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Technical Sessions Highlight National Manufacturing Week

ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)

ASME International (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) is contributing 12 technical sessions and symposia at National Manufacturing Week, to be held March 10-13, 1997, in Chicago, Ill. The sessions will explore energy conservation, asset management, problem solving and other issues impacting the safety, reliability and maintenance of plant facilities and their systems. Speakers include members of the ASME Plant Engineering and Maintenance Division.

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Engineering Achievements

ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)

Dr. John Lienhard, the MD Anderson Professor of Mechanical Engineering and History at the University of Houston, invites those attending Energy Week to travel with him down "The Highways of the 30's," on Wed., Jan. 29, at 6:00 p.m., at the George R. Brown Convention Center, 3rd Level. An honorary member of ASME International, Dr. Lienhard will describe how engineering advancements in automotive technology, fuels and service have changed our society.

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Studies Reveal Some Trees "Pine" for Greenhouse

University of Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. -- The steady warming of the Earth's atmosphere, along with increased concentrations of carbon dioxide, could one day bring cataclysmic changes to the planet, some scientists believe. They have suggested global warming could cause anything from the widespread elimination of species to the melting of polar ice caps. But new studies in USDA's Southern Global Change Program indicate there is at least one hidden advantage to increased CO2 concentrations: much better tree growth due to improved photosynthesis.

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LaGuardia and O'Hare Test FAA/NCAR Info System

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Beginning early January, a new FAA/NCAR system being demonstrated at LaGuardia and O'Hare airports will provide snowfall "nowcasts" up to 30 minutes in advance for participating airlines to help reduce takeoff delays, increase safety, and save money on deicing procedures. United, USAir, and Delta are testing the new system.

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International Forum onSpace Technology

University of New Mexico

More than 500 space technology scientists from around the world are expected to attend the University of New Mexico Space Technology and Applications International Forum scheduled for Jan. 26-30 at the Hyatt Regency in Albuquerque, NM.

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Moving DNA molecules with magnetic tweezers

Johns Hopkins University

A Johns Hopkins engineer has developed "magnetic tweezers," a joystick-controlled device he uses to grab and manipulate single molecules of DNA. He is developing the device for such uses as non-invasive transportation of medicine through a patient's veins directly to diseased cells.

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Light Therapy Changes Brain Chemistry

Northwestern University

Experiments with hamsters show that exposure to bright light blocks the effects of serotonin in the brain, acording to a letter in Thursday's Nature.

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Benefits of New Diet Drug Don't Outweigh Risks

Cornell University

The benefits of Redux (d-fenfluramine) don't outweigh the risks, according to Cornell University nutritionist David Levitsky,who has examined the 40 studies on long-term use of the diet pill. "People do lose weight more easily with than with a placebo, but the advantage of taking the medication over a placebo after a year is less than 5-and-a-half pounds."

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Northeast Has Wettest Year Ever in 1996

Cornell University

The 12-state Northeast was sopping, soggy, soaked and sodden as the region sloshed its way to the wettest year in more than a century -- 102 years of official records -- with 53.89 inches of precipitation. This easily broke the old record set in 1972 by 2.55 inches, according to the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University.

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Cornell-Quebec Project to Stop Raccoon Rabies

Cornell University

Concerned that raccoon rabies could infect wildlife and humans, Canadian authorities are reaching across the border to help support oral vaccination programs in Northeastern states by veterinarians and wildlife biologists from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

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