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2011-03-18 06:30:00

By Lily Whiteman, National Science Foundation Newly discovered ancient, mummified trees may reveal clues about future ecosystem responses to climate change When in Quttinirpaaq National Park in the Canadian Arctic, Ohio State University Earth scientist Joel Barker initially spotted some pieces of dead trees scattered on the barren ground near a glacier. Immediately, he knew he had found something akin to a looking glass peering into the Arctic's ecological past. The Hazen Plateau on Ellesmere...

2011-03-14 20:39:21

New research reveals why people read fitness and fashion magazines featuring photos of impossibly thin or muscular models -- models whose appearance highlight the readers' own flaws. Many previous studies have found that people who are unhappy with their physical appearance feel even more dissatisfied when they are shown photos of models who have "ideal" bodies. "So you have to wonder: why do we still buy those magazines and watch those television programs when they should just make us more...

2011-03-14 17:21:12

A new study in Honduras suggests that climate-related weather disasters may sometimes actually provide opportunities for the rural poor to improve their lives. Researchers found that that the poorest inhabitants of a small village in northeastern Honduras increased their land wealth and their share of earnings relative to more wealthy residents after Hurricane Mitch devastated their village in October 1998. The findings offer a glimmer of hope from widespread concerns that the world's poor...

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2011-03-13 08:39:41

Written by Jessica Orwig, Ohio State University Researchers are using a new model to learn more about how toe strength can determine how far people can lean while keeping their balance. The results could help in building robotic body parts that will closely imitate human movement, and might lead to a new generation of advanced prosthetics. Hooshang Hemami, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Ohio State University built a complex computational model of the human foot to look at...

2011-03-11 00:05:00

AUSTIN, Texas, March 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 6th Annual American Botanical Council Celebration and Awards Ceremony took place last night, honoring individuals and companies who influence the present and future of the herbal medicine movement. The ABC event is part of the annual Natural Products Expo West trade show and Nutracon scientific conference, held in Anaheim, California. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100430/DC95601LOGO) ABC presented the ABC James A....

2011-03-09 12:48:53

Patients with epilepsy worry more than their physicians do about the patients' potential memory loss accompanying their seizure disorder, according to a recent study. In a survey, patients with epilepsy as a group ranked memory loss as their second-most important concern on a list of 20 potential medical or social concerns. Memory loss as a concern came in 12th in the frequency of responses among concerns recorded by physicians and nurse practitioners who completed the same survey. Patients...

2011-03-09 12:41:32

Passive news reporting that doesn't attempt to resolve factual disputes in politics may have detrimental effects on readers, new research suggests. The study found that people are more likely to doubt their own ability to determine the truth in politics after reading an article that simply lists competing claims without offering any idea of which side is right. "There are consequences to journalism that just reports what each side says with no fact checking," said Raymond Pingree, author of...

2011-03-08 19:37:54

OSU's Lamb leverages supercomputer to study protein's evolution An Ohio State University molecular biologist leveraged a supercomputer to help better define the family tree of a group of enzymes that have been implicated in a wide range of human diseases and are important targets for anti-cancer therapies. Along with several OSU colleagues, Rebecca S. Lamb, Ph.D., an assistant professor of Molecular Genetics, recently analyzed the evolutionary history of the poly(ADP-ribose)polymerase (PARP)...

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2011-03-07 14:25:00

By Jeff Grabmeier, Ohio State University Despite the fears of some, a new study suggests that use of the internet in general does not make people more likely to believe political rumors. However, one form of internet communication "“ e-mail "“ does seem to have troubling consequences for the spread and belief of rumors. "I think a lot of people will be surprised to learn that using the internet doesn't necessarily promote belief in rumors.  Many people seem to think that's...

2011-03-03 15:16:00

COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Moody-Nolan, the nation's largest African-American owned and operated architecture firm, will continue its long and valued relationship with Penn State University with the announcement of a 48,000-square-foot expansion and partial renovation of the university's intramural sports and recreation building. The most recent sports and recreation project strengthens Moody-Nolan's goal of expanding its deep portfolio of education, healthcare,...


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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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