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2009-05-29 08:59:43

When someone becomes dependent on drugs or alcohol, the brain's pleasure center gets hijacked, disrupting the normal functioning of its reward circuitry. Researchers investigating this addiction "switch" have now implicated a naturally occurring protein, a dose of which allowed them to get rats hooked with no drugs at all. The research will be published Friday in the journal Science. "If we can understand how the brain's circuitry changes in association with drug abuse, it could potentially...

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2009-03-17 07:45:00

A new study by Brigham Young University researchers on the virus behind nearly half of all cold infections explains how and where evolution occurs in the rhinovirus genome and what this means for possible vaccines. The study is reported in the April issue of the academic journal Molecular Biology and Evolution. "There are a lot of different approaches to treating the cold, none of which seem to be effective," said Keith Crandall, professor of biology and co-author of the study. "This is...

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2009-02-06 13:32:49

A new study suggests the frequency and type of video games played among young college students appears to parallel risky drug and alcohol use, poorer personal relationships, and low levels of self-esteem. Laura M. Padilla-Walker, an associate professor at the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University, told Reuters Health the findings do not necessarily mean that every person who plays video games has low self-worth, or that playing video games will lead to drug use. "The findings...

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2009-01-23 12:48:10

A new study connects young adults' use of video games to poorer relationships with friends and family "“ and the student co-author expresses disappointment at his own findings. Brigham Young University undergrad Alex Jensen and his faculty mentor, Laura Walker, publish their results Jan. 23 in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence. The research is based on information collected from 813 college students around the country. As the amount of time playing video games went up, the quality of...

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2009-01-22 07:15:00

A federal study found Americans are living an average of five months longer thanks to cleaner air over the past two decades, according to a recent Associated Press report. Researchers believe the findings are the first to show that cutting air pollution translates into longer lives. Americans' average life span increased almost three years to 77, between the time frame of 1978 and 2001. Researchers from Brigham Young University and Harvard School of Public Health reported in Thursday's New...

2009-01-03 22:40:56

Jeff Teague scored 30 points Saturday to lead sixth-ranked Wake Forest to a 94-87 win and BYU's first home loss in over three years. BYU had won 53 consecutive home games, with the last home loss coming against Loyola Marymount in the 2005-06 home opener. James Johnson added 22 points and 15 rebounds for the Demon Deacons (13-0), who are undefeated through 13 games for the first time since 1996-97. Jimmer Fredette had 23 points and nine assists for the Cougars (11-2). Jonathan Tavernari added...

2008-09-30 18:01:02

IRVING, Texas, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Time Warner Cable North Texas announced today that it will offer a free preview of BYU Television from October 4-5, 2008 on digital channel 960 of its North Texas lineup. BYU Television carries programming from Brigham Young University and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This weekend, BYU Television is carrying live broadcasts of the semi-annual general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of...

2008-09-28 12:00:22

By Wendy Leonard Deseret News Increasing efforts by the University of Utah to become a more green campus seem to be paying off, according to nationwide survey of environmental practices on campuses. Despite rising energy costs, 15 schools nationwide earned A grades, while 75 percent of the 100 surveyed by the Sustainable Endowments Institute earned B's. The U. was among those, receiving a full grade increase from last year, as more eco-friendly practices are being put into place. "We're...

2008-09-27 12:00:40

An event to educate the public about the Feb. 17 digital television transition will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Whittier Elementary School's auditorium, 1600 S. 300 East. The event is being hosted by the Salt Lake Community Action Program, Whittier Elementary and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. After Feb. 17, full-powered television stations will broadcast only in digital. People planning to keep their analog TV sets that use rabbit ears or...

2008-09-23 09:00:40

By Tad Walch Deseret News PROVO -- Brigham Young University is launching a reality-TV series. No, Ute fans, the title is not "Survivor: Provo." Nor will it be called "Biggest Loser: UCLA," Cougar fans. Or even "American Idol: The BYU Quarterback Edition." But the producers might have dubbed the show "Cosmonanny," after the BYU sports mascot. The straight-laced, religious university has created a show similar to ABC's hit "Supernanny," but without a nanny or a single expert who...


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  • A blustering, bullying fellow; a pot-valiant braggart; a bully.
This word is named for Draw-Can-Sir, a character in George Villiers' 17th century play The Rehearsal.
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