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Released: 26-Jun-2009 1:45 PM EDT
The Great American Adhocracy
Fusion IQ

"Capitalism without the threat of bankruptcy is like Christianity without the threat of hell," famously said Princeton economics professor Alan Meltzer. "It doesn't work very well."

Released: 25-Jun-2009 11:00 AM EDT
Researchers Draft 3-D Protein Map to Aid Stroke, Cancer Research
University of Alabama at Birmingham

In a new study, researchers have generated a computer map of the protein acid-sensing ion channel-1, or ASIC-1, an important neurological pathway. The map greatly simplifies the testing of drugs or compounds designed to protect neurons, regulate their molecular interactions or isolate brain tumors. The ASIC-1 work began with a toxin found only in the venom of the Trinidad chevron tarantula.

Released: 24-Jun-2009 1:30 PM EDT
Galaxies Coming of Age in Cosmic Blobs
Chandra X-ray Observatory

The "coming of age" of galaxies and black holes has been pinpointed, thanks to new data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes. This discovery helps resolve the true nature of gigantic blobs of gas observed around very young galaxies.

Released: 22-Jun-2009 10:40 AM EDT
Streaming Sand Grains Help Define Essence of a Liquid
University of Chicago

A graduate student in physics at the University of Chicago has devised a special apparatus for an $80,000 high-speed camera to image the rapidly changing behavior of the streaming sand, much as a skydiver might photograph a fellow jumper in free fall.

Released: 18-Jun-2009 10:00 PM EDT
Scientists Out a Gene for Gout
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Having partnered last year with an international team that surveyed the genomes of 12,000 individuals to find a genetic cause for gout, Johns Hopkins scientists now have shown that the malfunctioning gene they helped uncover can lead to high concentrations of blood urate that forms crystals in joint tissue, causing inflammation and pain "” the hallmark of this disease.

Released: 17-Jun-2009 10:25 AM EDT
Bicycle Helmet Laws for Kids Effective but Not Yet the Norm
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Studies have shown wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle reduces one's risk of death by more than 50 percent, yet every three days, a child in the United States is killed while riding a bicycle, and every day at least 100 children are treated in emergency rooms due to bicycle-related head injuries. A report released today by the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health reveals that in areas where no bicycle helmet laws exist, nearly one-half of children, ages 4 "“ 17, never wear a helmet.

Released: 17-Jun-2009 8:30 AM EDT
Gobi Desert Yield New Species of Nut-Cracking Dinosaur
University of Chicago

Plants or meat: That's about all that fossils ever tell paleontologists about a dinosaur's diet. But the skull characteristics of a new species of parrot-beaked dinosaur and its associated gizzard stones indicate that the animal fed on nuts and/or seeds.

Released: 16-Jun-2009 11:00 AM EDT
Great Tips for Beginning Gardeners
University of Maryland, College Park

Jon Traunfeld is the University of Maryland's Home and Garden Information Center director - offers some great tips for beginning gardeners to get the most our of their gardens this summer.

Released: 15-Jun-2009 3:00 PM EDT
Test Detects Molecular Marker of Aging in Humans
University of North Carolina Health Care System

A team of UNC researchers has proven that a key protein called p16INK4a is present in human blood and is strongly correlated both with chronological age and with certain behaviors such as tobacco use and physical inactivity, which are known to accelerate the aging process.

Released: 15-Jun-2009 3:40 PM EDT
"˜Dance 4 Health' Program Teaches Local Teens Ballroom Dancing
University of Alabama at Birmingham

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Education has launched a new summer program designed to teach ballroom dancing to inner city teens in the Birmingham area. The program is called "Dance 4 Health." As part of the program, more than 50 teens selected from the A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club are receiving ballroom dance instruction this summer three times a week for six weeks.