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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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Donate Your Unused Computing Power To Aid Medical Research

University of Washington, Mon April 17, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Washington, DC - Just because you don't know much about biology or medicine won't stop you from helping to someday cure diseases like malaria, HIV, or cancer.

Unexpected detail in first-ever Venus south pole images

European Space Agency, Sun April 16, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Paris - ESA's Venus Express has returned the first-ever images of the hothouse planet’s south pole from a distance of 206 452 kilometres, showing surprisingly clear structures and unexpected detail. The images were taken 12 April during the spacecraft’s initial capture orbit after successful arrival on 11 April 2006.

US-Taiwan Constellation Of Satellites Will Track Hurricanes, Monitor Climate Change

National Science Foundation, Fri April 14, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Vandenberg AFB, California - A globe-spanning constellation of six satellites expected to improve weather forecasts, monitor climate change, and enhance space weather research will head into orbit on Fri. April 14, 2006. Barring delays, a Minotaur rocket is scheduled to launch the array at 5:10 p.m. Pacific time from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the central Calif. coast.

Fossil Find: ‘Godzilla’ Crocodile Had Head Of A Dinosaur, Fins Like A Fish

Ohio State University, Thu November 10, 2005, [PRESS RELEASE]
Buenos Aires, Argentina - Researchers have discovered evidence of an ancient sea creature that would have made Tyrannosaurus rex, think twice before stepping into the ocean.

Tenth Planet Has A Moon

California Institute Of Technology, Tue October 04, 2005, [PRESS RELEASE]
Pasadena, CA - The newly discovered 10th planet, 2003 UB313, is looking more and more like one of the solar system's major players. It has the heft of a real planet (latest estimates put it at about 20 percent larger than Pluto), a catchy code name (Xena, after the TV warrior princess), and a Guinness Book-ish record of its own (at about 97 astronomical units-or 9 billion miles from the sun-it is the solar system's farthest detected object). And, astronomers from the California Institute of Technology and their colleagues have now discovered, it has a moon.

History’s greatest comet hunter discovers 1000th comet

European Space Agency, Thu August 25, 2005, [PRESS RELEASE]
Bologna, Italy - On 5 August 2005, the ESA/NASA SOHO spacecraft achieved an incredible milestone - the discovery of its 1000th comet!


MIT Physicists Create New Form Of Matter

Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, Sun June 26, 2005, [PRESS RELEASE]
Cambridge, Mass - MIT scientists have brought a supercool end to a heated race among physicists: They have become the first to create a new type of matter, a gas of atoms that shows high-temperature superfluidity.

Mars Express discovers aurorae on Mars

European Space Agency, Sat June 11, 2005, [PRESS RELEASE]
Paris, France - ESA's Mars Express spacecraft has for the first time ever detected an aurora on Mars. This aurora is of a type never previously observed in the Solar System.

NASA’s Phoenix Mars Mission Begins Launch Preparations

NASA, Fri June 03, 2005, [PRESS RELEASE]
Los Angeles - NASA has given the green light to a project to put a long-armed lander on to the icy ground of the far-northern Martian plains. NASA's Phoenix lander is designed to examine the site for potential habitats for water ice, and to look for possible indicators of life, past or present.


Envisat making sharpest ever global Earth map

European Space Agency, Tue May 10, 2005, [PRESS RELEASE]
Paris, France - The most detailed portrait ever of the Earth's land surface is being created with ESA's Envisat environmental satellite.

ATK and NASA Successfully Test First Solar Sail Propulsion System

ATK, Tue May 10, 2005, [PRESS RELEASE]
Minneapolis, MN - Alliant Techsystems and NASA have successfully tested the functional deployment and
attitude control of an ultra-lightweight, high-performing solar sail propulsion system.

Scientists Discover How Plants Disarm The Toxic Effects Of Excessive Sunlight

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wed April 27, 2005, [PRESS RELEASE]
Madison, Wisconsin - A newly discovered pathway by which cells protect themselves from a toxic byproduct of photosynthesis may hold important implications for bioenergy sources, human and plant disease, and agricultural yields, a team of University of Wisconsin-Madison bacteriologists announced Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Dartmouth Researchers Find Where Musical Memories Are Stored In The Brain

Dartmouth University, Tue April 26, 2005, [PRESS RELEASE]
Dartmouth, NH - A group of Dartmouth researchers has learned that the brain's auditory cortex, the part that handles information from your ears, holds on to musical memories.

Italian, US Cosmologists Present Explanation For Accelerating Expansion Of The Universe

Istituto Nazionale Di Fisica Nucleare, Mon March 28, 2005, [PRESS RELEASE]
Italy - Why is the universe expanding at an accelerating rate, spreading its contents over ever greater dimensions of space? An original solution to this puzzle, certainly the most fascinating question in modern cosmology, has been put forward by four theoretical physicists, Edward W. Kolb of the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Chicago (USA): Sabino Matarrese of the University of Padova; Alessio Notari from the University of Montreal (Canada); and Antonio Riotto of INFN (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare) of Padova (Italy). Their study has been submitted to the journal Physical Review Letters.

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