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Monday, July 12, 2004

Hawaii: Honolulu -- University of Hawaii officials say the medical school won't accept donated cadavers until the air-conditioning system used by the Manoa campus' morgue is replaced. The morgue is expected to remain closed until Sept. 1. About 45-50 bodies are willed to the medical school each year.

Texas: Austin -- Four of the five Republicans investigating an ethics complaint against House Majority Leader Tom DeLay have received a total of about $28,000 in campaign contributions from DeLay's political action committee, the Austin American-Statesman reported. The contributions were split among the four in the past seven years. They were delivered before the ethics committee received the DeLay complaint June 15, the newspaper said. DeLay calls the complaint unfounded.

From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php:
Public Release: 12-Jul-2004
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
New study in moths shows insects not entirely ruled by instinct
By examining the brain activity of moths, researchers have found that the behavior of these insects isn't ruled entirely by instinct. Rather, they can learn which odors mean food. The findings are more than academic: The researchers hope to develop methods for using trained moths to detect odors of interest for defense industry and law enforcement – such as odors given off by biological and chemical weapons.
National Institutes of Health, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Public Release: 12-Jul-2004
Geophysical Research Letters
When sun's too strong, plankton make clouds
People say size doesn't matter, and that may be true for tiny plankton, those free-floating ocean plants that make up the bottom of the marine food-chain. Little plankton may be able to change the weather, and longer term climate, in ways that serve them better.
NASA, National Science Foundation
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