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2014-08-07 00:22:10

DES MOINES, Iowa, Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mikayla Lien (pronounced Lean), a 19-year-old from Calmar, was crowned the 61(st )Iowa Dairy Princess during an evening ceremony at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines tonight (Wednesday, August 6). Lien, daughter of Gary and Patty Lien, will spend the year serving as a goodwill ambassador for Iowa's dairy farmers. Throughout her year-long reign she will make public appearances to connect with consumers and help them understand the...

LEGO Bricks Turned Into Scientific Tool To Study Plant Growth
2014-06-27 03:19:07

Iowa State University Ludovico Cademartiri had what seemed like an impossibly demanding list of requirements for his lab equipment. The Iowa State University assistant professor of materials science and engineering wants to understand environmental effects on plant growth, specifically how variations in climate and soil characteristics affect root growth. That requires highly controlled environments that expose whole plants to environmental effects such as nutrients, water, oxygen...

Reza Montazami
2014-04-05 06:04:58

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Imagine machines that melt away when their job is done. Perhaps a medical device that could melt away without harm inside the body, or a covert military device that delivers its data then dissolves without a trace. A researcher from Iowa State University says that this is a new way to look at electronics. “You don’t expect your cell phone to dissolve someday, right?” said Reza Montazami, an Iowa State University assistant...

2014-04-01 14:12:31

Parents may not always see it, but efforts to limit their children’s screen time can make a difference. A new study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, found children get more sleep, do better in school, behave better and see other health benefits when parents limit content and the amount of time their children spend on the computer or in front of the TV. Douglas Gentile, lead author and an associate professor of psychology at Iowa State, says the effect is not immediate and that makes it...

Polistes fuscatus
2014-02-10 10:05:21

Penn State Aggression-causing genes appeared early in animal evolution and have maintained their roles for millions of years and across many species, even though animal aggression today varies widely from territorial fighting to setting up social hierarchies, according to researchers from Iowa State University, Penn State and Grand Valley State University. If these "mean genes" keep their roles in different animals and in different contexts, then perhaps model organisms -- such as bees...

Iowa State AIDS Researcher Admits To Falsifying Study Findings, Fraud
2013-12-27 09:36:40

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online With countless lives depending on their work, it seems unthinkable that AIDS researchers might falsify their work. However, that’s just what Iowa State University assistant professor Dong-Pyou Han has admitted to, according to federal documents released on Monday. The Iowa State professor’s AIDS research project had been awarded $19 million in federal grants over the past several years, according to the Des Moines Register. Han...

2013-12-18 23:02:05

Iowa State’s ExerCYse is Medicine movement gains traction with the help of the TrekDesk Treadmill Desk. Ames, IA (PRWEB) December 18, 2013 The state of Iowa has implemented a challenge to its citizens to become the healthiest state in the nation within the next four years. Iowa State University is an integral player in this quest to explore creative measures to improve citizen’s individual health. This week, the Des Moines Register labeled Iowa State’s ‘ExererCYse is Medicine’...

2013-10-23 23:22:40

An initiative at Iowa State University which includes the TrekDesk Treadmill Desk hopes to raise awareness of the importance of exercise and its impact on overall health. Ames, IA (PRWEB) October 23, 2013 Iowa State University has launched an initiative known as “ExerCYse is Medicine” as a nationwide program designed to illustrate the importance of movement and exercise in maintaining health. ExerCYse has launched a variety of programs including one called “TrekDesk” which...

Astronomer Helps Research Team See Misaligned Planets In Distant System
2013-10-17 16:04:40

Iowa State University Using data from NASA's Kepler space telescope, an international team of astronomers has discovered a distant planetary system featuring multiple planets orbiting at a severe tilt to their host star. Such tilted orbits had been found in planetary systems featuring a "hot Jupiter," a giant planet in a close orbit to its host star. But, until now, they hadn't been observed in multiplanetary systems without such a big interloping planet. The discovery is reported in...

2013-09-10 23:26:22

ESM Solutions will become Iowa State University’s selected eProcurement solution to expand e-commerce across its campus. Warrington, PA (PRWEB) September 10, 2013 ESM Solutions®, the leading provider of spend management and eProcurement solutions for the public sector, announced an agreement with Iowa State University to deliver a next generation, comprehensive procurement process for college-wide purchasing. Iowa State will roll out ESM Solutions’ easyPurchase™ integrated cart...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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