July 28th, 2005

Science

From the livescience LiveJournal feed:
04:23 pm - NY Police Computer Predicts Robbery

http://www.livescience.com/scienceoffiction/050728_computer_crime.html
A real computer predicts crime. If it sounds like a movie, well ...
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From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php:
Public Release: 28-Jul-2005
Nature
Brown grad student's seismic study shakes up plate tectonics
In a surprising study in Nature, a team led by a Brown University graduate student shows that a sharp boundary exists between the Earth's hard outermost shell and a more pliable layer beneath, a difference in geological strength underpinning plate tectonic theory. The findings are strong evidence that temperature alone can't account for differences between the regions, which allow plate tectonics to occur.
National Science Foundation
http://www.brown.edu/Administration/News_Bureau/2005-06/05-005.htm

Public Release: 28-Jul-2005
Institute of Food Technologists
Broccoli packs powerful punch to bladder cancer cells
Researchers have isolated compounds from the vegetable broccoli that they believe may help prevent or slow the progress of bladder cancer. The current work builds on a major study conducted six years ago by Harvard and Ohio State universities that found men who ate two or more half-cup servings of broccoli per week had a 44 percent lower incidence of bladder cancer compared to men who ate less than one serving each week.
http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/goodbroc.htm

Public Release: 28-Jul-2005
Research debunks myth of self-reliant nuclear family
Despite the long-cherished belief that the nuclear family is independent and self-sustaining, most families with working parents depend on a network of care to manage work and family demands, according to research by Brandeis University sociologist Karen Hansen.

Public Release: 28-Jul-2005
Science
Rare bird 'sings' with its feathers to attract a mate
Similar to how a cricket chirps by rubbing together sound-making apparatus in its hind legs, male club-winged manakins (Machaeropterus deliciosus) use specially adapted feathers in each wing to make a violinlike hum, a Cornell University animal behaviorist Kimberly Bostwick writes in Science magazine (July 29, 2005).
National Science Foundation
http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/July05/Cricketbird.kr.html