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Dinosaur DNA? New Patent Covers Degraded DNA recovery

...Jarrell, Ph.D., Patent Attorney and Partner at the law firm of Choate, Hall & Stewart remarks, "This is the first patent of its kind to be allowed by the US Patent Office" Dr. Ensley believes that one of the first applications could be in forensic science, where time, the traumatic circumstances of ...

Scientists journey to southern Africa to unravel the secret world of elephant communication

...ry student; and Dave Shriver, a University of Iowa law student ("I deal with animal harassment issues," he jokes). Equipped with amplifiers, speakers, geophones and video cameras, the research team spent a full month performing round-the-clock tests designed to see how elephant herds respond when specif...

South Africa still debating how to tackle HIV/AIDS when 5 million are infected

...e defence of ARV drugs. Fatima Hassan of the AIDS law project at the University of Witwatersrand, was very critical of the govenment and said she thought there was "deliberate campaign against evidence-based medicine." Hassan said that ARVs are saving people's lives. She says unambiguous messages must ...

Time and money make a difference in endangered species recovery

... the Endangered Species Act in judging whether the law is a success or failure in recovering biodiversity. This issue has become a major focus of political battles over this controversial environmental law. ...

New law for resolution allows unprecedented sharpness in fluorescence microscopy

...lanck researchers have succeeded in overcoming the law postulated by Ernst Abbe in 1873 for diffraction l...fan Hell and his co-workers have established a new law that promises unlimited resolution in fluorescence microscopy. Future applications range from the im...

Researchers find ways to turn manure into power

...termine how and where biomass can be used. The new law requires more renewable energy to be developed and used in the next 10 years. Combining consumer energy needs and agriculture industry trends with the legislation will push the research to become reality, said Dr. John Sweeten, resident director of ...

Prescription pain patch abuse blamed for increase in deaths

...s simultaneously. It is not always clear from the law enforcement records where people who overdosed obtained the drug, whether from a prescription of their own or from one that had been stolen or otherwise not used according to doctor's instructions, the group reported. "Oftentimes we don't know where...

Applying ecological laws to bacteria

...nd plant communities. This confirms the ecological law that states that the bigger the area the greater the number of species present. Scientists previously thought that biodiversity at the microbial level, was fundamentally different to that of larger organisms, such as plants and mammals. This discove...

Researchers: Treated wood poses long-term threat

... and 830 tons of the heavy metal by 2040. Florida law does not require that construction-and-demolition landfills be equipped with linings. Although there isn't yet much evidence of groundwater contamination in monitoring wells around those landfills, that could well become a problem, said John Schert, ...

UK sperm donor crisis

...ainly due to growing awareness that changes in the law would be removing the right to anonymity. The fall in applications, leading to a significant decline in the numbers recruited, has prompted researchers from the Newcastle Fertility Centre at LIFE to call for urgent action to attract more volunteers ...

Johns Hopkins flu expert calls for mandatory vaccination of health care workers

...ng mandatory TB tests." Neither state nor federal law requires workers to provide medical details when t...o make vaccination as mandatory for workers as the law allows in order to effectively accomplish what we cannot enforce," she says. ...

Serious adverse reactions to smallpox vaccine appear to be limited

...oordinated response by public health, medical, and law enforcement personnel to control the outbreak and protect the public. In January 2003, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) implemented a voluntary civilian smallpox vaccination program, in which vaccine was administered to federa...

Portable cocaine sensor developed at UC Santa Barbara

...s due to pressing needs for its rapid detection in law enforcement and clinical settings." The sensor can be housed in supporting electronics that are the size of a small hand-held device. Co-author and Nobel laureate Alan Heeger said, "We have developed a method of detecting small molecules and protein...

Free access to a digital library for developing countries

... Literature in environmental chemistry, economics, law and policy, and other environmental subjects such as botany, conservation biology, ecology and zoology will be available through a portal presented in several world languages, in-cluding Arabic, English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. The project d...

High-resolution light microscope reveals the fundamental mechanisms of nerve communication

...al microscope was long thought to be a unalterable law of far-fieldlight imaging. Achieving higher resolution required the use of an electron microscope. Despite that fact that electron beams can be more tightly focused, it is often difficult to efficiently label the proteins of a cell to render them vi...

Newly discovered killer cell fights cancer

...oy cancer. "In the same way that intelligence and law enforcement agencies can face deadly threats together instead of separately, this one cell combines the ability to kill foreign pathogens and distribute information about that experience," says Drew Pardoll, M.D., Ph.D., the Seraph Professor of Oncol...

Purdue creates new low-cost system to detect bacteria

...lynomials. "A good analogy is the method used by law enforcement to identify a person's face using specialized recognition software," Rajwa said. "You could describe the face as being made up of a combination of geometric shapes, like ovals, squares and triangles, but each face has a unique blend of th...

Federal testing for mad cow disease a failure, law review editor says

...reliability of that testing," Berlowitz said. The law editor faulted the USDA's decision to test only downer cows, which constitute less than 2 percent of the animals slaughtered each year in the U.S. By contrast, Japan and England test all slaughtered meat for BSE, and most European nations test cattle...

In presence of fragrant cleaning products, air purifiers that emit ozone can dirty the air

... California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law Assembly Bill 2276, requiring the California Air Resources Board to develop regulations that will set emission standards and procedures for certifying and labeling the devices. "State regulators should set a strict limit on the amount of ozone pro...

Lost dogs found more often than lost cats, study suggests

... can result in a faster recovery." Although Ohio law requires that dogs be licensed, just 41 percent of the lost dogs in the study wore a license at the time of their disappearance. Less than half (48 percent) of dogs had an identification tag or microchip when they went missing. Microchips, which are ...

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