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2010-09-11 01:59:16

A team of University of Oklahoma researchers studying neurobiology in fruit flies (Drosophila) has developed a new method for understanding  brain function with potential applications in studies of human neurological diseases. The work is carried out in the laboratory of Bing Zhang, a professor in the OU Department of Zoology, using fruit flies as a model for understanding what happens in the human brain because they share thousands of the same genes with a human. Zhang and his students...

2010-08-26 17:04:45

A University of Oklahoma technology"”GeoChip"”played a critical role in an intensive study of the dispersed oil plume that formed at a depth between 3,600 and 4,000 feet some 10 miles from BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. An OU research team led by Jizhong Zhou, director of the Institute for Environmental Genomics, developed the new generation GeoChip, which contributed to the findings of the study by simultaneously detecting more than 150,000 different...

2010-05-28 18:00:28

Scientists at the University of Oklahoma and the Fudan University in Shanghai, China, have found that reforestation and afforestation -- the creation of new forests -- may lower the potential of forests for climate change lessening. Yiqi Luo, professor of ecology in the OU College of Arts and Sciences Department of Botany and Microbiology, and Changzhang Liao, Bo Li and Changming Fang, professors of ecology in the Fudon University Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, examined...

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2010-05-22 08:05:30

At the University of Oklahoma, researchers captured unprecedented high-resolution radar data during the May 10, 2010 tornadoes using one of the most advanced weather radars in the world. "This unique polarimetric data set is likely to reveal new discoveries about tornado genesis and severe storms for years to come," said the Director of OU's Atmospheric Radar Research Center, Robert D. Palmer. Palmer's team is currently processing the data using advanced techniques developed at OU and...

2010-03-30 08:27:46

Microorganisms can indeed live in extreme environments, but the ones that do are highly adapted to survive and little else, according to a collaboration that includes Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Joint Genome Institute (JGI) and the University of Oklahoma. The metagenomic study of a "stressed" microbial community in groundwater near a former waste disposal pond site on DOE's Oak Ridge Reservation (ORR) revealed microbes with an overabundance of genes involved in...

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2010-02-02 12:57:05

Weight-loss supplement burns as many calories as 20-minute walk A new weight-loss supplement tested by the University of Oklahoma Health and Exercise Science Department has the potential to burn as many calories as a 20-minute walk, according to Joel T. Cramer, assistant professor of exercise physiology. Cramer says General Nutrition Centers contracted with OU to test the weight-loss benefits of the nutritional supplement called the tri-pepper blend, which contains black pepper, caffeine and...

2009-06-24 11:09:48

A group of University of Oklahoma researchers led by Dr. James P. Shaffer, Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy, have discovered giant Rydberg molecules with a bond as large as a red blood cell. Determining how Rydberg molecules interact is important because Rydberg atoms are a key ingredient in atom based quantum computation schemes. Giant Rydberg molecules are formed when two Rydberg atoms interact. A Rydberg atom is an atom that has at least one electron orbiting the nucleus...

2009-04-21 15:40:00

'OU Spirit' facility will help the University of Oklahoma meet renewable goal WOODWARD, Okla., April 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Representatives from Oklahoma Gas and Electric and the University of Oklahoma today broke ground on Oklahoma's newest wind farm. The start of the 101 megawatt "OU Spirit" project marks an important milestone in OU's commitment to using 100 percent renewable energy by 2013. OG&E already provides its customers with 170 MW of wind power - 50 MW from the Sooner...

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2009-03-11 08:35:00

Jokes are not merely a source of popular enjoyment and creativity; they also provide insights into how societies work and what people think. Humor is so powerful it can help shape geopolitical views worldwide, according to Professor Darren Purcell and his team from the University of Oklahoma in the US. Their study of humor including the analysis of two Achmed the Dead Terrorist skits, has recently been published online in Springer's GeoJournal. Humor is a powerful communications tool with...

2009-01-15 14:55:00

Expects to Nominate Four Directors at Gaylord's Upcoming Annual Meeting of Shareholders IRVING, Texas, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- TRT Holdings, Gaylord Entertainment Co.'s (NYSE: GET) largest shareholder, with beneficial ownership of 14.99% of outstanding common shares, today issued the following open letter to Gaylord shareholders. Robert Rowling, Chairman of the Board of Directors of TRT Holdings, said, "We believe that we can assist the Board and management team in their efforts to create...