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2008-08-22 09:00:43

NEW YORK, Aug. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The legacy of Leonard Bernstein -- as a conductor, composer, and music advocate -- in the history and trajectory of twentieth-century America music can hardly be overstated. In this anniversary year for the composer, Sony BMG Masterworks is releasing The Original Jacket Collection: Bernstein Conducts Bernstein -- specially created to celebrate the 90th anniversary of his birth on August 25, 2008 and the 50th anniversary of his appointment as Music Director...

2008-07-16 00:00:24

By Tony LaRussa For weeks, organizers of a trip to World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia, have been telling the hundreds of young people from Pittsburgh making the nearly 10,000-mile trek that although they'll have a good time, it's not a vacation. "We've been reinforcing the idea that this is a pilgrimage, a time to focus on prayer and sacrifice and a chance to deepen their spirituality," said Caroline Roach, coordinator of youth ministry for St. Athanasius Church in West View. But the...

2008-07-10 03:00:05

Obese men should consider losing weight before having children, because fatter men have less seminal fluid and more abnormal sperm, a Scottish researcher says. Dr. A Ghiyath Shayeb of the University of Aberdeen and colleagues looked at the results of seminal fluid analysis in 5,316 men who attended the Aberdeen Fertility Centre with their partners for difficulties in conceiving. The researchers said 2,037 of these men had complete data on their body mass index. The scientists divided the...

2008-07-04 03:00:06

By Coakley, Sarah An English reflection on ministry IT MIGHT SEEM otiose, even pathetic, for priests to spend time wondering about what they are and do: is it not obvious what sort of jobs and roles they are meant to be getting on with? And is it not equally and painfully obvious that any social status they may have enjoyed in earlier generations as a result of these jobs and roles has been largely eroded? The popular media image of the male clergy diverges paradoxically and revealingly:...

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2008-05-01 00:45:00

Men have higher body mass the more educated they are -- except in United States A new comparison of multi-national data, released this month, reveals that highly educated women have a healthier average weight than less educated women, but that the meaning of "healthier" changes according to a nation's relative wealth. In countries where malnutrition is prevalent, better-educated women weigh more. But in wealthier countries "” with rapidly growing rates of obesity "”...

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2007-05-18 17:00:00

In the folklore of physics, no story is better known than the tale of Galileo dropping balls from the Leaning Tower of Pisa and proving that gravity accelerates all objects equally regardless of their masses or composition. This is called the "equivalence principle," and it is a cornerstone of modern physics. But was Galileo correct? NASA -- Standing on the Moon in 1971, Apollo 15 astronaut Dave Scott held his hands out at shoulder height, a hammer in one hand and a feather in the other. And...

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2007-01-12 06:00:00

ST. LOUIS -- The laboratory is cluttered with dirty dishes, Dorito crumbs, aluminum foil and needle-nose pliers _ the detritus of graduate students whose 600-pound steel and wire Tinkertoy is rising in the middle of the room. With the apparatus, Ramanath Cowsik, a Washington University physicist, will poke and prod at some of the most daunting problems remaining in physics: What is causing the universe to fly apart, faster and faster each year? Why is gravity so weak and so different...

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2006-10-11 14:33:07

At the core of ESA's LISA Pathfinder mission sit two small hearts. Each is a cube, just 5 centimetres across. Together they will allow LISA Pathfinder to lay the foundations for future space-based measurements that investigate the very core of Einstein's General Relativity. A cornerstone of relativity is the concept of a frame of reference. This is a set of bodies relative to which any motion can be measured. Without a reference frame, no motion through space can be detected. Scientists...

2006-08-30 07:14:49

By Holly McKenna ALBANY, New York (Reuters) - Some are Catholics who see their church as stuck in the past. Others are believers who happen to be divorced, pregnant before marriage or gay. A few just can't find a priest when they need one. Roman Catholics shunned by the official church are "renting" married priests in times of crisis and celebration. They turn to http://www.rentapriest.com, a Web site with 2,500 Catholic priests in a national database known as "God's Yellow Pages."...

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2006-08-30 07:10:00

By Holly McKenna ALBANY, New York -- Some are Catholics who see their church as stuck in the past. Others are believers who happen to be divorced, pregnant before marriage or gay. A few just can't find a priest when they need one. Roman Catholics shunned by the official church are "renting" married priests in times of crisis and celebration. They turn to http://www.rentapriest.com , a Web site with 2,500 Catholic priests in a national database known as "God's Yellow Pages." Virtually all the...


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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Satellite -- A satellite is an object that orbits another object. With sufficient tangential velocity, the object does not collide with the primary object it orbits, but maintains a distance from that object as the rate at which it falls towards that object is similar to the rate that it travels away, thus the object orbits the primary object and becomes a satellite. In other words: gravitational force serves as the centripetal force needed to make the object circle the primary...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Gravitational Lens -- A gravitational lens is formed when the light from a very distant, bright object (such as a quasar) is "bent" around a massive object (such as a massive galaxy) between the bright object and the viewer. The process is known as gravitational lensing, and was one of the predictions made by Einstein's general relativity. Description In a gravitational lens, the gravity from the massive object bends light as a lens might. As a result, the path of the light from a...

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Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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