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2009-07-08 08:55:00

In a first for the world, an Australian town is about to forbid bottled water to be sold in their town due to worries about their environmental affects. Bundanoon, a small town with a population of 2,000, is anticipated to vote in favor of banning the bottles at a public meeting. "At the moment we've got a lot of community support behind it. We're confident the town is going to back it," said activist John Dee to AFP. "We believe Bundanoon is the world's first town that has got its retailers...

2009-06-26 11:55:45

 To many, New York Gov. Eliott Spitzer's fall from grace seemed to make no sense at all. But a new Northwestern University study offers provocative insights that possibly could relate to why the storm trooper of reform -- formerly known as the Sheriff of Wall Street -- seemingly went from saint to sinner overnight.The study suggests that people with ample moral self-worth in one aspect of their lives can slip into immorality or opposite behavior in other areas -- their abundant...

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2009-05-20 07:30:00

Helping middle school students with their homework may not be the best way to get them on the honor roll. But telling them how important academic performance is to their future job prospects and providing specific strategies to study and learn might clinch the grades, according to a research review. "Instilling the value of education and linking school work to future goals is what this age group needs to excel in school, more than parents' helping with homework or showing up at school," said...

2009-05-13 10:10:05

Choice, privacy and a sense of identity are just some of the things that older people living in residential care need to maintain a good quality of life, according to research in the May issue of the Journal of Advanced Nursing.Researchers from the National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway, spoke to 101 older people living in 12 long-stay care homes, including small and large facilities, well-established and recently built homes and those provided by the public, private and voluntary...

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2009-05-01 08:50:00

Australia has launched an investigation into a nursing home where aged and bed-ridden inhabitants were nibbled on by mice. An 89-year-old war veteran was attacked on his ears, neck, head and hands by the mice at the home in Queensland. The man was so distraught that he had to be sedated, said local parliament member Ray Hopper. "The top of his ears were severely chewed and he had bites to his head and neck," Hopper told the Australian Associated Press. "His hands were covered in blood because...

2009-02-25 11:45:04

A single cell "“ whether a yeast cell or one of your cells "“ is exquisitely sensitive to its surroundings. It receives input signals, processes the information, makes decisions, and issues commands for making the proper response. As with any control system, noise "“ errors, slip-ups, mis-reads "“ can get in the way of correct decision making. Virginia Tech biologists and engineers have created a mathematical model to explore the roles of noise in controlling the basic...

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2009-02-17 09:40:00

A major science conference has heard that alien life may be thriving right here on Earth, BBC News reported. According to Professor Paul Davies, a physicist at Arizona State University, our planet may harbor forms of "weird life" unrelated to life as we know it. He says that this "shadow life" might be hidden amongst toxic lakes or in boiling deep sea hydrothermal vents. Scientists are being called on by him to launch a "mission to Earth," by trawling hostile environments for signs of...

2008-11-05 06:15:00

By Anthony Breznican When it comes to Oscars, the whole world is saying: "Why hasn't Kate Winslet won one?" Well, maybe not quite. But that was the deliberately pompous lament of the Titanic star when she played herself as a blatant awards-craver on HBO's Extras. In all seriousness, she could have two chances at an Academy Award this season: for her supporting role as a woman hiding a secret in The Reader (Dec. 10) and for her lead role opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Revolutionary Road (Dec....

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2008-10-24 08:50:00

By Donna Freydkin, USA TODAY LONG ISLAND CITY, N.Y. -- "The election needs to be over," sighs Tina Fey. Right now, the woman turned pop-culture marvel for her impression of Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is wiped out. She's shooting her Emmy-winning NBC comedy, 30 Rock (which returns Thursday), 12 hours a day, five days a week. And she's spending Saturdays at Saturday Night Live as Palin. She has one day off to be with her husband, composer Jeff Richmond, and daughter,...

2008-10-13 15:05:00

Both major-party U.S. presidential candidates favor expansion of nuclear power generation and it's just a question of how much, industry observers say. Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the Republican nominee, has called for the building of 45 nuclear power plants by 2030. His Democratic counterpart, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, is much more skeptical, though he also sees nuclear power as part of a future energy mix, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Monday. "Both candidates are...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'