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2009-06-23 16:52:00

Data Compiled by Center for Business and Economic Research Forecasts Slow Recovery in Business, Tourism and Construction Sectors LAS VEGAS, June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The business, tourism and construction industries of Southern Nevada are expected to make slow economic recoveries within the next two years, according to data compiled by economists at the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. At its mid-year economic outlook conference...

2009-05-02 09:27:07

University of Nevada, Reno team findings to be published in Physical Review Letters article In a forthcoming Physical Review Letters article, a group of physicists at the University of Nevada, Reno are reporting a refined analysis of experiments on violation of mirror symmetry in atoms that sets new constraints on a hypothesized particle, the extra Z-boson. Andrei Derevianko, an associate professor in the College of Science's Department of Physics, who has conducted groundbreaking research to...

2009-04-28 14:54:55

The Large Hadron Collider is an enormous particle accelerator whose 17-mile tunnel straddles the borders of France and Switzerland. A group of physicists at the University of Nevada, Reno has analyzed data from the accelerator that could ultimately prove or disprove the possibility of a fifth force of nature. As the largest science instrument ever built, the LHC has the science community buzzing with excitement as it may help in understanding the inner workings of Nature. Remarkably, some of...

2009-04-03 12:00:22

Innovative design used in Pakistan withstands experiment at University of Nevada, RenoIt huffed and puffed, but the 82-ton-force, earthquake-simulation shake table could not knock down the straw house designed and built by University of Nevada, Reno alumna and civil engineer Darcey Donovan.The full-scale, 14-by-14-foot straw house, complete with gravel foundation and clay plaster walls, the way she builds them in Pakistan, was subjected to 200 percent more acceleration/shaking than was...

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2008-12-30 11:32:22

An engineering team at the University of Nevada, Reno has developed the prototype for a bridge that is more resilient to damage caused by earthquakes. The 100-foot-long bridge consists of an alloy made of nickel and titanium, which helps give it more elasticity. The mock bridge is a quarter-scale replica of what it would look like in real-life. "The nickel-titanium rods replace steel bars in critical segments of bridge columns," said engineering professor M. Saiid Saiidi. "These are the...

2008-12-10 15:18:43

Some Las Vegas residents are angered by the smell of livestock gathered at the University of Nevada for the National Finals Rodeo. My God, this is a residential area, Vincent Reilly, who lives close to the temporary pens, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "Each of those animals has a different stench. I don't care what kind of air freshener you use, you can't get rid of the smell." Ted Groene has been caring for the bulls and horses since mid-November with help from a staff of 11. His only...

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2008-10-05 16:40:00

The fossilized trail of an aquatic creature suggests that animals walked using legs at least 30 million years earlier than had been thought. The tracks -- two parallel rows of small dots, each about 2 millimeters in diameter -- date back some 570 million years, to the Ediacaran period. The Ediacaran preceded the Cambrian period, the time when most major groups of animals first evolved. Scientists once thought that it was primarily microbes and simple multicellular animals that existed prior...

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2008-02-26 11:55:00

The rise of oxygen and the oxidation of deep oceans between 635 and 551 million years ago may have had an impact on the increase and spread of the earliest complex life, including animals, according to a study reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences online Early Edition during the week of February 25 - 29.Today, we take oxygen for granted. But the atmosphere had almost no oxygen until 2.5 billion years ago, and it was not until about 600 million years ago when the...

2005-06-28 16:34:33

University of Nevada, Reno scientists have ended a decade-long controversy over the process by which bark beetles make pheromones: they manufacture their own monoterpenes "“ the fragrant substances plants produce and which are often used in perfumes. It had been thought that insects and other animals were incapable of making these substances. "The goal of our research is ultimately to control pheromone production," said Gary Blomquist, professor and chair of biochemistry and molecular...


Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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