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2011-04-12 10:07:00

SAN FRANCISCO, April 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Elena Portacolone (Elenaportacolone.com), noted researcher and lecturer on aging in America, is sharing her findings in the June issue of Ageing and Society, a Cambridge University Press academic journal. Ms. Portacolone challenges the belief that elderly Americans living alone can only enjoy life if they are self-reliant and "independent". Her research on the hardships associated with living independently runs counter to conventional...

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2011-03-23 09:04:38

The bodies of harbor seals (Phoca vitulina), which live in estuaries or along coastlines where industrial activities take place, are highly contaminated. This is the result of a European study, involving Spanish participation, which warns of the danger to these mammals from ports throughout Europe, even in the Mediterranean. "Although there are no seals in Spanish waters, these species can be used as biomonitors of global pollution", Octavio P©rez Luzardo, one of the authors of the study...

2011-03-22 15:23:00

Truth Wins Out petition on Change.org demands Apple remove "Exodus International" app from iTunes; Top researcher blasts "Ex-Gay" app as misrepresenting data NEW YORK, March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 135,000 people have signed a petition started by Truth Wins Out demanding that Apple remove an offensive iPhone app launched by an organization that attempts to "cure" gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Truth Wins Out launched the petition on Change.org, a...

2011-03-15 20:20:09

Irrigation is one of the most controversial aspects in the sustainable management of golf courses. Researchers from the Canary Islands have spent 25 years analysing the practices relating to reclaimed water at one of the oldest golf courses in Spain. The results show that plants on the course receive 83% more water than they need. "Excessive amounts of water are used, and this cannot be justified from any perspective", María del Pino Palacios Díaz, lead...

2011-03-03 16:50:24

Sandia National Laboratories researcher Steve Plimpton, who led development of a widely used computer code that models how materials behave, has been invited to present a keynote lecture at the Feb. 27-March 3 Minerals, Materials & Materials Society (TMS) meeting in San Diego. Plimpton developed the LAMMPS molecular-dynamics software code. The acronym LAMMPS (Large-scale Atomic/Molecular Massively Parallel Simulator) is also a pun on the word "lamp," a device that brings light to dark...

2011-03-02 20:53:53

Fire, cattle and even prairie dogs all could play a role in sustaining the biodiversity of the western Great Plains, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) researcher. As large grazers, cattle now perform the historical role of buffalo on the Great Plains. Ecologist David Augustine and his colleagues-in collaboration with state, federal, and university researchers-have results from several studies over the past 13 years showing that fire, cattle and prairie dogs together...

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2011-02-23 10:56:19

An international research team, with Spanish participation, has discovered a new species of mollusk, Polyconites hadriani, in various parts of the Iberian Peninsula. The researchers say this species, which is the oldest in its genus, adapted to the acidification of the oceans that took place while it was in existence. This process could now determine the evolution of modern marine systems. The new species Polyconites hadriani, which was discovered in 2007, has been crowned the oldest in the...

2011-02-17 14:24:34

Ensuring the sustainability of the products we use is a fundamental challenge for society, and is becoming ever more important for consumers and companies. A researcher from the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) has come up with an eco-labeling system that provides environmental information, showing the carbon footprints generated by the goods and services in question during their "life cycle". "This study provides an alternative means of efficiently communicating environmental...

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2011-02-15 07:10:07

Pure organic compounds that glow in jewel tones could potentially lead to cheaper, more efficient and flexible display screens, among other applications. University of Michigan researcher Jinsang Kim and his colleagues have developed a new class of material that shines with phosphorescence---a property that has previously been seen only in non-organic compounds or organometallics. Kim and his colleagues made metal-free organic crystals that are white in visible light and radiate blue, green,...

2011-02-04 12:39:41

The link between deficits of omega-3 poly-unsaturated fatty acids (AGPO-3) and the onset of depressive disorders is not new in the medical field. However, what has not been known until now is the brain mechanism by which diet can condition mental health to a certain extent. Research undertaken by scientists in Bordeaux (France) and at the Faculty of Medicine and Odontology of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) and published in Nature Neuroscience, provides new clues to...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.