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2011-10-06 13:54:59

Researchers have discovered a field of 120-million-year-old dinosaur footprints in southwestern Arkansas. The field is about the size of two football fields and contains fossilized tracks of several species of dinosaur. The University of Arkansas researchers said that a three-toed print from one of the species had never been documented in Arkansas before. The researchers said the print may have belonged to Acrocanthosaurus atokensis, which was one of the largest predators ever....

2011-08-01 12:57:00

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. and WILMINGTON, Del., Aug. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- More than half the people who take opioids for chronic pain are likely to still be taking the painkillers five years later, according to a new study published online July 13 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. The article, "Long-Term Chronic Opioid Therapy Discontinuation Rates from the TROUP Study," co-authored by researchers from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, University of Washington and...

2011-06-21 12:42:40

Compounds in blueberries might turn out to have a powerful effect on formation of strong, healthy bones, if results from studies with laboratory rats turn out to hold true for humans. Jin-Ran Chen and his colleagues are exploring this idea in research funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) at the Arkansas Children's Nutrition Center (ACNC) in Little Rock. Chen is a principal investigator and lead scientist at the center's Skeletal Development Laboratory, and an assistant...

2011-05-17 11:50:00

Researchers are concluding the US teens who send excessive amounts of time playing video games are much less likely to sleep the recommended 8 to 9 hours per day, reports the AFP news agency. At the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, researchers claimed that an analysis of data on 16,000 teens also found that youths who reported sleeping less than seven hours a night did not get enough exercise which is also detrimental to health. Caris Fitzgerald, a psychiatry resident...

2011-05-09 09:41:07

Virtual reality immerses students in proteins and peptides How do you get to know a protein? How about from the inside out? If you ask chemistry professor James Hinton, "It's really important that students be able to touch, feel, see ... embrace--if you like, these proteins." For decades, with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Hinton has used nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to look at protein structure and function. But he wanted to find a way to educate and engage students...

2011-04-18 10:20:00

What was really on the menus of our ancestors? For human ancestors, eating could be hard work. "Our ancestors were large creatures. With very low quality foods, without cooked foods, it's very likely that they would have spent a great deal more of their day eating than we do," says Peter Ungar, distinguished professor and chairman of anthropology at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Ungar's work, understanding ancient diets, is a combination of anthropology, biology, engineering,...

2011-04-04 09:38:14

Trees are outstanding historians. In fact, scientists dating back to Leonardo da Vinci recognized the value of trees. While others had figured out that you could determine the age of a tree by counting its growth rings, da Vinci went beyond that basic knowledge. "He was a genius and realized also that the width of those growth rings carried information about the environmental conditions during each year the rings were formed," says David Stahle, director of the Tree Ring Laboratory at the...

2011-03-01 09:42:42

By mimicking the structure of the silk moth's antenna, University of Michigan researchers led the development of a better nanopore"”a tiny tunnel-shaped tool that could advance understanding of a class of neurodegenerative diseases that includes Alzheimer's. A paper on the work is newly published online in Nature Nanotechnology. This project is headed by Michael Mayer, an associate professor in the U-M departments of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering. Also collaborating...

2011-02-08 06:55:00

CHICAGO, Feb. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Synch-Solutions announced today that it has completed a three-phase rapid implementation of PeopleSoft Enterprise Campus Solutions, Financial Management and Human Capital Management (HCM) at the University of Arkansas at Monticello (UAM). The full-scale rapid implementation process - from startup to production environment - was completed in only 18 months, compared to the two years or more expected for a traditional implementation. The project served...

2010-11-18 14:09:00

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 18, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- CareTech Solutions, an information technology (IT) and Web products and services provider for more than 150 U.S. hospitals, announced today that twelve of its Web healthcare clients were awarded honors in the Strategic Communications eHealthcare Leadership Awards competition. The awards were presented at the 14th Annual Internet Healthcare Conference, held November 15-17, 2010, in Las Vegas, Nev. "Receiving this award is a major endorsement of...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.