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Colorful Foods Can Boost A Picky Eater's Appetite
2012-01-06 06:56:48

Parents of picky eaters can encourage their children to eat more nutritionally diverse diets by introducing more color to their meals, according to a new Cornell University study. The study finds that colorful food fare is more appealing to children than adults. Specifically, food plates with seven different items and six different colors are particularly appealing to children, while adults tend to prefer fewer colors only three items and three colors. "What kids find visually appealing is...

Scientists Make Time Disappear
2012-01-05 11:39:46

Physicists working with the support from the US government said on Wednesday they had devised a “time cloak” that can make time disappear, albeit briefly. The device manipulates the flow of light in such a way that an event cannot be seen for about 40 trillionths of a second -- or 40 picoseconds -- by speeding up and slowing down different parts of a light beam. The different parts of the light beam were then re-assembled, so that any observers could not detect what happened...

Researchers Create Healthier Cigarette
2012-01-03 11:29:09

[ Watch the Video ] From a health care perspective, the best cigarette is no cigarette, but for the millions of people who try to quit smoking every year, researchers from Cornell University may have found a way to make cigarette smoking less toxic. Using natural antioxidant extracts in cigarette filters, the researchers were able to demonstrate that lycopene and grape seed extract drastically reduced the amount of cancer-causing free radicals passing through the filter. The research...

2011-12-19 10:26:34

With the share of married adults at an all-time low in the United States, new research by demographers at Cornell University and the University of Central Oklahoma unveils clues why couples don't get married — they fear divorce. Among cohabitating couples, more than two-thirds of the study's respondents admitted to concerns about dealing with the social, legal, emotional and economic consequences of a possible divorce. The study, "The Specter of Divorce: Views from Working and...

Bee Behavior Mimics Brain Neuron Function
2011-12-09 07:40:14

A new study of bees has come to the conclusion that bee swarm communication works similarly to that of neurons in the human brain. The study, published in the December 9 issue of Science, found that bees use inhibitory “stop” signals to prohibit the scout bees from completing a waggle dance that helps bees learn the directions of competing sites for new hives. This behavior helps to ensure that the best homesite is found for the hive. Thomas Seeley, a biologist from Cornell...


Word of the Day
snash
  • To talk saucily.
  • Insolent, opprobrious language; impertinent abuse.
This word is Scots in origin and probably imitative.