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2011-06-11 06:40:00

A widespread wheat plague is threatening farms, raising bread prices and unleashing fresh political and economic unrest, according to experts. The disease strain has shown up in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, and has hiked food prices in the Arab world, Mexico, Haiti and beyond. "Stem rust, when it goes epidemic, destroys a crop," said Ronnie Coffman, a leading expert on wheat disease and chair of the department of plant breeding and genetics at Cornell University. "There is nothing left...

2011-06-10 00:00:30

Maryland based TIC Gums is investing in the future of food science and food scientists. White Marsh, MD (PRWEB) June 09, 2011 Officials from TIC Gums are investing in the future of food science and tomorrow's food scientists with a gift to Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Made during the annual "Cornell Institute of Food Science Award Ceremony" May 9, 2011, the contribution is being recognized with the naming of a classroom in the renovated Stocking Hall. To be...

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2011-06-02 14:50:00

Most of us never considered eating the mud pies we made as kids, but for many people all over the world, dining on dirt is nothing out of the ordinary. Now an extensive meta-analysis forthcoming in the June issue of The Quarterly Review of Biology helps explain why. According to the research, the most probable explanation for human geophagy"”the eating of earth"”is that it protects the stomach against toxins, parasites, and pathogens. The first written account of human geophagy...

2011-05-26 00:00:28

Three Graduates from Olin's Class of 2011 join two members of the Class of 2010 as the first five Olin College Grand Challenge Scholars (GCS). Olin alongside the University of Southern California and Duke University founded the GCS program. http://www.olin.edu Needham, MA (PRWEB) May 25, 2011 Three members of Olin's Class of 2011 are joining two members of last year's class in becoming the first Olin graduates to be designated as Grand Challenge Scholars (GCS). Along with the University of...

2011-05-13 07:45:00

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Is your teen on the computer for non-school research, homework, or writing too many hours each day? Alcohol use has been linked to time spent using a computer for non-school-related activities, including the use of social networking sites, according to new Weill Cornell study. Teenagers who drink alcohol spend more time on their computers for recreational use, including social networking and downloading and listening to music, compared with their peers who don't drink....

2011-05-12 13:00:00

NEW YORK, May 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Promising study results published in the May issue of JAIDS show that a novel medical device has the potential to revolutionize how male circumcision services are offered in countries hardest hit by the HIV epidemic. Conducted by EngenderHealth, a global reproductive health organization, and Weill Cornell Medical College, the study found the device, known as the Shang Ring, is highly acceptable to men and safe for further study in Africa....

2011-05-01 00:09:04

Elizabeth Threlkeld, a sophomore at Olin College of Engineering, has been named a Goldwater Scholar for the 2011-12 academic year. The Goldwater scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. Threlkeld, from Evergreen, Colo., is majoring in mathematical biology. Needham, MA (PRWEB) April 29, 2011 Elizabeth Threlkeld, a sophomore at Olin College of Engineering, has been named a Goldwater Scholar for the 2011-12 academic year. The...

2011-04-12 15:03:05

Weill Cornell researchers say that social context matters in the teaching of medicine and delivery of health care Medical educators need to be aware of the cultural context in which they teach because these outside forces can affect what is taught and how information is received by students. Drawing upon their experiences teaching medical students the same formal curriculum, researchers at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York and in Doha, Qatar, urge other educators to pay attention...

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2011-04-11 14:00:07

When black holes slam into each other, the surrounding space and time surge and undulate like a heaving sea during a storm. This warping of space and time is so complicated that physicists haven't been able to understand the details of what goes on"”until now. "We've found ways to visualize warped space-time like never before," says Kip Thorne, Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Emeritus, at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). By combining theory with computer...

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2011-04-11 06:05:00

Does labeling food as organic mislead the brain into thinking it is better tasting and healthier than it actually is? Jenny Wan-Chen Lee, a graduate student in Cornell University, in New York, offers evidence that people may consume a higher amount of calories at fast-food restaurants that claim to serve 'healthier' foods, compared to the amount they eat at a typical burger bar. Lee asked 144 subjects at a local store to compare what they were told to be conventionally and organically...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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