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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...

2011-09-07 20:18:14

A six-year campaign to control invasive winter moths with a natural parasite led by entomologist Joe Elkinton of the University of Massachusetts Amherst now has concrete evidence that a parasitic fly, Cyzenis albicans, has been established and is attacking the pest at four sites in Seekonk, Hingham, Falmouth and Wellesley. It´s the beginning of the end for the decade-long defoliation of eastern Massachusetts trees by the invasive species, Elkinton says. The researchers marked an...

2011-06-27 07:00:00

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., June 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Qteros, Inc., the developer of a unique and highly efficient Consolidated Bioprocessing (CBP) platform for the lowest-cost production of cellulosic ethanol, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, today announced two significant intellectual property (IP) advances that extend the patent estate for their unique ethanol-producing microorganism, Clostridium phytofermentans, also known as the Q Microbe®. The United States...

2011-04-19 10:35:00

Delivering Ken Feinberg Distinguished History Lecture on Sports and Society, Weiner Will Assert Bonds and Ramirez Just tip of Iceberg and Will Recommend Corrections AMHERST, Mass. and WASHINGTON, April 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Former White House Drug Spokesman Robert Weiner will speak on "Sports and Drugs--A Sordid History" in giving the Ken Feinberg Distinguished History Lecture Wednesday at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Weiner said he will assert that this week's...

2011-01-25 10:00:00

SEATTLE, Jan. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- SurveyAnalytics, one of the leading research platforms, tonight debuts a new method of surveying public opinion in real time during the State of the Union Address. SurveySwipe, which SurveyAnalytics launched just a few weeks ago, will now offer real-time information about how the State of the Union is being received as the speech occurs. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100629/SF27145LOGO) This project is a joint effort between...

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2010-07-16 08:45:59

Physicists find clues to the origin and evolution of wrinkles in thin sheets As a sign of aging or in a suit, wrinkles are almost never welcome, but two papers in the current issue of Physical Review Letters offer some perspective on what determines their size and shape in soft materials. Jiangshui Huang and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst explore how wrinkles in a sheet adapt to an edge that prefers to be flat. They float a thin, rectangular film of common plastic...

2010-06-03 07:00:00

TEMPE, Ariz., June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The University of Advancing Technology (UAT), a leading innovator in education focused on new and emerging technologies, has named Dr. Lynn Margulis, renowned theoretical biologist, author and distinguished University Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, as the 2010 inductee in the Leonardo da Vinci Society for the Study of Thinking. Dr. Margulis' revolutionary work in biology earned her prestige in the field with her theory on the...

2010-03-23 08:47:00

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Qteros, Inc., and the University of Massachusetts Amherst announced today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued U.S. Patent No. 7,682,811 titled "Systems and Methods for Producing Biofuels and Related Materials" describing the novel creation of products, including biofuels, through the fermentation of biomass by a unique, naturally-occurring anaerobic microorganism. (Logo:...

2009-01-17 12:16:00

W.E.B. Du Bois' The Gift of Black Folk originally part of K of C 'Racial Contribution Series' NEW HAVEN, Conn., Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- In 1924, Jim Crow laws were still enforced in many parts of the United States and the KKK was experiencing a resurgence. Martin Luther King Jr. had not yet been born, and the Civil Rights Act would not be enacted for another 40 years. Nonetheless, it was the year in which the Knights of Columbus commissioned and published a landmark history of black...

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2009-01-14 08:39:48

A researcher's request to open what would have been the nation's second federally approved medical marijuana research lab was flatly declined by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. Lyle Craker, a University of Massachusetts, Amherst horticulturist requested permission to grow the marijuana for research funded by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a California nonprofit that wants to develop marijuana into a legal prescription medication. DEA Administrative Law...


Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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