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Falling prey to machines

...omputers to play chess at this level. They've been approaching this kind of capability for years," says Holland of the Kasparov-Deep Junior match. "But AI researchers are much more amazed that human beings can still compete with computers on such an even basis given their limited abilities for detailed search. ...

New Northwestern center targets brain disorders

...ers. At present, two therapeutic developments are approaching the product stage. One is a gene-based therapy for the treatment of malignant brain tumors in both children and adults. "Discovering genes specific to brain tumors and their invasive behavior is one of the major thrusts of the Falk Center's work," ...

University of Pittsburgh focuses on building careers in womens health

... health services and public health research while approaching a scientific question from different perspectives," said ORWH director Vivian Pinn, M.D. The BIRCWH program's ultimate goal is to promote the transfer of research findings to clinical care that will benefit women's health....

For elephants, its not just their ears and trunk that make them unique on land

...he parietal pleura will have a transmural pressure approaching 150 mmHg. Clearly, they would either rupture or the great imbalance would cause an excess flow of fluid. How evolution answered the problem: Nature's answer was to replace the delicate pleura with dense connective tissue. The visceral pleura is...

A mane is a pain, but worth it for male lions

...es showed a preference for the darker-maned dummy, approaching it rather than the blond one nine of 10 times. When West and Packer later examined long-term data (recorded by Packer and his colleagues) on females who had had a choice of males in their prides, the females chose the darkest-maned male in 13 of 14 c...

UC study links parasites in freshwater runoff to sea otter deaths

...ey. In addition, sea otter mortality appears to be approaching record levels this year, based on the number of stranded animals examined through May 2002....

Protozoan chosen for genome sequencing

...uencing center. Rat and mouse genome sequencing is approaching completion. In addition to Tetrahymena, NHGRI has chosen (in alphabetical order) chicken, chimpanzee, fungi (various species), honey bee and sea urchin for the next round of sequencing....

Twelve new coral and fish species discovered off Madagascar

...as nearly doubled during CABS's 20-day expedition, approaching the total of 340 species previously recorded for the entire western Indian Ocean and representing more than one-third of the world's total known species of hard corals. Fringing one-sixth of the world's coastlines and supporting hundreds of thousands...

Widespread amphibian deformities caused by parasite

...hat such deformities can be caused at high levels, approaching 100 percent, by exposure to the parasitic trematode Ribeiroia ondatrae, whose larvae infect amphibians near the base of hind limbs and form cysts that lead to limb malformations. What is now becoming more clear is the elaborate life cycle of this pa...

Genomics and public health

.... For example, the Community Dialogue Project, now approaching completion, has resulted in a series of policy recommendations recently shared with the Michigan legislature, members of Congress and President Bush's genetics adviser. Participants in the new Genomics and Public Health Center believe it is essentia...

NIAID unveils bioterrorism research agenda

...loped by NIAID researchers or grantees and are now approaching clinical testing. One of the first drugs to help treat smallpox was recently submitted to the FDA for approval, and two recent studies identified important biochemical features of two different anthrax toxins that have provided promising leads for n...

Study links El Nio to deadly South American disease

...believe they can serve as an advance warning of an approaching epidemic year. But further study is necessary to strengthen the connection's validity. "We were only able to use data between 1994 and 1999," Lau said. "There was only one El Nio event during that period, and that's not enough to establish a conclus...

The curse of the carp

...fectively if we turned it on just as the fish were approaching and, with a detector, it would be quite simple to do that automatically, he said, "But we need to find that it doesn't have the same effect on native fish."...

World's smallest lizard discovered in Caribbean

...lizard can get, but you would think it probably is approaching that limit because it is the smallest of all 23,000 known species of reptiles, birds, and mammals," Hedges says. "The smaller an animal gets, the larger its surface area gets as a percentage of the volume or mass of its body. At some point, it gets...

NIST 'microhotplate' may help search for extraterrestrial life

...hemical sensors each measuring about 100 microns, approaching the width of a human hairbased on a design developed at NIST. NIST researchers under chemist Steve Semancik (301-975-2606) are collaborating with the National Aeronautics and Space Administrations Jet Propulsion Laboratory to adapt NISTs microhotplat...

Study by Boston College chemistry team shows critical role of water in protein function

...Glasses are substances that become very viscous on approaching a glass transition temperature," said Dr. Teeter. "They were thought to adopt completely random arrays, which is why you can see through window glass. However, at a protein surface, the glass has a special character due to the polar (water-soluble) a...

Brittlestars use crystal lenses to spot approaching predators unique visual system is the first of its kind to be discovered in animals inhabiting the earth today

... lenses in their skeletons that allow them to spot approaching predators, according to a study reported in Nature on August 23. This unique visual system is the first of its kind to be discovered in animals inhabiting the earth today. The discovery is a result of a collaborative study conducted by researchers ...

Officials delay trade restrictions on Caspian Sea caviar

...e than 90 percent in the past twenty years, and is approaching extinction. It is widely believed that beluga sturgeon no longer reproduce in the wild. Caviar Emptor, a program of leading conservation organizations Natural Resources Defense Council, Wildlife Conservation Society and SeaWeb, has recommended a hal...

Wildlife officials to consider ban on caviar exports from major Caspian Sea nations

...t act immediately to stop fishing for this species approaching extinction. But consumer nations also should take action by refusing to traffic in the eggs of an endangered species and by halting imports of this imperiled fish." Through the Caviar Emptor program, NRDC, WCS and SeaWeb also have petitioned the U...

Consuming more protein, less carbohydrates may be healthier

...cal recovery is better. We also are looking at an approaching onslaught of Type 2 diabetes. I think we have a very good reason to re-evaluate where we are at nutritionally." Layman's research focuses on the relationship between exercise and nutrition, particularly what balance of food helps maintain sufficient...

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