Archive: 09/12/2006

Bird flu virus strain found in Maryland

U.S. scientists say an H5N1 avian influenza virus found earlier this month in Maryland is a low pathogenic subtype and poses no threat to humans.

Sep 12, 2006
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Study: Live H5N1 virus vaccines effective

U.S. scientists say live, weakened versions of differing strains of avian flu viruses have offered protection when tested in mice and ferrets.

Sep 12, 2006
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Study: Attention can impair perception

We normally think of paying attention to an object as a way to better perceive it, but U.S. scientists say sustained attention might worsen perception.

Sep 12, 2006
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Informal 'quotas' are common, study shows

Affirmative action is just one example of a much more pervasive and deeply rooted human tendency to even out the numbers of people from different social categories, according to University of Michigan researchers.

Sep 12, 2006
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Islands spark accelerated evolution

The notion of islands as natural test beds of evolution is nearly as old as the theory itself. The restricted scale, isolation, and sharp boundaries of islands create unique selective pressures, often to dramatic ...

Sep 12, 2006
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Pitt professor designs less-risky reactor for clean, safe energy

Reactors that burn hydrogen or natural gas to generate energy can be dirty and dangerous. The mix of air with hydrogen or natural gas can explode easily if composition and temperature are not carefully controlled. And reactors ...

Sep 12, 2006
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IBM Makes First Cell Computer Generally Available

IBM today announced that it is making its first computing system based on the Cell Broadband Engine (Cell BE) generally available on a global basis, with early adopters such as University of Manchester, RapidMind, ...

Sep 12, 2006
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Trenches create memory space

The requirements are tightening up. Computers are having to become more and more efficient. A new technology boosts memory capacity: etching the silicon wafer creates deep trenches that increase its capacity ...

Sep 12, 2006
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A projector the size of a sugar cube

No larger than a sugar cube, the video projector is ready to hand at all times. Instead of the conventional microarrays, it contains just a single mirror which can be rotated around two axes. This makes it ...

Sep 12, 2006
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