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2009-07-15 09:35:00

After 10 years of biochemical and molecular analysis of the Tyrrhenoleuctra plecoptera that live in the Western Mediterranean, Spanish and Italian scientists have now demonstrated that one of the insect populations of this group is a distinct and, therefore, new species.The researchers, including a team from the University of Granada (UGR), used biochemical and molecular techniques for a decade to detail the taxonomical and phylogenetic relationships of the insects of the Tyrrhenoleuctra...

2009-07-02 11:39:59

Margarita Calafell, a researcher at the Department of Chemical Engineering of the UPC's School of Industrial and Aeronautical Engineering of Terrassa (ETSEIAT), has developed a new material by applying a biotechnological treatment to paper sludge.  Recycling paper to obtain more paper or cardboard has been a common process for many years. However, the production of a new, highly resistant, versatile and environmentally friendly material from the unwanted waste of this process is a...

2009-06-25 06:00:00

Discovers Method to Fully Process Encrypted Data Without Knowing its Content; Could Greatly Further Data Privacy and Strengthen Cloud Computing Security ARMONK, N.Y., June 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- An IBM (NYSE: IBM) Researcher has solved a thorny mathematical problem that has confounded scientists since the invention of public-key encryption several decades ago. The breakthrough, called "privacy homomorphism," or "fully homomorphic encryption," makes possible the deep and unlimited...

2009-06-24 13:06:59

A good relationship can act as a buffer for those exposed to work-related stress that can hurt health, a researcher in Sweden said. However, poor relationships will amplify the negative effects of work-related stress, said Ann-Christine Andersson Arnten, a doctoral student at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. When there are stressful experiences both at work and in a relationship, the risk of burn-out and poor health increases dramatically, the researcher said. The study involved some...

2009-06-15 10:47:02

The economic importance of rural and cultural tourism in countries such as Spain, France, the United Kingdom and Portugal stems from their particular sites, which have maintained their architectural style and rich heritage. This spurred interest in carrying out a research study, published in the latest issue of Tourism Management, which focuses on tourism in Spanish villages with no more than 2,000 inhabitants and great architectural, cultural or historical value."The first phase of the study...

2009-05-20 10:27:44

The ghrelin hormone not only stimulates the brain giving rise to an increase in appetite, but also favors the accumulation of lipids in visceral fatty tissue, located in the abdominal zone and considered to be the most harmful. This is the conclusion of research undertaken at Metabolic Research Laboratory of the University Hospital of Navarra, published recently in the International Journal of Obesity. Ghrelin is a hormone produced in the stomach and the function of which is to tell the brain...

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2009-05-01 09:55:00

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have created the first carbon nanotube device that can detect the entire visible spectrum of light, a feat that could soon allow scientists to probe single molecule transformations, study how those molecules respond to light, observe how the molecules change shapes, and understand other fundamental interactions between molecules and nanotubes. Carbon nanotubes are long thin cylinders composed entirely of carbon atoms. While their diameters are in...

2009-04-26 23:00:00

A researcher at Ohio State University says he is working on producing larger bluegill by breeding super males with two Y chromosomes. The male bluegill are about twice as big as females and thus more profitable for fish farmers, The Columbus Dispatch reported Sunday. Han-Pin Wang, a researcher in the Ohio State aquaculture lab, uses a method based on the genetic difference between males and females. Like humans, male bluegill normally have an XY chromosome pair while females have XX. Wang...

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2009-04-01 14:42:05

Researchers said on Wednesday that water deep below ground has safely trapped carbon dioxide for millions of years and may one day help absorb emissions of the greenhouse gas to help slow climate change, Reuters reported. Chris Ballentine, a researcher at the University of Manchester, who worked on the study, said the finding shows that such carbon capture and storage is possible provided scientists find an area where the geology is suitable. Therefore, researchers can locate ancient deep...

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2009-04-01 12:15:00

A Texas A&M University researcher says the historical stance that Abner Doubleday invented baseball is incorrect. Texas A&M said in a news release Tuesday history Professor David Vaught said while Doubleday has been credited with creating the U.S. pastime in 1839, he has found cases of the sport being played in New York before that date. The game was played in upstate New York long before Doubleday was supposed to have invented it in a cow pasture in Cooperstown , N.Y., in 1839,...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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