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2009-05-03 12:05:00

Researchers say sedimentary deposits from more than 20 cores in New York and New Jersey indicate that some sort of violent force, such as a huge wave, swept the Northeast coastal region some 2,300 years ago, BBC News reported. While some experts believe it could have been a large storm, other evidence is increasingly pointing to a rare Atlantic Ocean tsunami. The size and distribution of material would require a high velocity wave and strong currents to move it, according to Steven Goodbred,...

2009-04-23 12:02:00

Herbie Hancock, Jazz Pianist, Composer and Music Impresario, Addresses the Bentley McCallum Graduate School of Business WALTHAM, Mass., April 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ann Moore, chairman and chief executive officer of Time Inc., will deliver the commencement address to approximately 1,000 Bentley University undergraduate students on Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. on the south campus of Bentley University, with an expected 7,000 in attendance. (Photo:...

2009-04-21 08:00:00

NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The Vanderbilt Dayani Center for Health and Wellness and Aegis Health Group announced today the expansion of a longtime partnership to better meet the growing consumer demand for health education and healthier lifestyle habits. Together, Vanderbilt and Aegis have been serving the nation's hospitals and business communities for nearly a decade. Central to this effort has been the Vanderbilt Dayani Center's development of Personal Health Reports -...

2009-03-12 15:36:00

WASHINGTON, March 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman John Conyers, Jr., (D-MI) will be the keynote speaker for the 11th annual National Freedom of Information Day Conference kicking off this year's Sunshine Week events at the Newseum and across the nation. The National FOI Day Conference, sponsored by the First Amendment Center, will be held on Friday, March 13, in the conference facilities at the Newseum located at 555 Pennsylvania Avenue (6th Street entrance, Knight Conference...

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2009-02-27 08:55:00

New research from Vanderbilt University's Peabody College offers guidance for teachers to help them improve writing instruction in the primary grades and develop stronger student writers. The two new studies by Steve Graham, professor and Curry Ingram Chair in Special Education, were recently published in the Journal of Educational Psychology. "The primary purpose of both articles is to inform teachers about writing practices that work with a wide variety of students," Graham said. "We're...

2009-02-18 09:10:41

The day that robot playmates help children with autism learn the social skills that they naturally lack has come a step closer with the development of a system that allows a robot to monitor a child's emotional state."There is a lot of research going on around the world today trying to use robots to treat children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). It has shown that the children are attracted to robots, raising the promise that appropriately designed robots could play an important role in...

2009-02-10 15:10:00

NASHVILLE, Tenn. and KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Nashville-based Cumberland Emerging Technologies, Inc. (CET) and the University of Tennessee Research Foundation (UTRF) today announced they have entered into a license agreement for a promising new asthma treatment discovered at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Under the agreement, CET is providing formulation, grant funding, regulatory and product development assistance in exchange for rights to...

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2008-12-13 16:20:00

A detailed analysis of the measurements of five different satellites has revealed the existence of the warm plasma cloak, a new region of the magnetosphere, which is the invisible shield of magnetic fields and electronically charged particles that surround and protect Earth from the onslaught of the solar wind. The study was conducted by a team of scientists headed by Charles "Rick" Chappell, research professor of physics and director of the Dyer Observatory at Vanderbilt University and...

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2008-12-13 16:10:43

Even though forgetting is such a common occurrence, scientists have not reached a consensus as to how it happens. One theory is that information simply decays from our memory "” we forget things because too much time has passed. Another idea states is that forgetfulness occurs when we confuse an item with other items that we have previously encountered (also known as temporal confusability). Psychologists Nash Unsworth from the University of Georgia, Richard P. Heitz from Vanderbilt...

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2008-12-09 08:20:00

A half dose of flu vaccine may be just as valuable as the full dose for healthy adults under 50; researchers said the finding means supplies could be stretched in case of a shortage. The strategy could also be a backup plan during hard economic times since lower doses likely would mean cheaper shots, said Vanderbilt University vaccine expert Dr. Kathryn Edwards. But the technique is still experimental, and has not been approved by federal regulators. The government-funded study appeared in...


Word of the Day
mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.