Public Release: 7-Aug-2008
Journal of Sexual Medicine
No-nose bicycle saddles improve penile sensation and erectile function in bicycling police officers
A new study examines if no-nose bike seats would be effective in alleviating the harm caused by using a traditional seat.

Public Release: 7-Aug-2008
Likely cause of postpartum blues and depression identified
Unique biochemical crosstalk that enables a fetus to get nutrition and oxygen from its mother’s blood just may cause common postpartum blues, researchers say.
US Department of Health and Human Services

Public Release: 7-Aug-2008
‘Edible optics’ could make food safer
Tufts University scientists have demonstrated that it is possible to design biologically active, biodegradable optical devices — made from silk and requiring no refrigeration — with many applications in medicine, health, the environment and communications. For example, edible optical sensors could detect harmful bacteria in a bag of produce, and be consumed right along with the food if it were safe.
US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Public Release: 7-Aug-2008
New survey: 82 percent of Americans think health care system needs major overhaul
Americans are dissatisfied with the US health care system and 82 percent think it should be fundamentally changed or completely rebuilt, according to a new survey released today by the Commonwealth Fund.
Commonwealth Fund

Public Release: 7-Aug-2008
Pacific shellfish ready to invade Atlantic
As the Arctic Ocean warms this century, shellfish, snails and other animals from the Pacific Ocean will resume an invasion of the northern Atlantic that was interrupted by cooling conditions three million years ago.–psr080408.php

Public Release: 7-Aug-2008
New computer simulations show how special the solar system is
Prevailing theoretical models attempting to explain the formation of the solar system have assumed it to be average. Now a new study by Northwestern University astronomers — the first to model the formation of planetary systems from beginning to end — illustrates the solar system is pretty special. Their results show that the average planetary system’s origin was violent but that the formation of something like our solar system required conditions to be “just right.”
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 7-Aug-2008
Complete Neandertal mitochondrial genome sequenced from 38,000-year-old bone
A study reported in the August 8 issue of the journal Cell, a Cell Press publication, reveals the complete mitochondrial genome of a 38,000-year-old Neandertal. The findings open a window into the Neandertals’ past and helps answer lingering questions about our relationship to them.


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