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Quasars Illuminate Swirling Clouds Around Galaxies
2014-01-09 08:49:42

A new study of light from quasars has provided astronomers with illuminating insights into the swirling clouds of gas that form stars and galaxies, proving that the clouds can shift and change much more quickly than previously thought.

2014-01-08 17:11:35

A new study compares the relative rate of molecular evolution between humans and chimps with that of their lice.

2013-12-31 23:22:55

In a new post on The Compassion Chronicles, “Cannabinoids, Illinois’ Adams and Discovering Cannabidiol,” author Bryan W.

Team Reports On First Decade Of US Trials Of Bioenergy Grasses
2013-12-04 19:13:34

The first long-term US field trials of Miscanthus x giganteus, a towering perennial grass used in bioenergy production, reveal that its exceptional yields, though reduced somewhat after five years of growth, are still more than twice those of switchgrass (Panicum virgatum), another perennial grass used as a bioenergy feedstock.

How Membrane Transporter Moves
2013-12-03 09:50:42

Researchers have tried for decades to understand the undulations and gyrations that allow transport proteins to shuttle molecules from one side of a cell membrane to the other. Now scientists report that they have found a way to penetrate the mystery.

2013-11-21 14:21:09

When reading text or listening to someone speak, we construct rich mental models that allow us to draw conclusions about other people, objects, actions, events, mental states and contexts.

Culling Of Deer Controls Disease With Little Effect On Hunting
2013-10-21 13:33:52

Now researchers at the University of Illinois offer a first look at the long-term effectiveness of the practice of culling deer in areas affected by CWD to keep the disease in check.

2013-10-15 20:39:04

Congress should minimally modify – and not, as petroleum-related interests have increasingly lobbied for, repeal – the Renewable Fuel Standard, the most comprehensive renewable energy policy in the U.S..

Researchers Have Developed New Quantitative Method Of Identifying Pollen Grains
2013-10-07 13:10:51

University of Illinois Since the invention of the earliest light microscopes, the classification and identification of pollen and spores has been a highly subjective venture for those who use these tiny particles to study vegetation in their field, palynology. However, according to the lead author of the study, Luke Mander, a former postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Illinois professor of plant biology Surangi Punyasena, the limitations imposed by these descriptive rather than...

New Paradigm For Nanoscale Resolution MRI Experimentally Achieved
2013-09-27 13:13:41

A team from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern University has devised a novel nuclear magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique that delivers a roughly 10­nanometer spatial resolution.


Word of the Day
pawl
  • A pivoted catch designed to fall into a notch on a ratchet wheel so as to allow movement in only one direction (e.g. on a windlass or in a clock mechanism), or alternatively to move the wheel in one direction.
The word 'pawl' probably comes from a Latin word meaning 'stake'.
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