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2008-05-20 16:22:23

When our distant ancestors were making their way out from the water, they had to evolve a way to lay their eggs on land. Now a tree frog could help shed light on this mysterious, pivotal moment in history. This little yellow Panamanian amphibian is the first known vertebrate that can lay its eggs both in water and on land. The researchers looked at the hourglass treefrog (Dendropsophus ebraccatus), which is also known as the pantless treefrog because part of its leg lacks color....

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2008-04-25 00:50:00

A team of international astronomers announced this week they had obtained images of a supermassive black hole just as it was ejecting an enormous jet of supercharged particles traveling at the speed of light.  The images, obtained by powerful telescopes, confirmed what many scientists had believed about how these jets are formed, the astronomers said.A black hole is a concentration of mass so dense that little can escape its gravitational pull.  Supermassive black holes form the...

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2008-03-27 09:05:00

Neurons spoke to Dr. Joe Z. Tsien when he was a sophomore college student searching for some meaningful extracurricular activity.He had stopped by the lab of a brain researcher at Shanghai's East China Normal University. The room was dark except for a light shining on the brain. "You could hear this pop, pop, pop, pop," says Dr. Tsien, brain scientist who recently came to the Medical College of Georgia from Boston University. "At that moment, I got interested in the brain."We study the...

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2008-02-11 19:50:00

New research shows that even people who develop heart disease or diabetes late in life still have a good chance of living to be 100 years old.Dr. William Hall of the University of Rochester, who published new research in Monday's Archives of Internal Medicine, wrote that this increased chance of longevity may be attributed to doctors who aggressively treat elderly health problems, rather than taking an "ageist" approach that assumes they wouldn't benefit."It has been generally assumed that...

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2008-02-05 17:40:00

Did modern birds originate around the time of the dinosaurs' demise, or have they been around far longer? The question is at the center of a sometimes contentious "rocks versus clocks" debate between paleontologists, whose estimates are based on the fossil record, and scientists who use "molecular clock" methods to study evolutionary history. A new analysis by researchers at the University of Michigan, the University of Chicago, the Centre for Biodiversity Conservation Mexico and Central...

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2007-07-28 08:35:00

Boston University (BU) researchers published recently the first clear evidence of how gases from Jupiter's tiny moon's volcanoes can lead to the largest visible gas cloud in the solar system. Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, has a moon named Io that is just 100 km larger in radius than Earth's Moon. According to lead researcher Michael Mendillo, professor of electrical and computer engineering and astronomy at BU, there are over 100 active volcanic sites on Io making it the...

2007-03-13 12:01:17

BOSTON, March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- In BusinessWeek's second annual ranking of undergraduate business programs, Boston University School of Management is listed among the top 13 in the nation based on Academic Quality. This is an increase of two places from last year's ranking of 15. To determine Academic Quality, BusinessWeek considered five equally weighted measures: average SAT scores, ratio of full-time faculty to students, average class size, the percentage of business majors with...

2006-12-24 03:00:09

By Thomas-Medwid, Rachel S GENENE FISHER Senior Policy Fellow Genene Fisher always thought she would be a research scientist, but instead she took a slight detour when she decided to pursue science policy at the AMS Policy Program. "While I feel I'm a scientist at heart, I wanted to pursue a career that allows me to work at the intersection between science and policy," says Genene, who received a Ph.D. in atmospheric and space science and a master of public policy from the University...

2006-11-21 15:00:56

BOSTON, Nov. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- CN8, The Comcast Network and Boston University announce a two-year partnership to produce and broadcast ten LIVE athletic events each year - eight men's hockey games and two men's basketball games. CN8's BU coverage began FRIDAY, Nov. 10 as George Washington battled the Terriers in men's basketball and the hockey coverage began TUESDAY, Nov. 14 when BU traveled to the University of Vermont to take on the Catamounts. (Photo:...

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2006-03-28 06:45:00

It's common knowledge that humans and other animals couldn't survive without oxygen. But scientists are now learning a good deal more about the extent of our evolutionary debt to a substance that was once a deadly poison. Simulating biological networks in the presence or absence of specific metabolites, such as molecular oxygen, provides new insights into the evolution of life's chemical capabilities. This image of one such simulation was created by LLNL postdoctoral researcher Jason Raymond....