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2010-10-13 17:30:00

HOUSTON, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., will host NASA astronaut Robert Behnken Wed., Oct. 20 and Thurs., Oct. 21. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Behnken's first presentation is Oct. 20 at 4 p.m. CDT during the Physics Colloquium at the University's Compton Hall, Room 245. The presentation will include...

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2010-10-12 08:54:06

"You don't have to go out into the woods anymore," says tick expert Brian F. Allan, PhD, who just completed a postdoctoral appointment at Washington University in St. Louis. "The deer are bringing tick-borne disease to us." So, it stands to reason that anything deer like, might increase the risk of tick-borne disease for people. The invasive plant bush honeysuckle, for example. Yes, that leafy shrub with the lovely egg-shaped leaves on arching branches, fragrant white or yellow flowers and...

2010-10-04 22:33:13

The system put in place by the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980 -- which gives universities significant control over intellectual property associated with the results of federally funded research at their institutions "“ has been more effective than the pre-1980 system in making research advances available to the public and spurring innovation, says a new report from the National Research Council. Nevertheless, the current system needs improvement, said the committee that wrote the report. "The...

2010-10-04 15:31:00

ST. LOUIS, Oct. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Peabody Energy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Gregory H. Boyce delivered the keynote address on 'The Future of Fossil Fuels' at the Global Energy Future Symposium at Washington University in St. Louis, calling on the assembled international academic and governmental leaders to "put people first" by supporting policies that prioritize eliminating global energy poverty by 2050. Boyce said coal is a global "future fuel," citing three global...

2010-10-04 09:30:00

REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Around the world, more and more higher education institutions and schools are clamoring for more effective ways to save money and provide an outstanding experience to students. Today, Microsoft Corp. announced higher education institutions using Microsoft's cloud services and Live@edu. New universities joining the Live@edu ranks include California State University schools including San Francisco State University; CSU, Long Beach; California State...

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2010-09-17 15:09:03

By Jim Dryden, Washington University in St. Louis An international team of Alzheimer's disease experts, led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has uncovered a gene variation that appears to predict the rate at which Alzheimer's disease will progress. The investigators report their findings online in the journal Public Library of Science (PLoS) Genetics. Whereas previous studies have focused on factors that influence the risk for Alzheimer's, the new research points to a...

2010-09-16 07:00:00

Pediatric Oncologist at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Shares Vision for Improved Treatments for Children The Cancer Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Celebrates Childhood Cancer Awareness Month with an Advocacy Trip to Washington, D.C. WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Peter Adamson, M.D., director of Clinical and Translational Research at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, shares his expertise about developing better treatments for children...

2010-09-01 11:22:00

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Radiation Oncology Services of America, Inc. (ROSA), a subsidiary of Ambulatory Services of America, Inc. (ASA), announced today that it has entered into an agreement with the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine to embark on a Cooperative Quality Assurance Project. In this project, the Washington University Department of Radiation Oncology will review quality assurance activities in a number...

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2010-09-01 10:33:01

By Michael C. Purdy As anyone who has ever struggled to keep his or her eyes open after a big meal knows, eating can induce sleepiness. New research in fruit flies suggests that, conversely, being hungry may provide a way to stay awake without feeling groggy or mentally challenged. Scientists at Washington University in St. Louis found that starvation allows the need for nourishment to push aside the need for sleep. Like humans and rats, fruit flies cannot survive without sleep. But in a line...

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2010-08-30 20:20:40

Shock-synthesized diamonds said to prove a catastrophic impact killed off North American megafauna can't be foundAbout 12,900 years ago, a sudden cold snap interrupted the gradual warming that had followed the last Ice Age. The cold lasted for the 1,300-year interval known as the Younger Dryas (YD) before the climate began to warm again.In North America, large animals known as megafauna, such as mammoths, mastodons, saber-tooth tigers and giant short-faced bears, became extinct. The...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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