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2014-01-18 05:18:10

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Before most humans turn one year old – walking appears to be a complete mystery. However, not long after we take our first steps, walking around becomes a mundane mode of transportation we rarely give a second thought to. Now, researchers from Oregon State University have found a unique interaction between the ankle, knee, muscles and tendons that reveals how a leg moving forward during walking maximizes motion while using the...

2013-11-12 12:12:01

A new study concludes that it doesn't matter how compelling an advertisement may be, most die-hard Oregon State Beavers fans will simply not purchase a product associated with the Oregon Ducks. Researchers at Oregon State University and California State University, San Marcos asked college students, who were a mix of average sports fans and "highly identified" fans, or super fans, to look at a generic ad that that featured an association with either the home or a rival team and included...

Deleting One Gene In Fungus Reveals New Compounds With Antibiotic Potential
2013-11-01 08:42:09

Oregon State University Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered that one gene in a common fungus acts as a master regulator, and deleting it has opened access to a wealth of new compounds that have never before been studied – with the potential to identify new antibiotics. The finding was announced today in the journal PLOS Genetics, in research supported by the National Institutes of Health and the American Cancer Society. Scientists succeeded in flipping a genetic...

2013-10-29 11:53:55

Researchers at Oregon State University and the University of Oregon today announced a scientific advance that has eluded researchers for more than 100 years – a platform to fully study and understand the aqueous chemistry of aluminum, one of the world's most important metals. The findings, reported in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, should open the door to significant advances in electronics and many other fields, ranging from manufacturing to construction, agriculture...

Innovative Approach Could Ultimately End Sleeping Sickness Disease
2013-10-03 12:29:37

Oregon State University A tag team of two bacteria, one of them genetically modified, has a good chance to reduce or even eliminate the deadly disease African trypanosomiasis, or sleeping sickness, researchers at Oregon State University conclude in a recent mathematical modeling study. African trypanosomiasis, caused by a parasite carried by the tsetse fly, infects 30,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa each year and is almost always fatal without treatment. In a 2008 epidemic, 48,000...

Overgrazing Is Turning Parts Of Mongolian Steppe Into Desert
2013-09-06 13:27:48

Oregon State University Overgrazing by millions of sheep and goats is the primary cause of degraded land in the Mongolian Steppe, one of the largest remaining grassland ecosystems in the world, Oregon State University researchers say in a new report. Using a new satellite-based vegetation monitoring system, researchers found that about 12 percent of the biomass has disappeared in this country that’s more than twice the size of Texas, and 70 percent of the grassland ecosystem is now...

2013-09-03 23:27:17

As part of its continuous improvement efforts, Oregon State University Ecampus announced a partnership with InsideTrack, a national student success organization, that will provide incoming online students with an executive-style coach, while providing valuable insights to Ecampus administrators. Portland, Oregon; San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) September 03, 2013 Oregon State University Ecampus has earned a reputation for outstanding quality, being named to four “Best Online Colleges” lists...

Snow Water Storage In Oregon Watershed Cut By 56 Percent From Global Warming
2013-07-26 12:48:40

Oregon State University A new report projects that by the middle of this century there will be an average 56 percent drop in the amount of water stored in peak snowpack in the McKenzie River watershed of the Oregon Cascade Range -  and that similar impacts may be found on low-elevation maritime snow packs around the world. The findings by scientists at Oregon State University, which are based on a projected 3.6 degree Fahrenheit temperature increase, highlight the special...

2013-07-24 10:25:45

Athletes seeking a healthy performance weight should eat high fiber, low-fat food balanced with their training regimen in order to maintain muscle while still burning fat, according to a report by an Oregon State University researcher. The United States now has a record number of overweight athletes, a population many think of as untouched by the obesity crisis. Nationally, more than 45 percent of high school linebackers are obese, and the number of overweight students entering college...

2013-07-01 19:16:11

Studies have shown that children with autism often struggle socially and now new research suggests that a corresponding lack of motor skills – including catching and throwing – may further contribute to that social awkwardness. The findings, published in the July issue of Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, add to the growing body of research highlighting the link between autism and motor skill deficits. Lead author Megan MacDonald is an assistant...


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bodacious
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This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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