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2010-04-23 06:05:00

While genes can and do play an important role in a child's ability to learn, a new study emphasizes that good teachers can help struggling pupils and poor quality ones can hurt a genetically gifted one--and instructors can even affect the academic performance of twins, according to a new study. Researchers at Florida State University (FSU), led by associate professor of psychology Jeanette Taylor, studied more than 1,500 total first grade and second grade classrooms. Of those, 550 had at...

2010-04-19 13:37:48

Imagine the marriage of hard metals or semiconductors to soft organic or biological products. Picture the strange, wonderful offspring "“"“ hybrid materials never conceived by Mother Nature. The applications in medicine and manufacturing are staggering, says biologist Steven Lenhert, the newest faculty face of nanoscience at The Florida State University. How about a mobile phone fitted with a "lab on a chip" that can diagnose illness? That and much more are real possibilities,...

2010-04-13 10:53:00

LAKE MARY, Fla., April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Roundtable Concepts has launched RTC View, the Officially Licensed Collegiate LCD & LED HDTVs now available @ www.rtcview.com. For a limited time only, BUY ONE 55" LCD or ONE 46" LED HDTV AND GET A SECOND FREE! Currently available: the Florida State Seminoles, Florida Gators, Miami Hurricanes and University of Central Florida Knights. Your favorite team's logo is embellished on the bottom two corners of the frame and is offered in 22", 32",...

2010-03-25 15:28:46

A protein discovered in fruit fly eyes has brought a Johns Hopkins team closer to understanding how the human heart and other organs automatically "right size" themselves, a piece of information that may hold clues to controlling cancer. The protein, named Kibra, is linked to a relay of chemical signals responsible for shaping and sizing tissue growth by coordinating control of cell proliferation and death, according to research published Feb. 16 in Developmental Cell by teams at Johns...

2010-02-19 11:00:00

BOCA RATON, Fla., Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida Atlantic University's Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and the Division of Research will present the 2010 Nobel Laureate Lecture on Friday, February 26 from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Libby and Harry Dodson Auditorium in the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. Professor Sir Harold "Harry" Kroto, Ph.D. is the 1996 recipient of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry and the Francis Eppes Professor, department of chemistry and biochemistry at Florida...

2010-02-13 08:23:46

Two of The Florida State University's most accomplished scientists recently joined forces on a collaborative research project that has yielded groundbreaking results involving an unusual family of crystalline minerals. Their findings could lay the groundwork for future researchers seeking to develop a new generation of computer chips and other information-storage devices that can hold vast amounts of data and be strongly encrypted for security purposes. Working with a team of researchers from...

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2010-02-05 08:40:00

In the natural stream communities of Trinidad, guppy populations live close together, but evolve differently. Upstream, fewer predators mean more guppies but less food for each; they grow slowly and larger, reproduce later and less, and die older. Downstream, where predators thrive, guppies eat more, grow rapidly, stay small, reproduce quickly and die younger. While it is clear to ecologists that an ecosystem shapes the evolution of animals living in it, population biology experts such as...

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2010-01-20 10:50:48

To the casual observer in the Gulf of Mexico, the seemingly sluggish red grouper is more of a couch potato than a busy beaver. But a new study led by researchers at The Florida State University reveals the fish to be both architect and ecosystem engineer. Most abundant along Florida's west coast but also found on watery ledges and in crevices and caverns from North Carolina to Brazil, the red grouper excavates and maintains complex, three-dimensional structures that provide critical habitats...

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2010-01-12 15:21:42

Alejandro Jenkins writes in Scientific American that life may exist -- in other universes Is there anybody out there? In Alejandro Jenkins' case, the question refers not to whether life exists elsewhere in the universe, but whether it exists in other universes outside of our own. While that might be a mind-blowing concept for the layperson to ponder, it's all in a day's work for Jenkins, a postdoctoral associate in theoretical high-energy physics at The Florida State University. In fact, his...

2009-12-23 12:39:00

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Dec. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The Bobby Bowden family, Charlie Ward, Corey Simon, Nick Maddox, The Florida State University College of Business, Dr. Thom Park, Steve Evans and trustees of the Elizabeth and Mark Scott Foundation are proud to announce the launch of the Bowden Foundation for Ethical Leadership. The Foundation will fund and guide such initiatives as the Bowden Leadership Center and The American Dream Team, leveraging the wisdom, character and teaching of one of...


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  • A blustering, bullying fellow; a pot-valiant braggart; a bully.
This word is named for Draw-Can-Sir, a character in George Villiers' 17th century play The Rehearsal.
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