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YouTube video 'Planet Bob' uses humor to magnify focus on biodiversity
"Planet Bob," a joint video production from Arizona State University's International Institute for Species Exploration and Media Alchemy Inc., uses live action, state-of-the-art animation, and the vocal talents of venerable TV host Hugh Downs and others, to present the mysterious, exciting -- and surprisingly funny -- side of taxonomy.

Contact: Carol Hughes
Arizona State University

Neanderthals may have been redheads
Some Neanderthals -- relatives to modern humans, who lived in Europe and Central Asia approximately 230,000 to 30,000 years ago -- may have had genetic variations that hypothetically could have produced pale skin and red hair, a European research team has found.

Contact: SciPak
American Association for the Advancement of Science

SolarFox hits the halfway stage
A team of staff and students from UCL (University College London) are competing in one of the world's toughest engineering tests -- the Panasonic World Solar Challenge. The biennial event sees teams build their own solar-powered cars and then race them over a gruelling 3000km course from Darwin to Adelaide.

Contact: Dave Weston
University College London

Online underwater classrooms
When Project SeaCAMEL's team of four aquanauts dives down to the Aquarius Undersea Laboratory off Key Largo for three days next month, the world will be able to join them live online. From Nov. 12-14, students and ocean enthusiasts can be part of the aquanautics scientific explorations, as they conduct a series of coral reef experiments on the cutting edge of marine science.

Contact: Phil Renaud
Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation

A mutation in a dog gene opens new research into the defensin protein
Researchers who were trying to find the mutated gene that controls coat color in dogs now report that they found the gene, and have also discovered that it has an unexpected additional role. The gene also sends a signal to a member of a protein family that is responsible for defending the body against infection. The proteins are called defensins, because their job is to defend the body.

Contact: SciPak
American Association for the Advancement of Science

College students take to the skies to teach science to children
Before takeoff, it could have looked like a daunting challenge for anyone who preferred the big jets over the “puddle jumpers.” But once they climbed aboard with the pilots of the 974th chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association, a group of 17 University of Cincinnati students majoring in early childhood education would learn a lesson that would be hard to forget.

Contact: Dawn Fuller
University of Cincinnati

A hair-raising discovery about 'hairy roots'
With the help of special bacteria, scientists are giving plants mutant roots -- called "hairy roots" -- that may may become natural factories that churn out fuels, food flavorings and even medicine.

Contact: Michael Bernstein
American Chemical Society

Titan's morning weather forecast: Widespread drizzle
Mornings on Saturn's moon Titan are often cloudy and drizzly over a wide area, according to a new astronomy/weather report by astronomers using giant telescopes on Earth.

Contact: SciPak
American Association for the Advancement of Science

Students use designer virus to attack bacterial drug resistance
A Rice University student team readying for November's International Genetically Engineered Machine competition in Boston is creating a designer virus to combat antibiotic drug resistance. The virus, a phage that only infects bacteria, is designed to give a competitive boost to bacteria that are not antibiotic resistant. In effect, the team is trying to mount an attack on antibiotic-resistant bacteria by arming the competition. iGEM will be at MIT Nov. 3.

Contact: Jade Boyd
Rice University

Polish children and students meet astronauts
As part of worldwide activities to celebrate the 50 years of space exploration, Polish children and students had the chance to meet European and American astronauts in Warsaw last week, to hear at first hand about living and working in space.

Contact: Anabelle Fonseca Colomb
European Space Agency

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