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Robot Spheres Compete In Zero Gravity
2013-01-10 07:47:16

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On the International Space Station this Friday, January 11, a squadron of mini satellites will wake up to obey remote commands from students across Europe. Space enthusiasts can watch a live broadcast as teams make the droids compete in a space game called RetroSpheres. The students have been running their code in a virtual world until this point, but the high school finals will be held this Friday using the real thing: robotic...

Too Many Universities Not Requiring Important Physical Education
2013-01-07 13:13:41

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It wasn´t long ago that I strolled into a very daunting room filled with machines and contraptions that confounded and intimidated me. This sense of being lost at sea was only added to by the ease and skill with which I saw others navigating the room. As it turns out, according to a new study out of Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, my experience was far from unique. At my university, our workout facility was...

Bielefeld Students In The Top ‘Sweet Sixteen’ In Boston
2012-11-07 12:31:06

Bielefeld University Bielefeld students on a par with teams from international elite universities Months of painstaking work in the laboratory at Bielefeld University℠s Center for Biotechnology (CeBiTec) have paid off: the 15 students participating in this year´s ℠international Genetically Engineered Machine competition´ (iGEM) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have good reason to celebrate. The goal of their project was to develop a biological...

Sharing Space Breeds Collaboration
2012-10-26 15:18:08

University of Michigan A new University of Michigan study shows that when researchers share a building, and especially a floor, the likelihood of forming new collaborations and obtaining funding increases dramatically. The findings have wide relevance to corporations, as well. “Our analyses clearly show that there are benefits to co-location,” said Jason Owen-Smith, an associate professor of sociology and organizational studies. Researchers who occupy the same building...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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