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2014-07-16 12:24:48

MIAMI, July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Infants who exhibit a consistent right hand preference are more likely to develop advanced language skills by age two, according to a study by Florida International University psychologist Eliza L. Nelson. The findings were recently published in the journal of Developmental Psychology. In the study, Nelson measured handedness - the tendency to use one hand more naturally than the other - in different ways according to the...

2014-06-27 12:24:27

NEW YORK, June 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A study conducted by researchers at Florida International University (FIU) examines whether legislation implemented by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DHMH) in December of 2006, which effectively banned artificial trans fat from the food served in restaurants and other eateries located throughout New York City (NYC), reduced obesity among New Yorkers residing in the five boroughs. Obesity was determined by an...

2014-06-26 16:23:46

MIAMI, June 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Non-native English-speaking Hispanics may be viewed as lying more often when being questioned than native-speakers, according to a study by Florida International University psychologist Jacqueline R. Evans. Findings recently published in the journal of Applied Cognitive Psychology suggest Hispanics speaking English with very low proficiency are at a disadvantage in situations where their credibility is being assessed such as...

Researchers Create Improved Method Of Hurricane Forecasting
2014-06-26 03:48:47

National Science Foundation Stampede supercomputer helps researchers design and test improved hurricane forecasting system Working with researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Fuqing Zhang and a team of weather modelers at Penn State University have created an improved method of hurricane forecasting that incorporates high-resolution airborne radar observations from the inner core of the storms. This approach has shown great promise for hurricane...

2014-06-05 12:31:46

MIAMI, June 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Children exposed to large amounts of media coverage following a terrorist attack can develop serious mental health difficulties, regardless of their physical proximity to the event, according to Florida International University psychologist Jonathan S. Comer. Most recently, Comer studied children who attended the Boston Marathon in 2013 and found they likely developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at a rate comparable to that of...

2014-05-16 23:06:45

Study looks at Panama and Miami as ideal distribution hub to Latin America. Miami, FL (PRWEB) May 16, 2014 Florida International University (FIU) Masters of International Business (MIB) students and international freight forwarder LILLY + Associates International released a semester-long study weighing the benefits between PortMiami and Panama as the natural distribution hub for the Americas. "The meticulous level of work performed by the FIU MIB students, under the direction of...

2014-05-14 16:23:25

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Florida International University's one-of-a-kind hurricane simulator, the 12-fan Wall of Wind (WoW), takes the national stage this week as a special, interactive feature of a new exhibition opening at the National Building Museum in downtown Washington, D.C. The 15-month exhibition, Designing for Disasters, explores new solutions and historical responses to a range of natural hazards, including earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes,...

2014-05-12 12:31:28

MIAMI, May 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Adolescents who get six hours of sleep or less may face health and behavior issues, particularly those who get five hours of sleep per night on a regular basis, confirms FIU researcher and criminal justice professor Ryan C. Meldrum in his study that recently published in Preventive Medicine. "Studies typically examine the implications of getting anything less than eight hours of sleep at night. What I wanted to investigate was whether there...

2014-04-24 12:34:49

MIAMI, April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- FIU College of Education Professor Charles Bleiker has developed a program based on 15 simple activities--or games--that appears to boost preschoolers' math ability with eye-popping success. Bleiker introduced the program at Calvary Baptist Church School in Little Havana during the 2012-2013 school year. The students, all participants in Florida's free Voluntary Prekindergarten Program (VPK) and from homes in which Spanish is the...

2014-04-15 16:22:15

MIAMI, April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Miami could know as early as 2020 how high sea levels will rise into the next century, according to a team of international researchers including FIU Earth and Environment Professor Rene Price. Sea level rise is one of the most certain consequences of climate change. But the speed and long-term height of the rise is one of the great scientific unknowns. Some scientists believe sea level rise is accelerating, some suggest the rate is...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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