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Non-toxic anti-fouling coating for ships
The fouling of ships' hulls is a major problem for shipping worldwide. A research group at Cornell University, led by Christopher Ober, has developed two types of non-toxic paint that prevent fouling by bacteria or barnacles. (2003-03-27)

Program wins first Youth Development Award from Grant Foundation
The University-Assisted Community School Program, developed by the Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania, has won the first Youth Development Award from the William T. Grant Foundation. The Program includes the Philadelphia School District's West Region and the West Philadelphia Partnership. (2003-03-26)

Diabetic vets are frequent users of health care system
A study of 33,481 diabetic veterans suggests that many of these individuals carry an (2003-03-07)

DuPont technology to receive US EPA's clean air excellence award
The revolutionary science behind DuPont SuperSolids ultra-low emissions coatings technology has earned the U.S. EPA's Clean Air Excellence Award. SuperSolids clearcoat lowers volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions more than 25 percent, while also improving scratch and mar resistance 60 percent for automotive finishes. The EPA will present the award March 20 in Washington, D.C. (2003-03-05)

Seattle chemist wins national award for discovering new materials
Larry R. Dalton of Seattle will be honored March 25 by the American Chemical Society for discovering new compounds for the next generation of information technology as well as for his efforts to excite the next generation of scientists. He will receive the 2003 Award in the Chemistry of Materials at the Society's national meeting in New Orleans. (2003-03-04)

Urbana chemist wins national award for 'universal' chemistry
Scott E. Denmark of Urbana, Ill., will be honored March 25 by the American Chemical Society for developing more efficient ways to make pharmaceuticals, agricultural chemicals and a host of other possible products. He will receive the 2003 Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry at the Society's national meeting in New Orleans. (2003-03-04)

Rutgers researcher advances understanding of attention deficit disorder and schizophrenia
At Rutgers, magnetic imaging (EEG and fMRI) is being used to paint a revealing picture of the brain's activities as it reacts to real-world events. According to Psychology Professor Stephen Hanson at Rutgers-Newark, the research will likely lead to new approaches to treatment of cognitive malfunctions such as ADD and schizophrenia. (2003-02-27)

Pitt research shows early lead exposure may be a significant cause of juvenile delinquency
Children exposed to lead have significantly greater odds of developing delinquent behavior, according to a University of Pittsburgh researcher. Results of the study, directed by Herbert Needleman, M.D., professor of child psychiatry and pediatrics, were published in today's issue of Neurotoxicology and Terotology. (2003-01-02)

Fine-tuning fine art with lasers
Lasers can be safe and efficient tools for cleaning priceless works of art, according to the first systematic study of the long-term effects of lasers on paintings. The findings should help allay fears of cautious conservators who tend to prefer traditional methods to untried technologies. (2002-09-10)

Awards of the Netherlands' greatest prize for science
The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has granted the NWO/Spinoza Award 2002 to four leading Dutch research scientists. The Award is the highest Dutch prize for scientific achievement and carries a grant of EUR 1.5 million per recipient, to be spent on research of their own choice. (2002-08-28)

Future advances of 20,000-year-old coatings technology detailed in upcoming Science magazine
DuPont senior scientist Dr. Robert R. Matheson, Jr., one of the world's foremost experts on one of the oldest technologies known to humans, will detail the future advances of 20,000-year-old coatings technology in his scientific research paper (2002-08-08)

Investigating the techniques of Old Masters
Why do the colours in some of Van Gogh's paintings change? How did he mix his paint? The new De Mayerne research programme is investigating molecular changes due to the ageing of paintings, artist's techniques and the effects of previous restorations. (2002-06-24)

Montgomery County chemistry teacher wins regional award
Chemistry teacher Elena Andrys Pisciotta of Damascus High School in Damascus, Md., will be honored May 29 by the American Chemical Society for outstanding high school chemistry teaching. She will be presented with the ACS Regional Award in High School Chemistry Teaching at the Society's Middle Atlantic regional meeting in Fairfax, Va. (2002-06-07)

Study of aquatic mussels indicates they may yield new antifouling materials, surgical adhesives
A possible role in surgical adhesion for aquatic mussels is among research topics to be discussed at the 34th annual Great Lakes Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, June 2-4, at the Radisson Hotel Metrodome and the McNamara Alumni Center, in Minneapolis. (2002-06-04)

