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2011-08-19 02:14:55

Bacteria from fecal material -- in particular, dog fecal material -- may constitute the dominant source of airborne bacteria in Cleveland's and Detroit's wintertime air, says a new University of Colorado Boulder study. The CU-Boulder study showed that of the four Midwestern cities in the experiment, two cities had significant quantities of fecal bacteria in the atmosphere -- with dog feces being the most likely source. "We found unexpectedly high bacterial diversity in all of our samples, but...

2011-08-01 11:00:00

NEW YORK, Aug. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Godfrey keeps the laughs rolling in his new one-hour World Premiere Stand-Up Special "Godfrey: Black By Accident," debuting on Saturday, August 27 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT on COMEDY CENTRAL. Filmed at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City, Godfrey shows the world just how comical everyday activities can be when joking about surviving the summer heat, struggling with an umbrella in the rain and reacting to someone begging for money. While singing his...

2011-07-21 08:45:00

LOS ANGELES, July 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- TV Land announced today that production starts this week on the network's new original sitcom, "The Exes" (working title). The series, which is written by Mark Reisman ("Frasier"), will debut on TV Land on Wednesday, November 30 at 10:30 pm ET/PT immediately following the season three premiere of "Hot in Cleveland." The program stars critically-acclaimed actors Donald Faison ("Scrubs"), Wayne Knight ("Seinfeld," "Hot in Cleveland"), David Alan...

2011-07-20 14:15:00

NEW YORK, July 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A-ha! Michael Ian Black does not miss an opportunity to be hilarious in the World Premiere of the one hour Stand-Up Special "Michael Ian Black: Very Famous," debuting Saturday, August 6 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT on COMEDY CENTRAL. Filmed at The Trocadero Theater in Philadelphia, Black expresses the irony in being an accomplished and well-known comedian who strangers constantly find unamusing. Being considered a famous comedian (yet simultaneously...

2011-07-08 02:04:55

"Our visual system is tuned towards perceiving other people. We spend so much time doing that"”seeing who they are, what they are doing, what they intend to do," says psychology professor Nikolaus F. Troje of Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. This process is called biological motion perception, and humans are so good at it that even a few dots on a screen representing the major joints of a body are enough to retrieve all the information we need"”as long as they move. But...

2011-06-23 22:51:31

Coaches must be open to self-examination, lifelong learning In the high stakes world of elite level athletics, coaches are king "“ but that lofty perch can prove a sword of Damocles. More often than not they're regarded as the undisputed authority on what it takes to train an athlete to maximal performance potential, and being placed on a pedestal doesn't allow for proper reflection about their coaching practices or any margin of error when there are Olympic finals and medals at stake....

2011-06-22 18:45:00

LOS ANGELES, June 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- TV Guide Network today announced that its new reality series, "Nail Files," which premiered on Tuesday, June 21st at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT debuted to stellar ratings. The premiere night was watched by 1.1M total viewers. The premiere episode airing at 10:00pm was the highest rated original series premiere in the history of the network. It delivered 252,000 total viewers, 123% above quarter-to-date time period averages. Prime telecasts delivered triple...

2011-06-15 22:12:22

Consumers react strongly to their product choices being copied, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. They really dislike it when the copycat is someone similar to them. "Have you ever gone to a party only to learn upon arrival that another guest is wearing the same dress or shirt as you?" ask authors Katherine White (University of British Columbia) and Jennifer J. Argo (University of Alberta). The researchers looked at what happens when someone else copies a...

2011-06-15 22:10:32

Magical thinking, usually dismissed as naïve and irrational, can actually help consumers cope with stressful situations like trying to lose weight, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. "Magical thinking occurs when an individual invokes mystical, supernatural forces to understand, predict, or even influence events to overcome these stressful situations," write authors Yannik St. James (HEC Montreal), Jay M. Handelman, and Shirley F. Taylor...

2011-06-10 14:00:00

SEATTLE, June 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The University of Washington's Master of Communication in Digital Media (MCDM) program has awarded two Seattle-based initiatives with its Anthony Giffard "Make The Change" Award for digital disruption in communication. The awardees are Dan Savage and Terry Miller for their "It Gets Better" campaign on YouTube, and the Starbucks Digital Network in partnership with Yahoo! The Anthony Giffard "Make The Change" Award is given annually to a local...


Word of the Day
conjunto
  • A style of popular dance music originating along the border between Texas and Mexico, characterized by the use of accordion, drums, and 12-string bass guitar and traditionally based on polka, waltz, and bolero rhythms.
The word 'conjunto' comes through Spanish, from Latin coniūnctus, past participle of coniungere, to join together; see conjoin