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Public Release: 18-Jan-2006
First impressions of beauty may demonstrate why the pretty prosper
We might not be able to resist a pretty face after all, according to a report from the University of Pennsylvania. Experiments in which subjects were given a fraction of a second to judge "attractiveness" offered further evidence that our preference for beauty might be hard-wired. Their results offer a look at cognitive processes behind a very real phenomenon: physically attractive people have advantages that unattractive people do not.

Contact: Greg Lester
University of Pennsylvania

Public Release: 18-Jan-2006
Daphnia Genomics Consortium
Genome sequencing is for ecologists, too
An organism widely used for genetics-versus-environment studies has joined the panoply of mice, rats, dogs, humans and other species whose entire genomes have been sequenced. At the Daphnia Genomics Consortium's annual meeting in Bloomington this week, Indiana University and Joint Genome Institute scientists announced they've completed a "shotgun" sequence for Daphnia pulex, or the water flea, as it's better known to high school biology students.
US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation

Contact: David Bricker
Indiana University

Public Release: 18-Jan-2006
Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Growth hormone, obesity can trigger sleep apnea in some kids
Growth hormone was approved in the United States to treat Prader-Willi in 2000, but several children with the disease died after beginning the treatments. All died in their sleep and had been battling infections. To understand the problem, University of Florida researchers decided to study how growth hormone affected sleep.

Contact: April Frawley Birdwell
University of Florida

Public Release: 18-Jan-2006
In the mind's eye: How the brain makes a whole out of parts
When a human looks at a number, letter or other shape, neurons in various areas of the brain's visual center respond to different components of that shape, almost instantaneously fitting them together like a puzzle to create an image that the individual then "sees" and understands.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: Lisa DeNike
Johns Hopkins University

Public Release: 18-Jan-2006
Proceedings of the Royal Academy of Sciences, Series B
In spite of ourselves
In a study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Academy (January 17, 2006), Keith Jensen and colleagues from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany looks at altruism and spite in our close cousin; the chimpanzee.

Contact: Keith Jensen

Public Release: 18-Jan-2006
Stanford study of owls finds link in brain between sight and sound
Two scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine have taken a big step toward sorting out how the brain accomplishes this task. In the Jan. 19 issue of Nature, the researchers show that a mechanism for prioritizing information - previously reported only in primates - is also used by birds.

Contact: Mitzi Baker
Stanford University Medical Center

Public Release: 17-Jan-2006
American Journal of Sports Medicine
Mountain bikers are cautioned to ride with care - major injuries do happen
Mountain biking is considered a relatively safe sport. However, the sport has grown from a pastime to an Olympic sport, and major injuries are becoming more prevalent. In an article from The American Journal of Sports Medicine published by SAGE Publications, three mountain biking injury cases that resulted in acute cervical spine injuries resulting in tetraplegia, commonly called quadriplegia, are reported. Previously research has commonly only noted serious neck injuries, and no detailed reports have been made on cervical spinal cord injuries in English literature.

Contact: Judy Erickson
SAGE Publications

Public Release: 17-Jan-2006
PLOS Biology
The science of tickling (ourselves) is no laughing matter, Queen's psychologist says
Anticipating our own touch for example in tickling oneself reduces its impact, says Queen's psychologist Dr. Randy Flanagan, a member of the university's Centre for Neuroscience Studies. This is evidence of an important human adaptation that helps us interact with objects in our environment.
Natural Sciences ad Engineering Research Council

Contact: Nancy Dorrance
Queen's University

Public Release: 17-Jan-2006
Geophysical Research Letters
Haze dynasty
Despite decreasing cloudiness in China over the past half century, a new Pacific Northwest National Laboratory study in Geophysical Research Letters shows that less sunlight is reaching land. The researchers suggest that heavy air pollution shades earth's surface there, masking greenhouse warming and altering precipitation potential.
US Department of Energy, NASA

Contact: Bill Cannon
DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Public Release: 17-Jan-2006
Study finds evolution doesn't always favor bigger animals
Biologists have long believed that bigger is better when it comes to body size, since many lineages of animals, from horses to dinosaurs, have evolved into larger species over time.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Kim McDonald
University of California - San Diego

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