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2010-06-15 16:27:29

A Florida State University researcher has identified the important role that a key protein plays in cell division, and that discovery could lead to a greater understanding of stem cells. Timothy L. Megraw, an associate professor in the College of Medicine, has outlined his findings in the cover story of the June 15 issue of Developmental Cell. The article, "CDK5RAP2 Regulates Centriole Engagement and Cohesion in Mice," was co-authored by researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern...

2010-06-02 15:43:53

Brain research suggests Chinese-speaking adults reading English recall the sound of Chinese translations Adults fluent in English whose first language is Chinese retrieve their native language when reading in English, according to new research in the June 2 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. This study suggests that people who learn a second language in adolescence or later recall the sounds of words from their native language. The scientists who conducted the study, Yan Jing Wu, PhD, and...

2010-06-02 12:18:01

Purdue University researchers, working with high-performance computing experts at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, have created an automated program to "debug" simulations used to more efficiently certify the nation's nuclear weapons. The program, called AutomaDeD (pronounced like automated), finds errors in computer code for complex "parallel" programs. "The simulations take several weeks to run, and then they have to be debugged to correct errors in the code," said Saurabh Bagchi, an...

2010-04-27 10:50:00

Gizmodo editor Jason Chen, who last week posted photos of a next-generation Apple iPhone prototype, had his home raided by law enforcement officials exercising a search warrant on Monday. The search warrant gave police officers permission to search Chen's home and seize property that was "used as the means of committing a felony" or "tends to show that a felony has been committed," according to information posted on the tech website. "The officers had a computer and were cataloging all the...

2010-04-07 05:25:00

Researchers from the University of Toronto have uncovered a network of hackers, centered in China, which has used popular online services to obtain top secret information from the Indian government, according to reports that surfaced on Tuesday. Greg Walton and his associates from the school's Citizen Lab stated that they were able to observe the cyber attacks and traced them to servers located in China, and specifically to individuals located in the city of Chengdu--the home of the communist...

2010-03-09 07:23:09

The project, directed by CSIC researcher Cristina Sánchez Carretero was completed through close collaboration with associations for victims and those affected. On Thursday March 11, the project will end with its transfer to the Spanish Railway Foundation and the digitized catalog will be available for study with prior approval. The main focus of the investigation explores the social mechanisms that occur in response to collective trauma, although the items have been analyzed from...

2010-02-19 08:26:18

The benefits of wartime camaraderie extend far beyond the battlefield, a new UCLA study of U.S. Civil War veterans suggests. Veterans who served in military units characterized by a strong esprit de corps were much less likely decades later to die of a stroke or heart condition than veterans from less cohesive companies, two UCLA economists have found. "On the battlefield, you'd expect your buddy to have your back," said Dora Kosta, the study's lead author and a UCLA professor of economics....

2010-02-17 13:59:35

If you believe in karma, you're more likely to have higher expectations, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. Some consumers strategically lower their expectations in order to try to increase their satisfaction with a product or experience, write authors Praveen K. Kopalle (Dartmouth College), Donald R. Lehmann (Columbia University), and John U. Farley (Dartmouth College). But people who believe in karma tend to have a more long-term orientation, which decreases the...

2010-02-09 14:48:44

UC Davis chemical ecologist Walter Leal identifies the chemical source of an annoying attraction When the time came for chemical ecologist Walter Leal to test whether humans make a natural odor that attracts mosquitoes, Leal himself was the first to volunteer. "I measured my own levels," Leal said. "I thought I would set a good example. If you do it first, then others won't be scared." In truth, there was little, if any, reason to be frightened. The scientists were looking only for the...

2010-02-03 14:21:24

The people that brought the world malicious software which can steal credit card numbers and empty bank ATMs of their cash are apparently hiring, according to Reuters. Kevin Stevens, a threat intelligence analyst for SecureWorks, said the two companies that are hiring are now advertising online.  They are seeking people that are willing to take malicious code they provide and link it to something that people will click on, like a picture of Britney Spears getting out of her car. ...

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'