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2009-02-19 09:45:00

Researchers will travel to 80 developing countries in February to find and review some of the world's filthiest industrial waste locations. The New York-based nonprofit Blacksmith Institute is instructing researchers taken from local agencies, universities and nonprofit factions in the countries to develop a database of the locations labeled the "Global Inventory Project." "Blacksmith is doing what no other governmental organization, NGO or nonprofit has ever even attempted," said Jack...

2009-02-16 10:38:58

A light source as bright as a million-watt bulb may help scientists identify the early signs of Parkinson's disease. The Keele University team stated at a conference on Sunday that a "super-microscope" could identify any shifts in brain cells prior to being destroyed by the disease. Keele's Dr. Joanna Collingwood feels that this innovative procedure is "pioneering." She stated to the American Association for the Advancement of Science that patients could be helped before the disease really...

2009-02-11 09:38:58

The book Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus and its gender stereotypes on how the sexes communicate remains fodder for debate, but two Indiana University researchers have confirmed one thing: When men and women talk through technology, it's the women who are more expressive.Indiana researchers have found that when men and women text message each other in a public, interactive dating market, it is the women who use more non-standard, expressive language techniques.In an article in the...

2009-02-09 16:18:05

Body composition, anthropometrical dimensions and morphological characteristics play a key role in the success of soccer players. The objective of the new study was to evaluate the body composition and body image of a group of top-flight soccer players and compare the results with those of a group of university students used as control subjects. Marta Arroyo, lead author of the study and researcher at the University of the Basque Country explained to SINC that "the initial hypothesis was that...

2009-01-14 11:12:48

If suicide among young men living with substance abuse is to be prevented it is not enough to focus on the individual client. "A common warning system for paramedics, care centers and social services has to be developed," according to Stian Biong, who has defended his thesis at the Nordic School of Public Health in Gothenburg, Sweden. If the number of life-threatening overdoses is to be reduced, it will necessitate structural support in the form of political goals and superior controlling,...

2009-01-13 08:39:06

A power outage can mean more than just the lights going out for millions of Americans who rely on electricity to power their life-supporting home medical equipment. For example, ice destroyed electric lines in Epping, N.H., last month, and police found 60-year-old Richard Lapoint dead, hooked to his powerless oxygen machine. Rescue crews claim they did not know he was power-dependent. In September, a generator and a stack of batteries couldn't keep up with 17 year old Gatlan Graham's...

2008-12-09 09:20:00

A previously unknown mutation discovered in a common roundworm holds the promise of new treatments for obesity in humans, McGill University researchers say. Their study was published Dec. 3 in the journal Nature, and was funded by the Canadian Cancer Society and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.In lean times, a normal Caenorhabditis elegans worm goes into a form of suspended animation called "dauer" that slows its metabolism and allows it to survive for extended periods without...

2008-11-12 06:00:00

KIRKLAND, Wash., Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Following the $700-billion-plus economic bailout and stimulus program, "Congress does not relish another big bailout," says Cameron Truesdell, CEO of LTC Financial Partners LLC (LTCFP), one of the nation's largest and most experienced long term care insurance agencies. "But they see another tsunami coming." That's the message Truesdell gets from the September 25 introduction of House Resolution 431, "Supporting the goals and ideals of a Long-Term Care...

2008-11-11 17:00:00

A new United Nations report released Tuesday says ecotourism, solar energy, and even fish farms can create new jobs in arid regions of developing nations suffering from scarce supplies of water. Data from the U.N. shows that drylands now cover 40 percent of the global land area, and are home to nearly a third of the world's population, 90 percent of whom live in developing countries.  The U.N.'s Climate Panel predicts that global warming will strain water supplies and cause deserts to...

2008-10-23 09:10:00

By Gary Strauss Disney's popular High School Musical TV franchise matriculates to the big screen this weekend -- most likely with financial honors. Friday's theatrical release of High School Musical 3: Senior Year "is an event movie for tweens and teens, and that translates to big box office," says Gitesh Pandya of industry tracker boxofficeguru .com. "The sky's the limit." Unlike other small-screen series that transitioned to film, the High School Musical franchise is rooted in just two...

Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'