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2011-08-26 07:12:15

  Imagine forecasting a hurricane in Miami weeks before the storm was even a swirl of clouds off the coast of Africa–or predicting a tornado in Kansas from the flutter of a butterfly's wing(1) in Texas. These are the kind of forecasts meteorologists can only dream about. Could the dream come true? A new study by Stanford researchers suggests that such forecasts may one day be possible–not on Earth, but on the sun. "We have learned to detect sunspots before they are...

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2011-08-22 12:44:20

A Stanford University scientist is claiming that interbreeding between human ancestors and Neanderthals that took place between 65,000 and 90,000 years ago may have helped our kind survive and gain evolutionary dominance. According to Peter Parham, an immunology expert at the California university's medical school, crossbreeding between the two species "provided humans with a ready-mixed cocktail of disease-resistant genes when the species first ventured out of its native Africa," Graeme...

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2011-08-19 15:56:23

When a male rat senses the presence of a fetching female rat, a certain region of his brain lights up with neural activity, in anticipation of romance. Now Stanford University researchers have discovered that in male rats infected with the parasite Toxoplasma, the same region responds just as strongly to the odor of cat urine. Is it time to dim the lights and cue the Rachmaninoff for some cross-species canoodling? "Well, we see activity in the pathway that normally controls how male...

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2011-08-02 11:35:00

Microsoft said on Monday that it updated its geographic location positioning service so it would no longer track Windows-based devices, accord to a report by PC Magazine's Chloe Albanesius. The company faced criticism after a report by Stanford University researcher Elie Burzstein showed how Microsoft's on-the-go data revealed the location of its devices. "To my surprise, Microsoft's API did not enforce any query restrictions," Bursztein wrote in a blog post on Friday. "You can get the...

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2011-08-02 05:09:34

According to a new study, more efficient data centers and a slowing economy has held up the rapid growth of electricity used in data centers. Researcher and Stanford University consulting professor Jonathan Koomey said electricity use grew about 36 percent in the U.S. from 2005 to 2010 and 56 percent globally. He said that place is lower than the doubling of data center electricity use that happened from 2000 to 2005. As cloud computing becomes increasingly popular, giant data centers are...

2011-07-28 00:01:01

Colleges and Universities to replace error-prone, cumbersome spreadsheets and leverage best practices for capital, tuition, endowment and other key planning activities. Placerville, CA (PRWEB) July 27, 2011 Alight LLC, developers of the industry-leading Alight Planning financial planning and reporting software, and Ralph Harker Associates, a leading consulting firm specializing in end-to-end planning solutions for higher education, today announced a strategic partnership to deliver a...

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2011-07-26 11:45:00

A new study by researchers at Stanford University, using a technique that manipulates light to control brain cells, has shown that broken sleep causes memory impairment in mice. Until recently scientists have been unable to separate the effects on the brain of different sleep patterns. But in the newest study, they were able to overcome that problem using the new method, known as optogenetics. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the study could help...

2011-07-26 09:08:19

Undergraduate engineering students and faculty will benefit from resources to spark innovation and entrepreneurship The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $10 million grant over five years to launch a national center based at Stanford University for teaching innovation and entrepreneurship in engineering. Directed by the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), the entrepreneurship center at Stanford's School of Engineering, the new national center addresses the critical need...

2011-07-26 00:00:28

Next generation of engineers will combine innovation and entrepreneurial know-how with technical skills to power the nation's growth. Stanford, CA (PRWEB) July 25, 2011 The National Science Foundation has awarded a five-year, $10 million grant to launch a national center for teaching innovation and entrepreneurship in engineering, based at Stanford University. Directed by the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), the entrepreneurship center at Stanford's School of Engineering, the...

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2011-07-17 06:00:00

Teenage girls may be more vulnerable to the long term effects of binge drinking than their male counterparts, claims a new study from researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and Stanford University. As part of the study, which will be published in the October 2011 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, UCSD Psychiatry Professor Susan F. Tapert and colleagues studied a total of 95 students, ages 16 to 19, from nearby public schools. Of those subjects,...


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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.