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2010-01-22 10:32:47

Research could improve manufacture of defect-free, thin films needed to make semiconductors The quest for faster electronic devices recently got something more than a little bump up in technological knowhow. Scientists at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. discovered that the thin, smooth, crystalline sheets needed to make semiconductors, which are the foundation of modern computers, might be grown into smoother sheets by managing the random darting motions of the atomic particles that affect...

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2009-12-21 14:39:25

Collaboration by University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University People who identify as African-American may be as little as 1 percent West African or as much as 99 percent, just one finding of a large-scale, genome-wide study of African and African-American ancestry released today. An international research team led by scientists from the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University has collected and analyzed genotype data from 365 African-Americans, 203 people from 12 West African...

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2009-11-08 06:00:00

A Chinese scholar condemned during the Cultural Revolution for moving a unique compilation of mushrooms out of China was celebrated on Saturday when his extraordinary collection finally came home. At a service at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Cornell University President David Skorton presented the collection that had been painstakingly assembled by researcher Shu Chun Teng to China's Institute of Microbiology. Teng's specialty was mycology at Cornell University in the 1920s, and for the...

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2009-11-06 08:24:35

Mojave Desert research shows that nitrogen is second only to water in importance In the Mojave Desert winds howl across this hottest place in North America, blowing sands across Death Valley and through empty ghost towns, swirling across treeless land for hundreds of miles. But even in the otherworldly Mojave, life thrives. The Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia), an indicator species for this desert, defines the Mojave's boundaries. In spring when the rains come, brightly colored flowers bloom in...

2009-11-05 13:52:41

Weill Cornell Medical College team receives $2.5 million New York State research grant to undertake laboratory study Substances naturally produced by the human body may one day help prevent paralysis following a spinal cord injury, according to researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College. A recent $2.5 million grant from the New York State Spinal Cord Injury Research Board will fund their research investigating this possibility. The Weill Cornell team believes that permanent nerve damage may...

2009-10-20 09:20:00

NEW YORK, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) announces the launch of PARK AVENUE POTLUCK CELEBRATIONS (ISBN: 978-0-8478-3344-3; $35.00; OCTOBER 2009), the highly anticipated sequel to its best selling cookbook, PARK AVENUE POTLUCK. Created and authored by members of The Society, the cookbook is released nationwide by Rizzoli on October 20, 2009 and offers advice on how to celebrate in style with a compilation of 80 sensational recipes,...

2009-10-20 06:30:00

ITHACA, N.Y., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Human resources professionals can now earn nine graduate credits from the ILR School at Cornell University in fewer than nine months with ILR's new online Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090311/NY82145LOGO ) "More and more, HR professionals are being asked to play a larger role in providing strategic leadership and helping to manage change," said Harry C. Katz, Kenneth F. Kahn Dean,...

2009-09-25 09:19:24

Dr. Jiwoong Park of Cornell University, who receives funding for basic research from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), is investigating carbon nanostructures that may some day be used in electronic, thermal, mechanical and sensing devices for the Air Force. "Devices that are required in many of the Air Force missions are somewhat different from commercial ones in the sense that they are often exposed to harsh environments while maintaining their maximum performance," Park...

2009-09-14 09:00:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg and David Letterman joined Ronald O. Perelman, chairman of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings, Inc., and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital President and CEO Dr. Herbert Pardes at a ceremony today officially opening the new Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, an innovative center offering comprehensive, world-class cardiovascular care and heart health education to New Yorkers...

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2009-09-06 08:15:00

Researchers in New York are breeding colonies of ladybugs from those found by scientists in Oregon and Colorado during a year-long search. Last year, entomologist John Losey from Cornell University first introduced the Lost Ladybug Project in an attempt to find out why the once-common native ladybug species had almost completely disappeared across the nation. The project, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, rounds up citizen scientists, or individual volunteers who may have...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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