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2011-03-01 09:42:42

By mimicking the structure of the silk moth's antenna, University of Michigan researchers led the development of a better nanopore"”a tiny tunnel-shaped tool that could advance understanding of a class of neurodegenerative diseases that includes Alzheimer's. A paper on the work is newly published online in Nature Nanotechnology. This project is headed by Michael Mayer, an associate professor in the U-M departments of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering. Also collaborating...

2009-09-24 05:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuing in its long-standing heritage of supporting innovation in the arts, the Levi's(R) brand has signed on as the lead sponsor of Berkeley Repertory Theatre's world premiere of American Idiot, the stage version of the Grammy Award-winning album from Green Day. The denim company is supporting the Tony Award-winning theatre and has served as a resource for costume designer Andrea Lauer in researching and realizing the unique look of this show....

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2009-04-16 09:11:09

U.S. scientists say they've resolved a dispute about one of the mechanisms believed responsible for brain cell death and memory loss in Alzheimer's disease. Assistant Professors Michael Mayer of the University of Michigan and Jerry Yang of the University of California-San Diego said they and their colleagues have clarified how small proteins called amyloid-beta peptides damage brain cell membranes, allowing extra calcium ions to enter the neurons. The researchers confirmed evidence that...

2008-09-08 21:00:17

By Pat Craig Raging adolescent hormones were not a product of 1890s industrial Germany any more than the restless urge to know where babies come from was the result of 1950s American rock 'n' roll. They are both part of what Irving Berlin once called "doin' what comes natur'lly," and those urges have been around forever. In fact, they're responsible for our being here more than a century after Frank Wedekind's original "Spring Awakening," an 1891 play about adolescent sexual awakening...

2008-09-03 06:00:16

By Pat Craig Both Pinto from "Animal House" and the fan talking to him agree it's been a long time. But 30 years since the cult classic? Impossible. It's been that long, actually a little longer, since Tom Hulce, now 54 and a bearded Broadway producer, was a fresh-faced, 20- something college graduate determined to make his mark on the Great White Way. His arrival was quickly followed by a turn on the Broadway fast track: Hulce became understudy for the young man's role in Peter...


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toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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