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2012-04-22 23:01:45

The Story Mint is a worldwide web-based service that connects writers and readers. Officially launched in April 2012, the Story Mint fills the gaps between the traditional publishing model and the e-publishing world by providing writers with the opportunity to be published following a rigorous process of assessment and interaction with readers and other writers. The Story Mint includes a membership forum, a regular editorial blog, an analytical tool for budding writers...

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2011-02-07 06:35:00

Compared to people who didn't have heavy drinkers in their lives, 3,000 New Zealanders who did had lower scores on standard measures of general health. Chronic pain, anxiety and depression symptoms, and overall satisfaction with life were found with those with a family member, friend or colleague who drank heavily, Reuters Health reported. The findings, reported in the journal Addiction, did not prove that being around a heavy drinker was the root of study participants' problems. The average...

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2010-12-17 09:25:00

People who are hypersexual or otherwise addicted to sexual activity are more likely to have anxiety or insecurities about intimate relationships, researchers from Massey University in New Zealand have discovered. In a study conducted by clinical psychology student Karen Faisandier, more than 880 adult subjects participated in an anonymous online questionnaire about their sex-related activities, including their orientation and their thoughts about how their relationships with others were...

2008-10-07 15:00:32

EVERY airplane can now be accurately tracked, even if there isn't any radar coverage in the area they're in. Massey University mechatronics graduate James McCarthy has developed technology that has been turned into a product called Spidertracks. The palm-sized unit works by picking up a global positioning systems (GPS) signal giving the plane's position, transmits it to the Iridium satellite network and beams it to servers in Australia and Wellington. From there the signal travels via...

2008-09-26 15:00:36

A retired Massey University associate professor in computer science who went back to school has won a top undergraduate prize as a student of the School of English and Media Studies. Ray Kemp, who worked in the former Institute of Information Sciences and Technology at Massey, has been awarded the RG Frean prize for critical or expository work. The prize is awarded each year to the two best undergraduate works, with one also given in creative writing. Dr Kemp's essay, Did Hedda Gabler and...

2008-09-21 03:00:25

By Kevany, Kevin Kevin Kevany reviews the MBA landscape for 2009 and determines that deciding on where, when and why to do your MBA could be the hardest part of the exercise. Ever since the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business first offered working professionals its Executive MBA (EMBA) programme in 1940, this "delayed degree" has grown to the point where it is today offered by most business schools around the world. It nevertheless remains one of the more controversial degrees...

2008-09-15 15:00:34

Kelly, Napier Marineland's last dolphin probably died of cancer, a team of Massey University researchers determined yesterday. A tumour the size of a mandarin was discovered inside the otherwise healthy dolphin during a post- mortem examination at Massey's Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The 38-year-old dolphin had been unwell for several days and died on Wednesday. She had been at Napier's Marineland since 1974. Wildlife health centre director Dr Brett Gartrell said the main...

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2008-09-01 10:45:00

Researchers at Massey University in New Zealand report that women who live on a farm during pregnancy may reduce the risk their child will develop asthma, eczema and hayfever. The study suggests that exposure to animals, along with the bacteria they carry, may impact the immune system of the developing fetus.  However, some experts warn that some of these animals carry infections that may harm the baby. The research supports previous studies that indicate living on a farm, with...

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2008-07-09 18:00:00

By Nathan Beaumont People with a sweet tooth can indulge in sugary delights and not feel guilty, according to Massey University, which is developing ice cream that reduces the risk of heart attack and strokes. The university has developed a technology that allows Omega 3 -- a fatty acid derived from fish oil that is credited with helping heart conditions -- to be added to ice cream, but without the fishy aftertaste. The technique, which is also being tested in yogurt and cheese, could be...

2008-07-03 15:00:41

By RANKIN, Janine Palmerston North pathologist Cynric Temple-Camp has returned to the MidCentral District Health Board's table in a new role. An unsuccessful candidate at last year's local body elections, Dr Temple-Camp had served a three- year term as one of the Health Minister's appointments to the board, but was not re-appointed in December. He's now been appointed to be an external member of the board's hospital advisory committee. Two newcomers have also been appointed to...


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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.