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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...

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2011-06-06 14:00:00

The tropics and much of the Northern Hemisphere are likely to experience an irreversible rise in summer temperatures within the next 20 to 60 years if atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations continue to increase, according to a new climate study by Stanford University scientists. The results will be published later this month in the journal Climatic Change. In the study, the Stanford team concluded that many tropical regions in Africa, Asia and South America could see "the permanent...

2011-06-03 08:00:00

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Three hundred and forty-four riders participated in the first annual Canary Century bike event on May 28, 2011 and raised funds for cancer research and innovative supportive care programs at the Stanford Cancer Center (SCC). Unlike other charity rides, the Canary Century ensures that one-hundred percent of all donations are directed to the event beneficiary, the SCC. The event was produced by Canary Foundation, a non-profit...

2011-05-26 21:23:37

Coastal communities hard hit by ocean acidification hotspots have more options than they may realize, says an interdisciplinary team of science and legal experts. In a paper published in the journal Science, experts from Stanford University's Center for Ocean Solutions and colleagues make the case that communities don't need to wait for a global solution to ocean acidification to fix a local problem that is compromising their marine environment. Many localized acidification hotspots can be...

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2011-05-23 13:30:00

Stanford University astrophysicist Risa Wechsler andother researchers have found that only four percent of galaxies are similar to the Milky Way galaxy. The team compared the Milky Way to similar galaxies in terms of luminosity and distance to other bright galaxies.  They found that galaxies with two satellites that are as bright and close by as the Milk Way's two closest satellites, the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, are hard to come by. According to a press release by the...

2011-05-16 17:14:24

The majority of seaports around the world are unprepared for the potentially damaging impacts of climate change in the coming century, according to a new Stanford University study. In a survey posed to port authorities around the world, the Stanford team found that most officials are unsure how best to protect their facilities from rising sea levels and more frequent Katrina-magnitude storms, which scientists say could be a consequence of global warming. Results from the survey are published...

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2011-05-12 11:16:46

An innovative program to encourage sustainable farming in rural China has helped restore eroded forestland while producing economic gains for many farmers, according to a new study by Stanford University researchers. Their findings are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). "The Sloping Land Conversion Program, which began in 2000 after massive flooding caused in part by land clearing, focuses on China's largest source of soil erosion and flood risk "“...

2011-05-09 13:16:00

PRINCETON, N.J., May 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A new solution for physical security, SRI Sarnoff's VerifIR(TM) threat detection system, was named Best in Video Surveillance Advanced Imaging Technologies in the New Product Showcase at ISC West by the Security Industry Association (SIA). The VerifIR stand-off camera system displays real-time visible/IR fused video to find and characterize hidden threats in crowd-congested areas. Not only are concealed objects detected, the system helps...

2011-05-07 00:00:03

Over 3,500 Students Chat Live with Admissions Officers from Top Science Universities (PRWEB) May 06, 2011 CollegeWeekLive, provider of the world's largest college fairs and admissions events, hosted their first science college fair -- Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Day -- on April 26, 2011. CollegeWeekLive STEM Day brought together over 3,500 students from all 50 states and over 100 countries with the top science universities in the U.S. Students chatted live with admissions...

2011-05-02 10:50:00

Free webinar is led by Stanford Professor Dr. Kenji Hakuta and Teachscape Founder Mark Atkinson SAN FRANCISCO, May 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dr. Kenji Hakuta, professor of education at Stanford University and a leading researcher in the areas of bilingualism and second language acquisition, and Mark Atkinson, founder and chief strategist of Teachscape, will lead a webinar on improving the academic performance of English Language Learners (ELLs) through research-based strategies....


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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