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2012-12-17 11:16:47

Turns out the trope is true: You should trust your gut – as long as you´re an expert. So says a new study from researchers at Rice University, George Mason University and Boston College. “How expert someone is within a particular domain has a positive impact on their ability to make an accurate gut decision,” said Rice´s Erik Dane, lead author of a study published last month in the journal Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. However, he added,...

2012-10-10 15:22:34

NEW YORK, Oct. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Campus Solutions, Inc. (www.campussolutionsinc.com) today announced a unique, multi-platform promotion with Spikes Salsa, a brand of LiDestri Foods, that targets three northeastern colleges during football season. The collegiate marketing company, one of the fastest growing collegiate marketing firms in the nation, will not only be visiting each campus with samples and promotional activities but will be posting photos of the campaign on Spikes Salsa's...

2012-08-31 11:51:32

First field study finds soot particles absorb significantly less sunlight than predicted by models Viewed as a potential target in the global effort to reduce climate change, atmospheric black carbon particles absorb significantly less sunlight than scientists predicted, raising new questions about the impact of black carbon on atmospheric warming, an international team of researchers, including climate chemists from Boston College, report today in the latest edition of the journal...

2012-06-28 20:30:44

Boston College chemists use nanowires to power photosynthesis Harnessing the power of the sun has inspired scientists and engineers to look for ways to turn sunlight into clean energy to heat houses, fuel factories and power devices. While a majority of this research focuses on energy production, some researchers are looking at the potential uses of these novel solar technologies in other areas. Boston College Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dunwei Wang's work with silicon nanowires...

2012-04-26 09:18:10

Thin-film process boosts bulk alloy's thermoelectric performance The intense interest in harvesting energy from heat sources has led to a renewed push to discover materials that can more efficiently convert heat into electricity. Some researchers are finding those gains by re-designing materials scientists have been working with for years. A team of Boston College and MIT researchers report developing a novel, nanotech design that boosts the thermoelectric performance of a bulk alloy...

2012-01-12 21:53:48

Genome sequencing helps identify essential protein in disease-carrying parasites Researchers from Boston College have discovered a protein that plays a pivotal role in the progression of the deadly diseases toxoplasmosis and malaria and shown that its function could be genetically blocked in order to halt the progress of the parasite-borne illnesses, the team reports in the current edition of the journal Science. The protein, identified as DOC2.1, plays a similar role in the secretion...

2011-12-19 15:13:58

Managers' actions raise conflict-of-interest questions for some hedge funds, new study finds Armed with insider knowledge, managers of share-restricted hedge funds sell off their own holdings ahead of their investors in order to avoid low returns produced by an outflow of shareholder dollars, according to a new study by researchers from Boston College and EDHEC Business School in France. The practice, known as front running, pits the interests of managers against those of investors in...

2011-12-05 13:02:56

Fruit fly and malaria mosquito sensors attuned to heat, chemical odors Fruit flies and mosquitoes share similar sensory receptors that allow them to distinguish among thousands of sensory cues — particularly heat and chemical odors — as they search for food or try to avoid danger, researchers from Boston College and Brandeis University report in the current electronic edition of the journal Nature. Pinpointing a tiny portion of a protein found on the surfaces of neurons that...

2011-11-23 12:04:13

Young girls have been viewed as far more savvy than boys at navigating the emotional pitfalls of friendships. But a new report shows that when friends let them down, girls are even more devastated than boys, researchers from Boston College and Duke University report in the journal Child Development. Researchers examined whether or not girls cope better than boys when a friend violates a core expectation of friendships. The study of fourth- and fifth-grade children found that these...

2011-11-07 17:15:38

Credit card users are likely to pay less toward their debt if their monthly bills display information about the minimum amount required, according to an international team of researchers including Boston College Carroll School of Management Accenture Professor of Marketing Kay Lemon and Assistant Professor Linda Salisbury. For many debt-laden consumers, including the minimum required payment information on their account statements can reduce the amount they pay each month by as much as 24%...