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2011-07-01 05:20:00

Researchers have uncovered chemical traces of a pigment, an important component of color, that once formed patterns in the feathers of fossilized birds. The pigment is one of the coloring agents responsible for brown eyes and dark hair in many modern species.  This discovery would have been one of the factors that determined the birds' color patterns, along with structural properties of the birds' feathers and other pigments they ingested as part of their diets. The discovery will help...

2011-06-30 09:30:00

MCLEAN, Va., June 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE: COF), an official NCAA® Corporate Champion, today announced that the University of Florida men's athletics program is the winner of the inaugural Capital One Cup. The school will be formally honored along with the women's Capital One Cup winner, Stanford University, at the ESPY Awards televised by ESPN on July 13, during which the Capital One Cup trophy will be presented along with a...

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2011-06-25 08:03:40

Neighborhoods in California with a high population of African-American students are being targeted by tobacco companies, according to a Stanford University study. Researchers from Stanford School of Medicine analyzed data collected in 2006 that compared pricing and advertisements for Lorillard's Newport menthol cigarettes, the top menthol brand, as well as that of Marlboro, the top non-menthol brand. Data from 407 stores that were within walking distance of 91 California schools were...

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2011-06-24 05:30:00

According to new research from the Census of Marine Life Tagging of Pacific Predators (TOPP), two expanses of the North Pacific Ocean are attracting an array of marine predators in predictable seasonal patterns. The new report archives the TOPP program's effort to track top marine predator movements in the Pacific Ocean. The study found major hot spots for large marine predators that exist in the California Current, which flows south along the U.S. west coast, and a trans-oceanic migration...

2011-06-23 11:01:00

MCLEAN, Va., June 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE: COF), an official NCAA® Corporate Champion, today announced that Stanford University women's athletics program is the winner of the inaugural Capital One Cup. The school will be formally honored at the ESPY Awards televised by ESPN on July 13, during which the Capital One Cup trophy will be presented with a $200,000 donation to fund student-athlete graduate-level scholarships. Launched in...

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2011-06-20 08:29:38

Glass, by definition, is amorphous; its atoms lack order and are arranged every which way. But when scientists squeezed tiny samples of a metallic glass under high pressure, they got a surprise: The atoms lined up in a regular pattern to form a single crystal. It's the first time researchers have glimpsed this hidden property in a glass. The discovery, reported June 17th in Science, offers a new window into the atomic structure and behavior of metallic glasses, which have been used for...

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...

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2011-06-13 11:14:18

Researchers say human adult and embryonic stem cell research is complementary New research says studying both adult and embryonic stem cells can benefit medical science, but banning the study of either type could harm studies of the other. Researchers from the University of Michigan, Stanford University and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. recently investigated whether the increased number of studies with a certain type of adult stem cell has changed the overall course of research in the...

2011-06-08 14:20:00

EAST PALO ALTO, Calif., June 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Riki Ellison, Chairman and Founder of the Youth Impact Program and three-time Super Bowl champion with the San Francisco 49ers; along with Stanford Director of Athletics Bob Bowlsby; Stanford Head Football Coach David Shaw; and San Francisco 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh; announced Monday that one of the nation's most innovative summer mentoring initiatives for disadvantaged youth, the Youth Impact Program, will hold its...

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2011-06-08 11:08:52

By Louis Bergeron, Stanford University Stanford sophomores studying ants in a summer course discovered that the local ants were using poison to kill invading Argentine ants. The discovery provides new insight into the war between the local "winter ants" and the South American invaders who have shown up everywhere from California to South Africa. Argentine ants are taking over the world "“ or at least the nice temperate parts. They've spread into Mediterranean and subtropical climates...


Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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