Latest Boston University Stories

2008-07-29 07:30:00

Although sweetened fruit drinks promise a healthier alternative to non-diet soft drinks, researchers say they are just as likely to cause weight gain and increase the risk of diabetes. "The public should be made aware that these drinks are not a healthy alternative to soft drinks with regard to risk of type 2 diabetes," Julie Palmer and colleagues at Boston University wrote in their report, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of the disease....

2008-06-17 15:00:47

ArtusLabs, Inc., a leading provider of life science software tools and data management solutions, has entered into a partnership with Boston University's Center for Chemical Methodology and Library Development (CMLD) to develop a way to standardize and expand the way in which stereochemistry, and ultimately a three-dimensional structures, are represented in the International Chemical Identifier (InChI(TM)). This project will influence chemical drawing and library management capabilities...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'