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Public Release: 14-Feb-2005
Why do insects stop 'breathing'? To avoid damage from too much oxygen, say researchers
A new study investigating the respiratory system of insects may have solved a mystery that has intrigued physiologists for decades: why insects routinely stop breathing for minutes at a time.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
University of California - Irvine

Public Release: 11-Feb-2005
A glimpse into the life of a physicist
Over 30 physicists from different countries are keeping a weblog for a year. Three Dutch physicists, Alex, Maaike and Frank from the NWO institute NIKHEF, are among those taking part. You can follow their experiences at On the site there is a biography and the latest events are illustrated with photos and videos.

Contact: Anne Mieke van den Bergen, Coordinator Quantum Diaries Neder
Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research

Public Release: 11-Feb-2005
Pediatric Orthopaedics
Emory researchers find more evidence for children's growth spurts, pain
The existence of growth spurts and growing pains in children may be perpetually evident to parents, but their cause has lacked scientific explanation. A new study now sheds some light on this childhood phenomena.

Contact: Beverly Cox Clark
Emory University Health Sciences Center

Public Release: 11-Feb-2005
Chinese used diamonds to polish sapphire-rich stone in 2500 BC
Researchers have uncovered strong evidence that the ancient Chinese used diamonds to grind and polish ceremonial stone burial axes as long as 6,000 years ago - and incredibly, did so with a level of skill difficult to achieve even with modern polishing techniques. The finding, reported in the February issue of the journal Archaeometry, places this earliest known use of diamond worldwide thousands of years earlier than the gem is known to have been used elsewhere.
Harvard University's Asia Center, Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, Princeton University's Department of Physics

Contact: Steve Bradt
Harvard University

Public Release: 11-Feb-2005
Simulations show how growing black holes regulate galaxy formation
Results explain supermassive black holes and star distribution in nearby galaxies

Contact: Dr. Volker Springel

Public Release: 10-Feb-2005
Prehistoric jawbone reveals evolution repeating itself
A 115-million-year-old fossil of a tiny egg-laying mammal thought to be related to the platypus provides compelling evidence of multiple origins of acute hearing in humans and other mammals. The discovery suggests that the transformation of bones from the jaw into the small bones of the middle ear occurred at least twice in the evolutionary lines of living mammals after their split from a common ancestor some 200 million years ago.
National Geographic Society

Contact: Catherine Gianaro
University of Chicago Medical Center

Public Release: 9-Feb-2005
New species of coral discovered off southern California
A new species of black coral has been discovered off southern California, including around the Channel Islands, by Milton Love, University of California, Santa Barbara marine researcher, and Mary Yoklavich of NOAA Fisheries. The discovery came during dives by the researchers in "Delta," the submersible. The new species, found at depths of approximately 300 to 725 feet, is reported this week in the online scientific journal Zootaxa (

Contact: Gail Gallessich
University of California - Santa Barbara

Public Release: 9-Feb-2005
New monkey species name to be auctioned
The Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), in partnership with Bolivian protected area authorities, announced today a one-of-a-kind international auction for the right to name an entire species of monkey.

Contact: Stephen Sautner
Wildlife Conservation Society

Public Release: 9-Feb-2005
First measurement of Titan's winds from Huygens
Using a global network of radio telescopes, scientists have measured the speed of the winds faced by Huygens during its descent through the atmosphere of Titan.

Contact: Guido de Marchi
European Space Agency

Public Release: 9-Feb-2005
When cobras spit, there's not a dry eye in the house
Spitting cobras spit their venom into the faces of potential attackers. This venomous cocktail of toxins hits the victim's eyes surprisingly often and may leave them blinded. University of Bonn zoologists have discovered how the snakes optimise their accuracy rate: while they are squirting the venom out of their fangs at high speed, they move their heads to and fro in a circling or bobbing movement. The whole process lasts only a twentieth of a second.

Contact: Dr. Guido Westhoff
University of Bonn

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