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2009-03-05 09:40:57

Cell phones are a danger on the road in more ways than one.  Two new studies show that talking on the phone while traveling, whether you're driving or on foot, is increasing both pedestrian deaths and those of drivers and passengers, and recommend crackdowns on cell use by both pedestrians and drivers. The new studies, lead-authored by Rutgers University, Newark, Economics Professor Peter D. Loeb, relate the impact of cell phones on accident fatalities to the number of cell phones in...

2009-03-03 23:10:04

Paul Harris scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half and had nine rebounds Tuesday to lead No. 25 Syracuse to a 70-40 win over Rutgers. Andy Rautins added 11 points, and Arinze Onuaku 10 points and nine rebounds for the Orange (22-8, 10-7 Big East). Syracuse clinched a first-round bye in the Big East tournament. Mike Rosario had 16 points for the Scarlet Knights (10-20, 1-16), who have lost eight in a row and 17 of their last 18 games.

2009-02-20 10:10:18

Physicists at Rutgers University have discovered unusual electronic properties in a material that has potential to improve solar cell efficiency and computer chip design.The scientists determined that a crystal made of bismuth, iron and oxygen can perform an electronic feat typically not feasible with conventional semiconductors. It acts as a reversible diode "“ essentially an electronic turnstile that lets current flow in one direction under certain conditions and in the opposite...

2009-02-19 23:20:06

Corey Fisher keyed a 12-point run in the second half Thursday night that allowed No. 14 Villanova to pull away for an 82-72 victory over Rutgers. Scottie Reynolds led the Wildcats with 21 points and six assists. Corey Stokes hit 5-of-7 3-point tries and scored 17, helping Villanova extend its home winning streak to 27 games. Fisher scored seven points during the second-half run that boosted Villanova's lead to 66-56 with 7 minutes to play. He finished with 14. Villanova climbed to 21-5 for...

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2009-02-12 07:00:00

According to Bianca Acevedo, a New York neuroscientist, love is in the head and not the heart. Acevedo is part a new field in science that seeks to biologically explain love, and so far they have found that love is mostly understood through hormones, genetics, and brain images, according to a report from the Associated Press. "It has a biological basis. We know some of the key players," said Larry Young of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, where he searches for clues as to what...

2009-02-10 07:30:00

3rd Annual List of Top Colleges/Universities Demonstrates Impact of Nation's Economic Crisis on College Students BOSTON, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- ConnectEDU, Inc., (www.connectedu.net) the Web-based leader in using data to connect students with colleges and employers through the nation's largest college and career planning network, is pleased to announce its 3rd Annual Top 25 Colleges & Universities list. The annual list, compiled using data from the more than one million users in the...

2009-02-02 10:28:01

Charles Darwin may have been born 200 years ago come Feb. 12, but his theory of evolution remains an everyday touchstone for modern biologists. And while the Origin of Species author might not have known the term "global warming," he wouldn't have been surprised that the environment is changing. He would, however, be astonished by the speed at which it's happening today. "Every species is under temporary permanence," says Bill Saidel, an associate professor of biology at Rutgers University's...

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2009-01-28 15:14:46

Researchers at Rutgers University have deciphered the genetic make-up of sorghum, a drought-tolerant crop and important food and biofuel source, Reuter's reports. Scientists believe such a breakthrough could eventually help produce better food crops for arid regions with rapidly expanding human populations, such as West Africa. Capable of thriving in hot and dry conditions, sorghum is one of the world's leading cereals, along with corn, wheat, oats and barley. The plant's genome, which...

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2009-01-27 14:35:00

Researchers declared Monday that many damaging effects of climate change are already basically irreversible, warning that even if carbon emissions can somehow be halted temperatures around the globe will remain high until at least the year 3000. "People have imagined that if we stopped emitting carbon dioxide the climate would go back to normal in 100 years, 200 years; that's not true," climate researcher Susan Solomon said in a teleconference. Solomon, a senior NOAA scientist, also said that...

2009-01-23 09:00:00

TRENTON, N.J., Jan. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Set against the backdrop of volatile fuel costs, reduced budgets, and busy teacher schedules comes a new public/private partnership in support of improved student performance in middle school mathematics. Thanks to funding from the New Jersey Department of Education, in partnership with Rutgers-Newark and the Business Coalition for Educational Excellence (BCEE) at the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, this new project, called MATHNext, will...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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