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Modeling the restless brain

...outh Wales in Australia. When a person reads a book or talks with a friend, task-related neural activity occurs in different regions of the brain, but this activity only accounts for around 2 to 5 percent of the total activity of the brain. Fluctuations of similar magnitude -- the ones studied by Spor...

Dinosaur hearing, listening to muscle noise, quieter cubicles

...tending the meeting and/or receiving a copy of the book of abstracts. PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS The following items describe some highlights from among the many papers being given at the meeting. Full abstracts of the presentations mentioned below can be viewed at the ASA Meeting Abstracts Database ( htt...

Natural antibiotics yield secrets to atom-level imaging technique

...r of papers in leading journals, and brought out a book on NMR Spectroscopy of Biological Solids. Ramamoorthy says that this area of research will grow considerably at U-M from implementing plans to set up a high magnetic field solid-state NMR spectrometer facility and an NIH-funded program. ...

Paper challenges 1491 Amazonian population theories

...landscapes has been made popular by Charles Mann’s book - 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus ?and could influence conservation policy in the Americas. That millions of people once populated the Americas, and that in Amazonia, at least, the rainforest is the product of long term human us...

Fighting to keep Darwin in the classroom

... three years. He is a co-author of the children's book The Fossil Factory. The two are supported by an international editorial board, made up of some of the most renowned scientists in the field. Niles and Greg Eldredge are in agreement: "Evolution remains the central unifying idea in biology and yet...

Does God answer prayer? ASU research says 'yes'

...and Families in Society. He has also authored the book “Spiritual assessment: A handbook for helping professionals.?...

Illuminating the dark side of plants

...z Library of The New York Botanical Garden. The book contains vital information on a broad variety of poisonous and injurious temperate and tropical plants such as holly, poinsettia, and philodendron. It also includes common names, descriptions, species distribution, and information on the toxic part ...

Sleep disturbances affect classroom performance

...e bed and do something relaxing, such as reading a book or listening to music, until you are tired enough to go back to bed. Get up at the same time every morning. Avoid taking naps after school if you can. If you need to lie down, do not do so for more than an hour. Keep a regular schedule. Don’...

New research shows why too much memory may be a bad thing

...working memory tasks, such as balancing your check book or decision making. "We were surprised to find that halting neurogenesis caused an improvement of working memory, which suggests that too much memory is not always a good thing, and that forgetting is important for normal cognition and behavior," ...

Music genes and musical geniuses

...unity to present their work to all participants. A book of abstracts will be distributed at the beginning of the Workshop and the proceedings published in electronic and/or paper format after the event. In addition to the round table discussions and meetings with scientists, the Festival of Music and Ge...

Good times ahead for dinosaur hunters, according to U of Penn scientist's dinosaur census

...with his publication of The Dinosauria," the first book to comprehensively depict known dinosaurs. In preparing for the second edition, published last year, Dodson revisited his projections to account for the sudden increase of dinosaur fossil discoveries during the 1990s."The 1990s saw an 85% increase i...

The subtleties of tropical forest demise

...al Research Institute in Panama, who co-edited the book along with Carlos Peres, a Brazilian biologist wit...d," said Laurance. The 23 chapters in the book span much of the tropical world, including South America, Africa, Southeast Asia, Australia, and Oce...

Ferns provide model for tiny motors powered by evaporation

...nts use to transport water, so Maharbiz gave her a book on plants. But something else in the book caught her attention---the section on how ferns spread their spores. "It's essentially a microactua...

Beyond the book: Software automates access to brain atlases

... sectional views. Now researchers need to open a book to do this, which can slow things down. "Researchers need to be able to find a given segment immediately, and compare the segment with any other," says Burns. "To do this using a printed volume like Swanson's involved continual back and forth page ...

New book uses ABCs to teach children microbiology

A new children's book from ASM Press uses the familiar genre of the ABC book to introduce readers to the not-so-familiar world of microbes. The Invisible ABCs will delight reade...

Disappearing nest egg: Researcher studying declining numbers of macaws

...s to make sure macaws will not just be photos in a book one day. Brightsmith says there are 17 species of macaws, and of those, 1 is extinct, another has become extinct in the wild and 7 other species are endangered. "The numbers for all macaw species are shrinking," he says. There are several reason...

Mayo Clinic collaboration mining of ancient herbal text leads to potential new anti-bacterial drug

... documented his traditional healing methods in the book Ambonese Herbal. The Mayo Clinic-led team's repor... who worked for the Dutch East Indies Company. His book is an account of the herbal healing traditions on the Indonesian island of Ambon. Rumphius' descript...

Fire ants: Their true story told by the scientist who loves them

... its charms. His opening chapter explains that the book was written in part for those "still open-minded enough to be intrigued, charmed, or fascinated." "The notoriety of pesthood has certainly created a large fire ant folklore and scores of amusing factoids," he writes, though that same notoriety has g...

NYU algorithm enhances ability to detect cancer genes

... process is akin to guessing if a new edition of a book is missing an important paragraph by checking if some of the important key words in that paragraph are missing from the index of the new edition. The new algorithm computes a multipoint score for all intervals of consecutive probes, and the score ref...

Snakes' virtual glasses, leopard spots and all-optical transistors

...- which you might want to keep in mind if you ever book a flight on a snake-infested airline. A Model of Changing Leopard Spots R. T. Liu, S. S. Liaw, and P. K. Maini Physical Review E http://link.aps.org/abstract/PRE/v74/e011914 Leopard's spots and Zebra's stripes inspired the ancient myths famo...

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