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2010-05-22 09:30:00

Using experiments involving a mechanical shaker and a robotic frog, researchers reporting online on May 20th in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, have found new evidence that male red-eyed treefrogs communicate with one another in aggressive contests by using vibrations they send through their plant perches. The findings open the door to further study of what has been a neglected channel for vertebrate communication. "In the case of red-eyed treefrogs, tremulation displays in which...

2010-05-20 15:20:00

Boston University biomedical engineers develop new nanopore method for DNA sequencing Sequencing DNA could get a lot faster and cheaper "“ and thus closer to routine use in clinical diagnostics "“ thanks to a new method developed by a research team based at Boston University. The team has demonstrated the first use of solid state nanopores "” tiny holes in silicon chips that detect DNA molecules as they pass through the pore "” to read the identity of the four...

2010-05-07 10:30:21

Boston University team makes strides in detecting and controlling terahertz radiation Devices that can mimic Superman's X-ray vision and see through clothing, walls or human flesh are the stuff of comic book fantasy, but a group of scientists at Boston University (BU) has taken a step toward making such futuristic devices a reality. The researchers will present their device at the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference (CLEO/QELS: 2010), which...

2010-04-22 10:15:00

NEWARK, Del., April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The Fraunhofer Center for Molecular Biotechnology ("CMB") in Newark, Delaware, the Fraunhofer Center for Manufacturing Innovation ("CMI") in Boston, Massachusetts, the Boston University College of Engineering, and the biopharmaceutical company iBio, Inc. in Newark, Delaware, announced today that they have developed a fully automated, scalable "factory" that uses natural (non-genetically-modified) green plants to efficiently produce large quantities of...

2010-04-15 07:41:18

Mass. General, Boston University researchers run first clinical trial of system using 2 hormones An artificial pancreas system that closely mimics the body's blood sugar control mechanism was able to maintain near-normal glucose levels without causing hypoglycemia in a small group of patients. The system, combining a blood glucose monitor and insulin pump technology with software that directs administration of insulin and the blood-sugar-raising hormone glucagon, was developed at Boston...

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2010-04-14 08:15:00

Can graphene"”a newly discovered form of pure carbon that may one day replace the silicon in computers, televisions, mobile phones and other common electronic devices"”be made to bend, twist and roll? Physicists at UC San Diego and Boston University think so. In a paper published in the journal Physical Review B, the scientists say the propensity of graphene"”a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb lattice"” to stick to itself and form carbon...

2010-04-05 12:05:29

Traditional treatments of cognitive behavioral therapy and pharmacotherapy don't reach everyone Exercise is a magic drug for many people with depression and anxiety disorders, and it should be more widely prescribed by mental health care providers, according to researchers who analyzed the results of numerous published studies. "Exercise has been shown to have tremendous benefits for mental health," says Jasper Smits, director of the Anxiety Research and Treatment Program at Southern...

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2010-03-31 14:42:48

With funding from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, engineers at Boston University are working on a theoretical approach to improve automated mission control and decision-making for fleets of unmanned aerial vehicles. While unmanned systems currently rely on the automation of low-level functions, such as navigation, stabilization and trajectory, operating these systems is still quite labor-intensive for Air Force pilots given the variable flying conditions experienced by UAVs. The...

2010-03-26 07:00:00

Composer Carlisle Floyd and Soprano Phyllis Curtin reunite for historic production BOSTON, March 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Five decades after its premiere, the Boston University School of Music and School of Theatre will produce the classic American opera Susannah with composer and librettist Carlisle Floyd and original soprano Phyllis Curtin in residence. Longtime artistic collaborators Floyd and Curtin will reunite for portions of the rehearsal period, and will also hold pre-show...

2010-03-10 14:47:00

BOSTON, March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Atlantic Canada and Boston University's Culinary Arts School will co-host Feast Your Senses, a demonstration of non-traditional lobster and mussel recipes for top New England chefs as part of the Atlantic provinces participation in the 2010 International Boston Seafood Show, March 14-16. Media are invited to cover: Feast Your Senses at 4 - 6 pm, Monday, March 15, Boston University Culinary Arts Program, Peter Fuller Building, Room 117, 808 Commonwealth...


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jument
  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
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