June 21st, 2005

Maps; Science

From LiveJournal: maproom feed: Google Maps Meets the U.S. Census

The mother of all mash-ups, perhaps: gCensus combines Google Maps with data from the 2000 U.S. Census -- down to the block level. Via Boing Boing....

new_scientist feed: ICSI kids become smarter than average

The first study of ICSI children at age eight suggests they are slightly more intelligent than normal, allaying fears of developmental issues
From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php:
Public Release: 20-Jun-2005
Classics, biblical studies need new intellectual tools
Theological and classical studies are suffering intellectually because the academic tools used to study them have not progressed or evolved the way other scholarly subjects have, says Professor Bradley Mclean of biblical studies at Knox College.

Public Release: 20-Jun-2005
Journal of Community Psychology
Violent boys in unsafe conditions less prone to depression
Violent adolescent boys in neighborhoods where they routinely witness violence tend to be less depressed than other violent youths, says a new study by Raymond Swisher of Cornell University and former student Robert D. Latzman. The study is published in the Journal of Community Psychology (33: 355-371, May 2005).
NIH/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Public Release: 20-Jun-2005
European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology Annual Meeting
Unique genetic profile helps over-45s conceive naturally
Women who have a special genetic profile can conceive spontaneously after the age of 45 years, a scientist said at the 21st annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology today (Tuesday 21 June 2005). Dr. Neri Laufer, from the Haddassah University Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel, told the conference that his team's work to identify a specific gene expression profile linked to later fertility would enable development of better treatments for infertility in older patients.