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Quick Takes: 2 Aussies Win Biology Nobel, Yahoo Starts Digital Library, Still Cleaning Up From Rita, Harvard Endowment Tops $25B, Siena Lifts Ban on Non-Alcoholic Drinks

October 3, 2005
  • Two Australian researchers were awarded the 2005 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine this morning by the Karolinska Institute for their discovery that a bacterium causes gastritis and peptic ulcer disease. The scientists, Barry J. Marshall, a senior principal research fellow at the University of Western Australia, and J. Robin Warren, a retired scientist at the Royal Perth Hospital, will share the $1.3 million prize.
  • Yahoo is taking on Google in the digital library arena, Reuters reported. The Yahoo project, involving libraries at the University of California and the University of Toronto, will differ from Google's -- which is facing copyright challenges -- in that Yahoo will focus on material for which the copyright has expired or for which authors have opted to participate.
  • Colleges located near the Texas-Louisiana border, where Hurricane Rita hit, remain closed, although all of them believe that they will be able to open soon, and complete the fall semester with some adjustments. Full restoration of power remains a key issue. Details are available on the Web sites of Lamar Institute of Technology, Lamar State College at Port Arthur, Lamar University, McNeese State University, and Sowela Technical Community College.
  • Harvard University's endowment now tops $25 billion, having earned a 19 percent rate of return in the last year, the Associated Press reported. Harvard has more money than any other college in the United States.
  • Siena College has lifted a ban on drinking anything outdoors, The Albany Times-Union reported. The college had banned all drinking as part of an effort to crack down on alcohol abuse, but students criticized the idea that they couldn't drink coffee or other legal substances on their campus.
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