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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%...

2011-11-02 21:29:29

International team led by Boston College researchers uses new catalyst to synthesize two potent anti-cancer molecules Research carried out at Boston College, in collaboration with scientists at MIT and the University of Oxford, has led to the development of an efficient and highly selective catalyst for ring-closing olefin metathesis, one of the most widely used reactions in chemical synthesis, the team reports in this week's issue of the journal Nature. The team used the new catalyst,...

2011-10-03 19:48:08

Tangled early-stage tube growth yields to orderly alignment of nanoscale structures Boston College researchers have discovered two early-stage phases of carbon nanotube growth during plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition, finding a disorderly tangle of tube growth that ultimately yields to orderly rows of the nanoscopic tubes, according to a report in the latest edition of the journal Nanotechnology. By using a thin layer of catalyst, Professor of Physics Zhifeng Ren and researcher...

2011-09-14 11:42:17

Research conducted by Boston College neuroscientist Sean MacEvoy and colleague Russell Epstein of the University of Pennsylvania finds evidence of a new way of considering how the brain processes and recognizes a person´s surroundings, according to a paper published in the latest issue of Nature Neuroscience. For the study, MacEvoy and Epstein used functional magnetic resonance image (fMRI) to help them identify how the brain figures out where it is in the world (scene recognition)....

2011-09-13 11:55:47

Efficient, economical molecule could speed evaluation of some anti-cancer treatments Researchers from Boston College have developed a new class of small molecule receptors capable of detecting a lipid molecule that reveals the telltale signs of cellular death, particularly cancer cells targeted by anti-cancer drugs, the team reports in the current electronic edition of the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Researchers led by Assistant Professor of Chemistry Jianmin Gao...

2011-08-26 15:41:24

Hovering helicopter parents who restrict their kids´ unstructured play may actually harm, rather than help, children according to the latest issue of the American Journal of Play, a scholarly journal which has gathered a distinguished group of experts to probe the near-extinction of free play and its effects on children and society. “Remarkably, over the last 50 years, opportunities for children to play freely have declined continuously and dramatically in the United States and...

2011-08-23 21:10:00

Throughout the ages, fine art has been accorded a special significance and recognized as a powerful communication tool. Art has been used to sell everything from products to politics to religion. But art can be stripped of its special status if used carelessly by advertisers, according to a new study by researchers from Boston College and the University of Houston. If the artwork is viewed as a product-relevant illustration, then consumers no longer view it as art. Suddenly, they can...

2011-07-25 12:26:45

Boston College researchers' designer material has potential applications for thermophotovoltaics A designer metamaterial has shown it can engineer emitted "blackbody" radiation with an efficiency beyond the natural limits imposed by the material's temperature, a team of researchers led by Boston College physicist Willie Padilla report in the current edition of Physical Review Letters. A "blackbody" object represents a theorized ideal of performance for a material that perfectly absorbs all...


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bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
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This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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