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NSF Tipsheet For September 26, 1997

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Tips from the National Science Foundation--9/26/97: 1) University of Miami Joins Suny Buffalo to Study Airborne Contagions; 2) Skeletal Muscle May Repair Heart Damage, 3) President's Budget Continues Shift to Civilian R&D

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29-Sep-1997 12:00 AM EDT
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Drug-grade proteins made from insect larvae

Cornell University

Thanks to the confluence of a new technology in virology and a recent patent in rearing insects, scientists at the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research Inc. (BTI), located at Cornell University, have found a better way to produce commercial quantities of pharmaceutical proteins out of insect larvae.

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26-Sep-1997 12:00 AM EDT
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More Clues to Life After Ice: How Frozen Frogs Thaw

Miami University

A team of Miami University researchers has discovered another part of the process that allows certain reptiles and amphibians to freeze solid and then thaw back to healthy life. Glucose, key to preserving wood frogs when they freeze during winter, is not flushed out of a frog's body when it thaws, but is reabsorbed into the bloodstream through the frog's urinary bladder, according to research by Drs. Jon Costanzo, Phyllis Callahan and Richard Lee, professors of zoology, and Michael Wright, research associate, all at Miami.

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26-Sep-1997 12:00 AM EDT
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Infants have keen long-term memory for words

Johns Hopkins University

Experimental psychologists have discovered that babies as young as 8 months are quite good at learning and remembering words.

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26-Sep-1997 12:00 AM EDT
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Conversation an Active Element In Comforting

Purdue University

When you're upset, putting the hurt into words is probably the best thing you can do to get over it, says a Purdue University expert on communication.

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26-Sep-1997 12:00 AM EDT
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Purdue Study Suggests Marrying For Love And Money

Purdue University

A Purdue University study sheds new light on the old practice of marrying for money. "Marriage has a lot to do with wealth accumulation," says Janet Wilmoth, assistant professor of sociology. "Getting and staying married appears to provide institutional benefits that greatly impact long- term economic well-being."

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26-Sep-1997 12:00 AM EDT
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New Scientist Press Release

New Scientist

Press release of issue dated 27 September for New Scientist, the international science and technology weekly news magazine

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25-Sep-1997 12:00 AM EDT
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MSU Research Sheds New Light on Photosynthesis

Michigan State University

The process of photosynthesis -- the way in which plants convert water and carbon dioxide into oxygen -- is much clearer now, thanks to research by two Michigan State University chemists. While other researchers have been able to hit upon only "bits and pieces" of the process, these two scientists were able to bring it all together.

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25-Sep-1997 12:00 AM EDT
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Hidden data, Major magnet, Casting models

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Three tips from Los Alamos: 1) Embedded computer data protects secrets, 2) 60 Tesla magnet packs a wallop, 3) Computer model for molten alloys

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25-Sep-1997 12:00 AM EDT
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ISU Plays a Key Role in FAA Center

Iowa State University

Iowa State University and Ohio State University will manage the newly established Airworthiness Assurance Center of Excellence announced Sept. 23 by the Federal Aviation Administration. AACE will identify and solve critical technology challenges related to national aircraft safety, including research in the areas of aircraft inspection, maintenance and repair; crashworthiness; propulsion; advanced materials; and landing gears.

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25-Sep-1997 12:00 AM EDT
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