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2009-10-28 08:28:44

Two Penn State University researchers have carried out one of the first-ever analyses of the effects of global warming on endangered primates. This innovative work by Graduate Student Ruscena Wiederholt and Associate Professor of Biology Eric Post examined how El Niño warming affected the abundance of four New World monkeys over decades. The research will be published on 28 October 2009 in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters, a fast-track journal of the Royal...

2009-10-22 09:45:16

Groups of neurons that precisely keep time have been discovered in the primate brain by a team of researchers that includes Dezhe Jin, assistant professor of physics at Penn State University and two neuroscientists from the RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). "This research is the first time that precise time-keeping activities have been identified in recordings of neuron activity," Jin said. The time-keeping neurons are in two...

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2009-10-09 13:23:57

If you have ever taken a long road trip, the windshield of your car will inevitably be splattered with bugs by the time you arrive at your destination. Could the DNA left behind be used to estimate the diversity of insects in the region? In a study published online in Genome Research, scientists answered this question, utilizing a novel analysis pipeline that will accelerate future studies of biodiversity. Recent advances in DNA sequencing technology are allowing researchers to investigate...

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2009-09-11 13:20:00

Rapid change is underway in the Arctic due to the effects of climate change, researchers reported on Thursday. "The Arctic as we know it may soon be a thing of the past," said Eric Post, associate professor of biology at Penn State University, whose study is published in Friday's edition of the journal Science. Post lead an international team in a broad study of the ecological changes occurring in the Arctic during the fourth International Polar Year, which ended in 2008. Researchers analyzed...

2009-09-08 10:51:00

STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless is installing a temporary cell site--called a COW, or Cell On Wheels--near Penn State University's Beaver Stadium to provide additional network coverage and calling capacity just in time for football season. This service enhancement means that more customers can use the Verizon Wireless network concurrently to make calls or using data applications such as text, picture and video messaging during home football games. "Penn State...

2009-07-31 14:13:41

A group of nanoengineers, biologists and physicists have used innovative approaches to deduce the internal structure of chromatin, a key player in DNA regulation, to reconcile a longstanding controversy in this field. This new finding could unlock the mystery behind the origin of many diseases such as cancer. The details of this breakthrough discovery are highlighted in a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) called "Evidence for heteromorphic chromatin fibers...

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2009-04-21 13:28:37

Researchers at Penn State University have conducted what they are referring to as the first-ever attempt by college counseling centers to reveal the current state of mental health issues on college campuses. Analysts at the Center for the Study of Collegiate Mental Health hope the new study will address a growing gap in data on the mental health of US college students. While individual campuses have respective methods of getting the pulse of community mental health issues, there has been no...

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2009-03-31 08:34:15

February's brutal chimpanzee attack, during which a pet chimp inflicted devastating injuries on a Connecticut woman, was a stark reminder that chimps are much stronger than humans"”as much as four-times stronger, some researchers believe. But what is it that makes our closest primate cousins so much stronger than we are? One possible explanation is that great apes simply have more powerful muscles. Indeed, biologists have uncovered differences in muscle architecture between chimpanzees...

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2009-02-26 10:40:00

The oldest isolated pulsar ever detected in X-rays has been found with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. This very old and exotic object turns out to be surprisingly active. The pulsar, PSR J0108-1431 (J0108 for short) is about 200 million years old. Among isolated pulsars -- ones that have not been spun-up in a binary system -- it is over 10 times older than the previous record holder with an X-ray detection. At a distance of 770 light years, it is one of the nearest pulsars known. Pulsars...

2008-11-22 19:21:24

Joe Paterno said Saturday, following the Nittany Lions' 49-18 win over Michigan State, he plans to return in 2009 as Penn State University football coach. Paterno, 81, has coached Penn State football for the last 43 seasons, beginning in 1966 when he replaced Rip Engle. His tenure is the longest of any coach at a single university in college football history. Paterno, whose coaching record is 382-126-3, has more wins than any other coach in major college history. He also holds the record for...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'