Latest Boston University Stories

2011-02-18 16:55:44

A team of research biologists headed by Thomas H. Kunz, professor of biology and director of the Center of Ecology and Conservation Biology at Boston University, will conduct a symposium on the emerging scientific discipline of aeroecology at this year's American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting. Aeroecology is a new discipline whose unifying concept is a focus on the aerosphere and the myriad organisms that inhabit and depend on this aerial environment for...

2011-02-10 11:15:00

Cheryl Knott's NSF-supported work helps us understand why orangutans require protection and conservation For the last 18 years, Cheryl Knott of Boston University has been racing the clock. While she researches orangutans in the rainforests of Gunung Palung National Park in Borneo, the numbers of this magnificent ape steadily plummet. The outlook for orangutans--one of human's closest relatives--is dire because there are only a few tens of thousands of them currently left in the wild, and they...

2010-12-10 13:15:00

A study said that most exercise appears to have little relationship with the quality or quantity of sperm, but men who bike at least five hours a week have fewer and less active sperm than men who did not exercise. Lauren Wise at Boston University, who led the study, said that research among competitive athletes has linked biking to genital or urinary problems and poor semen quality. "However, we were uncertain whether we would find an association among a sample of men engaged in more...

2010-11-18 14:33:00

Sunday, November 21, 7:30 p.m. EST on www.bu.edu/cfa/totenberg100 BOSTON, Nov. 18, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the first time ever on Sunday, November 21, a live orchestra performance will be webcast with video from Boston's historic Symphony Hall. Featuring the Boston University Symphony Orchestra, the concert will celebrate acclaimed violinist and longtime faculty member Roman Totenberg's 100th birthday. Production staff from the BU School of Music will work with Productive Media...

2010-09-01 20:46:21

Boston University, Harvard research gives insight into antibiotic resistance Researchers at Boston University and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard have discovered that charitable behavior exists in one of the most microscopic forms of life"”bacteria. Their findings appear in the Sept. 2 issue of Nature. In studying the development of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria, the researchers found that the populations most adept at withstanding doses of...

2010-08-25 18:50:20

Find dusting those tables and dressers a chore or a bore? Dread washing the windows? Imagine keeping dust and grime off objects spread out over an area of 25 to 50 football fields. That's the problem facing companies that deploy large-scale solar power installations, and scientists today presented the development of one solution "” self-dusting solar panels "• based on technology developed for space missions to Mars.In a report at the 240th National Meeting of the American...

2010-08-12 19:20:00

Researchers at the Tufts University School of Engineering and Boston University have fabricated and characterized the first large area metamaterial structures patterned on implantable, bio-compatible silk substrates.The research, reported online July 21, 2010, in the journal Advanced Materials, provides a promising path towards the development of a new class of metamaterial-inspired implantable biosensors and biodetectors.  Metamaterials are artificial electromagnetic composites,...

2010-07-02 05:40:00

Boston University researchers have discovered a genetic sequence that predicts with more accuracy than ever before whether a person will live to the age of 100 -- even if they have other genes associated with disease. The scientists studied over 1,055 centenarians to develop a system of genetic analysis that predicts with 77-percent accuracy whether a person has a strong chance of "exceptional longevity".  The predictions involve identifying the presence of 150 genetic variants known as...

2010-06-24 08:35:00

Planetary scientists have uncovered telltale signs of water on Mars "” frozen and liquid "” in the earliest period of the Red Planet's history. A new claim, made public this month, is that a deep ocean covered some of the northern latitudes. But the evidence for water grows much more scant after the Noachian era, which ended 3.5 billion years ago. Now Brown University planetary geologists have documented running water that sprang from glaciers throughout the Martian middle...

2010-06-16 07:00:00

Mexican composer, producer, educator takes post August 1 BOSTON, June 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Benjamin E. Juarez, director of culture, technology and development at the Dr. Jose Maria Luis Mora Research Institute for social sciences, history and culture in Mexico, today has been named dean of Boston University's College of Fine Arts (CFA) announced BU President Dr. Robert A. Brown. "Benjamin brings to Boston University an impressive spectrum of experience as an artist and leader...

Word of the Day
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.