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Researchers Discover Mayans Used Tobacco
2012-01-12 06:24:24

A recent discovery by researchers Dmitri Zagorevski, director of the Proteomics Core in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Jennifer Loughmiller-Newman, a doctoral candidate at the University at Albany, proves the Ancient Mayans used tobacco. The researchers studied scrapings from a two-and-a-half-inch high and wide container, made around 700 A.D., that was decorated with hieroglyphics depicting the actual contents, calling it...

2011-12-10 02:07:42

A surprisingly simple method to target harmful proteins Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a new method to design antibodies aimed at combating disease. The surprisingly simple process was used to make antibodies that neutralize the harmful protein particles that lead to Alzheimer's disease. The process is reported in the Dec. 5 Early Edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The process, outlined in the paper, titled...

Scientists Make Key Discovery About Early Earth's Atmosphere
2011-12-01 04:55:26

Scientists in the New York Center for Astrobiology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have used the oldest minerals on Earth to reconstruct the atmospheric conditions present on Earth very soon after its birth. The findings, which appear in the Dec. 1 edition of the journal Nature, are the first direct evidence of what the ancient atmosphere of the planet was like soon after its formation and directly challenge years of research on the type of atmosphere out of which life arose on the...

Foiling The Plan Of A Cyberbully
2011-11-28 05:20:07

Researchers suggest listening to students to craft prevention policies The following is part three of a three part National Science Foundation series: Bullying in the Age of Social Media. [ Read part one here. ]  |  [ Read part two here. ] Morgan Biggs, an eighth grade student at St. Anne's School of Annapolis in Maryland, has an opinion about cyberbullying. "Bullying comes in many different forms, from cyberbullying to physical bullying. It's all wrong and it has to...

Researching Graphene Nanoelectronics For A Post-silicon World
2011-11-10 13:47:09

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers use supercomputer to study effects of stacking graphene nanoribbons Copper's days are numbered, and a new study at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute could hasten the downfall of the ubiquitous metal in smart phones, tablet computers, and nearly all electronics. This is good news for technophiles who are seeking smaller, faster devices. As new generations of computer chips continue to shrink in size, so do the copper pathways that transport...

Sweet Spots For The Formation Of Complex Organic Molecules In The Galaxy
2011-11-03 04:54:28

Scientists within the New York Center for Astrobiology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have compiled years of research to help locate areas in outer space that have extreme potential for complex organic molecule formation. The scientists searched for methanol, a key ingredient in the synthesis of organic molecules that could lead to life. Their results have implications for determining the origins of molecules that spark life in the cosmos. The findings will be published in the Nov. 20...

2011-10-11 14:04:40

Robert Linhardt of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute sequences bikunin; findings published in Nature Chemical Biology DNA and protein sequencing have forever transformed science, medicine, and society. Understanding the structure of these complex biomolecules has revolutionized drug development, medical diagnostics, forensic science, and our understanding of evolution and development. But, one major molecule in the biological triumvirate has remained largely uncharted: carbohydrate...

Engineers 'Cook' Promising New Heat-harvesting Nanomaterials In Microwave Oven
2011-09-30 03:48:31

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers create large marble-sized pellets of thermoelectric nanomaterials Waste heat is a byproduct of nearly all electrical devices and industrial processes, from driving a car to flying an aircraft or operating a power plant. Engineering researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed new nanomaterials that could lead to techniques for better capturing and putting this waste heat to work. The key ingredients for making marble-sized...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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