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2011-11-23 12:04:13

Young girls have been viewed as far more savvy than boys at navigating the emotional pitfalls of friendships. But a new report shows that when friends let them down, girls are even more devastated than boys, researchers from Boston College and Duke University report in the journal Child Development. Researchers examined whether or not girls cope better than boys when a friend violates a core expectation of friendships. The study of fourth- and fifth-grade children found that these...

2011-11-22 10:41:13

Girls may be sugar and spice, but "everything nice" takes a back seat when friends let them down. In a Duke University study out Tuesday, researchers found that pre-teen girls may not be any better at friendships than boys, despite previous research suggesting otherwise. The findings suggest that when more serious violations of a friendship occur, girls struggle just as much and, in some ways, even more than boys. The girls in this study were just as likely as boys to report that they...

2011-11-18 02:40:47

A new report by Duke University researchers offers several health and environmental measures for North Carolina lawmakers to consider as they debate legalizing horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. The study, which has been accepted for publication in the Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum journal, looks at potential environmental hazards and how lawmakers in other states are factoring health and environmental risks into regulatory approaches targeting the...

2011-11-14 23:05:21

In a finding that confirms what many obstetricians and gynecologists suspected, Duke University researchers report that younger women who undergo hysterectomies face a nearly two-fold increased risk for developing menopause early. The study, published in the December issue of the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, is the largest analysis to track over time the actual hormonal impact of woman who had hysterectomies and compare them to women whose uteruses remained intact. "Hysterectomy...

Instant Camouflage Discovered In Two Cephalopods
2011-11-11 11:17:36

[ Watch the Video ] Scientists have discovered two deep ocean species of cephalopods, the octopus Japetella heathi and the squid Onychoteuthis banksii, that can go from transparent to opaque in the blink of an eye, a new study finds. This impressive camouflage swap, from both an octopus and a squid, is an adaptation that help keeps the species safe from different types of predators, Stephanie Pappas of LiveScience reports. The first predators that the cephalopods must be wary of are...

2011-11-07 16:56:39

For less than $100 and a day's work, a single family in an undeveloped country can construct a solid waste disposal system that not only processes the waste, but requires no electricity or additional energy while destroying harmful pathogens. So argues a Duke University environmental engineer who envisions a simple system that can be constructed from everyday items designed specifically for Third World countries, where the disposal of solid human waste and the corresponding spread of...

2011-11-04 22:59:03

On-the-ground photos from the next political uprising may come with added authenticity tags. Duke University computer scientists have developed a new feature, called YouProve, which can be integrated into the Android operating system to monitor images and audio captured with mobile devices. YouProve tracks changes that individuals make to files in third-party applications by recording edits that significantly alter the meaning of media, such as blurring a face in an image or inserting...

2011-11-01 09:21:17

Cancer doctors want to offer a sympathetic ear, but sometimes miss the cues from patients. To help physicians better address their patients' fears and worries, a Duke University researcher has developed a new interactive training tool. The computer tutorial includes feedback on the doctors' own audio recorded visits with patients, and provides an alternative to more expensive courses. In a study appearing Nov. 1 in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the research team found that the course...

US Forests Are Not Keeping Pace With Climate Change
2011-11-01 04:33:14

More than half of eastern U.S. tree species examined in a massive new Duke University-led study aren't adapting to climate change as quickly or consistently as predicted. "Many models have suggested that trees will migrate rapidly to higher latitudes and elevations in response to warming temperatures, but evidence for a consistent, climate-driven northward migration is essentially absent in this large analysis," says James S. Clark, H.L. Blomquist Professor of Environment at Duke's...


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omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.