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Environment, Georgia, coal, Aquatic, Wildlife, Toxic, Energy, Contaminant

Contaminants from coal-burning byproduct affecting aquatic wildlife

Ecologists at the Savannah River Site are finding high levels of heavy metals in animals exposed to coal fly ash left over from burning coal at the federal reservation, and they suspect that the same problems are widespread because gigatons of coal are burned around the world every year.


Astronomy, Education, Science, Policy

Radio Telescopes in the New Movie "Contact" Dish Up Real Science

In the new movie "Contact," astronomer Ellie Arroway, played by actress Jodie Foster, searches for signs of extraterrestrial life using massive, Earth-bound radio telescopes.


Fusion, Skies, Materials, Steam, Space, MARS, Environment, Sludge

Story Ideas From Oak Ridge National Laboratory

1) Fusion -- Smooth Skies; 2) Materials -- Letting Off Steam; 3) Space -- Next Stop, Mars; 4) Environment -- A Spreading Problem


Materials, Hardness, Engineering, Testing, Grinding

Dynamic Hardness Testing: It's Not So Hard Anymore

Dynamic hardness testing is a time-consuming, complex, costly task. Now researchers at Michigan Technological University have found a way that could render these elaborate and costly tests absolete.


Poultry, Avian, Chicken, Disease, Influenza, Salmonella, Laryngotracheitis, egg

Disease still threatens poultry and human health

Significant progress in controlling poultry-borne infection was reported recently at a Cornell University meeting, the 69th Northeastern Conference on Avian Diseases. Still, two diseases (avian influenza or AI and infectious laryngotracheitis or ILT) threaten the economic health of the American poultry industry and at least one (Salmonella enteritidis) worries Americans who eat eggs.


gpra, Policy, Strategic, plan

Media Availability with NSF Acting Deputy Director

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has asked the science and engineering (S&E) community to contribute its views on two significant agency-wide efforts this year.


Power, GRID, Blood, Manufacturing, Medicine, Lasers, Resource

Research advances across broad front

Eight Sandia winners of R&D 100 awards proposed devices -- newly or nearly in use -- in fields ranging from medicine to computers, and from manufacturing to resource exploration to the prevention of widespread power failures.



Monogamy, Social, Attachment, Autism, Schizophrenia, Oxytocin, Vasopressin, Hormones

Biology of a Monogamous Bond

The hormones oxytocin (OT) and vasopressin (AVP) play a vital role in influencing complex social behaviors such as affiliation, parental care, territorial aggression and several behaviors associated with monogamy (pair bonding, paternal care, mate guarding). Scientists at Yerkes Primate Center at Emory University are examining these hormones in rodents to eventually help develop treatments for autism and schizophrenia, both of which result in social isolation and detachment.



Internet, Premature, Infant, Neonatology, Argentina, Nicunet

Using Internet, Doctor Saves Life In Argentina

A neonatologist in NY, using the internet, saves the life of a premature infant in Argentina.


MARS, Pathfinder, Umass, Golombek

UMass Alum Chief Scientist on Mars Pathfinder Mission

A University of Massachusetts graduate is the chief scientist on NASA's Mars Pathfinder mission. Matthew Golombek, who has worked with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on the mission since its inception five years ago, studied the geology of Mars, Earth, and the moon while earning his master's and doctoral degrees in geology from the University in 1978 and 1981, respectively.

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