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2011-06-22 22:43:37

New studies illuminate brain's complex neurotransmission machinery, point to potential source of problems leading to neurodegenerative and psychiatric conditions Two studies featuring research from Weill Cornell Medical College have uncovered surprising details about the complex process that leads to the flow of neurotransmitters between brain neurons -- a dance of chemical messages so delicate that missteps often lead to neurological dysfunction. A recent Nature Neuroscience study led by Dr....

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2011-06-21 13:29:27

Astronomers have probed into the distant universe and discovered that galaxies display one of two distinct behaviors: they are either awake or asleep, actively forming stars or are not forming any new stars at all. Scientists have known for several years that galaxies in the nearby universe seem to fall into one of these two states. But a new survey of the distant universe shows that even very young galaxies as far away as 12 billion light years are either awake or asleep as well, meaning...

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2011-06-15 12:55:00

NASA said on Wednesday that astronomers have found the first evidence that black holes were common in the early universe. The new discovery shows that very young black holes grew more aggressively than previously thought and in tandem with the growth of their host galaxies.  NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory was used to help make this discovery. NASA said by pointing Chandra to a patch of sky for more than six weeks, astronomers obtained the Chandra Deep Field South (CDFS).  When...

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2011-06-13 07:10:00

Combining lights and statistics may yield high-resolution global economic data The glow of lights in a city at night means different things to different people. For some, the amazing hues along Broadway, the Las Vegas Strip or the Sunset Strip in Hollywood mean a fun night out. For an economist, these dazzling lights signify people's pockets are flush with cash; and in fact, a new study confirms it. Research by William Nordhaus, Sterling Professor of Economics at Yale University and...

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2011-06-11 09:10:00

Yale University economist says microfinance yields surprising results Small loans, somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 to $500 dollars, are an increasingly popular weapon in the fight to reduce poverty. Called microcredit, institutions dole out these monetary advances to help extremely poor people engage in successful entrepreneurship and improve their quality of life. While proponents extol its virtues, researchers look for evidence; they want to know if it works. Does it really increase...

2011-06-09 23:42:23

Microcredit, which involves giving small loans to very small businesses in an effort to promote entrepreneurship, has been widely touted as a way to reduce poverty and stimulate economic growth. A multitude of both non- and for-profit institutions are spending billions of dollars each year on microcredit ventures in developing nations around the globe. But just how effective is microcredit lending? In a new study, researchers find that the practice may not be an efficient tool in promoting...

2011-05-24 06:00:00

ADA, Mich., May 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Amway and Yale University researcher Dr. John Pawelek, have entered into an exclusive three-year agreement to research the biological mechanisms underlying skin pigmentation. The long-term research goal is to better understand human skin pigmentation disorders, including hyperpigmentation, and develop innovative, safe and effective therapies for these hard-to-treat and often psychologically painful conditions. (Logo:...

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2011-05-24 06:21:46

Sequencing DNA base pairs "“ the individual molecules that make up DNA "“ is key for medical researchers working toward personalized medicine. Being able to isolate, study and sequence these DNA molecules would allow scientists to tailor diagnostic testing, therapies and treatments based on each patient's individual genetic makeup. But being able to isolate individual molecules like DNA base pairs, which are just two nanometers across "“ or about 1/50,000th the diameter of a...

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2011-05-20 06:05:00

A new study found that out of every 25 teens, at least one has "problematic Internet use," and brings in the question: What came first? The chicken or the egg: are teens online because they are depressed or are they depressed because they're spending too much time online? "It's really hard to explain the link," Dr. Aboujaoude, a Stanford researcher and author of the book "Virtually You: The Dangerous Powers of the E-Personality", tells Reuters Health. The answer to the chicken or the egg...

2011-05-04 02:00:00

LAUSANNE, Switzerland and NEW HAVEN, Connecticut, May 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Debiopharm Group(TM) (Debiopharm), a global biopharmaceutical development specialist that focuses on serious medical conditions and particularly oncology, and Yale University (Yale), a premier university with a long tradition of both basic and clinically directed biomedical research, announce an exclusive worldwide license agreement concerning the development and commercialization of Debio 1036, a first-in-class...


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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.