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World Breakthrough On Salt-Tolerant Wheat

A team of Australian scientists involving the University of Adelaide has bred salt tolerance into a variety of durum wheat that shows improved grain yield by 25% on salty soils using non-GM techniques.

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Scientists stop colon cancer growth in mice by blocking just one enzyme

EurekAlert, Sat September 30, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
In cell culture experiments, scientists from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and the University of Texas at Arlington determined that stopping the activity of a single enzyme called aldose reductase could shut down the toxic network of biochemical signals that promotes inflammation and colon cancer cell growth.

Antibiotic inhibits cancer gene activity

EurekAlert, Sat September 30, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
A little-known antibiotic shows early promise as an anti-cancer agent, inhibiting a gene found at higher-than-normal levels in most human tumors, according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine.

Using contrast enhanced sonography improves diagnosis of liver and spleen injuries

EurekAlert, Fri September 29, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Contrast-enhanced sonography shows liver and spleen injuries better than non-contrast enhanced sonography, according to a study conducted at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine department of radiology in Sacramento, Calif.

Swedish researcher launches unique search engine for the Web

EurekAlert, Fri September 29, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
The Malm�, Sweden, based company Polar Rose will soon be introducing a Web-based search engine that can find photographs of people by analyzing pictures and identifying faces. The search engine� - which will be the first of its kind in the world� - is the result of research carried out by Jan Erik Solem at Technology and Society, Malm� University College. He will publicly defend his thesis on Friday, September 29.

Oldest writing in the New World discovered in Veracruz, Mexico

Brown University , Thu September 14, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Providence, RI - A stone block discovered in the Olmec heartland of Veracruz, Mexico, contains the oldest writing in the New World, says an international team of archaeologists, including Stephen D. Houston of Brown University. The team determined that the block dates to the early first millennium BCE -- at least 400 years earlier than scholars previously thought writing existed in the Western hemisphere. The findings are published in Science.

Poplar DNA code cracked—new possibilities for sustainable energy

VIB, Flanders Interuniversity Institute of Biotechnology , Thu September 14, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
An international consortium, which includes researchers from the Flanders Interuniversity Institute for Biotechnology at Ghent University, has succeeded in unraveling the first tree genome -- that of the poplar. Moreover, their research indicates that the poplar has about 45,000 genes. This knowledge is a first step toward being able to make trees grow faster or make them easier to process into paper or energy.

Quantum dots reviewed - Could these nanoparticles hold the cure to cancer?

AZoNetwork , Thu September 14, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
The worlds of medical and biological research are abuzz with the promises offered by nanoparticles known as semiconductor quantum dots.

Aussie team makes landmark insulin discovery

CSIRO Australia , Thu September 14, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
A team of CSIRO scientists has determined the molecular structure of the insulin receptor, the protein on the surface of cells that mediates the effects of insulin. This advance builds on many years of international research to understand how insulin functions in the body.

Pitt professor designs less-risky reactor for clean, safe energy

University of Pittsburgh , Thu September 14, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Pittsburgh, Penn - Pitt chemical engineering professor Goetz Veser has created microreactors that won't explode, no matter what the gas composition or how hot they get, and that can keep undesirable pollutants, like nitrogen oxides, from forming. His results could be used to design processes for safe, clean energy production and hydrogen storage.

High-tech equipment may help reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions

Montana State University , Thu September 14, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
As part of a six-year study, researchers at the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University have helped test and develop an animal-detection system that may give motorists the upper hand in avoiding crashes with wildlife across the nation.

Expedition allows teachers to participate in polar research

University of Alaska Fairbanks , Thu September 14, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Fairbanks, AK - What better way to engage students in science than to apply lessons learned from fieldwork? This is the philosophy of Alaska teachers participating in the Arctic Expedition for K-12 Teachers, a program organized by the International Arctic Research Center (IARC) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a handful of international agencies.

Brown engineers build a better battery—with plastic

Brown University, Thu September 14, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Providence, RI - It's thin, light, flexible -- and plastic. Brown University engineers Hyun-Kon Song and Tayhas Palmore have created a prototype polymer-based battery that packs more power than a standard alkaline battery and more storage capacity than a double-layered capacitor. Their work, published in Advanced Materials, will be of interest to the energy, defense and aerospace industries, which are looking at more efficient ways to deliver electricity.

A ‘genetic study’ of the galaxy

European Southern Observatory (ESO) , Thu September 14, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Europe - Looking in detail at the composition of stars with ESO's VLT, astronomers are providing a fresh look at the history of our home galaxy, the Milky Way. They reveal that the central part of our galaxy formed not only very quickly, but also independently of the rest.

SWAN System To Help Blind And Firefighters Navigate Environment

Georgia Institute of Technology, Sat August 26, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Georgia - Imagine being blind and trying to find your way around a city you've never visited before -- that can be challenging for a sighted person.

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