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Asian Air Pollution In Hawaii Is Tied To Climate Variability
2014-01-28 12:48:57

Princeton University Air pollution from Asia has been rising for several decades but Hawaii had seemed to escape the ozone pollution that drifts east with the springtime winds. Now a team of researchers has found that shifts in atmospheric circulation explain the trends in Hawaiian ozone pollution. The researchers found that since the mid-1990s, these shifts in atmospheric circulation have caused Asian ozone pollution reaching Hawaii to be relatively low in spring but rise significantly...

2014-01-28 08:26:17

-- #1 "Best Value Public College" University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill / #1 "Best Value Private College" Williams College NEW YORK, Jan. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Princeton Review today released its annual list of the nation's "Best Value Colleges" and its companion book, The Best Value Colleges: The 150 Best-Buy Schools and What It Takes to Get In (Random House / Princeton Review, 2014 Edition, January 28, $21.99). The 2014 list names 150 colleges - 75 public and 75 private - the...

Plasma Experiment
2013-11-13 10:58:20

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Anyone who has a plasma TV in their living room likely knows those things give off a bit of heat, but few understand why. Most of us just focus on the life-like pictures on the screen. But nowadays, the scientifically curious can take part in open online courses like those offered by Khan Academy, MIT OpenCourseWare and iTunes U to learn about the science behind how nature and technology work. And the American Physical Society reported...

Amazon Deforestation Could Mean Droughts For Western United States
2013-11-07 12:22:13

Princeton University In research meant to highlight how the destruction of the Amazon rainforest could affect climate elsewhere, Princeton University-led researchers report that the total deforestation of the Amazon may significantly reduce rain and snowfall in the western United States, resulting in water and food shortages, and a greater risk of forest fires. The researchers report in the Journal of Climate that an Amazon stripped bare could mean 20 percent less rain for the coastal...

2013-10-25 10:26:07

Like any task, there is an easy and a hard way to control atoms and molecules as quantum systems, which are driven by tailored radiation fields. More efficient methods for manipulating quantum systems could help scientists realize the next generation of technology by harnessing atoms and molecules to create small but incredibly powerful devices such as molecular electronics or quantum computers. Of course, controlling quantum systems is as painstaking as it sounds, and requires scientists...

Study Shows That Playing Bird Recordings Could Zap Birds' Energy
2013-10-16 15:56:26

Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs In the forests of Ecuador, plain-tailed wrens nest in bamboo thickets, singing complex and continuous melodies. Residing nearby are rufous antpittas, small, secretive birds that hop like thrushes and whistle in mossy forests. Together, their songs fill parts of the South American Andes. Birdwatchers often seek out rare and beautiful birds like the wren and antpitta using "playbacks" – or recordings of bird...

2013-10-08 13:18:39

Contaminated water breeds low-weight babies, sometimes born prematurely Pregnant women living in areas with contaminated drinking water may be more likely to have babies that are premature or with low birth weights (considered less than 5.5 pounds), according to a study based at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Featured in the Canadian Journal of Economics, the study shows that the effects of contaminated water—which include numerous...

2013-10-07 11:36:12

Understanding how genes act in specific tissues is critical to our ability to combat many human diseases, from heart disease to kidney failure to cancer.  Yet isolating individual cell types for study is impossible for most human tissues. A new method developed by researchers at Princeton University and the University of Michigan called “in silico nano-dissection” uses computers rather than scalpels to separate and identify genes from specific cell types, enabling the systematic study...

Wobble Of The Earth Rings The Ocean Dinner Bell For Tiny Ocean Creatures
2013-09-14 04:18:52

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The nutrient known as “fixed” nitrogen, which is essential to the health of the ocean, is controlled by the cyclic wobble of the Earth on its axis, researchers from Princeton University and the Swiss Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH) claim in research appearing in the journal Nature. According to the study authors, the discovery will give scientists new insight into how the ocean regulates its own life-support system,...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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