Public Release: 25-Jul-2008
The lightness of electrons in a twisting metal crystal
A team of researchers at Princeton University’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Center has observed electrons moving through a crystal of bismuth metal behaving like light.

Public Release: 25-Jul-2008
American Anthropologist
Colonial heritage metaphors used in US military conflicts
In the latest issue of American Anthropologist, Stephen W. Silliman explores the reinterpretation of “Indian Country” in the 21st-century US and the application of this metaphor to the armed conflicts in Iraq and the Middle East.

Public Release: 25-Jul-2008
Sociological Quarterly
Wealth does not dictate concern for the environment
Citizens of poorer nations are just as concerned about environmental quality as their counterparts in rich nations.

Public Release: 25-Jul-2008
Mustard — hot stuff for natural pest control
Researchers, growers and Industry specialists from 22 countries are sharing the latest research into the use of Brassica species, such as mustard, radish, or rapeseed, to manage soil-borne pests and weeds — a technique known as biofumigation.
CSIRO, Australian Center for International Agricultural Research, Horticulture Australia Limited

Public Release: 24-Jul-2008
Brain, Behavior and Immunity
Mindfulness meditation slows progression of HIV, study shows
Researchers at UCLA report that engaging in the practice of mindfulness meditation stopped the decline of CD4 T immune cells in stressed HIV-positive patients, thus slowing the progression of the disease.–mms072408.php

Public Release: 24-Jul-2008
Journal of Clinical Investigation
Yale study shows why cigarette smoke makes flu, other viral infections worse
A new study by researchers at Yale School of Medicine could explain why the cold and flu virus symptoms that are often mild and transient in non-smokers can seriously sicken smokers. Published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, the study also identified the mechanism by which viruses and cigarette smoke interact to increase lung inflammation and damage.

Public Release: 24-Jul-2008
Make your own microfluidic device with new kit from U-M
A type of device called a “lab-on-a-chip” could bring a new generation of instant home tests for illnesses, food contaminants and toxic gases. But today these portable, efficient tools are often stuck in the lab themselves. Specifically, in the labs of researchers who know how to make them from scratch.
‘Burns believes microfluidics will go the way of computers, smaller and more personal as technology advances.

‘”Thirty or 40 years ago, computing was done on large-scale systems. Now everyone has many computers, on their person, in their house…. It’s my vision that in another few decades, you’ll see this trend in microfluidics,” Burns said. “You’ll be analyzing chicken to see if it has salmonella. You’ll be analyzing yourself to see if you have influenza or analyzing the air to see if it has noxious elements in it.”‘

‘A paper on the new system called “Microfluidic assembly blocks” will be published in Lab on a Chip. It is available early online at:’


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