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Monday, February 09, 2004

From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php
http://www.usgs.gov/public/press/public_affairs/press_releases/pr1846m.htm
To see a "Sol by Sol" (Martian for "Day by Day") journal from USGS astrogeologists, go to http://astrogeology.usgs.gov/Gallery/PhotoGalleries/MER-MissionActivities.

The USGS Geographic Names Information System at http://geonames.usgs.gov/index.html, the searchable database from which such information can be derived (use the "Query GNIS" feature), is a very serious function that contains information about almost 2 million physical and cultural geographic features in the United States and its territories. The federally recognized name of each feature described in the database is identified, and references are made to a feature's location by state, county and geographic coordinates.

Public Release: 9-Feb-2004
BioTechniques
A common cleanser is cheaper and faster way to separate DNA for genetic analysis
By identifying a 30-year-old mistaken assumption, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center scientists have found that substituting a simple bleach solution for more complex tools makes a DNA separation technique called electrophoresis five times faster and less costly.
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ELECTORAL SYSTEMS
The Fairest Vote of All
By Partha Dasgupta and Eric Maskin
All voting systems have drawbacks. But by taking into account how voters rank candidates, one system gives the truest reflection of the electorate's views
That much can be found on Scientific American's website; the full article will be in the March issue, and to read it on their website you need to be a subscriber. However, it's probably basically the same as this working paper on Dasgupta's website:
http://www.econ.cam.ac.uk/faculty/dasgupta/MajRuVot.pdf

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