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2014-05-16 23:00:22

Undergraduate Ceremony begins at 11 a.m. Graduate Degree Ceremony begins at 4 p.m. Dobbs Ferry, New York (PRWEB) May 17, 2014 Mercy College’s 79th commencement exercises will take place: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 Westchester County Center 198 Central Avenue White Plains, NY 10606 Undergraduate Ceremony begins at 11 a.m. Graduate Degree Ceremony begins at 4 p.m. ***Student Speakers Available for Interview*** Undergraduate Valedictorian Loren Eustaquio For Loren Eustaquio her journey to...

2014-04-24 04:22:07

Eliminating credit card, SIM card counterfeiting and fraud, with new self-authenticating microchips and cards ALEXANDRIA, Va. and GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- DE SONNEVILLE INTERNATIONAL LTD. ("De Sonneville", or the "Company"), announced today it has filed two U.S patent applications that are the solution to end the systemic U.S. credit card fraud epidemic. According to Forbes and a 2009 Lexis Nexis study - The True Cost of Fraud, the United States...

2014-04-08 09:56:00

New research reveals that brain damage affecting the insula – an area with a key role in emotions – disrupts errors of thinking linked to gambling addiction. The research, led by Dr Luke Clark from the University of Cambridge, was published on April 7 2014 in the journal PNAS. During gambling games, people often misperceive their chances of winning due to a number of errors of thinking called cognitive distortions. For example, ‘near-misses’ seem to encourage further play, even...

predicting space weather
2014-03-28 11:37:56

University of Cambridge Video of magnetic field lines 'slipping reconnection' bring scientists a step closer to predicting when and where large flares will occur Scientists have for the first time witnessed the mechanism behind explosive energy releases in the Sun's atmosphere, confirming new theories about how solar flares are created. New footage put together by an international team led by University of Cambridge researchers shows how entangled magnetic field lines looping from...

Males Differ From Females In Specific Brain Structures
2014-02-12 13:09:03

University of Cambridge Reviewing over 20 years of neuroscience research into sex differences in brain structure, a Cambridge University team has conducted the first meta-analysis of the evidence, published this week in the prestigious journal Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. The team, led by doctoral candidate Amber Ruigrok and Professors John Suckling and Simon Baron-Cohen in the Department of Psychiatry, performed a quantitative review of the brain imaging literature testing...

Do Birds Communicate With Their Eyes?
2014-02-05 12:41:12

University of Cambridge Researchers in Cambridge and Exeter have discovered that jackdaws use their eyes to communicate with each other – the first time this has been shown in non-primates. While what humans do with their eyes has been well studied, we know almost nothing about whether birds communicate with members of the same species with their eyes. The new study, published today in Biology Letters, shows that jackdaw eyes are used as a warning signal to successfully deter...

2014-01-29 13:10:08

The thyroid hormone thyroxine, which controls our day-to-day activity and was previously believed to remain at a constant level in the blood, actually fluctuates as a result of a protein which modifies the release of the hormone depending on body temperature, new research reveals. The research was published today, 29 January, in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The hormone thyroxine regulates metabolism in all mammals, including humans. If there is too much, it leads to...

New Light Shed On Mystery Mechanism That Allows Positive And Negative Charges To Be Separated Efficiently
2013-12-13 10:17:11

University of Cambridge By using an ultrafast camera, scientists say they have observed the very first instants following the absorption of light into artificial yet organic nanostructures and found that charges not only formed rapidly but also separated very quickly over long distances - phenomena that occur due to the wavelike nature of electrons which are governed by fundamental laws of quantum mechanics. This result surprised scientists as such phenomena were believed to be limited...

2013-12-05 23:45:13

Viruses alter plant biochemistry in order to manipulate visiting aphids into spreading infection University of Cambridge researchers have shown that viruses use aphids as pawns, discouraging the insects from permanently settling on already-infected crops and using this forced migration to spread infection to healthy vegetation. Aphids are sap-sucking insects that attack many different types of plants and are major transmitters of crop-infecting viruses. By altering plant biochemistry,...

Exploiting Flaws In Diamond Fragments Paves Way For Nanoscale MRI
2013-11-25 08:02:31

University of Cambridge By exploiting flaws in miniscule diamond fragments, researchers say they have achieved enough coherence of the magnetic moment inherent in these defects to harness their potential for precise quantum sensors in a material that is 'biocompatible'. Nanoscopic thermal and magnetic field detectors - which can be inserted into living cells - could enhance our understanding of everything from chemical reactions within single cells to signalling in neural networks and...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • 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.
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