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2011-06-30 06:04:16

According to a multidisciplinary team of researchers, American artist Jackson Pollock's paintings do not defy the laws of physics. The researchers from Boston College and Harvard believe Pollock was an intuitive master of laws that govern the flow of liquids under gravity. "In order to understand what is taking place with Pollock, it's essential to understand the laws of physics and the dynamics at play under the laws of gravity," Claude Cernuschi, a professor of art history at Boston...

2011-05-18 16:07:56

Carbon found within ancient rocks has played a crucial role developing a time line for the emergence of biological life on the planet billions of years ago. But applying cutting-edge technology to samples of ancient rocks from northern Canada has revealed the carbon-based minerals may be much younger than the rock they inhabit, a team of researchers report in the latest edition of the journal Nature Geoscience. The team "“ which includes researchers from Boston College, the Carnegie...

2011-05-16 19:26:06

The visual power of a brand can be the first breakthrough companies make with their customers. But efforts to artistically manipulate the typeface of a corporate logo can backfire for firms, according to a Boston College researcher. Consumers may perceive companies that use incomplete typeface logos "” such as the horizontal baby blue stripes that form the letters IBM "” as innovative. However, these firms run the risk of being viewed as untrustworthy, according to a report...

2011-05-02 19:00:20

Study reveals physical impact of dueling devices on users Multitaskers who think they can successfully divide their attention between the program on their television set and the information on their computer screen proved to be driven to distraction by the two devices, according to a new study of media multitasking by Boston College researchers. Placed in a room containing a television and a computer and given a half hour to use either device, people on average switched their eyes back and...

2011-05-02 16:25:34

Boston College and MIT researchers see broad residential and industrial applications High-performance nanotech materials arrayed on a flat panel platform demonstrated seven to eight times higher efficiency than previous solar thermoelectric generators, opening up solar-thermal electric power conversion to a broad range of residential and industrial uses, a team of researchers from Boston College and MIT report in the journal Nature Materials. Two technologies have dominated efforts to harness...

2011-03-23 21:44:10

BC and MIT researchers reveal power of new catalyst class and olefin metathesis process A new catalytic chemical method for the synthesis of a large and important class of carbon-carbon double bonds has been developed by scientists from Boston College and MIT, the team reports in the journal Nature. The findings substantially expand the versatility of a set of metal-based catalysts discovered only three years ago by the researchers. With molybdenum at their core, the catalysts have now proven...

2011-02-10 01:19:21

Nano-scale lattice developed at Boston College a promising platform for clean energy applicationsCoating a lattice of tiny wires called Nanonets with iron oxide "“ known more commonly as rust "“ creates an economical and efficient platform for the process of water splitting, an emerging clean fuel science that harvests hydrogen from water, Boston College researchers report in the online edition of the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Assistant Professor of Chemistry...

2011-02-03 13:11:24

Boston College bioinformatics lab's analysis supports 1000 Genomes Project Analyzing billions of pieces of genetic data collected from people around the world, Boston College biologist Gabor Marth and his research team are playing an integral role in the global effort to sequence 1000 genomes and move closer to understanding in fine detail how genetics influence human health and development. The most comprehensive map to date of genomic structural variants "“ the layer of our DNA that...

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2011-01-31 11:40:00

Red Bull's red and gold logo can "give you wings" "“ for better or worse "“ even if consumers don't know it, according to a new study by two Boston College professors, who found the brand's edgy marketing efforts have sold a heavy dose of attitude to consumers. Researchers put subjects at the controls of a car racing video game, supplying each with functionally identical racecars, but each car decorated with a different brand logo and color scheme. Players put in control of the...

2011-01-25 16:06:16

Researchers from Boston College, MIT, Clemson University and the University of Virginia have used nanotechnology to achieve a 60-90 percent increase in the thermoelectric figure of merit of p-type half-Heusler, a common bulk semiconductor compound, the team reported in the journal Nano Letters. The dramatic increase in the figure of merit, used to measure a material's relative thermoelectric performance, could pave the way for a new generation of products "“ from car exhaust systems and...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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