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2010-05-13 10:10:00

Soldiers, policemen and firemen risk their lives every day serving their country or community. Each day people stumble upon accidents or jump into frozen rivers to save survivors of plane crashes. We recognize these heroes for their acts of courage; medals, decorations and other rewards are bestowed upon them by an appreciative public official or superior officer. How do you recognize and encourage a young child fighting a battle against a life-threatening disease? A battle that is no less...

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2009-12-28 09:48:02

When archaeologist Ruth Iren Øien noticed a cluster of tiny iron beads in the ground, she knew she was onto something. She did not know, however, that her team had stumbled upon Scandinavia's oldest and most complex group of iron forges. And not only that, it would be months before Øien, with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology's Museum of Natural History and Archaeology, would discover the actual significance of her find. The...

2009-12-14 23:54:16

Method of moving tiny particles using magnetic fields could find uses in microchips and in medicine A new microscopic system devised by researchers in MIT's department of materials science and engineering could provide a novel method for moving tiny objects inside a microchip, and could also provide new insights into how cells and other objects are propelled around within the body. Inside organs such as the trachea and the intestines, tiny hair-like filaments called cilia are constantly in...

2009-11-24 09:39:00

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Nov. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CardioGenics Holdings Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: CGNH), a developer of technology and products targeting the immunoassay segment of the IVD testing market, reports that Merck Chimie S.A.S. ("Merck Chimie") is progressing to the next phase of the commercialization of CardioGenics' proprietary silver coated paramagnetic Beads ("Beads"). Per the agreement with Merck Chimie that was executed earlier this year, CardioGenics supplied...

2009-09-30 06:06:00

ALBANY, N.Y., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Having already conquered the worlds of music and television, Britain's 8-year-old singing superstar, Connie Talbot, is now entering the world of jewelry design! Recently named Child Ambassador for the 2009 Marine Toys for Tots campaign, dedicating herself to fundraising for this wonderful organization through the sale of her Holiday Magic CD, this charming, talented young lady now announces the launch of ConnieGirl Jewelry. In conjunction with the...

2009-08-28 14:22:47

Twenty-five shell beads excavated in Morocco suggest people were wearing and possibly trading jewelry 80,000 years ago, archaeologists said. The beads found at four sites in Morocco are similar to beads found previously in Algeria, Israel and South Africa, the European Science Foundation reported Friday. The Moroccan shells have holes drilled through the center and some have signs of pigmentation and prolonged wear, said Francesco d'Errico, a director at the French National Center for...

2009-08-27 15:55:00

A University of York scientist has been awarded a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship for her research on smart polymer materials that could eventually be used as sensors to detect biological materials and pollutants.Dr Verena Görtz, of the University's Department of Chemistry, will use the funds provided by the Fellowship to develop her pioneering work which focuses on creating polymer beads with liquid crystal properties.Liquid crystals are widely known for their application in...

2009-08-27 11:01:31

Shell beads newly unearthed from four sites in Morocco confirm early humans were consistently wearing and potentially trading symbolic jewelry as early as 80,000 years ago. These beads add significantly to similar finds dating back as far as 110,000 in Algeria, Morocco, Israel and South Africa, confirming these as the oldest form of personal ornaments. This crucial step towards modern culture is reported this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS).A team...

2009-06-18 14:26:20

U.S. scientists say they have created a fabricated material that changes color instantly in response to an external magnetic field. The researchers -- led by the University of California-Riverside Assistant Professor Yadong Yin -- said the fabricated microscopic polymer beads change color instantly and reversibly when external magnetic fields acting upon the microspheres change orientation. The beads or magnetochromatic microspheres have excellent structural stability, the researchers said,...

2009-05-07 15:03:51

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of Action Products International jewelry craft kits due to risk of lead exposure. Two kits, the Abalone and Venetian Carnevale Necklace Craft Kits, marketed for children, include necklace clasps with high levels of lead, CPSC said in a statement. About 2,900 of the craft kits were imported from China by Action Products International Inc. of Ocala, Fla. They were sold nationwide from June 2007 through April 2009 for about...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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