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2009-09-23 14:45:00

International effort is the first genome-scale analysis of diverse Indian groups In a study published in the September 24th issue of Nature, an international team describes how they harnessed modern genomic technology to explore the ancient history of India, the world's second most populous nation. The new research reveals that nearly all Indians carry genomic contributions from two distinct ancestral populations. Following this ancient mixture, many groups experienced periods of genetic...

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2009-09-22 15:25:00

The precise conditions inside a white dwarf star in the hours leading up to its explosive end as a Type Ia supernova are one of the mysteries confronting astrophysicists studying these massive stellar explosions. But now, a team of researchers, composed of three applied mathematicians at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and two astrophysicists, has created the first full-star simulation of the hours preceding the largest thermonuclear explosions in...

2009-09-10 04:00:00

WAYNE, N.J., Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- To help customers find additional value in their used video games, today Toys"R"Us introduced a video game trade-in program at Toys"R"Us stores nationwide. Now, gamers who are ready to move onto new challenges can exchange their used video game titles from almost any system, including classics like Intellivision or the newest platforms, for a Toys"R"Us gift card representing the value offered for the trade-in. Gift cards can be immediately used on any...

2009-09-09 09:30:05

Competitors copying songs is an issue that every great singer must face, but now it has been discovered that even birds have to deal with cover artists. Research, published today in Evolution, reveals how some bird species have evolved to sing the same tune as their rivals in order to compete effectively. A team, led by Dr Joseph Tobias and Dr Nathalie Seddon from the Edward Grey Institute, University of Oxford, analyzed the calls and songs of two antbird species who live side-by-side in the...

2009-09-02 13:56:17

A lot of variables come into play when selecting a site for environmental conservation that yields benefits to people nearby such as wildlife needs, species and vegetation uniqueness, and costs to the government or community. When faced with a choice, University of Illinois researchers found that society and the environment can be better off if conservation agents choose sites that are closer to people because people are more willing to financially support something close to them. In their...

2009-08-27 14:48:30

 Outcomes matter more than intention when choosing to punish or reward individuals who've caused accidents, according to new research from Harvard University.Published in PLoS One, the study was led by Fiery Cushman, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Psychology in Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences, along with Anna Dreber of the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard and the Stockholm School of Economics."Punishing those who've caused accidents seems to be...

2009-08-19 11:43:23

When times are tough and people are in a state of upheaval, it is expected that they might take refuge in "comfort foods" such as Grandma's fried chicken or a Sonic milkshake? Not so, says Stacy L. Wood, Associate Professor of Marketing at the Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina. In fact, in a study to be published in the Journal of Consumer Research, Woods found that when people are in a state of upheaval, they're more likely to choose an unfamiliar food such as...

2009-08-14 08:47:07

He may study grasses by profession, but Texas AgriLife Research forage agronomist Dr. Dariusz Malinowski has a passion for flowers, particularly winter hardy hibiscus.And it is that passion that has created his latest research project "“ propagating unique winter-hardy hibiscus.Malinowski said he's very much a grass and forage researcher, but this falls in line with his master's degree in horticulture."I like the hardy hibiscus and have been crossing them for four years," he said. "I...

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2009-07-30 10:00:00

Two researchers from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and the University of Aberdeen in the United Kingdom have shown for the first time that the law of brevity in human language, according to which the most frequently-used words tend to be the shortest, also extends to other animal species. The scientists have shown that dolphins are more likely to make simpler movements at the water surface."Patterns of dolphin behavior at the surface obey the same law of brevity as human...

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2009-07-10 12:35:00

Hundreds of thousands of college students from around the globe took on Microsoft's challenge to find new technology that can help achieve the UN Millennium Development goals. The finalists for Microsoft's annual Imagine Cup showed up in Egypt to show off their ideas on Wednesday, urging and persuading with high goals like eliminating poverty and saving nature. "They really are taking on all these problems," Microsoft senior director of academic initiatives Joe Wilson told AFP in an interview...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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