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Monday, May 10, 2004

From New Scientist (emailed newsletter):
Ticklish executives beware. Vibrating studs embedded in car seats will soon be telling luxury car drivers which way to turn next. Their purpose is to reduce the number of dashboard display and audio alerts that can distract drivers, says developer Jan van Erp at the TNO Human Factors lab in Soesterberg, Netherlands

Under a cover on the driver’s seat is a collection of studs - the same kind of that make cellphones vibrate - which are connected to the car’s satellite navigation system. "A vibration beneath your right leg tells you to steer that way," says van Erp. The driver can also learn a combination of vibrations that give more complex directions, such as "make a U-turn". An unnamed luxury car firm is developing a vehicle that will use the idea and will be launched in 2006.

From UK Google News http://news.google.com/news/en/uk/mainlite.htm
New Generation of Nurses 'Too Posh to Wash'
Reuters - 3 hours ago
HARROGATE, England (Reuters) - A new generation of nurses who are "too posh to wash" are threatening traditional nursing practices by refusing to perform basic tasks, the leader of Britain's nurses' union, Beverly Malone, said Monday.
Nurses cannot be too posh to wash BBC News
Nurses ' leader blows ' 1500 a month on taxis The Times, UK (subscription)
The Scotsman - Belfast Telegraph (subscription) - Guardian - Telegraph.co.uk - and 28 related
From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php
Note the last line of this:
Public Release: 10-May-2004
Plant Physiology
Domesticated tree crops may be the 'future of forestry'
The trees of the future may stem from advances in gene discovery research at Purdue University that could lead to domesticated trees, the forestry equivalent of crop plants like corn and soybeans.
Tree Genetic Engineering Research Cooperative, U.S. Department of Energy

And yes, the US Forest Service does conduct energy research.

Public Release: 10-May-2004
American Naturalist
Parent-offspring conflict in the evolution of vertebrate reproductive mode
In the May 2004 issue of the American Naturalist, Bernard Crespi and Christina Semeniuk (Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC) explore issues of placental development. This work has important implications for human health and reproduction, as miscarriages are frequently caused by disruptions of placental development. The placentation provides useful models for understanding immunology and carcinogenesis, parent-offspring conflict apparently can favor the evolution of genes that promote cancer, and adult health increasingly appears to be 'programmed' during fetal development.
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