contradictory properties. (1998-06-26)

Malthus + 200: Disastrous 'Correction' Looms
Two hundred years after the essay by T.R. Malthus that put (1998-03-25)

Student Discovery Sparks Worldwide Attention
A university student working with CSIRO has discovered a completely new kind of quasar. (1997-11-20)

Insects Provide Clues About Bodies Underwater
Simon Fraser University researcher Niki Macdonell says the eight rotting pig carcasses she'll pull from streams and lakes in local forests next month hold important clues to deaths that occur in freshwater. With virtually no research in the field to draw on, Macdonell, says pathologists are (1997-10-22)

New T-F Test Identifies Personality Disorders
A new self-administered true-false questionnaire developed at Cornell University Medical College and tested at Cornell University by psychopathologist Mark Lenzenweger, reliably identified persons with personality pathology. (1997-04-14)

Premature Birth Sometimes Can Adversely Affect Infant's Ties To Mother
For mothers of premature, very low birth-weight babies that began life in the sterile confines of a neonatal intensive care unit, the second year of motherhood may bring new stresses and a barely 50 percent chance that a secure bond will form with the children, University of Illinois researchers report (1996-12-06)

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