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2012-05-10 09:27:42

Harvard's Robert Wood and MIT's Scott Aaronson win NSF's most prestigious award, which will help fuel their research pursuits Researchers Scott Aaronson of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Robert Wood of Harvard University were recognized as Alan T. Waterman Awardees at a ceremony at the U.S. Department of State last week. While in the Washington, D.C. area, Aaronson and Wood also visited NSF headquarters, where they discussed their research in talks at the National...

2010-08-18 13:33:33

Computer-based probabilistic models that are used to interpret verbal autopsy data- information from interviews with family, friends and carers about deaths that are later interpreted into possible cause(s) of death- are as effective as physician reviews of the data for establishing cause of death, according to research by Peter Byass from Umeå University, Sweden, and colleagues from Witwatersrand University, South Africa, that is published this week in PLoS Medicine....

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2010-08-12 05:30:00

Scientists are challenging claims by a California mathematician that he has solved the long-standing "P vs. NP" problem, one of the most difficult unsolved riddles of computer science. Dr. Vinay Deolalikar of Hewlett-Packard laboratories says he has solved the long-standing question, one of seven Millennium Prize Problems set out by the Clay Mathematics Institute. The Institute has offered a $1 Million award for anyone who solves any of the problems, which they described as the most difficult...

2008-09-29 12:00:37

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- PolyMirae (PMC), a joint venture between Daelim and LyondellBasell, has selected LyondellBasell's Metocene PP technology for one of its Spheripol lines in Yeosu, Korea. The Metocene PP technology license to PMC covers a full range of homopolymers, random copolymers and heterophasic copolymers with significantly improved physical properties. Metocene PP technology is the first commercially available metallocene-based technology which is...

2007-12-18 06:00:00

By Hwang, Chin-yin Hse, Chung-yun; Shupe, Todd F Abstract This study examined the effects of a compatibilizer on the wettability of birch plywood and polyolefins. The compatabilizer was a low molecular weight emulsion type maleated polypropylene (MAPP), Epolene E-43. The polyolefins investigated included low- density polyethylene (LDPE), linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE), and polypropylene (PP). For E-43 treated wood surfaces, contact angles among four wetting liquids were in the order...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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