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The Blue Planet's New Water Budget
2012-03-06 04:28:52

Investigating the history of water on Earth is critical to understanding the planet's climate. One central question is whether Earth has always had the same amount of water on and surrounding it, the same so-called "water budget". Has Earth gained or lost water from comets and meteorites? Has water been lost into space? New research into the Earth's primordial oceans conducted by researchers at the Natural History Museum of Denmark at the University of Copenhagen and Stanford University...

2012-03-05 13:11:22

Discovery paves the way for new synthesis of antibiotics Researchers working at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have used powerful X-rays to help decipher how certain natural antibiotics defy a longstanding set of chemical rules — a mechanism that has baffled organic chemists for decades. Their result, reported today in Nature, details how five carbon atoms and one oxygen atom in the structure of lasalocid, a natural antibiotic produced...

2012-03-03 21:00:00

Accomplished leaders Barry L. Cox, James D. Plummer and John J. Tracy bring expertise and insight to Olin's President's Council. Needham, Mass. (PRWEB) March 03, 2012 Richard K. Miller, president of Olin College of Engineering, today announced the appointment of three distinguished individuals to the college´s President´s Council. Named were Barry L. Cox, a member of the board of directors of Audience, Inc. and Summit Microelectronics; James D. Plummer, dean of the School of...

WSJ: Google Used Illicit Code To Track iPhone Activity
2012-02-17 13:36:17

According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Google along with a handful of advertising companies has been using a piece of clandestine code to get around security settings in Apple´s Safari web browser in order to track iPhone users´ online activities. The investigation stated that Google and ad networks Vibrant Media, Media Innovation Group and Gannett PointRoll had circumvented Safari´s privacy settings by using code that falsely represents its advertisements as...

2012-02-06 22:23:37

In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama praised the potential of the country's tremendous supply of natural gas buried in shale. He echoed the recommendations for safe extraction made by an advisory panel that included Stanford University geophysicist Mark Zoback. The panel made 20 recommendations for regulatory reform, some of which go well beyond what the president mentioned in his address. The topic is controversial. Breaking up rock layers thousands of feet...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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