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Ecology, Earth, Environment, Amphibian, Chernobyl, Biodiversity, Endangered

Story Ideas from the University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory

Story Ideas from Savannah River Ecology Laboratory: 1) The endangered woodstork, 2) Where have all the flowers gone?, 3) Small spills, large problem, 4) Global amphibian declines, 5) Discovery of a new species points to how little we know about our environment. If you want to add depth to your coverage of ecology or Earth Day we invite you to contact us.


Terabit, Transmission, Ultra Wideband, WDM

Bell Labs Scientists Report World's First Long-Distance Transmission of a Trillion Bits of Data, Using 100 Colors of Light

Bell Labs researchers have demonstrated transmission of a terabit (trillion bits) of information per second -- 10 gigabits (billion bits) over each of 100 wavelengths, or colors, of light -- over 400 kilometers, or nearly 250 miles. Their experiment uses an experimental Bell Labs ultra-wideband opitcal-fiber amplifier, which was itself demonstrated less than a year ago.


Circadian, Rhythms, Biological, Clock

Internal clocks keep everything from humans to algae ticking

Those who forget to set their clocks forward April 5 for Daylight Savings Time can be confident that their internal clock is running on schedule - regulating things such as sleep, body temperature and hormone production. Even simple organisms such as single-celled algae have internal clocks, says Vanderbilt University biologist Carl Johnson.


Chaotic, Physicist, SANT, Courier, Transmission, Modulation, Communication

UCSD Researchers Design Method of Using Chaos for Communication

Engineers have long tried to rid their designs of any disorderly or chaotic signals in favor of regular, simple motions on which to build computers and communication systems. This traditional approach may soon be challenged by a newly-discovered capability to communicate using chaotic signals from one laser to another.



Polymers, Biosensors, Mammalian, Cells, ions, Molecules, Antidotes, Neurotoxins

PEBBLEs help U-M scientists open a window on cell chemistry

Made of polymers, instead of stone, PEBBLEs (Probes Encapsulated By BioListic Embedding) are designed to work inside mammalian cells where they can detect subtle changes in concentrations of ions and small molecules. Research could lead to antidotes for neurotoxins used in biological warfare.


Software, DIE, CAST, Automobile, Metal, Technology, Engineering

New Software Makes More Reliable Cast Metal Parts

Researchers at Ohio State University have developed a fast new method to identify potential defects that may form in die-cast metal parts for cars, major appliances, toys and electrical components.


Biodiversity, Preserve, Fungus, Medicine, Pharmaceutical, Mycology, Medicinal, Drugs

Hunting drugs in a NY nature preserve

Fungal organisms living at a 286-acre biodiversity preserve in upstate New York will be surveyed for potential new drugs as the result of a bioprospecting agreement announced today Feb. 27 by Schering-Plough Corp., the Cornell Research Foundation the Cornell Institute for Research in Chemical Ecology and the Finger Lakes Land Trust. It is he first survey of its kind in a temperate zone habitat.


Turtle, Aquarium, Hearing, Research, Ocean

Green Sea Turtle Participating in Hearing Study

Myrtle, a 500-pound, 50ish green sea turtle and long-time New England Aquarium Giant Ocean Tank resident, is playing an instrumental role in an exciting hearing study.


Electronics, Germanium, Silicon, Alloy, Physics

Little Tin Worms On The March

In high-end electronics, where success hinges on being lighter,faster, and smaller, size is the biggest barrier to progress. Researchers at Michigan Tech have discovered little tin "worms" that could have important potential.


Science, Policy, Information, Computing, Communication

NSF Approves 29 New Connections To High-Performance Computer Network

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced today that 29 additional institutions will be connected to the very high performance Backbone Network Service (vBNS), allowing scientists and engineers across the country to collaborate and share powerful computing and information resources. This latest round of connections brings the total number of institutions approved for connections to 92.

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