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2009-12-07 19:02:35

Fermilab team of physicists analyze two-lepton data New high-energy particle research by a team working with data from Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory further heightens the uncertainty about the exact nature of a key theoretical component of modern physics "” the massive fundamental particle called the Higgs boson. Analysis of data from particle collisions resulting in two leptons helps improve measurements of the mass of another heavy subatomic particle called the top quark, says...

2009-11-18 13:15:35

Conclusion of lead scientists of Pistorius' appeal study The artificial lower limbs of double-amputee Olympic hopeful Oscar Pistorius give him a clear and major advantage over his competition, taking 10 seconds or more off what his 400-meter race time would be if his prosthesis behaved like intact limbs. That's the conclusion "” released to the public for the first time "” of human performance experts Peter Weyand of Southern Methodist University in Dallas and Matthew Bundle of...

2009-11-11 17:13:27

Geochemical analysis of rare ancient soil produces new paleoclimate data The Congo Basin "” with its massive, lush tropical rain forest "” was far different 150 million to 200 million years ago. At that time Africa and South America were part of the single continent Gondwana. The Congo Basin was arid, with a small amount of seasonal rainfall, and few bushes or trees populated the landscape, according to a new geochemical analysis of rare ancient soils. The geochemical analysis...

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2009-11-04 10:04:16

Data for 110-million-year old track will be available for download Using portable 3D laser technology, scientists have electronically preserved a rare 110 million-year-old fossilized dinosaur footprint that was previously excavated and built into the wall of a bandstand at a Texas courthouse in the 1930s. The laser image preserves a "type specimen" footprint "” an original track used to describe a species of dinosaur identified in the 1930s as ichnospecies Eubrontes glenrosensis, says...

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2009-10-28 08:11:33

Fossil land snail shells found in ancient soils on the subtropical eastern Canary Islands show that the Spanish archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa has become progressively drier over the past 50,000 years. Isotopic measurements performed on fossil land snail shells resulted in oxygen isotope ratios that suggest the relative humidity on the islands was higher 50,000 years ago, then experienced a long-term decrease to the time of maximum global cooling and glaciation about 15,000 to...

2009-10-22 11:11:00

Monuments Men Foundation Announces that Famous Murillo Paintings Stolen from Rothschild Family in Paris, Later Discovered by the Monuments Men during World War II, have Been Identified at SMU's Meadows Museum DALLAS, Oct. 22, /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- BREAKING NEWS: Based on new evidence about the systematic looting of art from Jewish owners in the course of hostilities in Europe during World War II, a pair of famous paintings on display at SMU's Meadows Museum created by Spanish...

2009-10-01 11:00:00

DALLAS, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Belo Corp. (NYSE: BLC), one of the nation's largest pure-play, publicly-traded television companies, announced today it is donating the Belo Corporate Archives to Southern Methodist University's DeGolyer Library. The thousands of documents in the archives also include materials from A. H. Belo Corporation, which was formed to own The Dallas Morning News and other newspapers that were spun off from Belo Corp. in February 2008. "Since 1985,...

2009-09-24 20:34:00

CALABASAS, Calif., Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) and The Guildhall at Southern Methodist University (SMU) have announced the first Academy Scholar recipient, Christopher McCrimmons, a graduate program student at SMU. Each semester, $10,000 will be awarded to a graduate level candidate in The Guildhall at SMU program, who exemplifies the AIAS' spirit and commitment in advancement of the worldwide interactive community. A combined panel of...

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2009-09-21 07:50:00

Scientists have found the "Rosetta Stone" of supervolcanoes, those giant pockmarks in the Earth's surface produced by rare and massive explosive eruptions that rank among nature's most violent events. The eruptions produce devastation on a regional scale "” and possibly trigger climatic and environmental effects at a global scale. A fossil supervolcano has been discovered in the Italian Alps' Sesia Valley by a team led by James E. Quick, a geology professor at Southern Methodist...

2009-09-21 07:28:03

SMU researchers expand study that shows promise As the health care reform debate turns to cutting costs and improving treatment outcomes, two professors at Southern Methodist University in Dallas are expanding a study that shows promise for reducing both the expense and suffering associated with chronic asthma. Thomas Ritz and Alicia Meuret, both in SMU's Psychology Department, have developed a four-week program to teach asthmatics how to better control their condition by changing the way...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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