Latest Stanford Physics Information Retrieval System Stories

2011-06-15 22:10:32

Magical thinking, usually dismissed as naïve and irrational, can actually help consumers cope with stressful situations like trying to lose weight, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. "Magical thinking occurs when an individual invokes mystical, supernatural forces to understand, predict, or even influence events to overcome these stressful situations," write authors Yannik St. James (HEC Montreal), Jay M. Handelman, and Shirley F. Taylor...

2010-07-22 15:03:00

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa., July 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Project Management Institute (PMI), the world's leading professional membership organization for project managers, announces that the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Chief Information Officer CIO Richard Spires will share his knowledge and expertise with attendees of the PMI® Global Congress 2010 -- North America on Monday, 11 October 2010 from 8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. EST. His presentation will address the...

2010-07-15 13:44:15

Data visualisation techniques that generate sophisticated graphics could bring a fresh dimension to communications and decision-making by public bodies like local councils, according to research completed for the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The vizLib project presents data in a graphic format to show how people use public services such as libraries. The project was led by Dr Jason Dykes, senior lecturer in geographic information at City University London, in partnership with...

2009-11-02 07:25:00

Michigan State University scientists developing biomimetic probes Nature inspires technology for an engineer and an ecologist teamed up at Michigan State University. They're developing robots that use advanced materials to swim like fish to probe underwater environments. "Fish are very efficient," explained Xiaobo Tan, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering. "They can perform very efficient locomotion and maneuvering in the water." Robotic fish "“ perhaps schools...

2009-01-21 08:00:00

HARLEYSVILLE, Pa., Jan. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Raymond J. De Hont, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Met-Pro Corporation (NYSE: MPR), announced today that Judith A. Spires, President of Acme Markets, Inc., has been appointed to the Company's Board of Directors, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of William L. Kacin. "We are honored to have Ms. Spires join our Board," stated De Hont. "To have a strong Board, a company needs a diverse group of Directors with broad...

2008-09-23 03:00:13

By Jacso, Peter All three databases I'm reviewing in this issue are from the field of physics (and in the last issue, one of my picks was the Astrophysics Data System). Is this some neophyte enthusiasm of mine? No, physics has never been my strong point. I hardly understand more than the prepositions and the articles (not journal articles, but the definite and indefinite articles) of physics papers. However, librarians and information professionals excel at searching and finding, even when...

Word of the Day
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.