Archive: 10/16/2007

Professor studies army-ant-following birds

In the jungles of Central and South America, a group of birds has evolved a unique way of finding food – by following hordes of army ants and letting them do all the work.

Oct 16, 2007
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If corn is biofuels king, tropical maize may be emperor

When University of Illinois crop scientist Fred Below began growing tropical maize, the form of corn grown in the tropics, he was looking for novel genes for the utilization of nitrogen fertilizer and was hoping to discover ...

Oct 16, 2007
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A wheat for all seasons -- and reasons

The seeds may be lacking for perennial wheat to be grown on any significant basis in Texas, but interest is not, according to Dr. Charlie Rush, Texas Agricultural Experiment Station plant pathologist.

Oct 16, 2007
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Two-pronged intervention boosts senior driving skills

Older drivers who couple classroom courses with behind-the-wheel training can significantly improve their driving performance, according to a report published in the latest issue of The Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sc ...

Oct 16, 2007
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Improving Roads with Ethanol Co-products

Iowa’s soil is great for growing corn. But it’s not so great for building roads. Soil around the Midwest is mostly soft clay and till deposited by glaciers, said Halil Ceylan, an Iowa State assistant professor ...

Oct 16, 2007
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Obesity genetics

New evidence that genetics plays a key role in obesity is published today in the International Journal of Bioinformatics Research and Applications. The findings relate to the genetics of modern Pima Indians who have an unu ...

Oct 16, 2007
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Bouncing Bucky Balls

C60 molecules have an intriguing ball-shaped structure that suggests several interesting possibilities for motion on surfaces. Indeed, researchers have found that the passage of electrons through a bucky ball in a transistor ...

Oct 16, 2007
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Researchers improve accuracy of breast cancer prognoses

One of the many unknowns facing women who are diagnosed with breast cancer is predicting the likelihood that the cancer will spread to other parts of the body – metastasize. Researchers from UC San Diego are looking to ...

Oct 16, 2007
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