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2010-06-09 09:35:00

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., June 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nemours, a children's healthcare system, has been ranked among the best in the specialty rankings as part of the 2010 edition of "America's Best Children's Hospitals," published online by U.S. News & World Report. The magazine's annual ranking lists the top 30 children's hospitals in 10 pediatric specialties. This is the first time Nemours has achieved top rankings, including a top 10 - in Orthopedics. 6th in Orthopedics, 20th...

2010-06-03 09:40:00

MINNEAPOLIS and ST. PAUL, Minn., June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- For the fourth consecutive year, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is ranked among the top pediatric hospitals in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report's annual America's Best Children's Hospitals survey. Once again, Children's was the only pediatric hospital in Minnesota to be recognized among the top 30 pediatric hospitals for neonatal care - the care of infants born prematurely or with other...

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2010-05-28 08:31:31

Seven-year experiment shows that pond communities bear a lasting imprint of random events in their past Scientist Jon Chase once worked in a lab that set up small pond ecosystems for experiments on species interactions and food webs. "We would try to duplicate pond communities with a given experimental treatment," he says. "We put 10 of this species in each pond, and five of these species, and eight of the other species, and 15 milliliters of this nutrient and 5 grams of that and 'sproing,'...

2010-05-26 10:06:00

PHILADELPHIA, May 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pediatric hospitals can employ several techniques to alleviate crowding and improve patient safety, but often fail to implement ways to better manage patient flow, according to new research by The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The study, which appears this month in the journal Pediatrics, evaluates how 39 children's hospitals responded to high volume and found most employ techniques that don't do enough to significantly lower...

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2010-05-24 15:10:00

An archeologist at Washington University in St. Louis is helping to reveal for the first time a snapshot of rural life in China during the Han Dynasty. The rural farming village of Sanyangzhuang was flooded by silt-heavy water from the Yellow River around 2,000 year ago. Working with Chinese colleagues, T.R. Kidder, PhD, professor and chair of anthropology in Arts & Sciences, is working to excavate the site, which offers a exceptionally well-preserved view of daily life in Western China...

2010-05-05 15:45:00

MILWAUKEE, May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Children's Hospital of Wisconsin has installed an EOS low-dose radiation scanner, one of two in a pediatric hospital in the nation. Children's Hospital, located in Milwaukee, is one of the top-rated pediatric hospitals in the country. The Variety Orthopedic Center at Children's Hospital primarily will use the scanner to aid in treating children with scoliosis and other chronic orthopedic conditions that require frequent full-spine imaging. The scanner was...

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2010-04-26 15:41:40

Brain scans show persistent motivation regardless of payoff Whether it's for money, marbles or chalk, the brains of reward-driven people keep their game faces on, helping them win at every step of the way. Surprisingly, they win most often when there is no reward. That's the finding of neuroscientists at Washington University in St. Louis, who tested 31 randomly selected subjects with word games, some of which had monetary rewards of either 25 or 75 cents per correct answer, others of which...

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2010-04-07 12:10:00

A genetic survey shows very little structure to moray eel populations in the Indo-Pacific. How, then, did 150 species of eel arise there? Joshua Reece became interested in moray eels in 2005 when he was applying to the PhD program at the University of Hawai'i. Instead of taking him on a campus tour, his host, Brian Bowen, PhD, a biologist at the university, took him on a dive. Along the southwest coast of Oahu, Reece looked under a rock ledge and was startled to see five different species of...

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2010-03-22 13:53:50

The National Science Foundation has awarded $1.65 million to a project led by Washington University in St. Louis physicist Ken Kelton to build an electrostatic levitation chamber that will be installed at the Spallation Neutron Source at the Oakridge National Laboratory. Using neutrons as a probe, the instrument will allow scientists to watch atoms in a suspended drop of liquid as the drop cools and solidifies. Kelton, PhD, the Arthur Holly Compton Professor in Arts & Sciences and chair...

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2010-03-18 08:39:04

Sometimes a professional favor takes you down an interesting side street Jennifer Smith, PhD, associate professor of earth and planetary sciences in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, was belly crawling her way to the end of a long, narrow tunnel carved in the rock at a desert oasis by Egyptians who lived in the time of the pharaohs. "I was crawling along when suddenly I felt stabbed in the chest," she says. "I looked down and saw that I was pressing against the...


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jument
  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
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