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2010-02-16 09:52:53

Unique nanotech structure demonstrates higher speed, capacity and longevity A tiny scaffold-like titanium structure of Nanonets coated with silicon particles could pave the way for faster, lighter and longer-lasting Lithium-ion batteries, according to a team of Boston College chemists who developed the new anode material using nanotechnology. The web-like Nanonets developed in the lab of Boston College Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dunwei Wang offer a unique structural strength, more...

2009-12-11 14:58:05

Shrinking cells snares charges in less than one-trillionth of a second Boston College researchers have observed the "hot electron" effect in a solar cell for the first time and successfully harvested the elusive charges using ultra-thin solar cells, opening a potential avenue to improved solar power efficiency, the authors report in the current online edition of Applied Physics Letters. When light is captured in solar cells, it generates free electrons in a range of energy states. But in...

2009-11-24 17:41:03

Boston College researchers provide new view of myelin structure and stability New findings from an international team of researchers probing the nerve-insulating myelin sheath were bolstered by the work of Boston College biologists, who used x-rays to uncover how mutations affect the structure of myelin, a focal point of research in multiple sclerosis and other neurological disorders. The findings were central to the group's broader conclusion that a set of protein processes required in the...

2009-09-15 09:10:00

As children head back to school and attention turns to strategies for boosting reading and math achievement for low-income youth, a new study says the quality of early child care may play a role. The study, by researchers at Boston College, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Samford University, is published in the September/October 2009 issue of Child Development. The researchers looked at reading and math achievement of more than 1,300 children in middle childhood from economic...

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2009-07-31 11:15:00

 Using a composite metamaterial to deliver a complex set of instructions to a beam of light, Boston College physicists have created a device to guide electromagnetic waves around objects such as the corner of a building or the profile of the eastern seaboard.As directed by the researchers' novel device, these beams continue to behave as if traveling in a straight line. In one computer simulation, Assistant Professor of Physics Willie J. Padilla and researcher Nathan Landy revealed the...

2009-06-18 07:42:54

Novel linear solution doubles accuracy and is 10 times faster than prior techniquesInspired by the behavior of the human eye, Boston College computer scientists have developed a technique that lets computers see objects as fleeting as a butterfly or tropical fish with nearly double the accuracy and 10 times the speed of earlier methods.The linear solution to one of the most vexing challenges to advancing computer vision has direct applications in the fields of action and object recognition,...

2009-06-10 09:54:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- PIBH recognized 23 outstanding Pennsylvania workers and the exceptional character they demonstrate in living and coping with disabilities, particularly in the workplace. The Nettie Mann Achievement Award Dinner, held by PIBH at the Hilton Hotel in Harrisburg last night, celebrated the winner and runners-up from across the state. Every day, however, PIBH honors the spirit and skills of Pennsylvanians with disabilities by facilitating employment...

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2009-06-05 14:25:00

A new study shows that teenagers whose fathers are more involved in their lives are less likely to engage in risky sexual activities such as unprotected intercourse. According to an MSNBC report, the researchers found that the more attentive the dad "” and the more he knows about his teenage child's friends "” the bigger the impact on the teen's sexual behavior. The study even suggests that while an involved mother can also help stave off a teen's sexual activity, dads have twice...

2009-05-15 09:51:56

Two-thirds of American teenagers have sex by the time they're 18. A new longitudinal study finds that when adolescents engage in risky sexual activity, fathers respond by increasing their efforts to supervise and monitor their children.Researchers at Boston College, the University of Pittsburgh, and Harvard University conducted the study, which appears in the May/June 2009 issue of the journal Child Development.The study followed more than 3,200 teenagers ages 13 to 18 over a period of four...

2009-05-14 12:37:00

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass., May 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Filmmaker Ken Burns, whose distinctive and acclaimed documentaries have brought to life the Civil War, baseball, jazz and other facets of American history, will address the Class of 2009 at the 133rd Boston College Commencement Exercises on May 18. Some 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students will receive Boston College diplomas at ceremonies that day. Boston College President William P. Leahy, SJ, will present Burns with an honorary...


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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