Archaeologists help restore precious pigments on rare sarcophagus
Looters robbing an ancient graveyard in Turkey in 1998 dropped a heavy marble coffin in their attempt to flee, abandoning it in a forest. The sarcophagus deemed unworthy of further trouble by the thieves turned out to be a treasure to archaeologists - it's the most colorful sarcophagus surviving from Classical Greek antiquity, according to Professor C. Brian Rose, a University of Cincinnati archaeologist who servs on an international team working to save it. (2002-05-10)

University of Southern Mississippi polymer researchers awarded $450,000 grant
The University of Southern Mississippi has received a $450,000 grant from the Mississippi Development Authority (2002-02-25)

University of Southern Mississippi to ship first batch of Pentagon paint
A new environmentally friendly paint has been formulated in the Thames Polymer Science Research Center at The University of Southern Mississippi. The Pentagon has selected this paint to use in renovating and rebuilding becasue of its environmental and other qualities. (2002-02-19)

Stratified seawater disrupts the transport of imposex substances
Biologists from the Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) have discovered that toxic substances from antifouling paint on ships, do not reach the seabed directly if the sea is vertically stratified in different layers. The toxic substances cause the growth of male sexual characteristics in female snails on the seabed. (2002-01-24)

ORNL conducting field test of instruments to detect lead
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Oct. 29, 2001 - Instruments and methods to detect lead in house dust will get a tryout at a field verification event conducted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory Nov. 5-9 in Hartford, Conn. (2001-10-29)

Chemical society convenes regional meeting in San Antonio, October 17-20
Over 320 research findings are scheduled for presentation at the 57th Southwest regional meeting of the American Chemical Society at the Omni San Antonio Hotel, October 17-20. A plastic sport utility vehicle that will hit the market in late 2002 will be on display. (2001-10-19)

NU professor works toward a permanently germ-free surface: Polymer glass coating capable of killing airborne bacteria on contact
Whose hands were on that doorknob before yours? That handrail, pay phone, or subway pole? Kim Lewis, newly appointed professor of biology at Northeastern University in Boston, has worked with scientists at M.I.T. and Tufts University to ease our germ-fearing minds about this very thing. In their research, they demonstrate that covalent attachment of N-alkylated poly(4-vinylpyridine) (PVP) to glass surfaces can make surfaces permanently lethal to several types of bacteria on contact. (2001-10-15)

Iron-deficient children at risk for higher blood lead levels, finds researchers at UC Berkeley
Researchers from UC Berkeley and the California Department of Health Services found that young children who were iron-deficient had significantly higher blood lead levels than children with normal blood iron levels. The impact of iron-deficiency became even more pronounced in environments that were highly contaminated with lead. The findings support the importance of nutritional factors in preventing childhood lead exposure. (2001-10-03)

A step forward in nanotechnology
A technique that will greatly improve the study of nanostructures and help shorten the development time for quantum computers and similar devices has been demonstrated by a team of University of Michigan researchers. (2001-09-21)

Crystallographers meet in Los Angeles
Using chemistry to identify and authenticate historic artwork, a new report on the protein responsible for mad cow disease, and a new chocolate manufacturing process are just a few of the highlights at this week's annual meeting of the American Crystallographic Association (ACA) taking place at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. (2001-07-25)

Virtual reality studies allow creation of original 'paintings' without all the mess
A new electronic system developed by graduate students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers a twist on existing commercial computer-based painting software. Unique components include deformable, three-dimensional virtual brushes that give painters control of complex brush strokes similar to those of various real brushes. Artists paint directly onto a virtual canvas displayed on the screen. (2001-06-13)

Pictures hardly subject to leaching during cleaning
If picture restorers are careful when using solvents, very few organic molecules are likely to be leached away from the paint layer. Serious leaching does however occur when paint samples are immersed in solvents. (2001-05-29)

Most women are not confrontational when faced with sex harassment, Yale study shows
Women like to believe they would report or confront someone who was sexually harassing them, but when faced with an actual situation, out of fear they rarely voice objections. The findings by a Yale researcher were based on the reactions of 50 women, 18-to-39-years-old, who, during the course of what they believed was a real job interview, were asked three sexually harassing questions. (2001-05-28)

