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Thursday, July 22, 2004

The Last Hundred Days
How the '04 campaign plays out in parallel universes
Larry J. Sabato
Director, U.Va. Center for Politics

Okay, the fun and games are over. The grim reality of Campaign '04 is fully upon us. And there are two alternative realities, two parallel universes unfolding before us--only one of which can come mainly true. Much like Superman and Bizzaro Superman they exist in conflict, but eventually one will emerge as the real thing.
Sabato's Crystal Ball Vol. II - Iss. 30
Handedness develops in the womb
The hand humans favour as a ten-week-old fetus is the hand they favour for the rest of their lives, suggests a new study

Family words came first for early humans
A trawl of a thousand languages suggests that common family words may have come from the Neanderthals
From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php:
Public Release: 22-Jul-2004
American Speech-Language Hearing Association's conference on Fluency and Fluency Disorders
Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research
Stuttering more than talk - research shows brain's role in disorder
New research from Purdue University shows that even when people who stutter are not speaking, their brains process language differently. Traditionally, stuttering is thought of as a problem with how someone speaks, and little attention has been given to the complex interactions between neurological systems that underlie speaking.
National Institutes of Health

Public Release: 22-Jul-2004
'Cool' fuel cells could revolutionize Earth's energy resources
Researchers at the University of Houston are striving toward decreasing electric bills with a breakthrough in thin film solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) that is currently being refined in UH labs. Originating from research at UH's Texas Center for Superconductivity and Advanced Materials, these SOFCs of the "thin film" variety are both efficient and compact and could make cumbersome power plants virtually obsolete.

Public Release: 22-Jul-2004
The blind really do hear better
Nearly everyone has heard the popular notion that the blind hear better than the sighted – possibly to make up for their inability to see. Now, researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University and at the Université de Montréal have shown that the blind really do hear notes more precisely but only if they became blind when they were very young. Their findings, Pitch discrimination in the Early Blind, were published in the journal Nature.
India retries pivotal Hindu-Muslim hate crime
On Monday, the notorious Best Bakery case nudged closer to a trial date. By Scott Baldauf

Catholic trek turns secular
Though many still make the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in religious devotion, secular celebrations are gaining ground. By Geoff Pingree and Lisa Abend
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