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2009-01-27 15:00:00

Scan of thousands of inherited genetic changes reveal specific variations linked to treatment failure and the fate of chemotherapy drugs in the body for children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia MEMPHIS, Tenn., Jan. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scientists from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the Children's Oncology Group (COG) have discovered in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) scores of inherited genetic variations that clinicians might be able to use as...

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2008-07-31 10:45:00

The field of robotics could be poised for a breakthrough, leading to a new generation of intelligent machines capable of taking on multiple tasks and moving out of the factory into the home and general workplace. The great success of robots so far has been in automating repetitive tasks in process control and assembly, yielding dramatic cuts in production, but the next step towards cognition and more human-like behavior has proved elusive. It has been difficult to make robots that can truly...

2008-07-01 09:00:42

The New York Festivals (NYF) Grand Trophies were awarded to Nordpol + Hamburg, Abbott Mead Vickers/BBDO, London, Projector Inc., Tokyo, BBDO, NY and Ogilvy, Frankfurt. Nordpol + Hamburg, Germany, Creative Director, Lars Ruehmann, won the coveted Grand Award for Television for their intriguing TV spot "Power of Wind," created for the German power company Epuron. This humorous piece begins with an imposing French man dressed in black, representing the wind. He muses, "I think I was always...

2008-06-25 12:03:12

Helicos BioSciences has entered into a scientific collaboration with the Children's Oncology Group in order to interrogate a wide spectrum of genomic variation within various sarcomas, an aggressive type of bone or soft tissue cancer usually found in children and young adults. The scientific collaboration is aimed at demonstrating the power and versatility of the Helicos true single molecule sequencing technology to measure the DNA sequence, methylation state, and mRNA expression levels of...

2008-06-25 12:00:48

By Joe Pinchot, The Herald, Sharon, Pa. Jun. 25--MERCER COUNTY -- Fueled by high gasoline, diesel fuel and lubricant costs, the budgets for Shenango Shuttle Service and Mercer County Community Transit are much higher than Thomas R. Tulip would like. "I'm not happy with the budgets, but we balanced the budgets," Tulip, executive director of Mercer County Regional Council of Governments, which runs shuttle and transit, told the COG board Tuesday. And, he balanced them without asking...

2008-06-24 12:02:37

In return for its award-winning work on behalf of fish and horses last year, the New York advertising agency DeVito/Verdi took home six "Lions" at this year's Cannes International Advertising Festival. The Cannes "Lion" is arguably the highest creative award bestowed to advertising work annually. DeVito/Verdi won three bronze "Lions" for its Legal Sea Foods print ads, and three silver "Lions" for its National Thoroughbred Racing Association radio commercials. The awards were announced...

2008-06-24 09:03:24

Helicos BioSciences (NASDAQ:HLCS), a life science company focused on innovative genetic analysis technologies, announced today that it has entered into a scientific collaboration with the Children's Oncology Group (COG) in order to interrogate a wide spectrum of genomic variation within various sarcomas, an aggressive type of bone or soft tissue cancer usually found in children and young adults. New insight into molecular events occurring in primary and metastatic tumor states is critically...

2008-06-16 18:00:23

NEW YORK, June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- BBDO New York and its HBO Voyeur campaign shot out of the gate today at the Cannes International Advertising Festival, winning a Grand Prix in the "Promotion" category. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080616/NYM152-a ) (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080616/NYM152-b ) (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080616/NYM152-c ) "There's nothing like winning at Cannes. The competition is fearsome, it really means...

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2008-03-02 12:15:00

At a university lab in a Tokyo suburb, engineering students are wiring a rubbery robot face to simulate six basic expressions: anger, fear, sadness, happiness, surprise and disgust. Hooked up to a database of words clustered by association, the robot - dubbed Kansei, or "sensibility" - responds to the word "war" by quivering in what looks like disgust and fear. It hears "love," and its pink lips smile. "To live among people, robots need to handle complex social tasks," said project leader...

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2007-09-13 09:00:00

By MATT SLAGLE RICHARDSON, Texas - David Hanson has two little Zenos to care for these days. There's his 18-month-old son Zeno, who prattles and smiles as he bounds through his father's cramped office. Then there's the robotic Zeno. It can't speak or walk yet, but has blinking eyes that can track people and a face that captivates with a range of expressions. At 17 inches tall and 6 pounds, the artificial Zeno is the culmination of five years of work by Hanson and a small group of engineers,...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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