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2012-12-18 16:24:41

WORCESTER, Mass., Dec, 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by the Massachusetts Nurses Association: (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20060525/NETH016LOGO) When: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 (and every day thru Dec. 21) Time: 4 - 5 p.m. Where: Outside the Entrance to UMass Memorial Medical Center's Memorial Hospital campus at 119 Belmont St., Worcester, MA As the UMass Medical Center nurses' negotiations for a new contract drag on into the holiday...

2012-10-16 15:23:44

MADISON, N.J., and WORCESTER, Mass., Oct. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX), the world leader in diagnostic testing, information and services, signed a definitive agreement today to purchase the clinical outreach laboratory business of UMass Memorial Medical Center, a member of UMass Memorial Health Care and the largest health care system in Central New England. The sale is the first step toward establishing a long-term relationship between the two organizations that...

2012-09-05 23:00:57

Powered by The Republican, developed with Advance Digital and Verve Wireless Springfield, MA (PRWEB) September 04, 2012 MassLive.com has launched new Android and iPhone smartphone apps covering UMass Minutemen Football News. UMass Minutemen Football News Android apps and iPhone apps feature the latest news, stats, photos, and videos from Western Massachusetts´ leading news and information properties. “We are excited to share a great app for our hometown team,” shared Paul...

2012-04-30 20:10:05

A team of chemical engineers led by Paul J. Dauenhauer of the University of Massachusetts Amherst has discovered a new, high-yield method of producing the key ingredient used to make plastic bottles from biomass. The process is inexpensive and currently creates the chemical p-xylene with an efficient yield of 75-percent, using most of the biomass feedstock, Dauenhauer says. The research is published in the journal ACS Catalysis. Dauenhauer, an assistant professor of chemical engineering at...

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2012-03-12 06:43:15

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have reportedly developed a new method for printing two-dimensional polymer sheets that can be folded into three-dimensional creations by simply adding water. According to university and National Science Foundation (NSF) press releases, Christian Santangelo, Ryan Hayward and their colleagues were inspired by the way a flower petal naturally expands to develop a new techique that harnesses a technique called photolithography, in which a...

2012-02-24 12:00:00

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Feb. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In honor of Black History Month, Archives.com, a website devoted to making family history simple and affordable, today announced the launch of the Patriots of Color Database. Archives.com is bringing this collection online for the first time, compiling years of research facilitated by the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. These records unveil new and invaluable...

Image 1 - Super-Adhesive Material Inspired By Gecko Feet
2012-02-18 04:49:03

For years, biologists have been amazed by the power of gecko feet, which let these 5-ounce lizards produce an adhesive force roughly equivalent to carrying nine pounds up a wall without slipping. Now, a team of polymer scientists and a biologist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have discovered exactly how the gecko does it, leading them to invent "Geckskin," a device that can hold 700 pounds on a smooth wall. Doctoral candidate Michael Bartlett in Alfred Crosby´s polymer...

2012-01-11 15:37:11

Pitt researchers propose “repair-and-go” method for small-scale cracks on digital device surfaces Like the human body, a digital device often suffers a few bruises and scratches within a lifetime. As in medicine, these injuries can be easily detected and repaired (or healed). At other times, however, a digital device may sustain hard-to-pinpoint nanoscale scratches, which can cause the device as a whole to malfunction. In a paper published today, Jan. 10, in Nature...

2011-12-01 17:16:00

BOSTON, Dec. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Brian Alves, a graduate of Bunker Hill Community College, was selected to participate in the Classroom to Boardroom Diversity Mentorship Program designed by the U.S. Green Building Council (U.S.G.B.C). Alves graduated from BHCC in June 2011, with an Associate in Arts degree in Business Administration. During his time at BHCC, he was very active in college sustainability activities and co-founded the campus Sustainability Club. Alves is now...

Evolutionary Biologists Discover How Species Evolve
2011-11-24 04:17:40

'This study conducted during the International Year of the Bat offers a clear example of how the evolution of new traits, in this case a skull with a new shape, allowed animals to use new resources and eventually, to rapidly evolve into many new species' A new study involving bat skulls, bite force measurements and scat samples collected by an international team of evolutionary biologists is helping to solve a nagging question of evolution: Why some groups of animals develop scores of...