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2011-06-13 11:17:20

Aisha Sohail describes the Neuromorphics Lab at CELEST and the work of building artificial brains to be used in robotics I walked into the building and there was a human-sized robot waiting to greet me. It shook my hand, took my coat and brought me to sit in the room where my interview was going to be held. It asked me whether I needed a drink, and then proceeded to clean the countertops and water the plants. When I asked whether there was a reason it was working so hard, it simply said: "I...

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2011-06-09 13:45:00

NASA said on Thursday that its Voyager spacecraft has helped to show that the edge of our solar system may not be smooth, but filled with a turbulent sea of magnetic bubbles. Scientists found the sun's distant magnetic field is made up of bubbles about 100 million miles wide.  NASA said the bubbles are created when magnetic field lines reorganize, and the new model suggests the field lines are broken up into self-contained structures disconnected from the solar magnetic field. The...

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2011-05-13 07:40:00

Sugar has been found to be an effective and low-cost way to boost the effectiveness of antibiotics for chronic bacterial infections such as staph, strep, tuberculosis and urinary tract infections, researchers say. James Collins, a professor of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University who is also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and a core faculty member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, and his research team discovered that the...

2011-05-11 23:54:08

Discovery is first to target the bacterial 'persisters' responsible for many lingering illnesses James Collins, a pioneering researcher in the new field of systems biology and a MacArthur Genius, says: "You know the old saying: 'a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down?' This is more like 'a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine work.' Dr. Collins, a professor of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University who is also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and a core faculty...

2011-05-02 23:45:13

A joint study by academics in Switzerland, Germany and at Boston University sheds new light on the formation of financial bubbles and crashes A joint study by academics in Switzerland, Germany and at Boston University sheds new light on the formation of financial bubbles and crashes. Wild fluctuations in stock prices caused by bubbles bursting have had a dramatic impact on the world economy and the personal fortunes of millions of us in the last few years. The study "Switching processes in...

2011-04-29 01:26:31

New findings by to be published in the journal Science In a paper to be published today [April 29, 2011] in the journal Science, a team of Boston University researchers under the direction of Michael Hasselmo, professor of psychology and director of Boston University's Computational Neurophysiology Laboratory, and Mark Brandon, a recent graduate of the Graduate Program for Neuroscience at Boston University, present findings that support the hypothesis that spatial coding by grid cells...

2011-04-01 10:50:00

BOSTON, April 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Thomas Kunz, Warren Distinguished Professor in Boston University's Department of Biology, has coauthored an analysis published this week in the journal Science that shows how declines of bat populations caused by a new wildlife disease and fatalities at industrial-scale wind turbines could lead to substantial economic losses on the farm. Natural pest-control services provided by insect-eating bats in the United States likely save the U.S....

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2011-03-29 13:31:58

A new study funded by NASA has found that Amazon forests are losing their greenness due to last year's record-breaking drought. "The greenness levels of Amazonian vegetation -- a measure of its health -- decreased dramatically over an area more than three and one-half times the size of Texas and did not recover to normal levels, even after the drought ended in late October 2010," Liang Xu of Boston University and the study's lead author said in a statement. Researchers used computer models...

2011-02-21 16:02:00

BOSTON, Feb. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Boston University's Wellness Program will host a panel of leading eating disorder experts who will address its college students about body image. Co-sponsored by Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center and Eating for Life Alliance, the program, entitled "Lovin' the Body You're In," is designed to encourage positive self-image and to help students avoid the damage that constant self-criticism can create. The event takes place on Wed., February 23...

2011-02-21 07:00:00

March 10 -14, New York The fourth annual InCite Arts Festival, presented by the Boston University College of Fine Arts NEW YORK, Feb. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Boston University College of Fine Arts returns to New York for the fourth installment of its InCite Arts Festival, themed "The Power of Art." The festival runs March 10-14 at venues throughout Manhattan and features students, faculty, alumni and friends of the College's Schools of Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts. A...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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