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Monday, September 20, 2004

For many Americans, autumn is a time for trying new churches
Factors from warmth of welcome to substance of doctrine influence those shopping for a new spiritual home. By G. Jeffrey MacDonald

States pull prisoners back home
Prison 'outsourcing' is linked to concerns about riots, recidivism, and family hardship. By Christa Lee Rock
From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php:
Public Release: 20-Sep-2004
Journal of Energy Engineering
Wastewater could treat itself, power city
The energy stored in Toronto's municipal wastewater could be harnessed to run water treatment facilities and contribute power to the city grid, says new U of T research.
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Centre for Research in Earth and Space Technology

Public Release: 20-Sep-2004
British Journal of Haematology
Vanilla may have a future in sickle cell treatment
In addition to its popular role in flavoring ice cream, fudge and cake frosting, vanilla may have a future use as a medicine. Recent laboratory research in mice has strengthened the possibility that a form of vanilla may become a drug to treat sickle cell disease.
National Institutes of Health

Public Release: 20-Sep-2004
Nano Letters
Green, leafy spinach may soon power cellphones and laptops
MIT researchers have incorporated a plant's ability to convert sunlight to energy into a solid-state electronic "spinach sandwich" device that may one day power laptops and cell phones. At the heart of the sandwich is a protein complex derived from spinach chloroplasts. An electrode layer made of glass that has been coated with a thin layer of gold sits atop it, and beneath is a layer of organic semiconductor and another layer of metal.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, National Science Foundation

Public Release: 20-Sep-2004
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
'Fossil genes' reveal how life sheds form and function
Reading the fossil record, a paleontologist can peer into evolutionary history and see the surface features that plants and animals and, occasionally, microbes have left behind. Now, scouring the genome of a Japanese yeast, scientists have found a trackway of fossil genes in the making, providing a rare look at how an organism, in response to the demands of its environment, has changed its inner chemistry and lost the ability to metabolize a key sugar.
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