Archive: 05/18/2006

Colombian frog believed extinct found alive

Researchers exploring a Colombian mountain range found surviving members of a species of Harlequin frog believed extinct due to a killer fungus wiping out amphibian populations in Central and South America.

May 18, 2006
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'Extreme Physics' Observatory Prepares for Flight

Scientists and engineers have completed assembly of the primary instrument for the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope, or GLAST, a breakthrough orbiting observatory scheduled to launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in ...

May 18, 2006
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Clocking events at the nanoscale

As scientists and engineers build devices at smaller and smaller scales, grasping the dynamics of how materials behave when they are subjected to electrical signals, sound and other manipulations has proven to be beyond the ...

May 18, 2006
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Ready, set, mutate... and may the best microbe win

Even with modern genomic tools, it's a daunting task to find a smoking gun for Darwinian evolution. The problem lies in being able to say not just when and how a specific gene mutated but also how that one genetic change ...

May 18, 2006
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Even when faint, ovary scent draws sperm cells

Mice are known to have a keen sense of smell, but it's not just their noses that are adept at picking up a scent, a new study shows. In this week's Analytical Chemistry, scientists at Indiana University Bloomi ...

May 18, 2006
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Searching for the soul in the machine

If computers could create a society, what kind of world would they make? Thanks to the work of an ambitious project that adds a whole new meaning to the phrase, ‘computer society’, in which millions of ...

May 18, 2006
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Reinforced racquets and heated wallpaper

Extremely conductive, stronger than steel and lighter than aluminum – these are only a few of the amazing properties of carbon nanotubes. An innovative method now enables the "miracle material" to be processed ...

May 18, 2006
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Govt. retiree health benefits to cost big

The future health benefits of retiring state and local government employees could slam taxpayers with a bill exceeding $1 trillion, reports USA Today.

May 18, 2006
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AIDS drug trials may be virus stopper

A U.S. pharmaceutical company is trying to get complete human data on a drug proven to prevent HIV in monkeys more than 12 years ago.

May 18, 2006
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