Science Press Releases

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Public Release: 23-Jun-2008
Physical Review Letters
Discovery by UC Riverside physicists could enable development of faster computers
Physicists at the University of California, Riverside have made an accidental discovery in the lab that has potential to change how information in computers can be transported or stored. Dependent on the “spin” of electrons, a property electrons possess that makes them behave like tiny magnets, the discovery could help in the development of spin-based semiconductor technology such as ultrahigh-speed computers.
US Office of Naval Research, National Science Foundation, Center for Nanoscience Innovation for Defense
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-06/uoc–dbu062308.php

Public Release: 23-Jun-2008
Nature Immunology
Study further defines potential role of fish-based fatty acids in resolving, preventing asthma
In an ongoing effort to determine the anti-inflammatory value of diets rich in some types of fish, scientists studying asthma and allergic reactions have found that a molecule produced by the body from omega-3 fatty acids helps resolve and prevent respiratory distress in laboratory mice. The research, supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, was led by a research team at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-06/nioa-sfd062308.php

Public Release: 23-Jun-2008
Britain’s last Neanderthals were more sophisticated than we thought
An archaeological excavation at a site near Pulborough, West Sussex, has thrown remarkable new light on the life of northern Europe’s last Neanderthals. It provides a snapshot of a thriving, developing population — rather than communities on the verge of extinction.
English Heritage
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/media/library/NeanderthalArchaeologyFINAL

Public Release: 23-Jun-2008
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Celestial clues hint at eclipse in Homer’s Odyssey
Among countless other debates about Homer’s Odyssey — not the least of which is whether the entire poem can be attributed to Homer himself — is whether Odysseus returns home to experience a total solar eclipse. But a Rockefeller University scientist and a colleague from Argentina believe they have found astronomical references in the Odyssey that provide corroborating evidence of this celestial event.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-06/ru-cch061808.php

Public Release: 22-Jun-2008
Genetics
DNA study unlocks mystery to diverse traits in dogs
In the cover story of tomorrow’s edition of the science journal Genetics, research reveals locations in a dog’s DNA that contain genes that scientists believe contribute to differences in body and skull shape, weight, fur color and length — and possibly even behavior, trainability and longevity.
Mars Petcare
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-06/wsw-dsu061708.php

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