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2009-10-06 07:50:42

A collaboration between scientists at Vanderbilt University and the University of California, San Francisco has led to the first direct information about the molecular structure of prions. In addition, the study has revealed surprisingly large structural differences between natural prions and the closest synthetic analogs that scientists have created in the lab. Prions are the infectious proteins responsible for human Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or "mad cow"...

2009-09-09 20:00:00

[Vanderbilt has a 24/7 video and audio studio with fiber optic and radio ISDN line] NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by Vanderbilt: William Turner, Former Obama health care advisor, Professor of Education and Human Development Turner, an expert on mental health policy and family therapy, served from 2007-2008 in the office of presidential candidate Barack Obama as a Robert Wood Johnson Senior Health Policy Fellow. Turner can discuss both...

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2009-08-19 06:40:00

According to a new report, fewer U.S. patients are receiving inappropriate antibiotics for coughs, colds, and ear infections. The trend may be due to new respiratory vaccines such as Wyeth's Prevnar, or new doctor guidelines says Dr. Carlos Grijalva of Vanderbilt University who led the team of researchers. The team found that prescriptions for acute respiratory infections such as colds, flu, and ear infections fell by one-third between 1995 and 2006. Doctor visits for the infections also...

2009-07-16 13:15:45

Training increases brain processing speed and improves our ability to multitask, new research from Vanderbilt University published in the June 15 issue of Neuron indicates. "We found that a key limitation to efficient multitasking is the speed with which our prefrontal cortex processes information, and that this speed can be drastically increased through training and practice," Paul E. Dux, a former research fellow at Vanderbilt, and now a faculty member at the University of Queensland in...

2009-07-15 15:10:00

WASHINGTON, July 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB), a global leader in education technology, today announced that it has partnered with Vanderbilt University Library to make their integration for Apple's iTunes( )U application available to the Blackboard client community, providing a popular tool to other institutions looking to support the use of multimedia content in courses. Vanderbilt has created free, open source access to its recently upgraded iTunes U...

2009-07-15 08:00:00

WASHINGTON, July 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB), a global leader in education technology, today announced that it has partnered with Vanderbilt University Library to make their integration for Apple's iTunes( )U application available to the Blackboard client community, providing a popular tool to other institutions looking to support the use of multimedia content in courses. Vanderbilt has created free, open source access to its recently upgraded iTunes U...

2009-07-01 09:30:00

WASHINGTON, July 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- News Facts As part of today's Oracle(R) Fusion Middleware 11g launch, Oracle today announced that the world's leading partners, and customers from nearly every industry, continue to embrace Oracle Fusion Middleware. Customers including Alibris Inc., Arcturus Realty Corporation, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, Collect America, Embarq Management Company, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Emerson Electric, InterCall Inc., Irish Life,...

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2009-06-23 11:45:00

New research from Vanderbilt University indicates the way our brain handles how we move through space"”including being able to imagine literally stepping into someone else's shoes"”may be related to how and why we experience empathy toward others.The research was recently published in the online scientific journal PLoS ONE. The full article is available at: http://tinyurl.com/lw6qmv.Empathy involves, in part, the ability to simulate the internal states of others. The authors...

2009-06-19 13:01:36

Neural "noise" may cause you to miss important changes in your environment when you are concentrating on something else, new research indicates. The research by Sam Ling, a postdoctoral researcher in Vanderbilt University's Psychology Department, and Randolph Blake, Centennial Professor of Psychology, is currently in press at Psychological Science. "We found that when the brain actively ignores the presence of an object in the environment, it does so in a way that weakens and degrades...

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2009-06-19 06:30:00

Forget the old folk tales about snakes hypnotizing their prey. The tentacled snake from South East Asia has developed a more effective technique. The small water snake has found a way to startle its prey so that the fish turn toward the snake's head to flee instead of turning away. In addition, the fish's reaction is so predictable that the snake actually aims its strike at the position where the fish's head will be instead of tracking its actual movement. "I haven't been able to find reports...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'