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2011-04-25 16:49:20

Texas-A new low cost test for acute pancreatitis that gets results much faster than existing tests has been developed by scientists at The University of Texas at Austin. The sensor, which could be produced for as little as a dollar, is built with a 12-cent LED light, aluminum foil, gelatin, milk protein and a few other cheap, easily obtainable materials. The sensor could help prevent damage from acute pancreatitis, which is a sudden inflammation of the pancreas that can lead to severe stomach...

2011-04-12 14:49:24

Repeated ethanol exposure enhances synaptic plasticity in a key area in the brain Drinking alcohol primes certain areas of our brain to learn and remember better, says a new study from the Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research at The University of Texas at Austin. The common view that drinking is bad for learning and memory isn't wrong, says neurobiologist Hitoshi Morikawa, but it highlights only one side of what ethanol consumption does to the brain. "Usually, when we talk about...

2011-03-24 13:44:38

'Monty Python' scene helps research Bottling up emotions can make people more aggressive, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Minnesota that was funded, in part, by a grant from the U.S. Army. The study, published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, could have important implications for reducing violence and helping people in professions such as law enforcement and the military better cope with long hours and...

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2011-03-21 07:17:01

Global warming is clearly affecting plants and animals, but we should not try to tease apart the specific contribution of greenhouse gas driven climate change to extinctions or declines of species at local scales, biologists from The University of Texas at Austin advise. Camille Parmesan, Michael C. Singer and their coauthors published their commentary online this week in Nature Climate Change. "Yes, global warming is happening. Yes, it is caused by human activities. And yes, we've clearly...

2011-03-02 10:02:00

AUSTIN, Texas, March 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Crescent Resources, LLC is bringing its innovative apartment-living concept to college students with the development of Circle West Campus at the intersection of West 25th and Longview Streets by the University of Texas. While this is the first Circle project to serve students, Crescent's apartment concept has been highly sought-after in its four communities in Tampa; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Charlotte, N.C. Circle communities feature...

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2011-02-22 12:40:00

A new study by biologists at Rice University and the University of Texas at Austin finds that the Texas leaf-cutter ant, Atta texana, adapted to the harsh Texas winters through their food. Although adapting to Texas winters may seem mild to those from northern climates, the ants' ancestors emigrated from the tropics. A texana, like all leaf-cutter ants, cuts leaves but does not eat them. "Leaf-cutters can't digest the nutrients of leaves directly, so they use a fungus called Attamyces as a...

2011-02-20 21:43:14

Scientific community able to police itself, noted physicist asserts The global scientific community is capable of policing its own behavior and should resist creation of a central oversight body to enforce 'universal standards' that may have unintended consequences, a renowned physicist and director of the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin said Saturday. Speaking at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science Without Borders meeting in...

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2011-02-14 10:51:43

Getting a charge out of solar "paint" Have you seen those big, bulky, breakable photovoltaic cells that now collect the sun's rays? Well, what if solar energy could be harnessed using tiny collectors that could be spray painted on a roof, a wall or even a window? The science of converting sunlight into electrical energy is more than a century old, but the reality of doing it efficiently and affordably is ongoing. "Not only does it involve fundamental science in terms of physics and chemistry,...

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2011-02-01 09:59:21

Cutting edge research without having to cut up anything! For hundreds of years, scientists who wanted to examine a rare fossil might have had to travel halfway around the world. And that is not the only challenge when viewing a small, unique or priceless specimen. "When we're looking at these precious things under the microscope, we're distracted because we might break them," says vertebrate paleontologist Timothy Rowe. "You might hit it against the microscope and break it." Now a new range...

2011-01-27 13:10:52

Men are more than twice as likely to continue dating a girlfriend who has cheated on them with another woman than one who has cheated with another man, according to new research from a University of Texas at Austin psychologist. Women show the opposite pattern. They are more likely to continue dating a man who has had a heterosexual affair than one who has had a homosexual affair. The study, published last month in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, provides new insight into...


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The Texas Longhorn is a breed of cattle known for its characteristic horns, which can extend to six feet in width and have a slight upward turn at their tips, as well as for their distinctive "burnt orange" coloring. "The Longhorns" is also the nickname of the sports teams of The University of Texas and the school mascot is a Longhorn named Bevo. The Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America serves as the recognized registry for the breed. Though some historians disagree, the Texas...

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out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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