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2010-07-15 09:14:00

PITTSBURGH, July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Federal, state and city policies aimed at promoting healthy eating have traditionally focused on providing consumers with nutritional information. However, research from Carnegie Mellon University, published in a recent issue of the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, shows that making healthier food more convenient as well as providing nutritional information can help individuals make better choices. "We wanted to explore how different kinds...

2009-09-16 15:55:00

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The Atlantic Council and Carnegie Mellon University, with support from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will host a one-day conference from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 23 to examine the forces needed to renew the world economy. Through open and dynamic discussions on social, economic, cultural, political and technological components, policy experts and business leaders will detail an action plan to revitalize economic growth and restore confidence...

2009-08-26 16:14:00

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Have you ever wondered what the odds are that you may die in the next year? Would it be from illness or an accident? Is it something you can control? Or is it completely out of your hands? (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20020422/CMULOGO ) A new Web site, www.DeathRiskRankings.com, developed by researchers and students at Carnegie Mellon University, allows users to query publicly available data from the United States and Europe, and compare...

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'