Computer viruses could take a lesson from showy peacocks ” digital organisms evolve, just like living things”

Contact:   Layne Cameron, Media Communications, Office: (517) 353-8819, Cell: (765) 748-4827, Layne.Cameron@cabs.msu.edu; Ian Dworkin, Zoology, Office: 517-432-6733, idworkin@msu.edu Published: Aug. 29, 2012 E-mail Editor ShareThis MSU researchers explore what would happen if computer viruses had to find mates in order to reproduce. Photo illustration by G.L. Kohuth Click on an image to view a…

UCSB scientists examine effects of manufactured nanoparticles on soybean crops: zinc oxide and cerium oxide

Contact: Gail Gallessich gail.g@ia.ucsb.edu 805-893-7220 University of California – Santa Barbara IMAGE:These are soybean plants growing in a UCSB greenhouse.Click here for more information. (Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Sunscreens, lotions, and cosmetics contain tiny metal nanoparticles that wash down the drain at the end of the day, or are discharged after manufacturing. Those nanoparticles eventually…

AAAS joins more than 3000 organizations in urging Congress to avoid ‘devastating’ budget cuts

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has joined more than 3000 national, state, and local organizations in warning the U.S. Congress and President Barack Obama that automatic budget cuts set for January could have “devastating” effects on research, education, social services, security, and international relations. The planned cuts threaten federal programs that…