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2012-02-15 11:25:05

Water-associated infectious disease outbreaks are more likely to occur in areas where a region's population density is growing, according to a new global analysis of economic and environmental conditions that influence the risk for these outbreaks. Ohio State University scientists constructed a massive database containing information about 1,428 water-associated disease outbreaks that were reported between 1991 and 2008 around the world. By combining outbreak records with data on a variety...

2012-02-10 04:13:11

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Deputy Administrator Lori Garver and Sen. John Glenn will discuss NASA's past, present and future during a NASA Future Forum at Ohio State University in Columbus on Feb. 20-21. The forum coincides with the 50th anniversary of Glenn's historic Friendship 7 space flight. Glenn will join space agency officials, Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee, Ohio State students, astronauts, technologists, scientists, and engineers to discuss the role NASA will play in...

2012-02-09 21:43:27

A specific goal to eat a set number of daily servings of low-glycemic-index foods can improve dietary habits of people with Type 2 diabetes, according to new research. Study participants were given a goal to eat either six or eight daily servings of foods with a low glycemic index — carbohydrates that are digested slowly and are less likely to spike blood-sugar levels than would carbohydrates with a high glycemic index. Overall, most participants reached the eight-serving goal,...

2012-02-09 18:46:35

When low-income cohabiting couples with children decide to no longer live together, that doesn´t necessarily mean the end of their romantic relationship. A new study suggests that about one in four of these couples who split their households still maintain some type of romantic relationship. “When people have studied the end of cohabiting relationships, they have generally assumed that it would end in marriage or end in a permanent breakup,” said Claire Kamp Dush,...

Younger Birds Get No Respect
2012-02-09 04:01:34

When mature male white-crowned sparrows duel to win a mate or a nesting territory, a young bird just doesn't get much respect. Researchers found that older male white-crowned sparrows don't put much of a fight when they hear a young male singing in their territory — probably because the older bird doesn't consider the young rival much of a threat. But a male sparrow will act much more aggressively if it hears a bird of the same age singing in a territory it claims as its own....

2012-02-01 15:46:10

Most studies that have examined growing levels of health disparity in the United States have focused on the gap between the “haves” and the “have-nots” in terms of socioeconomic factors such as education and income. But a new study has found, for the first time, that health disparities have grown dramatically among people in the same socioeconomic groups — often times more than the disparities have grown between groups. For example, researchers found that...

2012-02-01 01:13:14

Despite the fears of some scholars and pundits, most political partisans don´t avoid news and opinion sources that contradict their own beliefs, according to a new study. In fact, the more that self-described liberals and conservatives visited online sources supportive of their beliefs, the more likely they were to also view opposition websites, as well as general news sites. “People aren´t systematically avoiding websites that challenge their political views,”...

2012-01-26 12:55:34

A new study comparing the carbon-holding power of freshwater wetlands has produced measurements suggesting that wetlands in temperate regions are more valuable as carbon sinks than current policies imply, according to researchers. The study compared several wetlands at two Ohio wetland sites: one composed of mostly stagnant water and one characterized by water regularly flowing through it. The study showed that the stagnant wetland had an average carbon storage rate per year that is almost...


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Nancy Currie
2012-08-17 14:31:26

Nancy Currie is an engineer, United States Army officer, and a NASA astronaut. She was born Nancy Jane Sherlock on December 29, 1958 in Wilmington, Delaware. She moved to Troy, Ohio as a child and graduated from Troy High School in 1977. She then went on to attend Ohio State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Science in 1980. From there she continued her education by earning a Master of Science degree in Safety Engineering from the University of Southern...

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Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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