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2010-01-22 07:10:00

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on China to investigate the recent cyberattacks on Google and other U.S. firms, and urged U.S. technology companies to oppose Internet censorship. "The internet is a network that magnifies the power and potential of all others. And that's why we believe it's critical that its users are assured certain basic freedoms. Freedom of expression is first among them," said Secretary Clinton on Thursday at the Newseum. Without specifically mentioning China,...

2010-01-19 07:25:00

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez won't spare a kind word for video games, calling them 'poison' and accusing them of being proxies for capitalist warmongering, reports AFP. According to Chavez, "educational" toys should be manufactured and distributed to children to replace toys such as Barbie, which he believes has nothing to do with our culture. Chavez went on in his address to link Western games to slick propaganda vehicles, implying that scenarios in which players "bomb cities or just...

2010-01-11 13:45:58

A growing number of scientists are merging methods and results from different disciplines to extract new meaning from old data, says a team of researchers in a recent issue of Evolution. As science becomes increasingly specialized and focused on new data, however, researchers who want to analyze previous findings may have a hard time getting funding and institutional support, the authors say. In a commentary piece in the journal Evolution, the authors argue for removing cultural and...

2010-01-07 13:58:33

Book investigates leading scientific hypotheses to explain mysterious increase The incidence of type 1 diabetes is now twice as high among children as it was in the 1980s, and 10 to 20 times more common than 100 years ago, according to peer-reviewed research uncovered in a new book from Kaplan Publishing. While rising levels of type 2 diabetes are well known (and typically linked to increasing obesity), the corresponding rise in type 1, or "juvenile," diabetes has rarely if ever been...

2010-01-06 09:37:37

Researchers at Purdue University have created a magnetic "ferropaper" that might be used to make low-cost "micromotors" for surgical instruments, tiny tweezers to study cells and miniature speakers. The material is made by impregnating ordinary paper - even newsprint - with a mixture of mineral oil and "magnetic nanoparticles" of iron oxide. The nanoparticle-laden paper can then be moved using a magnetic field. "Paper is a porous matrix, so you can load a lot of this material into it," said...

2009-12-28 13:24:10

Spouses may help improve long-term labor market outcomes Marital status plays a significant role in how individuals cope economically with disability and health shocks, according to a working paper by University of British Columbia economists Giovanni Gallipoli and Laura Turner. In their study, titled Household Responses to Individual Shocks: Disability and Labour Supply, the researchers examined data from the Canadian Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics (SLID) Â and found that...

2009-12-23 07:15:00

Arizona State University researchers have developed a prosthetic device that literally puts the spring back into an amputee's step. The ASU scientists have developed and refined SPARKy (for spring ankle with regenerative kinetics) into a smart, active and energy storing below-the-knee (transbitial) prosthesis. SPARKy is the first prosthetic device to apply regenerative kinetics to its design, which resulted in a lightweight (four pound) device that allows the wearer to walk on grass, cement...

2009-12-14 09:34:22

Panasonic has unveiled an eco-dream house in Tokyo Bay, Japan. The "Eco idea house" has energy efficient appliances that save power in every room. It is outfitted with solar panels on the roof, a lithium-ion battery holds the extra electricity, hot water pipes also heat the floors, and insulation saves energy. "If the person leaves for the kitchen, the lights there can turn on, while the (living room) lights, air-con and television all turn off thanks to sensors that detect human presence,...

2009-12-08 18:05:52

Although politicians are often criticized for making empty promises, when it comes to their voting records, their words may carry more weight than previously thought, according to findings by two Penn State information technology scientists. The researchers used a computer model to compare voting records from the 110th Congress -- Jan. 3, 2007 to Jan. 3, 2009 -- to each senator's floor statements on the issues to determine whether the two matched up. They did this by creating a computer-based...

2009-12-08 16:15:00

NEW YORK, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Professor Vincent Presti, CEO of I Wanna Be On, Inc., the pioneering social research network for celebrity-seekers, is closely following the recent media "scrutiny" of Tiger Woods and his celebrity golfer image. "Events surrounding Tiger's personal life are tragic on so many levels," according to Professor Presti, "but they contain an invaluable lesson for how a celebrity should brand an image that contains sufficient elasticity for these types of personal...

Word of the Day
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'