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Tuesday, July 20, 2004

From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php:
Public Release: 19-Jul-2004
Photonics Technology Letters
Silicon-based photodetector is sensitive to ultraviolet light
By depositing thin films of silicon nanoparticles on silicon substrates, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have fabricated a photodetector sensitive to ultraviolet light. Silicon-based ultraviolet sensors could prove very handy in military, security and commercial applications.
National Science Foundation; State of Illinois; Grainger Foundation; Technology Research, Education, and Commercialization Center

Public Release: 19-Jul-2004
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Songbirds escaped from Australasia, conquered rest of world
A comprehensive study of DNA from songbirds and their relatives shows that these birds, which account for almost half of all bird species, did not originate in Eurasia, as previously thought. Instead, their ancestors escaped from a relatively small area--Australasia (Australia, New Zealand and nearby islands) and New Guinea--about 45 million years ago and went on to populate every other continent save Antarctica.
FM Chapman Fund of the American Museum of Natural History, National Science Foundation

Public Release: 20-Jul-2004
New research reveals binge drinking initiated by religious Anglicans in 1660s
As David Blunkett claims a rise in binge drinking is helping to breed a culture of 'thuggery and intimidation' new research from the University of Warwick reveals that rather than originating the 1960s binge drinking was rife in the 1660s. What's more, it was religious Anglicans, demonstrating their loyalty to the Crown in the Civil War that initiated heavy drinking.
University of Warwick
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