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2011-01-26 14:10:07

A hurtling asteroid about the size of the Titanic caused the scar that appeared in Jupiter's atmosphere on July 19, 2009, according to two papers published recently in the journal Icarus. Data from three infrared telescopes enabled scientists to observe the warm atmospheric temperatures and unique chemical conditions associated with the impact debris. By piecing together signatures of the gases and dark debris produced by the impact shockwaves, an international team of scientists was able to...

2010-12-17 09:02:00

BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Dec. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sanofi-aventis US and Oxford University have entered into an agreement to conduct multi-phase oncology clinical and epidemiological research with INDOX, India's leading academic oncology network. Through this partnership, sanofi-aventis US and its affiliates will have access to the expertise and experience of India's top oncologists and scientists to conduct clinical research. "The collaboration between sanofi-aventis, Oxford...

2010-12-07 08:25:00

Researchers at Oxford University and other British institutes have found that taking low-dose aspirin on a daily basis can help reduce the risk of cancer by 20 percent. "Daily aspirin reduced deaths due to several common cancers during and after the trials," the researchers wrote in The Lancet on Tuesday. "Benefit increased with duration of treatment and was consistent across the different study populations. These findings have implications for guidelines on use of aspirin and for...

2010-11-29 09:00:00

Current methods being used to combat global warming simply aren't working, according to a series of papers published by the UK-based scientific academy The Royal Society. In fact, according to Telegraph Environmental Correspondent Louise Gray, researchers from Oxford University, the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, and other prestigious academic institutions claim that global temperatures could rise by more than 4 degrees Celsius (7.2 degrees Fahrenheit) over the next 50 years....

2010-11-16 08:26:00

NEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Followers of Sarah Palin's Twitter account will undoubtedly recognize the New Oxford American Dictionary's Word of the Year for 2010: refudiate verb used loosely to mean "reject": she called on them to refudiate the proposal to build a mosque. [origin -- blend of refute and repudiate] Refudiate: A Historical Perspective An unquestionable buzzword in 2010, the word refudiate instantly evokes the name of Sarah Palin, who tweeted her way...

2010-11-14 07:45:00

Researchers have found that the video game Tetris may reduce flashbacks or traumatic events in a way that other kinds of games cannot. Tetris involves moving and rotating shapes falling down a playing field with the goal of creating horizontal lines of blocks without gaps. Scientists at Oxford University in England found that playing Tetris after traumatic events could reduce flashbacks in healthy volunteers.  The hope of this research is to reduce the painful memories linked with...

2010-11-02 05:00:00

NEW YORK, Nov. 2, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- It's a country that seems at once to be on the brink of collapse, the future microcosm of Al Qaeda terror, and possibly America's next Afghanistan. The stakes are high and the future is unclear for Oxford's 2010 Place of the Year, Yemen. In fact, as this very announcement was prepared, cargo bombs originating in Yemen that were addressed to U.S. synagogues further enhanced Yemen's status as a new home base for global terror. And according...

2010-10-12 09:34:00

www.oxfordwesternmusic.com NEW YORK, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is praise for the print edition of Taruskin's Oxford History of Western Music: "Most of the news in classical music takes place on stage or on disc. But at the moment, one of the biggest stories (in more ways than one) is taking place on the printed page." --The New York Times "Erudite, engaging, and suffused throughout with a mixture of brilliance and delirium." --Washington Post "It is a...

2010-10-11 09:30:00

A series of genetic variations linked to fat, obesity, and body shape have been discovered by an international team of 400 experts from more than 250 research institutions. The scientists, who published their findings in the journal Nature Genetics on Sunday, found a total of 30 different variations which could help explain why some people are overweight, as well as why some people have apple or pear shaped physiques. One study, led by researchers at Oxford University and the Medical Research...

2010-09-16 08:20:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the 1950s, the 21st century was a futuristic time romanticized by such sci-fi radio shows as 2000 Plus, which reinforced the association of space travel with the post-20th-century world. But by 1960, the Space Age was a reality. 'Astronaut' was suddenly an actual occupation, and our language soon swelled with cosmonauts, quasars, LRVs, space capsules, and a galaxy of other such terminology. From "Beam me up, Scotty" to "The Eagle has landed,"...

Word of the Day
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'