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2010-09-16 14:29:52

A race between an old method of using carrier pigeons versus the new modern form of communication through broadband took place in the U.K. on Thursday. The pigeons took first place as they were released from a Yorkshire farm at the same time as a five-minute video upload began. An hour and a quarter later, the pigeons reached their destination in Skegness 70 miles away, while only 24 percent of a 300 MB file had been uploaded. Campaigners say that the stunt was being carried out to help...

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2010-09-07 09:00:00

The world's largest television manufacturer may be turning to Google's Android operating system to stave off competition from TVs that offer access to online movies, shows, and video games, according to a Tuesday report from the Bloomberg financial news service. Seoul, South Korea-based Samsung Electronics is said to be considering the move in order to fend off new products from Apple and Sony. Earlier this month, Apple released a $99 set-top box that allows users to download movies and...

2010-09-03 12:10:20

Special issue of CBE"”Life Sciences Education journal crosses the old 'numbers-wet stuff' divide The old joke is a joke no more. In a special September issue of the ASCB's online journal, CBE"”Life Sciences Education (CBE-LSE), the adage that biology is for science students who don't do math is laid to rest forever. "Bio-math" or "math-bio" is in the future for students of both disciplines, say the contributors of seven essays and 17 research articles on new ways to integrate...

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2010-08-20 08:38:31

Plume detected 22 miles long and more than 3,000 feet below surfaceScientists funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and affiliated with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have detected a plume of hydrocarbons at least 22 miles long and more than 3,000 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, a residue of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.The 1.2-mile-wide, 650-foot-high plume of trapped hydrocarbons was detected during a ten day subsurface sampling effort from...

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2010-08-18 11:00:00

Cal alum, on travel fellowship, investigates region's paradoxes With nearly 4,000 active rigs extracting oil and gas 24/7 from the sea bed, and ships constantly ferrying workers and supplies to and from the platforms, the Gulf of Mexico is both a habitat in peril and a hub of economic activity. "It's like a floating city out there, an industrial landscape," notes Rachel Edmonds, a recent Cal grad with a keen interest in places like the Gulf where "dirty" industries provide jobs and economic...

2010-08-05 14:55:12

Biochemists and computer scientists at the University of Washington two years ago launched an ambitious project harnessing the brainpower of computer gamers to solve medical problems. The game, Foldit, turns one of the hardest problems in molecular biology into a game a bit reminiscent of Tetris. Thousands of people have now played a game that asks them to fold a protein rather than stack colored blocks or rescue a princess. Results published Thursday (Aug. 5) in the journal Nature show that...

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2010-07-23 10:35:25

When searching for long-lost treasure, sometimes all you need is a good flashlight. Such a "flashlight," developed at the Marine Biological Laboratory's (MBL) Josephine Bay Paul Center, has been used to illuminate a long-neglected cellular component "“ the nucleolinus "“ and confirm its role in cell division. MBL scientists Mark Alliegro and Mary Anne Alliegro, and MBL visiting investigator Jonathan Henry of University of Illinois, Urbana, present their discoveries regarding the...

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2010-07-23 09:30:00

Individuals who send off saliva samples to genetic testing companies to determine whether or not they are at risk for diabetes or certain forms of cancer may receive different results depending on which company they select, according to a Reuters report Thursday. In the article, reporter Julie Steenhuysen states that government officials conducted an undercover probe of four unidentified genetic testing firms. As part of the test, five people sent away DNA for testing to each of the...

2010-06-22 15:34:01

    * A new study has created a preliminary neurobehavioral profile of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).    * Researchers selected 22 of 547 neuropsychological variables for analysis based on their ability to distinguish children with heavy prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) from unexposed children.    * Results suggest that executive functioning and spatial processing are especially sensitive in children with suspected or known PAE. A...

2010-06-21 11:00:00

NEW YORK, June 21 /PRNewswire/ -- If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen! In this case, the kitchen is the "judgment free" stage of the Allen Theater in Cleveland, where funnyman Kevin Hart mixes his sassy charm with several dashes of brutal honesty in the World Television Premiere of his one-hour stand-up special, "Kevin Hart: Seriously Funny," debuting on COMEDY CENTRAL on Sunday, July 11 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Combine growing up in Philadelphia, being a husband and father...


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  • A blustering, bullying fellow; a pot-valiant braggart; a bully.
This word is named for Draw-Can-Sir, a character in George Villiers' 17th century play The Rehearsal.
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