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Fruit Flies Confirm That Organic Food Is Healthier
2013-03-27 13:25:00

WATCH VIDEO: [Is Organic Food Healthier?] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Fruit flies that ate organic food were in better health overall than those that ate conventionally grown food, researchers from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas claim in a new study. The research, which was conducted in the laboratory of SMU biologist Johannes H. Bauer, was an attempt to determine the potential health benefits of organic food, which is grown without...

Astronomers Discover White Dwarf Supernovae
2013-02-27 20:00:36

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online White dwarf supernovae that occurred millions of years ago have popped up in the Virgo Cluster galaxy and part of the sky labelled as "anonymous." Southern Methodist University (SMU) researchers say they've confirmed two bright stars that showed up in our skies in February and November are supernovae. Supernovae are the result of stars that have reached the end of their life, resulting in a large explosion that can consume...

Jurassic Ecosystem
2013-01-09 06:26:57

Rayshell Clapper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to Southern Methodist University paleontologists Timothy S. Myers, Louis L. Jacobs, and SMU sedimentary geologist Neil J. Tabor, the modern relationship between animals and vegetation is similar to millions of years ago. In their study, the SMU scientists used fossil soils from the Late Jurassic age gathered from locations where animal fossils were previously found to determine the levels of carbon isotopes. The team...

100-Million-Year-Old Fossil From Texas Is New Fish Species
2012-10-25 12:45:29

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 100-million year old pieces of tiny fossil skull found in Fort Worth, Texas, have been identified as a new species of coelacanth fish, according to paleontologist John F. Graf of Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas. At 400 million years, the coelacanth has one of the longest lineages of any animal. The coelacanth is the most closely related fish to vertebrates, including humans. The findings of this discovery were published...

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2012-09-12 21:09:46

John Neumann for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online America has seen its share of wars, but did you hear about the Bone Wars? The late 1800s found archeologists digging furiously throughout the newly settled American west in a mad dash to find fossils. This lead to fighting in academic circles, and occasionally in the field itself, over disputes that became known as the Bone Wars. Leading the search in western Texas were geologist Robert T. Hill, now acclaimed as the Father of...

Key To Performance For Elite Sprinters Is Running Mechanics, Not Metabolism
2012-08-01 14:25:39

Sprinting performance isn´t a factor of conserving energy; rather, forces applied by the foot hitting the ground maximize all-out bursts of sprinting Sprinters competing in the 2012 Olympics might assume their championship performance is the result of their fuel-efficient physiology. But a new study disproves the classic scientific view that conserving energy maximizes performance in a sprinting event. The study by biomechanics researchers Matthew W. Bundle at the University of...

2011-12-08 21:43:22

Result from first-of-its-kind study builds on earlier research that found public health insurance coverage is more comprehensive and costs less than private plans In the fierce national debate over a new federal law that requires all Americans to have health insurance, it's widely assumed that private health insurance can do a better job than the public insurance funded by the U.S. government. But a first-of-its-kind analysis of newly available government data found just the opposite...


Word of the Day
jument
  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
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