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2011-05-16 08:45:00

From records to boom boxes to CDs and iPods, music has long been part of the lifeblood of being a teenager. Learning math and science in class is not always such a priority. Parag Chordia, director of the Music Intelligence Lab at Georgia Tech, is finding ways to bring those two disparate realities together. "How can music be used to think about scientific problems, how can music be used to sort of catalyze our thinking in other areas?" asks Chordia. With support from the National Science...

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2011-05-16 07:08:37

The Taliban is now fighting their war through microblogging site Twitter. The Islamist extremists sent out their first tweet on May 12 claiming "enemy attacked in Khak-e-Safid," with a link to their website for more details about rebel fighters killing "at least 6 puppet police." The group ruled Afghanistan between 1996 and 2001, and they banned almost all electronic products.  However, now the group sends out text messages and emails, releases videos of attacks on U.S.-led...

2011-05-13 13:45:00

WASHINGTON, May 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Dance Institute (ADI) is thrilled to be presenting the Washington DC area premiere of Doug Elkins' "Fraulein Maria," a brilliantly choreographed, and hilarious deconstruction of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic "The Sound of Music." "Fraulein Maria" is a gender-bending, tour-de-force comedy that began as a love letter to Elkins' children, on a tiny stage at Joe's Pub at New York's Public Theater, and is now a bona fide...

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2011-05-13 03:11:59

Scientists have known for two decades that sulfur compounds that are produced by bacterioplankton as they consume decaying algae in the ocean cycle through two paths. In one, a sulfur compound dimethylsulfide, or DMS, goes into the atmosphere, where it leads to water droplet formation "“ the basis of clouds that cool the Earth. In the other, a sulfur compound goes into the ocean's food web, where it is eaten and returned to seawater. What they haven't known is how sulfur is routed one...

2011-05-12 11:03:17

Extraction of the Sprint Fidelis lead (Medtronic) can be safely performed in an experienced large volume center, according to research presented at the 2011 Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) conference in San Francisco last week. The Sprint Fidelis lead has been associated with increased failure rate which resulted in the lead being removed from the market in 2007. However, even if the lead does not fail, physicians are tasked with the decision as to whether or not to prophylactically remove the...

2011-05-12 08:00:00

ORLANDO, Fla., May 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Tupperware Brands Corporation is re-launching its "Chain of Confidence" (COC) Facebook page today at www.facebook.com/chainofconfidence, providing an online forum where visitors can share stories, get advice from others and form bonds with like-minded women around the world. The page is an online community that serves to help women achieve their personal and professional goals. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110316/NY66479LOGO-b )...

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2011-05-11 08:23:04

Debate about how to replace Seattle's deteriorating waterfront highway has centered on uncertainties in the project's price tag. Drilling a deep-bore tunnel and building an underground highway is estimated to cost around $4 billion, but some worry the final price could be higher, as it was for Boston's infamous Big Dig. University of Washington statisticians have, for the first time, explored a different subject of uncertainty, namely surrounding how much commuters might benefit from the...

2011-05-09 20:51:29

People who read vivid print advertisements for fictitious products actually come to believe they've tried those products, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. "Exposing consumers to imagery-evoking advertising increases the likelihood that a consumer mistakenly believes he/she has experienced the advertised product, and subsequently produces attitudes that are as strong as attitudes based on genuine product experience," write authors Priyali Rajagopal (Southern...

2011-05-09 13:18:06

Green roofs like the one atop a Con Edison building in Long Island City, Queens can be a cost-effective way to keep water from running into sewer systems and causing overflows, Columbia University researchers have found. The Con Edison Green Roof, which is home to 21,000 plants on a quarter acre of The Learning Center, retains 30 percent of the rainwater that falls on it. The plants then release the water as vapor, the researchers said in the study (http://www.coned.com/greenroofcolumbia). If...

2011-05-09 09:00:00

LOS ANGELES/>, May 9, 2011/> /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Platinum Studios, Inc. (OTCBB: PDOS), an entertainment company that controls an international library of more than 5,000 comic book characters which it adapts, produces and licenses for all forms of media, has licensed its top-selling "Cowboys & Aliens" graphic novel to Gameloft, a leading global publisher of digital and social games, to produce the video game. Launching in July 2011/>, coinciding with the release of the new...


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negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.