A Bit of Science

From The Scientist (free registration required):

A new bill seeks to undo the NIH mandate requiring federally-funded research papers to be made publicly available within 12 months of acceptance for publication.
From http://eurekalert.org:

Public Release: 15-Sep-2008
Astrophysical Journal Letters
Immigrant Sun: Our star could be far from where it started in Milky Way
New simulations challenge a long-held belief, indicating that in galaxies similar to the Milky Way stars such as our Sun can migrate great distances.
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 15-Sep-2008
New study says high grain prices are likely here to stay
An ethanol-fueled spike in grain prices will likely hold, yielding the first sustained increase for corn, wheat and soybean prices in more than three decades, according to new research by two University of Illinois farm economists.

Public Release: 15-Sep-2008
Gene therapy for chronic pain gets first test in people
University of Michigan scientists have launched a phase 1 clinical trial to test whether a pain-relieving gene can be sent to a key point in the nervous system and block pain sensation. The technique promises a more effective, targeted way to treat persistent pain than present painkillers.

Public Release: 15-Sep-2008
North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology
New method identifies meth hot spots
A researcher at Oregon State University has used a new method of combining multiple sources of data to identify counties in Oregon with high numbers of methamphetamine-related problems per capita, giving officials a new tool in fighting the illegal drug.
OHSU Medical Research Foundation

Public Release: 12-Sep-2008
Story tips from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, September 2008
DOE has just released the 27th edition of the Transportation Energy Data Book. Specialized skills and instruments are helping a major manufacturer of microturbines make products expected to set new standards for performance and reliability. Fragments of tektites, natural glass objects, discovered by a team of geologists and geochemists help support a theory that a meteorite may be responsible for the sudden climate change that devastated large mammals in North America 11,000 years ago.


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