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First Graders Who Lack Math Skills Still Lag As Adults
2013-02-28 13:32:32

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reveals that by seventh grade, students who failed to acquire basic math skills in the first grade scored far behind their peers when taking a test on basic mathematical abilities that are required for daily adult life. The relevant basic math skill is known as ℠number system knowledge,´ which is defined as the ability to relate a quantity to the numerical...

Project To Map Brain Activity Outlined By President Obama
2013-02-19 12:12:38

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The US Human Genome Project (HGP) was a successful model of a public/private partnership that advanced the understanding of life at one of its most basic levels. Officially begun in 1990, the HGP was a 13-year effort headed up by the US Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The project--originally planned to take 15 years--was completed two years ahead of time, thanks in no small part to the rapid...

Implantable Device Reduces Seizures In Epileptic Patients
2013-02-18 09:50:09

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A medical device company recently received funding from a branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct a new two-Phase clinical trial for an internally-implanted electronic device that may help treat epilepsy. NeuroSigma Inc., the company behind the device, is basing the new trial on evidence of another similar device, an electronic patch that has been shown to reduce symptoms of depression by up to 50 percent....

2013-02-14 13:34:14

Israeli soldiers tracked through deployment to ID predictors -- NIH study Soldiers preoccupied with threat at the time of enlistment or with avoiding it just before deployment were more likely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), in a study of Israeli infantrymen. Such pre-deployment threat vigilance and avoidance, interacting with combat experience and an emotion-related gene, accounted for more than a third of PTSD symptoms that emerged later, say National Institutes of...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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