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2014-04-04 11:46:23

University of Guelph researchers have unraveled some of the inner workings of slime produced by one of nature's most bizarre creatures – hagfish. They've learned how the super-strong and mega-long protein threads secreted by the eel-like animals are organized at the cellular level. Their research was published today in the science journal Nature Communications. The slime-making process has fascinated and perplexed biologists for more than 100 years, says lead author Prof. Douglas...

2014-03-11 23:32:19

In her humorous memoire, Threads of Silver: A Search for Simplicity, Sunshine and a Fresh Start, Cynthia explores life after the implosion of her marriage and a near death accident. In 2008 she starts life anew in a quaint little fishing village in Mexico seeking warmth, balance, and a new focus. 2014 Baltimore, Maryland (PRWEB) March 11, 2014 Cynthia Barlow, author of Chicken Shi(f)t for the Soul and Sticks and Stones: The Science of Words, Water and Well-Being, has just published her...

2014-01-07 23:26:46

SUM4JVM Tool Verifies Java-Based, Multi-Threaded Software Reliability Cupertino, CA. (PRWEB) January 07, 2014 Thinking Software Inc. brings the software industry the ability to diagnose and troubleshoot concurrency issues automatically. Via dynamic analysis, Thinking Software’s flagship product, SUM4JVM, pinpoints the root-cause of every race condition and deadlock experienced by Java-based applications with 0% false positive results. Such real-time insight allows the reliability of...

Mussels Help Create Artificial Tendons
2013-07-24 11:54:52

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online MIT researchers have discovered precisely why mussels are able to stick to slick surfaces so well, even when faced with stiff currents and rocking waves. And beyond unraveling one more of nature's little secrets, the researchers believe they can use this information to help repair human tendons. Mussels use filaments called byssus threads to adhere to piers, rocks and more. These byssus threads allow the mussels to stray out a...

Word of the Day
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.