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Quake early warning system predicts shaking, averts casulties
December 13, 2007 04:54 PM - UC Berkeley Newswire

BERKELEY -- A California earthquake early warning system now being tested accurately predicted the ground shaking in San Francisco a few seconds before the city felt the Oct. 30, 2007, magnitude 5.4 quake near San Jose, according to a statewide team of seismologists.

Active early warning systems already created in places like Japan, Taiwan, Mexico and Turkey automatically stop elevators at the nearest floor, halt trains, isolate hazardous chemical systems and machinery and move people to a safer location or position.

Native American astronomer reaches out to native students
December 13, 2007 03:40 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Dennis Lamenti believes he is the only Native American astronomer in the U.S. with -- or working on -- a graduate degree. He now has another goal: to re-introduce astronomy to thousands of Native American students nationwide.

The IU graduate student is planning a spring Bloomington campus visit, and later a retreat for Native American students at a national observatory. It's a nation-wide event,designed to bring more Native Americans to the field of astronomy while introducing his culture's astronomic heritage to the world.

Mitchell steroid report fingers top baseball stars
December 13, 2007 03:13 PM - By Larry Fine, Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dozens of top baseball stars including Roger Clemens were named on Thursday in the long-awaited Mitchell Report on steroids use, which Major League Baseball hopes will help clean its tarnished image.

Namibia's poor 'will be hit hard' by climate change
December 13, 2007 12:50 PM - Carol Campbell, SciDevNet

Namibia, Africa - Climate change is expected to dramatically alter the lifestyles of poor people in Namibia, say the authors of a study. Their findings were published by the UK-based International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) this month (December).

Namibia is economically dependent on natural resources. Up to 30 per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP) is estimated to be reliant on the environment. Climate change could increase temperatures by 2–6 degrees Celsius by 2100, and rainfall is expected to be lower and more variable.

Subliminal Smells Bias Perception About a Person's Likeability
December 13, 2007 12:29 PM - Northwestern University Newswire

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Anyone who has bonded with a puppy madly sniffing with affection gets an idea of how scents, most not apparent to humans, are critical to a dog's appreciation of her two-legged friends. Now new research from Northwestern University suggests that humans also pick up infinitesimal scents that affect whether or not we like somebody.

Attractiveness Is Its Own Reward
December 13, 2007 12:12 PM - California Institute of Technology Newswire

PASADENA, Calif. --Studies of the snap judgments we often make about people are shedding new light not only on social behavior, but also on drug abuse, gambling addiction, and other disorders in which our ability to make decisions is impaired, say scientists at the California Institute of Technology.

Stem-cell patch may fix damaged hearts
December 12, 2007 07:21 PM - By Ben Hirschler, Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have made two significant advances in developing a stem-cell patch to repair the damage caused to the heart after an attack.

Vitamin A supplements may improve infant survival
December 12, 2007 06:28 PM - C. Vidyashankar, MD, Reuters

CHANNAI, India (Reuters Health) - In a study conducted in India, vitamin A supplements given in the early newborn period reduced the risk of infant deaths from diarrhea, fever and respiratory infections, but did not reduce the occurrence of these problems.

Canada halts use of mumps vaccine, launches probe
December 12, 2007 06:18 PM - Carla Tonelli, Reuters

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada suspended use of three batches of a mumps vaccine on Wednesday after five people fell ill in the midst of a vaccination campaign in the western province of Alberta.

First face transplant worth the fuss, patient says
December 12, 2007 05:08 PM - Gene Emery, Reuters

BOSTON (Reuters) - It took 18 months for her smile to come back completely, but doctors say the French woman who received the world's first partial face transplant is doing well and is very satisfied with the results.

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