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Thursday, August 19, 2004

Sex Change Can Cause Headache
Wed Aug 18, 2004 04:24 PM ET
By Karla Gale

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - New research involving male-to-female transsexuals lends further credence to the theory that sex hormones are involved in migraine generation, physicians report in the medical journal Neurology.
Retro America vs. Metro America
Self-made billionaire John Sperling is financing a $2 million advertising campaign that’s intended to highlight the differences between "Metro" America and "Retro" America, USA Today reports. Sperling, who’s also known for his plans to clone his dead pet dog and his project to extend human life, will point out in the ads that "Retro America, marked by religious fundamentalism and militarism, is the irretrievable bastion of Republicans... The metro states are the home of racial tolerance, economic dynamism and growth, which should serve as a roadmap for Democrats to retake political power."

Sperling discusses this polarization in more detail in his new book The Great Divide.
DNA technique protects against ‘evil’ emails
The latest weapon to weed out spam emails uses a technique originally designed to analyse DNA sequences
From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php:
Public Release: 19-Aug-2004
Psychological Science
First solid evidence that the study of music promotes intellectual development
The idea that studying music improves the intellect is not a new one, but at last there is incontrovertible evidence from a study conducted out of the University of Toronto.
International Foundation for Music Research

Public Release: 19-Aug-2004
American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Improved nutrition could reduce malaria burden worldwide
A new report from researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that a large percentage of child deaths related to malaria are attributable to undernutrition and deficiencies of vitamin A, zinc, iron and folate. Improving child nutrition could prevent more malaria-related illnesses and deaths than previously thought.

Public Release: 19-Aug-2004
Study of obscure Amazon tribe sheds new light on how language affects perception
Members of the Pirahã tribe use a "one-two-many" system of counting. This study explores whether speakers of this language without number-references can appreciate larger quantities without the benefit of words to describe them, addressing the clasic Whorfian question about whether language can determine thought.

Public Release: 19-Aug-2004
Scientists reinvent DNA as template to produce organic molecules
By piggybacking small organic molecules onto short strands of DNA, chemists at Harvard University have developed an innovative new method of using DNA as a blueprint not for proteins but for collections of complex synthetic molecules. The researchers will report on the prolific technique, dubbed "DNA-templated library synthesis," this week on the web site of the journal Science.
NIH/National Institute of General Medical Sciences, Office of Naval Research, Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, Searle Scholars Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Bristol-Myers Squibb, National Science Foundation
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