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Thursday, November 20, 2003

Thursday November 20, 2003. To HealthPartners in Calhoun Square, to see Dr. Michael Kelly. Results: I got an ointment for the scaly, sometimes-itchy skin.

And I need to get salt out of my diet. I don't put salt on my food -- but I do use soy sauce, and sometimes ketchup. Soft drinks are out.

I went downstairs to Jimmy Johns, where I ordered my favorite sandwich for what's probably the last time in a while. Tony Brust was on duty, and I talked with her for a few minutes.

The Minneapolis Penzys spice store is across Hennepin Avenue from Calhoun Square. I explained my problem, and got advice on no-salt spice blends. I ended up with Singapore Blend.
Caste factor in TN top cop's transfer
By P C Vinoj Kumar in Chennai
Thursday, 20 November, 2003, 09:49

Caste has played a major role in the transfer of K Vijay Kumar from his office of Chennai Commissioner of Police and the posting of R Natraj in his place. Vijay Kumar, it is felt, paid the price for rubbing the wrong side of the powerful Nadar and Brahmin lobbies in the State....

From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php
Public Release: 20-Nov-2003
NIST/University of Colorado researchers create Bose-Einstein 'super molecule'
A super-cold collection of molecules behaving in perfect unison has been created for the first time from a sea of "fermion" atoms by researchers at JILA, a joint institute of the Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Fermions are a class of particles that are inherently difficult to coax into a uniform quantum state. The ability to meld fermions into this giant, super molecule may lead to better understanding of superconductivity.
National Institute of Standards and Technolgy, National Science Foundation, Hertz Foundation

Public Release: 20-Nov-2003
Researchers design and build first artificial protein
Using sophisticated computer algorithms running on standard desktop computers, Howard Hughes Medical Institute researchers have designed and constructed a novel functional protein that is not found in nature. The achievement should enable researchers to explore larger questions about how proteins evolved and why nature "chose" certain protein folds over others. The ability to specify and design artificial proteins also opens the way for researchers to engineer artificial protein enzymes for use as medicines or industrial catalysts.

Public Release: 20-Nov-2003
DNA used to create self-assembling nano transistor
Scientists at the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology have harnessed the power of DNA to create a self-assembling nanoscale transistor, the building block of electronics. The research, published in the Nov. 21, 2003 issue of Science, is a crucial step in the development of nanoscale devices.

Public Release: 20-Nov-2003
A new hypothesis on the origin of 'junk' DNA
The explosion of "junk" DNA in animals, plants and fungi may be the simple result of their ancestors' reduced population sizes, according to a new hypothesis proposed by Indiana University Bloomington and University of Oregon scientists in the Nov. 21 issue of Science.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health

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