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Flowers In Amber Show Earliest Evidence Of Pollination
2014-01-03 17:45:12

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Researchers from Oregon State University have revealed the earliest evidence of sexual reproduction in flower plants in a new report published in the Journal of the Botanical Institute of Texas. The evidence was found in a 100-million-year old piece of amber containing a bunch of 18 previously-undescribed flowers from the Cretaceous Period. Dubbed Micropetasos burmensis, the flowers were frozen in the process of making new seeds....

2012-08-20 11:52:42

New research shows that people who have bariatric surgery to treat obesity report an overall improvement in quality of life issues after surgery, from their relationships to their medical conditions. Arizona State University researchers will present their findings at the 107th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. Obesity is an epidemic in the United States with more than one-third of adults over age 20 classified as obese. Bariatric surgery is an increasingly common...

2012-07-18 23:00:47

Prejudice against obese women may persist even after they lose weight, according to a new study by by the University of Hawaii at Manoa, The University of Manchester, and Monash University. Research examined the attitudes towards women who were formerly obese but lost weight either through behavioral or surgical methods. Los Angeles weight loss surgeon Dr. Hooman Shabatian of LAP-BAND VIP said that although obesity is an issue in itself which needs attention, so does the prejudice. Los...

2012-06-18 23:07:09

Story leads this month from new articles on parenting by the norm, the link between sexism and racism, death and the supernatural, how brands shape identity and more... Parenting by the social norm For parents, it is not only important to pass on to their children values that they personally endorse but also to teach values that they think are the societal norms, according to a new study. Particularly among immigrant parents, conforming to values that they perceive as norms is...

2012-05-30 09:59:22

Overweight women may never escape the painful stigma of obesity — even after they have shed the pounds, new research suggests. The study, by the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, The University of Manchester, and Monash University, examined whether anti-fat prejudice against women persisted even after they had lost significant weight and were now thin. The researchers asked young men and women to read vignettes describing a woman who had either lost weight (70 pounds/32...


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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