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2011-03-16 14:25:37

The study, which has been published in Trends in Plant Science, provides an overview of plants' molecular and genetic mechanisms, which is important for ecologists, physiologists and molecular biologists, since it covers the prime requirements for anticipating plants' response to global change. The results show that plants in natural and agricultural systems have "the capacity to adapt to a changing environment without requiring any evolutionary changes, which always happens over several...

2011-02-16 06:00:00

GONGYI, China, Feb. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- China GengSheng Minerals, Inc. ("GengSheng") (AMEX:CHGS), a leading China-based high-tech industrial materials manufacturer producing heat resistant, energy efficient materials for a variety of industrial applications, today announced that it has been awarded $10.5 million a follow-on contract for its fracture proppants from a China-based distributor specializing in sales to overseas oil and gas companies. GengSheng will begin...

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2011-01-11 07:44:41

Lynn Yarris, Berkeley Lab Glass stronger and tougher than steel? A new type of damage-tolerant metallic glass, demonstrating a strength and toughness beyond that of any known material, has been developed and tested by a collaboration of researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)and the California Institute of Technology. What's more, even better versions of this new glass may be on the way. "These results mark the first use of a...

2010-12-02 16:14:00

ST. LOUIS, Dec. 2, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Sigma Life Science, the innovative biological products and research services business of Sigma-Aldrich® Corporation (Nasdaq: SIAL), today announced that its genetically modified reporter cell lines - based on the CompoZr zinc finger nuclease (ZFN) technology - takes the silver medal position in The Scientist magazine's Top Ten Innovations for 2010. This latest award continues Sigma Life Science's track record of success in the...

2010-11-22 00:00:40

Stress management expert Dr. Richard Blonna offers five simple strategies for managing holiday stress. Oakland, CA (PRWEB) November 20, 2010 It's that time of year again. Planning holiday menus, attending the round of office Christmas parties and hosting family from out of town can increase anyone's anxiety level. But life coach and stress management expert Dr. Richard Blonna says it doesn't have to be that way. Blonna, author of "Stress Less, Live More", says that the source of a lot of...

2010-10-27 06:00:00

GONGYI, China, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- China GengSheng Minerals, Inc. (NYSE Amex: CHGS), a leading China-based high-tech industrial materials manufacturer producing heat resistant, energy efficient materials for a variety of industrial applications, today announced that the company has signed a 3-year operating lease agreement for an approximately 215,000 square foot fracture proppant manufacturing facility located in Gongyi, Henan province, China. This new facility is...

2010-04-07 09:10:27

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new way to shape ceramics using a modest electric field, making the process significantly more energy efficient. The process should result in significant cost savings for ceramics manufacturing over traditional manufacturing methods. Ceramics make up significant components of an array of products, including insulators, spark plugs, fuel cells, body armor, gas turbines, nuclear rods, high temperature ball bearings, high...

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2010-02-23 16:00:00

Johns Hopkins researchers have discovered that, under the right conditions, newly developed nanocrystalline materials exhibit surprising activity in the tiny spaces between the geometric clusters of atoms called nanocrystals from which they are made. This finding, detailed recently in the journal Science, is important because these nanomaterials are becoming more ubiquitous in the fabrication of microdevices and integrated circuits. Movement in the atomic realm can affect the mechanical...

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2009-11-24 07:19:41

By stretching a foam ribbon and dissecting leaves, a mathematical model emerges Applied mathematicians dissected the morphology of the plantain lily (Hosta lancifolia), a characteristic long leaf with a saddle-like arc midsection and closely packed ripples along the edges. The simple cause of the lily's fan-like shape"”elastic relaxation resulting from bending during differential growth"”was revealed by using an equally simple technique, stretching foam ribbons. Haiyi Liang, a...

2008-12-12 11:42:24

A U.S. researcher suggests those with high working memory and math ability may be those most affected by test stress. The study, published in Current Directions in Psychological Science, finds the subjects with the greatest capacity for math success were the most likely to choke under pressure. Sian Beilock of the University of Chicago said working memory -- useful for solving math problems -- is diminished in stressful situations. Beilock says working memory, also known as short-term...


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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