Public Release: 2-Jul-2008
Exploding asteroid theory strengthened by new evidence located in Ohio, Indiana
Was the course of life on the planet altered 12,900 years ago by a giant comet exploding over Canada? New evidence found by UC assistant professor of anthropology Ken Tankersley and colleagues suggests the answer is affirmative.
“The timing attached to this theory of about 12,900 years ago is consistent with the known disappearances in North America of the wooly mammoth population and the first distinct human society to inhabit the continent, known as the Clovis civilization. At that time, climatic history suggests the Ice Age should have been drawing to a close, but a rapid change known as the Younger Dryas event, instead ushered in another 1,300 years of glacial conditions….”

Public Release: 1-Jul-2008
Journal of Trauma Injury, Infection and Critical Care
‘Hibernation-on-demand’ drug significantly improves survival after extreme blood loss
For the first time, researchers have demonstrated that the administration of minute amounts of inhaled or intravenous hydrogen sulfide, or H2S — the molecule that gives rotten eggs their sulfurous stench — significantly improves survival from extreme blood loss in rats.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, US Defense Services Office

Public Release: 1-Jul-2008
Archaeologists find silos and administration center from early Egyptian city
A University of Chicago expedition at Tell Edfu in southern Egypt has unearthed a large administration building and silos that provide fresh clues about the emergence of urban life. The discovery provides new information about a little understood aspect of ancient Egypt — the development of cities in a culture that is largely famous for its monumental architecture.
Oriental Institute, University of Chicago

Public Release: 1-Jul-2008
Super atoms turn the periodic table upside down
Researchers at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands have developed a technique for generating atom clusters made from silver and other metals. Surprisingly enough, these so-called super atoms (clusters of 13 silver atoms, for example) behave in the same way as individual atoms and have opened up a whole new branch of chemistry. A full account can be read in the new edition of TU Delft magazine Delft Outlook.

Public Release: 1-Jul-2008
Wood density explains sound quality of great master violins
The advantage of using medical equipment to study classical musical instruments has been proven by a Dutch researcher from the Leiden University Medical Center. In collaboration with a renowned luthier, Dr. Berend Stoel put classical violins, including several made by Stradivarius, in a CT scanner. The results are published in the July 2 issue of the online, open-access journal PLoS ONE.

Public Release: 1-Jul-2008
Designer diet for prostate cancer
For the first time, a research group at the Institute of Food Research led by Professor Richard Mithen has provided an explanation of how eating broccoli might reduce cancer risk based upon studies in men, as opposed to trying to extrapolate from animal models. Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer for males in western countries. The research has provided an insight into why eating broccoli can help men stay healthy.
“Cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, rocket, watercress, garden cress, kale, bok choy, radish, horseradish and wasabi.”


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