Latest Brigham Young University Stories

2010-10-06 10:58:00

PRINCETON, N.J., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- As midterm elections approach, new research from the makers of Trojan® brand condoms, Sperling's BestPlaces and Rock the Vote shed light on the state of sexual health at American colleges and universities. The findings, in the form of two studies, point to a changing sexual health landscape on campuses, with sexual health coming out as a key political and social issue for college-aged Americans. The first study, the Trojan Sexual...

2010-08-24 15:03:00

SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The Deseret News, Utah's oldest continually published daily newspaper, today introduced a new Editorial Advisory Board, the first of its kind in a media organization. The advisory board brings together a collection of thought leaders from around the country who will provide insight to the Deseret News. The formation of the editorial advisory board reflects an expansion of the Deseret News' efforts to provide an increasingly compelling experience to...

2010-08-24 08:43:28

If you had a dinner invitation in Utah's Escalante Valley almost 10,000 years ago, you would have come just in time to try a new menu item: mush cooked from the flour of milled sage brush seeds. After five summers of meticulous excavation, Brigham Young University archaeologists are beginning to publish what they've learned from the "North Creek Shelter." It's the oldest known site occupied by humans in the southern half of Utah and one of only three such archaeological sites state-wide that...

2010-08-19 06:30:00

NORTH HILLS, Calif., Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- 120,021 Imperial Toy Water Splashers water balloons flew over the BYU campus on July 23rd 2010! 3,927 students competed in a 6 minute battle to win the official title of largest water balloon fight from 2009 record holder University of Kentucky. Student volunteers started filling all 120,021 Imperial Toy Water Splashers at 8 AM Wednesday morning and worked until the event concluded on Friday. "Imperial Toy is proud to co-sponsor an event...

2010-08-03 08:45:00

New research also shows loving siblings promote good deeds more than loving parents Something about having a sister "“ even a little sister "“ makes 10- to 14-year-olds a bit less likely to feel down in the dumps. That's one of several intriguing findings from a new study on the impact siblings have on one another. Brigham Young University professor Laura Padilla-Walker is the lead author on the research, which also sorts out the influence of siblings and the influence of parents...

2010-07-06 08:00:00

OAK BROOK, Ill., July 6 /PRNewswire/ -- It's a familiar feeling for many educators: one of the course materials they've chosen isn't quite right for the class. The focus is a little off, the examples don't resonate with their particular students, or recent developments in the field aren't included. Although the solution, self-publishing, used to be onerous, the rise of digital textbooks has radically simplified the endeavor. Creating, distributing and assigning a digital textbook can be...

2010-06-04 07:10:00

Every minute, 10,000 gallons of water mysteriously gush out of the desert floor at a place called Ash Meadows, an oasis that is home to 24 plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world. A new Brigham Young University study indicates that the water arriving at Ash Meadows is completing a 15,000-year journey, flowing slowly underground from what is now the Nevada Test Site. The U.S. government tested nuclear bombs there for four decades, and a crack in the Earth's crust known as the...

2010-06-02 13:55:41

Not surprising: Telecommuters balance work and family life better than office workers. Surprising: They can maintain that balance even while sometimes squeezing in a couple extra days' worth of work each week. Researchers from Brigham Young University analyzed data from 24,436 IBM employees in 75 countries, identifying the point at which 25 percent of employees reported that work interfered with personal and family life. For office workers on a regular schedule, the breaking point was 38...

2010-05-22 08:20:00

All the gossip, insults and dirty looks add up fast on popular reality shows, far outpacing the level seen in equally popular dramas, comedies and soap operas according to a new Brigham Young University study. The researchers looked at five reality shows and five non-reality shows and found 52 acts of aggression per hour on reality TV compared to 33 per hour for the non-reality programs. "The Apprentice" topped the list at 85 acts of verbal or relational aggression per hour. Simon Cowell and...

2010-05-10 14:24:53

Your couch versus your therapist's couch Treating clinical depression on the telephone is nearly as effective as face-to-face consultations, a new Brigham Young University study finds. The trial run included 30 people newly diagnosed with major depression. Instead of eight scheduled visits to the clinic, the participants covered the same material during a series of phone calls with the therapist. Calls varied in length, ranging from 21 to 52 minutes. The patients did not receive...

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'