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2010-08-18 11:00:00

Cal alum, on travel fellowship, investigates region's paradoxes With nearly 4,000 active rigs extracting oil and gas 24/7 from the sea bed, and ships constantly ferrying workers and supplies to and from the platforms, the Gulf of Mexico is both a habitat in peril and a hub of economic activity. "It's like a floating city out there, an industrial landscape," notes Rachel Edmonds, a recent Cal grad with a keen interest in places like the Gulf where "dirty" industries provide jobs and economic...

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2010-07-14 13:50:00

A hotel in Copenhagen is offering guests perks for using its stationary bikes in order to help produce the building's energy. Ruediger Spaetel, while staying at the Copenhagen Crowne Plaza hotel on a business trip from Munich, told AFP that curiosity led him to mount one of the two bikes parked in the hotel lobby after checking in. "A bit more sweat and I'll have pedaled enough for a free meal!" Spaetel told AFP. The energy produced by the pedaling guests is stocked in a battery before...

2010-02-19 08:26:18

The benefits of wartime camaraderie extend far beyond the battlefield, a new UCLA study of U.S. Civil War veterans suggests. Veterans who served in military units characterized by a strong esprit de corps were much less likely decades later to die of a stroke or heart condition than veterans from less cohesive companies, two UCLA economists have found. "On the battlefield, you'd expect your buddy to have your back," said Dora Kosta, the study's lead author and a UCLA professor of economics....

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2010-01-19 07:25:00

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez won't spare a kind word for video games, calling them 'poison' and accusing them of being proxies for capitalist warmongering, reports AFP. According to Chavez, "educational" toys should be manufactured and distributed to children to replace toys such as Barbie, which he believes has nothing to do with our culture. Chavez went on in his address to link Western games to slick propaganda vehicles, implying that scenarios in which players "bomb cities or just...

2010-01-11 13:45:58

A growing number of scientists are merging methods and results from different disciplines to extract new meaning from old data, says a team of researchers in a recent issue of Evolution. As science becomes increasingly specialized and focused on new data, however, researchers who want to analyze previous findings may have a hard time getting funding and institutional support, the authors say. In a commentary piece in the journal Evolution, the authors argue for removing cultural and...

2009-12-08 18:05:52

Although politicians are often criticized for making empty promises, when it comes to their voting records, their words may carry more weight than previously thought, according to findings by two Penn State information technology scientists. The researchers used a computer model to compare voting records from the 110th Congress -- Jan. 3, 2007 to Jan. 3, 2009 -- to each senator's floor statements on the issues to determine whether the two matched up. They did this by creating a computer-based...

2009-09-11 08:50:01

Research shows how brain imaging can be used to create new and improved solutions to the public-goods provision problem Economists and neuroscientists from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have shown that they can use information obtained through functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) measurements of whole-brain activity to create feasible, efficient, and fair solutions to one of the stickiest dilemmas in economics, the public goods free-rider problem"”long thought...

2009-08-19 11:43:23

When times are tough and people are in a state of upheaval, it is expected that they might take refuge in "comfort foods" such as Grandma's fried chicken or a Sonic milkshake? Not so, says Stacy L. Wood, Associate Professor of Marketing at the Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina. In fact, in a study to be published in the Journal of Consumer Research, Woods found that when people are in a state of upheaval, they're more likely to choose an unfamiliar food such as...

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2009-08-07 14:50:49

An "immersive" virtual reality exhibit is letting people experience some of the farthest ranges of the senses that many animals have.Visitors to the exhibit see first hand what it might be like to have a bird's ultraviolet vision or to experience a whale's ultra-low frequency hearing.Scientists say the exhibit, on display at the annual Siggraph conference in New Orleans from August 3 to 7, seeks to give the public an opportunity to experience all the sensing ranges that animals have.Humans'...

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2009-08-07 12:10:00

Amazon.com's latest venture offers users of its popular Kindle reader free e-books from many noted authors, The Associated Press reported.Popular and prolific thriller author James Patterson is among those giving away free books to Kindle readers, including the first installment of his young adult series "Maximum Ride". The book, titled "The Angel Experiment," is one of the most downloaded among the growing list of free e-book offerings. "I like the notion of introducing people to one book,...


Word of the Day
cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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