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2004 Max Planck Research Prize for Martin Vingron and Eugene W. Myers

...dt Foundation. The prize is awarded annually in a special sub-field of engineering technology, the natural sciences, life sciences or the humanities. The specific subject is selected jointly by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Max Planck Society. In 2004, two scientists who specialize in the fi...

Fat cells heal skull defects in mice, Stanford research shows

...leagues have spent several years investigating the special qualities of the fat-derived cells, which are isolated from fat pockets under the skin of juvenile or adult animals. They've found that the cells, also known as multipotent cells, can be coaxed in the laboratory to express the genes and characteristi...

Teachers turn to Tolkein to explain physics

...er rise nor fall. What makes this lump of metal so special is that it is the "official" kilogram. So whether the cylinder gets "heavier" by picking up dust or "lighter" as a result of being cleaned, it always has a mass of 1 kg. Ian Robinson describes two new experiments that aim to sweep away this unsatisfa...

University of Michigan symposium charts course for the future of telemedicine

...dence from telemedicine evaluation studies, with a special focus on scientific validation now, and in the fut...rtaining to clinical outcomes of telemedicine with special emphasis on research design and outcome measurement in a variety of health care settings Descripti...

Kinase backgrounder: Iressa discovery part of major kinase project at Dana-Farber

...ng their role in cancer Kinases are proteins of a special category called enzymes, which spark chemical reactions throughout the body to make it grow and function. Many kinases act as on-off switches inside cells, controlling the continuous flow of chemical signals that tell the cell what to do. A kinase se...

American Lung Association's 2004 State of the Air report ranks cities and counties with dirty air

...rself From Ozone and Particle Air Pollution," with special guidelines for seniors and parents of small children. These simple and concrete action steps include avoiding exercising outside on high pollution days and not burning wood or trash. The American Lung Association also urges taking steps to help cl...

NASA-inspired technology may help preserve women's future fertility after cancer treatment

...in an orbiting device designed to gently agitate a special growth medium just enough to prevent follicles fro...urposes, some ovarian tissue was encapsulated in a special protective polymer gel and some was not, Dr. McGee said. Culture wells, test tubes and rotating wall...

AIUM to honor ultrasound pioneers at its 2004 Annual Convention

...o the development of diagnostic ultrasound warrant special merit. The 2004 Honorary Fellow Award will be presented to Kypros Nicolaides, MD. The Honorary Fellow Award recognizes nonmembers who have contributed significantly to the field of ultrasound. Dr Nicolaides will receive a complimentary lifetime m...

2004 AIUM ultrasound research grant recipients to be announced at the AIUM annual convention

...d research and education projects. In addition, a special one-time award, the Gilbert Baum Memorial Grant, w... Baum, has provided a gift of $10,000 to fund this special award. The ERF, under the auspices of the AIUM, plans to continue awarding several ultrasound resear...

University of Pittsburgh receives NIH funding to develop heart assist device for infants

...e of a quarter, with features designed to meet the special needs of patients with congenital and acquired hea...dult devices. It also must be designed to meet the special medical and circulatory needs of infants with complex congenital heart disease," noted Bradley B. Ke...

Researchers find evidence that sea turtles navigate with magnetic maps

... coast near Cape Canaveral, Fla., the team built a special cube-shaped magnetic coil system almost the height of a two-story house. They used the coil to reproduce the magnetic fields that exist in different areas along the southeastern U.S. coast. They also placed a pool of water in the center of the coil s...

Ocean dye to help Rutgers scientists trace Hudson River's path miles into the Atlantic

...wing their flow. The LaTTE acronym will have special meaning for coffee lovers. One of the chemicals to be monitored in the Hudson River Plume is caffeine. It passes though sewage treatment plants unchanged, and because it has no oceanic source, it can be used as an additional tracer. Shipboard t...

NCAR aircraft, ground instruments to track carbon dioxide uptake

...uch sites around the world. But in mountain ranges special conditions, such as turbulent airflow, snow pack, vegetation patterns, and contrastsin sunshine and shade, complicate data gathering. The National Science Foundation, NCAR's primary sponsor and owner of the C-130 aircraft, is funding the project. The...

Newly discovered gene controls levels of 'bad' cholesterol in mice

...use of a genetic defect. When Maxwell examined the special high-cholesterol mice after they had been injected with Pcsk9, she found that their cholesterol levels had not changed -- LDL levels did not increase as they had in normal mice. This suggests that Pcsk9 has no effect on cholesterol levels unless LDL ...

Bye-bye Bio 101: Teach science the way you do science

...ding Peter J. Bruns, vice president for grants and special programs at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Shirley M. Tilghman, president of Princeton University and a former HHMI investigator, argue that outcome assessments demonstrate that students taught this way have better problem-solving ability, ...

Prenatal nicotine primes adolescent brain for addiction

...nomic and other factors and point toward something special about exposure to nicotine during the prenatal period," Slotkin said. In search of a biological explanation for the pattern, the Duke team administered nicotine or placebo to pregnant rats. The offspring then received a secondary exposure to the drug...

Research bank makes good use of umbilical cords

...ng moms, the obstetrics and gynecology staff use a special collection kit to preserve the cord blood after delivery," Winnike explained. The kit includes catheters to drain blood from the three blood vessels in the cord. One umbilical cord provides 20 to 150 milliliters of blood. The blood cells are processe...

Wet scans

...ltra-fine layer of gold, quick-freezing samples in special deep-freezes, or treating them with drying solvents. Now, scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science have found a way to view samples of biological materials in their natural, "wet" state. Their secret lies in the production of a very thin but...

Salty scans

...he Institut Curie in France to help them build the special accessory needed to detect the sodium. Working at a high resolution allowed them to pick up the fine details of changing sodium concentration, particularly localized variations in the sodium gradient. First the team imaged a healt...

Hemochromatosis, inflammation and anemia

...d this link. The Children's/Harvard team developed special strains of mice, in which researchers could study the effects of inflammation on an organism where HFE was blocked. The results were remarkable. "Our results clearly link HFE to the development of this type of anemia. And more importantly, it seems t...

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