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2011-07-14 07:39:23

Anoles show they can solve novel problem, remember solutions Tropical lizards may be slow. But they aren't dumb. They can do problem-solving tasks just as well as birds and mammals, a new study shows. A Duke University experiment tested Puerto Rican anoles on several cognitive tasks and found they can learn and remember to solve a problem they've never faced before. The results challenge the scientific stereotype that reptiles have limited cognitive abilities and methods for finding food. The...

2011-07-05 12:27:34

Most of the world's "missing" or undiscovered species live in regions already identified by scientists as conservation priorities, according to a new study published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study's findings suggest recent conservation efforts have been on target and should reduce uncertainty over global conservation priorities, its team of international authors say. But, they add, the extinction threat for many of the as-yet undiscovered...

2011-07-01 12:34:09

A Duke University graduate student has found a way to double the battery life of mobile devices "“ such as smartphones or laptop computers "“ by making changes to WiFi technology. WiFi is a popular wireless technology that helps users download information from the Internet. Such downloads, including pictures, music and video streaming, can be a major drain of battery. The energy drain is especially severe in the presence of other WiFi devices in the neighborhood. In such cases,...

2011-06-30 01:30:30

So much for tagging photographs with names, locations and activities yourself "“ a new cell phone application can take care of that for you. The system works by taking advantage of the multiple sensors on a mobile phone, as well as those of other mobile phones in the vicinity. Dubbed TagSense, the new app was developed by students from Duke University and the University of South Carolina (USC) and unveiled at the ninth Association for Computing Machinery's International Conference on...

2011-06-29 10:47:00

AVENTURA, Fla., June 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Double Eagle Holdings, Ltd. (OTCQB: DEGH), the parent company of Fuse Science, Inc. (www.fusescience.com), announced today that it has added Dr. David J. Berkoff to the company's Board of Directors as its fifth and final voting member. Dr. Berkoff is a Duke University team physician and associate professor at Duke University's Departments of Emergency Medicine and Sports Medicine. Dr. Berkoff will soon be leaving to join the Department of...

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2011-06-25 07:39:27

Scientists have developed a new device that makes objects invisible to sound waves. The approach borrows ideas from attempts to "cloak" objects from light. The scientists said it uses simple plastic sheets with arrays of holes, and could be put to use in making ships invisible to sonar or in an acoustic design for concert halls. Researchers have put forth effort to try and create "invisibility cloaks" since the feasibility of the idea was theorized in 2006. Those approaches are based on...

2011-06-22 09:00:00

TORONTO, June 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Victor J. Dzau, M.D., chancellor for health affairs at Duke University and chief executive officer of Duke University Health System, has been named the 2011 winner of the Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research. The prize is awarded annually and will be presented to Dzauin Ottawa on Sept. 14, 2011. Previous winners include Dr. Joseph B. Martin, former dean of Harvard Medical School, who won the first award in 2006; Dr. John...

2011-06-16 10:00:00

DURHAM, N.C., June 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Victor J. Dzau, M.D., Duke University chancellor for health affairs and chief executive officer of Duke University Health System, has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Presentation of the honorary degree came June 15 on the university's Commemoration Day celebrating its founding in 1451. The honorary degree recognizes Dzau's distinction in and major contribution to the field...

2011-06-09 13:40:00

KANNAPOLIS, N.C., June 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI) today announced the acquisition of the Immune Tolerance Institute, Inc. (ITI) as a next step in the continued growth of the Institute, located on the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, NC. Driven by a mission to accelerate the discovery and development of breakthrough treatments for the range of immune-related diseases, the DHMRI provides integrated, state-of-the-art genomic, cellular,...

2011-06-06 20:11:32

Birds do it. Bees do it. Even little kids picking strawberries do it. Every creature that forages for food decides at some point that the food source they're working on is no richer than the rest of the patch and that it's time to move on and find something better. This kind of foraging decision is a fundamental problem that goes far back in evolutionary history and is dealt with by creatures that don't even have proper brains, said Michael Platt, a professor of neurobiology and director of...


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  • A bookseller; now, especially, a dealer in rare and curious books.
This word comes from a Greek phrase meaning 'book seller.'
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