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2014-01-09 08:33:32

TradingScreen, MIT Club of New York, MIT Enterprise Forum NYC, and NYCPromise Launch $50,000 Contest to Promote Programmer Creativity, Diversity, and Literacy NEW YORK, Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- TradingScreen Inc. (TradingScreen), The MIT Club of New York, The MIT Enterprise Forum of NYC, and NYCPromise are proud to announce the launch of "Dream it. Code it. Win it.," a competition for student programmers. Dream It. Code It Win It. will award more than $50,000 in committed...

Ocean Ecosystem Affected By Powerful Internal Waves: Study
2014-01-09 06:08:08

Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research on the ocean’s hidden waves was conducted in a lab and in the South China Sea. According to a January 8 report from MIT news, internal waves can be hundreds of feet tall and produce damaging effects to the climate and the ocean’s ecosystem. Experiments in laboratories and in the ocean have scientists claiming to have solved the mystery of what causes the largest internal waves in the world. The new findings,...

2014-01-07 16:23:21

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the latest issue of MIT Technology Review hits newsstands in the U.S. and worldwide. Leading an exceptional set of feature stories is the cover story: "Why We Will Need Genetically Modified Foods." In it, editor David Rotman examines the essential role of GMOs in ensuring that we can feed a growing population in a world whose climate continues to change. Genetically altered potatoes (video: http://techre.vu/18TcbE0),...

Technique Accelerates Gene Discovery
2013-12-13 08:05:12

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers working to decipher the role of genes since the completion of the Human Genome Project may see their efforts accelerated by a new approach that lets them permanently and selectively delete genes from a cell's DNA. The new system, known as CRISPR, was developed by researchers at MIT, the Broad Institute, and the Whitehead Institute, and should allow scientists to study the entire genome at once. In two new papers...

Standard Testing_TS_121113
2013-12-11 14:49:25

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from researchers at MIT slated to appear in an upcoming issue of the journal Psychological Science has shown a distinct disconnect between performances on standardized tests and students’ cognitive abilities. Standardized tests, a measure of so-called crystallized intelligence, have been shown to be an accurate predictor of students’ future educational achievement, as well as their employment and income prospects as...

2013-12-10 10:27:32

Shifts in zinc's location could be exploited for early diagnosis of prostate cancer Zinc, an essential nutrient, is found in every tissue in the body. The vast majority of the metal ion is tightly bound to proteins, helping them to perform biological reactions. Tiny amounts of zinc, however, are only loosely bound, or "mobile," and thought to be critical for proper function in organs such as the brain, pancreas, and prostate gland. Yet the exact roles the ion plays in biological systems...

Trickiest Tongue Twister Provides Insight Into Speech Planning
2013-12-05 19:17:06

[ Watch the Video: This Tongue Twister Is The Trickiest Yet ] Bryan Carpender for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Forget that girl hawking her seashell wares on the beach. And that Peter Piper guy with his proclivity for pickled peppers is so 20th century. Those are the tongue twisters of yesteryear. Psychologists at MIT have devised a new tongue twister, which they proclaim to be the most difficult and frustrating ever. Pad kid poured curd pulled cold. That’s the...

Copenhagen Wheel Provides Wireless Pedal Assist Support For Bicycles
2013-12-04 06:49:45

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online MIT-spinoff Superpedestrian unveiled a commercial version of its Copenhagen Wheel on Tuesday, allowing consumers to turn any ordinary bicycle into a hybrid “e-bike.” The $700 rear wheel works in a fashion similar to a Toyota Prius or Chevy Volt, converting and storing energy during pedaling, braking and descending that is later used to boost riders as they accelerate or go uphill. The wheel's onboard electronics detect how...


Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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