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2011-04-12 11:24:21

'Quantum coaxial cable' nanostructure efficiently harvests visible wavelength light using stable, high bandgap semiconductors A report, published in the March 14 edition of the Journal of Materials Chemistry, announced the successful fabrication and testing of a new type solar cell using an inorganic core/shell nanowire structure. Arrays of core/shell nanowires (described has "quantum coaxial cables") had previously been theorized as a potential structure that, while composed of chemically...

2011-04-08 06:30:00

According to new research, our own DNA is the single biggest factor in determining whether we go for that cup of coffee every morning. Researchers, reporting their findings in the journal PLoS Genetics, believe they have found two genes that affect how quickly a person "metabolizes" the stimulant that makes him or her crave more or less coffee. The new study found that people who carry a specific version of the two genes were much more likely to consume caffeine. Those genes identified were...

2011-04-05 00:00:28

UNCG is preparing its graduates for research, service and career opportunities by investing in new online and on-campus courses. Greensboro, NC (PRWEB) April 4, 2011 Today UNCG announced a significant expansion of its Master's degree and post-baccalaureate certificate programs that focus on conflict, dispute resolution and peace building. A dozen new courses and three new degree concentrations will be offered "“ both online and at the University. "Anyone who reads local, national or...

2011-03-28 15:10:00

ST. LOUIS, March 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Four stakeholders committed to the quest of reducing the incidence of sports-related concussions announced today the formation of a cooperative to bring inter-disciplinary collaboration to concussion research and testing. The announcement of the National Sports Concussion Cooperative (NSCC) was made by the group's four founding entities: the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), the Matthew Gfeller Foundation, the University of North...

2011-03-22 07:00:00

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- From the Town of Chapel Hill Development Update Newsletter - TSI Healthcare is a Chapel Hill based company that specializes in the sales and support of customized technology solutions for physician practices. They are local and national leaders in the healthcare IT industry, having recently been recognized for the second consecutive year by Inc. Magazine as one of the "INC 500|5000 Fastest Growing Companies in the Nation." (Photo:...

2011-03-17 00:11:28

A recent study from North Carolina State University shows that while the number of visits to state parks across the country has grown, fund support for park operations has been significantly reduced. The reduction in funding during a time of park growth endangers the more than $20 billion in economic impact that state parks have on the nation's economy. "Obviously the reduction in general-fund support for operations puts stress on America's state-park systems," says Dr. Yu-Fai Leung, NC State...

2011-02-25 09:18:02

From the very first moments of life, hatchling loggerhead sea turtles have an arduous task. They must embark on a transoceanic migration, swimming from the Florida coast eastward to the North Atlantic and then gradually migrating over the course of several years before returning again to North American shores. Now, researchers reporting online on February 24 in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, have figured out how the young turtles find their way. "One of the great mysteries of...

2011-02-04 07:00:00

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Feb. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Bringing together select leaders from the U.S. Department of Defense, The Department of Homeland Security, other government agencies and the private sector, the Center of Excellence in Logistics and Technology (LOGTECH) held the First Annual General William G.T. Tuttle, Jr., USA (Ret.) Awards dinner. This special event occurred on February 3 at the Kenan Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler...

2011-02-01 06:00:00

BEIJING, Feb. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- ChinaCast Education ("ChinaCast" or the "Company", (Nasdaq: CAST), a leading for-profit, post-secondary education and e-learning services provider in China, today announced the signing of an academic exchange and cooperation agreement with The University of North Carolina at Greensboro ("UNCG"). Through the agreement, ChinaCast and UNCG will cooperate on academic transfer programs for undergraduate and graduate degree and non-degree...

2011-02-01 02:05:06

Findings point to digestive bacterial influence on choline metabolism The more we learn about biology, the closer we get to being able to treat disease "“ and the more complicated our understanding of disease itself becomes. A new research finding showing a strong relationship between complex microbial ecologies in human intestines and the common but serious medical condition known as fatty liver illustrates this paradox. From past genomic studies, we have learned that a mind-boggling...

Word of the Day
  • 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.'