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4 October press briefing to focus on minority recruitment to science and engineering programs

...med the value of diverse learning environments but struck down formulaic or points-based approaches to under... importance of a diverse learning environment, but struck down the use of race as a quantitative "plus factor" in undergraduate admissions decisions. The mixe...

MSU group reviews Berkeley venture into brave new science funding world

...ittee set up to select research projects. The deal struck several nerves. Concerns were raised about the influence of industry money on academic research, on the shaping of research priorities and especially on maintaining what many see as the most precious commodity in academe: Credibility. "I can under...

New technique helps scientists reveal interactions between genes and drugs

...ucted for these genes," McLeod says. "Lightning's struck twice there now, so we're definitely going to be looking for a gene that affects sensitivity in this region." McLeod's group already has applied the new screening technique to six more cancer drugs, but he says they've just begun to find ways to ...

'Trap' crop saves Texas cross timbers melon production

...nose at conventional treatments. The next year, it struck again, turning half his crop into a mass of yellow, wilted heap of vines, leaves and unmarketable fruit. At war with diseases, often besieged by unpredictable weather, melon farming is a high-investment, high-risk crop. With tens of thousands of do...

'Mighty mouse' gene works the same way in people

...a newborn baby boy, almost five years ago, and was struck by the visible muscles on the infant's upper legs and upper arms. When ultrasound proved that the muscles were roughly twice as large as other infants', but otherwise normal, Schuelke realized that a naturally occurring mutation in the child's myosta...

Origin of West Indian insect eater much older than previously thought

...oes, an asteroid, about 10 kilometers in diameter, struck somewhere in what is now the Yucatan peninsula, not far from where solenodon lives today. It has not been clear whether solenodons arrived in Cuba and Hispaniola via a land connection from North America, dispersed from North America to thes...

Lowly weeds may hold promise for curing host of common health woes

...ternally to the skin," he said. Stepp said he was struck by how the Mayans were "natural botanists" who made plants a central part of their lives. "We worked with 4- and 5-year-old kids who could name 100 plants," he said. "An American kid might be able to name 100 Pokemon characters, but if you ask him th...

Study identifies which patients can benefit from targeted lung cancer drug and why

...at Meyerson and Sellers' group had found. "We were struck that certain groups of NSCLC patients appear to be more likely to have EGFR mutations than others," Johnson remarks. "Mutations were more frequent in women, in Japanese patients, and in patients with adenocarcinoma. These are the exact same groups th...

Stanford study questions identity of alleged Romanov bones

...I used to treat a head wound suffered after he was struck by a would-be assassin in Japan in 1891. The handkerchief is a ''potentially pristine source of DNA of the last tsar,'' according to de Knijff, noting that Ivanov refused to disclose experimental details and claimed that the handkerchief DNA was degr...

Life in the universe takes orders from space

...ical contribution of the countless meteorites that struck the planet during its early history. This paper provides a plausible explanation for how, with a little help from outside, the chemistry of non-life - characterized by randomness and complexity - becomes the ordered and specific chemistry of life. Pi...

New findings are a window into the late stages of 'Lou Gehrig's' disease

...k Yankees hitter and teammate of Babe Ruth who was struck down by the disease. Some 30,000 Americans now suffer from this disabling, almost invariably fatal, disease that is caused by the degeneration of the body's motor neurons, muscle atrophy and weakness. No one knows what causes the process of terminal...

Cells' ability to open blood's floodgates hinges on unexpected factors

...ge to nerves, retinas and kidneys. Williamson was struck by a similarity between working muscle cells and cells of diabetic patients in regions likely to be damaged by the disease: both experienced increases in the ratio of two forms of a key energy-producing compound, nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NA...

Researchers identify key player in respiratory memory

...t only to restore breathing ability to individuals struck with devastating spinal cord injuries, but also to alleviate the effects of sleep apnea - tiredness, learning impairments, high blood pressure, even death - among the 5 percent of the population with this breathing disorder. Mitchell adds, "The promi...

USGS December science picks!

...uake in the United States was a magnitude 9.2 that struck Anchorage on March 28, 1964; it released more than 100 times more energy than the magnitude 7.8 San Francisco earthquake in 1906. A new poster from the USGS, Earthquakes in Alaska, shows updated information about Alaska's earth-shaking history -- s...

Communication is key to successful U.S. SARS quarantine

...public health measures." SARS was a new virus that struck unexpectedly and the countries affected had little time to plan a response, Rothstein said. To combat the epidemic, the countries studied in the report imposed large-scale quarantines and the vast majority of people took part voluntarily. "Obtaining ...

New evidence says Earths greatest extinction caused by ancient meteorite

... the days when the solar system was still forming, struck the Earth 251 million years ago," says Asish Basu,...roids, so they concluded that a giant asteroid had struck the Earth at that time, likely leading to the downfall of the dinosaurs. The Alvarez claims were at ...

Princeton paleontologist produces evidence for new theory on dinosaur extinction

...king point. Although an asteroid or comet probably struck Earth at the time of the dinosaur extinction, it m...ass extinction. The final dinosaur-killer probably struck Earth somewhere else and remains undiscovered, said Keller. These views have not made Keller a popu...

New blood test uncovers individual risk for lung cancer

...ement of a personal genetic susceptibility. Livneh struck up a collaboration with Dr. Meir Krupsky of the Chaim Sheba Medical Center to determine whether this susceptibility is caused by a decreased ability to repair DNA damage. Our DNA is damaged about 20,000 times a day by factors such as sunlight, smoke...

Weather extremes shed light on prairie's past and environment's future

... to the heat and searing of fires, severe droughts struck the region in 15 percent of the almost 105 years c...f the years, and areas to the north and south were struck by drought even less frequently. While rainfall was of similar frequency during summers, cold-weathe...

Research: Coral reefs' decline actually began centuries ago

... just a century or so ago in others. "What really struck us was the universality of the decline trajectories," said Karen Bjorndal, one of 12 authors on the paper and zoology professor and director of the Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research at the University of Florida. "It didn't matter if we were ...

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