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New Scientist Tip Sheet for Oct. 2

New Scientist

Press release of issue dated October 2 for New Scientist, the international science and technology weekly newss magazine.

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2-Oct-1997 12:00 AM EDT
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Sitting up straight key to MSU automotive research project

Michigan State University

Good posture is important to somebody besides mothers - namely auto makers. Engineers at Michigan State University are working to give them the tools to make sitting up straight in the car easy.The solution to car seat slouch lies in the mannequins used to represent people in the seats automakers design. MSU engineers are working to design mannequins that sit like real people.

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2-Oct-1997 12:00 AM EDT
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Boston University Goes Online as Partner in National Computational Science Alliance

Boston University

Boston University joins research partners across the nation in an alliance to build the infrastructure that will link many of the world's most advanced computers into a network that will allow researchers to solve complex problems in fields such as cosmology, molecular biology, nanomaterials and environmental hydrology. In anticipation of this effort Boston University has added 128 processors to its Silicon Graphics (SGI) Origin2000TM system, giving it a total of 192 processors, and making it one of the most powerful systems available on any US university campus.

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2-Oct-1997 12:00 AM EDT
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New Yorkers don't know about watershed agreement

Cornell University

Nine months ago, New York City and the upstate New York towns in the New York City watershed formally settled their differences over environmental restrictions in the watershed region, but close to a third of the upstate residents don't know about the agreement, according to Cornell University rural sociologists.

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1-Oct-1997 12:00 AM EDT
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Electronic Device Monitors Gas Leaks

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Rensselaer researcher Michael Savic has developed an electronic device that acts as an early warning system for leaks and explosions in pipelines and storage tanks. Savic's patented system extends his earlier work to detect problems in underground pipelines.

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1-Oct-1997 12:00 AM EDT
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Remote Underwater Sampling Station Probes for Water Quality

University of Minnesota Duluth Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI)

Technology developed in Minnesota will radically change water quality testing and monitoring across the world. RUSS, a Remote Underwater Sampling Station, can remotely gather, measure, analyze, chart, store and report water quality data. RUSS does the work of several scientists within a matter of minutes and has the capability to operate continuously from a remote location.

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1-Oct-1997 12:00 AM EDT
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New book reviews the evolution of home economics

Cornell University

A new book from Cornell University Press, "Rethinking Home Economics," reviews the history and evolution of the home economics professions.

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30-Sep-1997 12:00 AM EDT
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Dangerous materials analyzed more accurately by self-assembling coating

Sandia National Laboratories

A very thin coating developed at Sandia National Laboratories improves sensor sensitivity 500 times in detecting the lethal gas Sarin,improves more usual environmental monitoring, helps separate molecules in oil refining and drug manufacturing -- and barely increases the size of the sensor.

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30-Sep-1997 12:00 AM EDT
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Researcher figures out how tannins block nutrition

Purdue University

A Purdue University animal scientist has figured out why livestock have trouble gaining weight on a diet of tannin-rich sorghum. His work eventually may help livestock, and people, get more nutrition out of lower-cost, tannin-rich grains.

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30-Sep-1997 12:00 AM EDT
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Digital Holography Aids Neurosurgeons in Aneurysm and Spine Procedures

Communications Plus

Neurosurgical specialists, reporting at the 47th annual meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) next week, will describe how the Digital Holographyô System from VoxelÆ (NASDAQ:VOXL) is helping them plan and perform complex neurosurgical procedures.

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30-Sep-1997 12:00 AM EDT
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