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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...

2009-01-21 21:16:51

Terrence Williams produced 23 points and 11 rebounds Wednesday, helping No. 12 Louisville avoid a letdown by crushing Rutgers 78-59. The Cardinals were coming off a victory last weekend over then-No. 1 Pittsburgh and they stayed hot by hitting 59 percent of their shots from the field against the Scarlet Knights. Louisville (14-3, 5-0 Big East) has won six straight. It was the seventh consecutive loss for Rutgers (9-10, 0-6), with six of them having come against teams ranked in the Top 25. The...

2009-01-10 21:33:34

Syracuse's Paul Harris scored 26 points and the ninth-ranked Orange dominated the second half against Rutgers Saturday, trouncing the Scarlet Knights 82-66. The Orange led by just a point at halftime but streaked ahead in the second half, hitting 12 straight shots during one stretch. Arinze Onuaku scored 19 points and Jonny Flynn and Eric Devendorf added 15 apiece for Syracuse (16-1, 4-0 Big East). Rutgers (9-8, 0-4) was led by Anthony Farmer, who scored 17 points, and Mike Rosario with 15.

2009-01-07 22:44:18

Lazar Hayward and Jerel McNeal combined to make eight free throws in the final 34 seconds Wednesday, lifting No. 15 Marquette past Rutgers 81-76. Wesley Matthews made all 10 field goal attempts to lead the Golden Eagles with 23 points. Marquette (14-2, 3-0 Big East) won its sixth straight game. Rutgers closed within 73-71 on a layup by Mike Rosario with 37 seconds to go, after which Hayward and McNeal were perfect from the foul line. Rosario missed two shots down the stretch as Rutgers' hopes...

2008-10-29 18:00:25

PPD, Inc. (Nasdaq:PPDI) today announced the Mario Family Foundation has pledged $5 million to the Rutgers University Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy. Dr. Ernest Mario and his wife, Millie, established the foundation, and he serves as chairman of the board of directors at PPD. The pledge was the largest individual gift during the university's 2007-2008 fiscal year and will be used to support graduate fellowships in the pharmacy school. Dr. and Mrs. Mario donated $5 million to the...

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2008-10-29 08:20:00

Flooding from Hurricane Katrina caused fungus expert Joan Bennett to believe in so-called toxic mold. The black goo had caused her New Orleans home to smell terrible, and it was then she decided to change her research focus and find out if the fungi that took over most of the flooded homes on the Gulf Coast might make people ill. "The overwhelming obnoxiousness of the odor and of the enveloping air made me start to believe in something that I had never believed in before -- sick building...

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2008-10-17 11:39:34

Researchers said on Thursday that three naturally occurring antibacterial compounds hold promise for a new class of antibiotics, offering hope for fresh weapons against infection at a time when older drugs are losing their punch. The new agents may even provide a quicker cure for tuberculosis. "The three antibiotics are attractive candidates for development as broad spectrum antibacterial agents," said Richard Ebright of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Ebright and colleagues...


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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.