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2010-10-26 14:01:56

The human hand is an amazing machine that can pick up, move and place objects easily, but for a robot, this "gripping" mechanism is a vexing challenge. Opting for simple elegance, researchers from Cornell University, University of Chicago and iRobot have bypassed traditional designs based around the human hand and fingers, and created a versatile gripper using everyday ground coffee and a latex party balloon. They call it a universal gripper, as it conforms to the object it's grabbing rather...

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2010-10-25 07:05:00

Behavioral economics and school nutrition Don't ban it, move it. This is one conclusion of a new Cornell University study. In one set of schools, sales of fruit increased by 100% when it was moved to a colorful bowl. Salad bar sales tripled when the cart was placed in front of cash registers. These findings, which were presented Friday at the School Nutrition Association's New York conference, underscore the easiest way to lunchroom choices is to make an apple more convenient, cool, and...

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2010-09-28 06:20:00

By Robert Sanders, UC Berkeley Hydrodynamic model of spore plumes explains how plume gives spores an extra oomph Long before geese started flying in chevron formation or cyclists learned the value of drafting, fungi discovered an aerodynamic way to reduce drag on their spores so as to spread them as high and as far as possible. One fungus, the destructive Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, spews thousands of spores nearly simultaneously to form a plume that reduces drag to nearly zero and even creates...

2010-08-26 15:09:00

ITHACA, N.Y., Aug. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Andrew Karolyi, professor of Finance and Global Business at the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, has been named an editor of the Review for Financial Studies (RFS). Founded by Society for Financial Studies in 1988, RFS is considered one of the top academic journals in Finance along with the Journal of Finance and the Journal of Financial Economics. (Logo:...

2010-08-06 07:51:00

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Vemma Nutrition Company announces a partnership with Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina to provide ultra-premium nutrition to underprivileged children. Through Vemma's NEXT Helping Now Project, for each month's supply sold, the company donates a month's supply of its children's nutritional supplement, Vemma NEXT, to a child in need. Vemma will make ongoing donations to the Presbyterian Hospital Community Care Cruiser so children in...

2010-08-03 18:56:00

STAMFORD, Conn., Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Centerplate, the leading hospitality provider to North America's premier convention centers, sports stadiums and entertainment venues, today announced the appointment of Brian Cornell to its Board of Directors. "This is an exciting development for Centerplate. Brian's leadership experience will serve to enhance the company's current momentum at the Board level," said Des Hague, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Centerplate. "Brian has worked...

2010-06-28 13:59:00

NEW YORK, June 28 /PRNewswire/ -- An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but when it comes to nurses, one Big Apple company is using more than fruit to entice care givers to come to its City! Leading Manhattan-based employment agency, Prime Staffing, not only employs its nurses but provides the total New York experience - including luxury accommodation, entree to New York's dining hot-spots, and tickets to sold out Broadway shows - to attract dedicated nurses to come to the Metropolis....

2010-06-22 15:16:00

Third edition connects the financial crisis with the need for sustainable innovation ITHACA, N.Y., June 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In Capitalism at the Crossroads: Next Generation Business Strategies for a Post-Crisis World, Stuart Hart, professor of Management at the Johnson School, suggests that the most powerful institutions in the world - multinational corporations - have a unique opportunity to devise the innovations needed to create a sustainable form of global capitalism, while...

2010-06-03 16:28:12

A nutrient found in egg yolks, liver and cauliflower taken by mothers during pregnancy and nursing may offer lifelong "dramatic" health benefits to people with Down syndrome. A new study done at Cornell University and published June 2 in the peer-reviewed journal Behavioral Neuroscience found that more choline during pregnancy and nursing could provide lasting cognitive and emotional benefits to people with Down syndrome. The work indicated greater maternal levels of the essential nutrient...

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2010-05-28 07:49:11

When it comes to potentially doubling the output of the world's fourth largest food crop, the secret may be in the spit. Researchers at Cornell University, as well as the University of Goettingen and National University of Colombia, have discovered that when a major South American pest infests potato tubers, the plant produces bigger spuds. The secret to this increased yield, they write in the peer-reviewed journal Ecological Applications (April 28, 2010), is found that the saliva of the...


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bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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