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2011-08-04 13:12:25

Frequency of last names in disciplines, institutions suggests rampant nepotism Unusually high clustering of last names within Italian academic institutions and disciplines indicates widespread nepotism in the country's schools, according to a new computational analysis. By comparing the frequency of last names among more than 61,000 professors in medicine, engineering, law, and other fields, University of Chicago researcher Stefano Allesina found the pattern to be incompatible with unbiased,...

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2011-07-25 06:20:00

A study by the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) shows that people who use cosmetics buy these products primarily for emotional reasons. The study was carried out on facial creams (hydrating and nutritive ones, coloured or non-coloured, and anti-wrinkle creams) and body creams (firming and anti-cellulite creams). "The study shows that both the emotional and utility aspect of cosmetic brands have a significant impact on consumer satisfaction, but that the emotional component has a...

2011-07-22 12:15:00

NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Education experts from Vanderbilt University's Peabody College of education and human development are available for back-to-school interviews. Peabody was named the No. 1 graduate school of education in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for the third consecutive year in 2011. To schedule an interview with these experts or any Peabody researcher, contact Jennifer Wetzel at (615) 322-4747. POLICY ISSUES Performance...

2011-07-17 08:00:01

A novel virus that spread through a California monkey colony in late 2009 also infected a human researcher and a family member, UCSF researchers have found, the first known example of an adenovirus "jumping" from one species to another and remaining contagious after the jump. In a study by the UCSF Viral Diagnostics and Discovery Center, which identified the new virus at the time of the outbreak, researchers confirmed it was the same virus in the New World titi monkeys and the two humans....

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2011-07-14 08:47:12

Researchers from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) have developed a method for evaluating the vulnerability of coastal regions to the impact of storms. The method, which has been applied on the Catalan coastline, shows that one-third of the region's coasts have a high rate of vulnerability to flooding, while 20% are at risk of erosion. "Until now there was no tool for evaluating coastal storm vulnerability that could quantify the processes and the probabilities of these events...

2011-07-06 09:29:00

AMSTERDAM, July 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- - Unique Funding Tool Integrated into SciVal Experts Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced the availability of a new tool in its expertise management solution SciVal Experts. The tool seamlessly links opportunities within SciVal Funding, Elsevier's funding intelligence solution, to researcher profiles within SciVal Experts, automating the process of...

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2011-06-09 08:37:21

The last glacial maximum, which occurred 21,000 years ago, effects the current distribution of European scarab dung beetles; according to CSIC research, these results could help understanding the consequences of current climate change The study, published yesterday in the journal Ecology Letters, analyzed the species richness and the structure of their communities throughout the different regions of the European territory from the Ural Mountains to the Iberian Peninsula. The selection of this...

2011-05-23 15:01:19

In the words of sociologist Harkaitz Zubiri, it is currently accepted that social hierarchy is constructed of individual merits, but the reality is quite different. He thus rejects meritocracy. There is no equality in opportunities, nor neutrality in the rules of the game, nor objectivity in the parameters of evaluation, nor of justice; but paths carved out by persons under the effect of a context full of ups and downs. This is what Mr. Zubiri argues in his PhD thesis, presented at the...

2011-05-17 13:07:41

Do we buy things because of their attributes, their price, or out of brand loyalty? This was one of the questions asked by researchers from the University of Seville (US), who studied families' behaviour in putting together their shopping basket. They did this by studying their consumption patterns for ground coffee and tomato puree. "We wanted to know whether there was any similarity in families' behaviour, regardless of the product being bought, and we found that there were certain aspects,...

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2011-05-12 10:39:40

The fifth dwarf planet of the Solar System, Haumea, and at least one of its two satellites, are covered in crystalline water-ice due to the tidal forces between them and the heat of radiogenic elements. This is the finding of an international research study using observations from the VLT telescope at the European Southern Observatory in Chile. The tiny and strange planet Haumea moves beyond the orbit of Neptune. It has the shape of a flattened rugby ball and is around 2,000 km long. It spins...


Word of the Day
tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.