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2009-07-16 10:54:00

$30 million to be used to support language and literature studies, and to pioneer new approaches for the research and treatment of asthma in children DENVER and PORTLAND, Ore., July 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- National Jewish Health and Reed College have received the largest gifts in the histories of both organizations, approximately $30 million combined, from the estate of fantasy author David Eddings. Eddings, the author of more than 25 books, passed away June 2, 2009 at his home in...

2009-07-08 12:02:00

NEW YORK, July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Responding to the severe impact of the current economic collapse, the world's top women transformational leaders have joined together for a teleseminar series called, "Women Supporting Women - Turning Crisis into Opportunity." The program will be offered through www.Connected-Women.com, a global networking site for women in business and will benefit women entrepreneurs in Iceland, a country amongst the hardest hit by the global recession. Janet Attwood,...

2009-06-29 16:57:03

 An international team of scientists warns that accelerating losses of seagrasses across the globe threaten the immediate health and long-term sustainability of coastal ecosystems. The team has compiled and analyzed the first comprehensive global assessment of seagrass observations and found that 58 percent of world's seagrass meadows are currently declining.The assessment, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows an acceleration of annual seagrass loss...

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2009-06-18 15:49:15

Synthetic fertilizers have dramatically increased food production worldwide. But the unintended costs to the environment and human health have been substantial. Nitrogen runoff from farms has contaminated surface and groundwater and helped create massive "dead zones" in coastal areas, such as the Gulf of Mexico. And ammonia from fertilized cropland has become a major source of air pollution, while emissions of nitrous oxide form a potent greenhouse gas. These and other negative environmental...

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2009-06-05 08:25:33

A team of Spanish and American researchers has developed a method to evaluate basketball players that will, they say, better meet the requirements of the sport's trainers and experts. The technique uses mathematical models designed to measure productivity. "Efficiency and productivity in companies is often measured using the Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) technique, and what we have done is to apply the same method to basketball players," Jos© Luis Ruiz, a researcher at the Miguel...

2009-05-25 07:49:55

An emerging form of the pathogenic yeast Candida is able to complete a full sexual cycle in a test tube, even though it's missing the genes for reproduction. And it may also do so while infecting us, according to Duke University Medical Center researchers."Sex contributes to the Candida yeast species' evolutionary success," said Joseph Heitman, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Center for Microbial Pathogenesis in the Duke Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and co-author of two...

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2009-04-13 15:10:00

College students who use Facebook spend less time studying and have lower grade point averages than students who have not signed up for the social networking website, according to a pilot study at one university. However, more than three-quarters of Facebook users claimed that their use of the social networking site didn't interfere with their studies. "We can't say that use of Facebook leads to lower grades and less studying "“ but we did find a relationship there," said Aryn...

2009-02-17 13:23:00

"WHY WOMEN MEAN BUSINESS" Co-author Leads INSEAD Asia Campus Seminar March 11, 2009 SINGAPORE, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- "No region has such extreme differences in the participation of women in the economy as Asia," says Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, Founder and Publisher of the Website, WOMEN-omics.com. "Countries and businesses are realizing that the participation of women as consumers, employees, and leaders is a measure of health, maturity, and economic viability. Amid the current financial...

2009-02-10 06:00:00

Faith Debuts February 2009 WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Faith, the latest Global Fund for Children book, celebrates the diversity of religious expression around the world. Simple yet stunning photographs show children praying, singing, learning, and caring for one another and their communities in a rich variety of cultural and religious traditions. Thematically arranged, this unique book for young readers highlights the common threads that bring people together in reverence...

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2008-12-23 12:45:25

Phenomenon seen among spores dispersed by air flow, but not among animal-borne spores The reproductive spores of many species of fungi have evolved remarkably drag-minimizing shapes, according to new research by mycologists and applied mathematicians at Harvard University. In many cases, the scientists report this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the drag experienced by these fungal spores is within one percent of the absolute minimum possible drag for their size....


Word of the Day
sough
  • 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.'
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