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2012-02-09 08:38:00

BOSTON, Feb. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Is America obsessed with dieting? This thought-provoking question is explored and exposed in the compelling new documentary, "America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments" by director Darryl Roberts. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110727/CG42761LOGO) Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, Active Minds @ MIT and ELA are hosting a free special screening of Roberts' new film. The event will be held from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. on Friday,...

2012-02-07 07:00:00

CARMEL, Calif. and DEERFIELD, Ill., Feb. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Science Buddies and Astellas USA Foundation ("Foundation") announced initiation of the Science Buddies-Astellas Rosalind Franklin Chemistry Contest. The contest, open to U. S. students in grades 6-12, will recognize top chemistry projects being conducted by middle and high school students--the scientists of tomorrow. "For the Foundation, science is not only the core of our business, it's our passion. We are dedicated to...

2012-02-03 08:47:00

MIDLAND, Pa., Feb. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- It's every high school science nerd's dream: an opportunity to chat with graduate students and ask about all kinds of stranger-than-fiction physics phenomena. That dream was realized for nearly twenty Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (PA Cyber) students who are members of the Cutting Edge Science (CES) Club, a highly interactive extracurricular program that explores a wide variety of science topics. With several club members interested...

Scientists Search For Spider Web's  Strength
2012-02-02 09:38:05

Scientists report that they have solved the riddle of how spider webs can withstand different levels of stress - including hurricane force winds - without collapsing. Researchers, led by Markus Buehler of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), used computer simulations to find out how silk structures respond to different levels of stress. What they found was quite remarkable. Reporting in the journal Nature, the researchers found that web durability does not only rely on silk...

Poll: Many Tweets Are Not Worth Reading
2012-02-02 05:15:55

[ Watch the Video ] Study at CMU, MIT, Georgia Tech finds 9 ways to improve tweets Twitter users choose the microblogs they follow, but that doesn't mean they always like what they get. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Georgia Institute of Technology found that users say only a little more than a third of the tweets they receive are worthwhile. Other tweets are either so-so or, in one out of four cases, not worth reading at...

2012-01-25 04:14:53

Two hundred high school students packed an auditorium at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on Monday, Jan. 23, for a competition to program miniature satellites aboard the International Space Station. Alliance Rocket from the United States and virtual participants Alliance CyberAvo from Europe were named the winners in the third annual NASA-sponsored Zero Robotics SPHERES Challenge. Student teams wrote programming code for two small NASA robotic satellites aboard the station....

2012-01-24 16:14:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two hundred high school students packed an auditorium at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on Monday, Jan. 23, for a competition to program miniature satellites aboard the International Space Station. Alliance Rocket from the United States and virtual participants Alliance CyberAvo from Europe were named the winners in the third annual NASA-sponsored Zero Robotics SPHERES Challenge. (Logo:...

2012-01-19 04:23:15

NASA will join the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and high school student teams from the U.S. and abroad for the third annual Zero Robotics SPHERES Challenge on Monday, Jan. 23. The event will take place on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Mass., and be broadcast live on NASA Television from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST. For the competition, NASA will upload software developed by high school students onto Synchronized Position...

2012-01-17 12:24:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Leslee K. Gilbert, the departing Staff Director and Counsel for the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, is joining Van Scoyoc Associates as a Vice President. Ms. Gilbert will specialize in science and technology funding, focusing on aerospace, basic and applied research, information technology, and energy issues. Her work will build upon VSA's current representation of a variety of technology companies and many universities,...

Earth’s Largest Extinction Event - Was It Caused By Siberian Volcanism?
2012-01-10 05:57:28

Around 250 million years ago, at the end of the Permian geologic period, there was a mass extinction so severe that it remains the most traumatic known species die-off in Earth´s history. Although the cause of this event is a mystery, it has been speculated that the eruption of a large swath of volcanic rock in Russia called the Siberian Traps was a trigger for the extinction. New research from Carnegie´s Linda Elkins-Tanton and her co-authors offers insight into how this volcanism...