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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...

2009-12-19 00:43:31

States with small governments, low taxes and labor market freedom enjoy greater benefits from natural resource development than states with large and intrusive government policies, according to a new study by a Florida State University researcher. "The size of government and level of regulation are two of the cornerstones of economic freedom," said Joab Corey, the study's author and a lecturer in Florida State's Department of Economics and the Gus A. Stavros Center for the Advancement of Free...

2009-11-20 05:00:00

GOTEBORG, Sweden, Nov. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- First Planet Company, developer and publisher of the largest real cash economy MMORPG, announced today that it is working with a Florida State University doctoral student in the College of Business on a new study with far reaching implications in the MMO and virtual world industries. This study will help to determine if a player's experience with a product in a virtual world influences their intention to purchase a product and how that experience...

2009-10-22 14:53:22

While more older adults than ever are using cell phones and computers, a technology gap still exists that threatens to turn senior citizens into second-class citizens, according to Florida State University researchers. Neil Charness, the William G. Chase Professor of Psychology, and Walter R. Boot, an assistant professor of psychology, found that both the attitudes and abilities of older adults pose barriers to adopting new forms of technology and urged designers to consider those barriers...

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2009-10-09 12:25:00

Experts say new research reveals that the Archaeopteryx, which has long been viewed as the archetypal first bird, was actually a lot less "bird-like" than scientists originally thought. Archaeopteryx (from the Greek for "ancient wing"), lived 150 million years ago during the Late Jurassic period in what is now Germany. New microscopic images of the ancient cells and blood vessels inside the bones of the winged, feathered, claw-handed creature show unexpectedly slow growth and maturation that...

2009-10-05 15:15:15

$1.03 million grant from Defense Department program to fund Florida State University study The anticipated sea-level rise associated with climate change, including increased storminess, over the next 100 years and the impact on the nation's low-lying coastal infrastructure is the focus of a new, interdisciplinary study led by geologists at The Florida State University. "Our hypothesis is that the historic storm record, which extends back only about 150 years, isn't a reliable indicator of...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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