Latest Brigham Young University Stories

2010-03-28 09:26:32

Before Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the moon, NASA wanted to learn more about Earth's closest celestial body. So, it sent probes and rovers to check out the conditions. The space agency has sent similar missions to the Red Planet, only now it is turning to future explorers to help learn how to live and work on Mars long before humans travel there. Space Florida recently announced the names of three winning school teams in Florida for the Mars Experiment Design Competition, which will bring...

2010-02-24 06:40:00

Two complete skull fossils from sauropods were found at Dinosaur National Monument, scientists announced on Tuesday. Parts of this extremely rare find had to be freed with explosives, due to the hard Utah sandstone in which they were incased. The bones were from long-necked, plant-eating sauropods, which were the biggest animals known to have lived on land, reported the Associated Press. The find provides more information about the lives of dinosaurs some 105 million years ago, including the...

2009-11-17 09:50:00

A new study in the Journal of American College Health finds that students placed by their universities in coed housing are 2.5 times more likely to binge drink each week than students placed in all-male or all-female housing. More than 500 students from five college campuses around the country participated in the study: - 42 percent of students in coed housing reported binge drinking on a weekly basis. - 18 percent of students in gender-specific housing reported binge drinking weekly. While...

2009-11-05 09:00:00

Two findings from a new national study reveal the power of mentors, particularly those in the teaching profession: * For all teen students, having an adult mentor meant a 50 percent greater likelihood of attending college. * For disadvantaged students, mentorship by a teacher nearly doubled the odds of attending college. "Potential is sometimes squashed by the social environment, and the data show that mentors can overcome those forces," said Lance Erickson, a sociology professor at Brigham...

2009-10-25 07:20:00

People are unconsciously fairer and more generous when they are in clean-smelling environments, according to a soon-to-be published study led by a Brigham Young University professor. The research found a dramatic improvement in ethical behavior with just a few spritzes of citrus-scented Windex. Katie Liljenquist, assistant professor of organizational leadership at BYU's Marriott School of Management, is the lead author on the piece in a forthcoming issue of Psychological Science. Co-authors...

2009-10-14 13:20:00

Paleontologists say a vast collection of broken dinosaur bones unearthed in southeast Utah were smashed underfoot by other dinosaurs shortly after they died, The Associated Press reported. Scientists at Brigham Young University have spent years analyzing more than 4,000 bones from a quarry just west of Arches National Park and say the bone collection - which includes at least 67 dinosaurs representing eight species - suggests a mass-die-off, likely from drought. BYU professor Brooks Britt,...

2009-09-29 14:40:00

A spoonful of herbicide helps the sugar break down in a most delightful way. Researchers at Brigham Young University have developed a fuel cell "“ basically a battery with a gas tank "“ that harvests electricity from glucose and other sugars known as carbohydrates. The human body's preferred energy source could someday power our gadgets, cars or homes. "Carbohydrates are very energy rich," said BYU chemistry professor Gerald Watt. "What we needed was a catalyst that would extract...

2009-09-16 09:40:00

Researchers from Brigham Young University found how to shape customized segments of DNA into tiny letters that spell "BYU." This new method of DNA origami will appear in the aptly titled journal Nano Letters. The letters are about 100 nanometers in size. That's roughly a billion times smaller than the block Y on the mountain overlooking BYU's campus and 1/1000 the width of a human hair. The team's larger pursuit is to design nanoscale shapes for electrical circuitry and make tiny "“ yet...

2009-07-07 07:06:54

In a twist on the subject of immigration policy and its social impact in the U.S., researchers from Brigham Young University (BYU) went to Mexico to investigate the social impact on women whose husbands had immigrated to the U.S. for work. The BYU researchers conducted a census of five rural villages in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. There they interviewed 94 Mexican women. Half had sent husbands to the U.S. for some part of the previous five years; the other half had not. BYU undergraduate...

2009-06-23 14:18:12

Candidates, political party committees and interest groups all raised and spent more money in 2007-08 than in any previous election cycle, according to a major new report from the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy (CSED) at Brigham Young University. The report, The Change Election: Money, Mobilization, and Persuasion in the 2008 Federal Elections, is the complete summary of a CSED research project involving twenty academics and scores of other observers on the ground in five key...

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.'