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Ready to Test Einstein's Theory, NASA Gravity Probe B Mission Enters Science Phase

September 30, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Gravity Probe B (GP-B), a NASA spacecraft to test two predictions of Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity, achieved a major milestone

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Legendary Spacecraft Designer Dr. Maxime A. Faget Dies at 83

September 30, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

The man who designed the original spacecraft for Project Mercury and is credited with contributing to the designs of every U.S. human spacecraft from Mercury to the Space Shuttle has died.

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NASA Announces Winners of "Software of the Year" Award

September 30, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

NASA selected a data visualization and simulation software package used by Mars rovers and landers, and a software package that can be used in aerospace and industrial flow fluid applications, as the "best of the best" software developed by the agency this year.

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A New Treat for DDT-Contaminated Soils

September 30, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

While parents and youngsters are busy carving jack-o-lanterns in preparation for Halloween, Canadian scientists are hard at work on

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Thermo Electron Responds to Suit by Applera Corporation, MDS Inc. and Applied Biosystems-MDS Scientific Instruments for Patent Infringement

September 30, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Thermo Electron Corporation announced that Applera Corporation, MDS Inc. and Applied Biosystems/MDS Scientific Instruments

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Uncovering the Complexities of Genes' Effects on Medications

September 30, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine has been awarded a major grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to bring together researchers from different disciplines to study gene-drug interactions.

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Using Statistics to Decipher Secrets of Natural Mutation

August 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

A new mathematical approach for analyzing the complex, subtle patterns of natural mutation in DNA is likely to help biologists understand how mutation contributes to evolutionary change in mammals.The researchers, Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator Philip Green and his student Dick Hwang, published a report describing the first applications of

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Riverbank Filtration Pulls Pollutants From Drinking Water

August 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Harmful contaminants often taint drinking water drawn directly from a river, but a low-cost natural filter may lie just beyond the banks. Johns Hopkins researchers have found that the soil alongside a river can remove dangerous microbes and organic material as water flows through it

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Probing the Surface of White Blood Cells to Enhance Immune System Medicine

August 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

White blood cells are principal players in immune system function. Yet efforts to influence their role in illness have been hampered by a lack of understanding of the surface structure of these mediator cells — until now

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Thermo Electron Acquires InnaPhase Corp.

August 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Thermo Electron Corporation has completed the acquisition of InnaPhase Corporation, a premier supplier of Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology markets, for approximately $65 million in cash, subject to a post-closing adjustment. Headquartered in

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Lord of the Rings Computers Turned Into Supercomputer-for-Hire

August 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

The New Zealand Supercomputing Centre, launched this week, has already attracted interest from potential clients in New York, says Telecom hosting and storage manager Eric Pilon.

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Scientists Tame 'Hip Hop' Atoms

August 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

In an effort to put more science into the largely trial and error building of nanostructures, physicists at the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated new methods for placing what are typically

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Software Bug Raises Spectre of 'JPEG of Death'

August 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Flawed software code used by numerous Microsoft applications to render images mean that a specially constructed image file could hijack a computer or spread a virus.

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Fred Whipple, World-Renowned Harvard and Smithsonian Astronomer, Dies

August 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Dr. Fred Lawrence Whipple, the oldest living American astronomer and one of the last giants of 20th century astronomy, passed away at the age of 97 following a prolonged illness. He was Phillips Professor of Astronomy Emeritus at Harvard University and a Senior Physicist at SAO

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NASA Mission Returns With a Piece of the Sun

August 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

NASA's Genesis spacecraft is set to swing by Earth and jettison a sample return capsule filled with particles of the Sun that may ultimately tell us more about the genesis of our solar system. "The Genesis mission — to capture a piece of the Sun and return it to Earth — is

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