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2009-09-03 23:30:00

New study shows striking similarity in the evolution of brains, cities Cities are organized like brains, and the evolution of cities mirrors the evolution of human and animal brains, according to a new study by researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Just as advanced mammalian brains require a robust neural network to achieve richer and more complex thought, large cities require advanced highways and transportation systems to allow larger and more productive populations. The new...

2009-07-10 15:32:27

The largest earthquake simulation ever performed on a wood building could yield data on how to protect homes and apartments, U.S. and Japanese engineers said. Researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y., are to participate in the July 14 simulation, to be shown live from Miki, Japan, in a webcast at www.nsf.gov/neeswood, the school said in a release. The researchers have put a seven-story wood building on the world's largest shake table, used to test the resistance of...

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2009-07-01 21:45:00

Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?With NSF support, long-time electrical engineer William Stillman talks about his return to school and the focus of his research involving terahertz radiationAfter nearly 25 years as an electrical engineer in semiconductor development and manufacturing, I headed back to school as a trainee with the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program.The focus of my research involves terahertz...

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2009-05-20 07:04:04

Approach targets both the H and N portions of the virus What happens if the next big influenza mutation proves resistant to the available anti-viral drugs? This question is presenting itself right now to scientists and health officials this week at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, as they continue to do battle with H1N1, the so-called swine flu, and prepare for the next iteration of the ever-changing flu virus. Promising new research announced by Rensselaer Polytechnic...

2009-05-08 14:42:00

TROY, N.Y., May 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For more than 10 years, Mark Wentland, professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, led a Rensselaer team in the discovery of a family of novel opioid receptor compounds with the potential to treat nervous system disorders and addiction. The family of compounds was licensed to Alkermes Inc., and the company identified a lead product candidate from the library. Clinical trials with the candidate, known as ALKS 33,...

2009-04-29 08:00:00

University of Missouri and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Honored for Transformation of Spend Management Practices through a More Strategic Approach to Procurement CARY, N.C., April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- SciQuest, Inc., is proud to announce that two of the company's customers have been honored with the National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP) 2009 Excellence in Procurement Award for their vision and leadership transforming the procurement operations at their universities into...

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2009-04-14 08:10:00

The speed at which heat moves between two materials touching each other is a potent indicator of how strongly they are bonded to each other, according to a new study by researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.Additionally, the study shows that this flow of heat from one material to another, in this case one solid and one liquid, can be dramatically altered by "painting" a thin atomic layer between materials. Changing the interface fundamentally changes the way the materials...

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2009-03-27 08:25:00

New research finding could lead to more durable aircraft, automotive components A new research discovery at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute could lead to tougher, more durable composite frames for aircraft, watercraft, and automobiles. Epoxy composites are increasingly being incorporated into the design of new jets, planes, and other vehicles. Composite material frames are extremely lightweight, which lowers the overall weight of the vehicle and boosts fuel efficiency. The downside is that...

2009-03-20 08:18:10

A new study answers a key question at the very heart of nanotechnology: Why are nanorods so small? Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have discovered the origins of nanorod diameter, demonstrating that the competition and collaboration among various mechanisms of atomic transport hold the key to nanorod size. The researchers say it is the first study to identify the fundamental reasons why nearly all nanorods have a diameter on the order of 100 nanometers. "Scientists have been...

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2009-03-18 09:22:35

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a new technique for growing slimmer copper nanorods, a key step for advancing integrated 3-D chip technology. These thinner copper nanorods fuse together, or anneal, at about 300 degrees Celsius. This relatively low annealing temperature could make the nanorods ideal for use in heat-sensitive nanoelectronics, particularly for "gluing" together the stacked components of 3-D computer chips. "When fabricating and assembling 3-D...


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lunula
  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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