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Public Release: 6-May-2005
Killer dinosaurs turned vegetarian
Scientists have discovered a mass graveyard of bird-like feathered dinosaurs in Utah. The previously unknown species provides clues about how vicious meat-eaters related to Velociraptor ultimately evolved into plant-munching vegetarians.
Discovery Channel Discovery Quest, Utah Geological Survey

Contact: Lee Siegel, University of Utah Public Relations
University of Utah

Public Release: 5-May-2005
Clutch hitters and choke hitters: Myth or reality?
Sports announcers already know it, and now Elan Fuld has proven it: clutch hitters really do exist. The 21-year-old University of Pennsylvania junior studied the phenomenon of clutch hitting in baseball, and his calculations provided statistical evidence that players such as Eddie Murray, Frank Duffy and Luis Gomez were clutch hitters. Fuld studied playing statistics of 1,075 Major League players in the 1974-1992 seasons.

Contact: Jacquie Posey
University of Pennsylvania

Public Release: 4-May-2005
A mission to conquer Venus
There is new hope that NASA may be able to repeat their success of Mars rovers Opportunity and Spirit on Venus. Space scientists in the US say that an autonomous solar-powered aircraft could take measurements of Venus's wild atmosphere, while flying a "brain" to control a toughened rover on the ground.

Contact: Claire Bowles
New Scientist

Public Release: 4-May-2005
Discovery of an American salamander where it shouldn't be: Korea
The most prevalent salamander worldwide is the lungless or terrestrial salamander, which is found only in the Americas with a lone outpost in Italy. Now an Illinois-born high school teacher has found one in Korea under the noses of herpetologists well versed in the aquatic salamanders of the peninsula. The find, says UC Berkeley's David Wake, who described the new genus, implies a once worldwide distribution that has shrunk over the past 100 million years.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Robert Sanders
University of California - Berkeley

Public Release: 28-Apr-2005
Long thought extinct, ivory-billed woodpecker rediscovered in Big Woods of Arkansas
Long believed to be extinct, a magnificent bird - the ivory-billed woodpecker - has been rediscovered in the Big Woods of eastern Arkansas. More than 60 years after the last confirmed sighting of the species in the United States, a research team today announced that at least one male ivory-bill still survives in vast areas of bottomland swamp forest.

Contact: Simeon Moss
Cornell University

Public Release: 28-Apr-2005
Multiple sightings of long-lost woodpecker reported
Observers in eastern Arkansas have reported at least eight independent sightings of a bird that appears to be an ivory-billed woodpecker, a species widely thought to be extinct. A video clip of one bird, though blurry, shows key features, including the size and markings, indicating that the bird is indeed an ivory-billed woodpecker, according to John W. Fitzpatrick of Cornell University and coauthors of a paper released online today by Science.

Contact: Jessica Lawrence-Hurt
American Association for the Advancement of Science

Public Release: 25-Apr-2005
Environmental Science & Technology
Waste not, want not
By harnessing the efforts of billions of bacteria, researchers have engineered a bio-filtration system that produces hydrogen gas while cleaning wastewater – gas that could potentially fuel other machines. Up to 100 percent more efficient at producing hydrogen than similar bio-filtration systems, the new device has the added benefit of being able to digest human or animal waste, plant material or just about any organic matter.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Josh Chamot
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 21-Apr-2005
Whale bones and farm soil: Sequencing biodiversity
Instead of sequencing the genome of one organism, why not sequence a drop of sea water, a gram of farm soil or even a sunken whale skeleton? Scientists at the EMBL in Heidelberg and their US collaborators have done just that, and the result is a new appreciation for the rich diversity of life that exists in the most unlikely places (Science, April 22, 2005).

Contact: Trista Dawson
European Molecular Biology Laboratory

Public Release: 18-Apr-2005
BMC Biology
Elephant seal pups suffer from ocean warming
Ocean warming has a negative impact on the condition of elephant seals, reveals a study published in the Open Access journal BMC Biology. High ocean temperatures observed from 1975 to the late 1990s are correlated with a 28% decrease in the weight of elephant seal pups. Elephant seals are shown to be sensitive to ocean temperature changes associated with both long-term 25-year cycles and short-term 3-4 year cycles such as those caused by El Niño.

Contact: Juliette Savin
BioMed Central

Public Release: 13-Apr-2005
Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History
Slime-mold beetles named for Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld
George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld now each has a slime-mold beetle named in his honor. Two former Cornell University entomologists recently named 65 new species of slime-mold beetles; they are Quentin Wheeler and Kelly B. Miller, Cornell Ph.D. '01, whose monograph on the new species is published in the Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History.

Contact: Press Relations
Cornell University

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