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Thursday, January 22, 2004

Thursday January 22, 2004.

CHILLING TALE
The longest-running murder mystery of them all - who, or what, killed the Neanderthals - has now got its most definitive answer yet. The Neanderthals, humankind's nearest relatives, once flourished across Europe. But about 30,000 years ago they disappeared completely, never to return. Now a team of 30 experts have compiled a wealth of environmental, biological and social data and concluded that the Neanderthals simply did not have the technological know-how to survive the increasingly harsh winters. What's more, the original human settlers of Europe very nearly suffered the same fate … MORE
http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99994586

Online games to generate real - and academic - riches
Games such as The Sims Online are expected to earn $1.3 bn in 2004 -
but they could also provide researchers with a valuable new tool
http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99994581

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From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php
Public Release: 22-Jan-2004
Audiology and Neuro Otology
UF research adds to evidence that unborn children hear 'melody' of speech
In a series of unique experiments on a pregnant ewe designed to record exactly what sounds reach the fetal ear, UF research has bolstered previous findings suggesting that human fetuses likely hear mostly low-frequency rather than high-frequency sounds.
US Navy, National Institutes of Health, March of Dimes

Public Release: 22-Jan-2004
Bioinformatics
Researchers develop computer application to 'read' medical literature, find data relationships
Until recently, researchers and their assistants spent countless hours poring over seemingly endless volumes of journals and scientific literature for information pertinent to their studies in fields such as cancer, AIDS, pediatrics and cardiology. But thanks to new software developed by bioinformatics researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, scientists can now easily identify obscure commonalities in research data and directly relate them to their studies, saving money and speeding the process of discovery.
National Science Foundation, State of Texas, National Institutes of Health, Hudson Foundation, American Heart Association, Biological Chemical Countermeasures Program of The University of Texas

Public Release: 22-Jan-2004
Science
Scientists grow neurons using nanostructures
Scientists at Northwestern University have designed synthetic molecules that promote neuron growth and also discourage the formation of the scar that is often linked to paralysis after spinal cord injury. Similar to earlier experiments that promoted bone growth, the researchers now have successfully grown nerve cells using an artificial three-dimensional network of nanofibers, an important technique in regenerative medicine.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, US Department of Energy

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