Device puts a new spin on gathering evidence
Usually, getting sucked into a vortex signals the death of a good idea. But two Michigan State University professors hope a giant sucking sound will signal a revolution in gathering crime evidence. The Trace Evidence Concentrator started as an idea to clean roots for plant research now promises to quickly unearth minutia to solve crimes. (2001-05-09)

Plastics role in auto industry discussed; plastic car displayed at ACS meeting
The current and future role of plastics in the automotive industry is the topic of a speech by Bruce Cundiff, Director of Automotive for the American Plastics Council, scheduled for delivery Monday, April 2, at the 221st national meeting of the American Chemical Society, in San Diego. Plastic industry experts believe the ever-increasing use of plastics in automobiles has improved performance, safety and fuel efficiency. (2001-03-25)

Backback drone
A miniature hovering spy-craft could soon be flying behind enemy lines to conduct surveillance or darting around inside buildings to help police find hostage-takers. The idea is that the lightweight craft, designed in the US, would be carried by soldiers in their backpacks. (2000-10-17)

Vapor-recovery system captures and recycles air pollutants
A device for capturing and recovering dilute volatile organic compounds and other hazardous air pollutants has been developed by researchers at the University of Illinois. (2000-10-03)

Researchers work to reduce lead poisoning of children in Chicago's West Town
Armed with various plants, researchers at Northwestern University and Children's Memorial Hospital are working to determine the best way to reduce lead poisoning from contaminated soil. The federally funded study will provide data necessary to develop a more widespread intervention program for cities needing inexpensive methods to combat lead-contaminated soil. (2000-10-02)

Chemists and curators join forces to save Old Masters
It's enough to make the 'Mona Lisa' stop smiling. In an effort to preserve old paintings, collectors and curators unknowingly used untested and risky techniques that are causing the polymers forming their paints to fall apart. The research was reported at the 220th annual meeting of the American Chemical Society. (2000-08-24)

Cars and bridges that almost never rust
A plastic coating that virtually eliminates rust and corrosion -- which could help cars, bridges and pipelines last up to 10 times longer -- was described at the 220th national meeting of the American Chemical Society. The coating can be applied to nearly any metal and is already being used in foreign countries. (2000-08-20)

Findings presented on Alzheimer's disease, brain gymnastics, and lead
Keeping physically or mentally active outside of work in midlife may help prevent Alzheimer's disease, according to research at Case Western Reserve University. Research also has shown that people who have worked in jobs with high levels of lead exposure are more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease. (2000-07-26)

Pitt research shows early lead exposure is a significant cause of juvenile delinquency
Children exposed to lead have significantly greater odds of developing delinquent behavior, according to a University of Pittsburgh researcher. The study results, directed by Herbert Needleman, M.D., professor of child psychiatry and pediatrics, were presented today at the 2000 Pediatric Academic Societies and American Academy of Pediatrics Joint Meeting. (2000-05-14)

On-the-job lead exposure could increase Alzheimer's risk
Occupational lead exposure may have long-term effects and dramatically increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease in later years, according to research presented during the American Academy of Neurology's 52nd Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA, April 29 - May 6, 2000. People who have worked in jobs with high levels of lead exposure are up to 3.4 times more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease. (2000-05-03)

Scientists demonstrate potential of a quick, sensitive test for durability of paints
Brookhaven scientists and collaborators present findings that could lead to the development of a way to test paint durability before the brushes even get wet. (2000-03-21)

Carnegie Mellon's National Robotics Engineering Consortium hosts open house to showcase robotic technologies
Carnegie Mellon's National Robotics Engineering Consortium will showcase the growing robotics industry in Western Pa.The NASA-sponsored consortium opened in 1996 with three projects. Today scientists work with more than 18 companies, industrial consortia and government agencies on projects including robotic forktrucks, citrus sprayers, drowsy driver monitors. (2000-03-14)

Emperor Nero robbed Roman wall painting of its prestige
The Emperor Nero ousted the art of wall painting as a court art. This is shown by Nero's Domus Aurea (Golden House). Dutch archaeologists have found that the imperial apartments had marble walls. Wall painting was only used to decorate the less important parts of the complex. (2000-02-22)

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