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2010-09-16 08:02:05

By Mari N. Jensen, University of Arizona College of Science Glaciers can help actively growing mountains become higher by protecting them from erosion, according to a University of Arizona-led research team. The finding is contrary to the conventional view of glaciers as powerful agents of erosion that carve deep fjords and move massive amounts of sediment down mountains. Mountains grow when movements of the Earth's crust push the rocks up. The research is the first to show that the erosion...

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2010-08-26 06:35:00

Egypt's Ministry of Culture announced Wednesday that archaeologists have unearthed the remains of a 3,500-year-old trading settlement in one of the country's desert oases that predates earlier cities by a thousand years. The Yale University mission discovered the ancient settlement in Umm El-Kharga Oasis, one of Egypt's five western deserts, located around 375 miles south of Cairo. The university found the site while working to map ancient routes in the western desert. The settlement lies...

2010-08-13 10:48:00

WELLESLEY, Mass., Aug. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In GIVING VOICE TO VALUES: Speaking Your Mind When You Know What's Right (Yale University Press), Babson College scholar and consultant Mary Gentile shows us not how to decide what's right or wrong, but the much harder step of how to speak our minds and act on our values when we already know what's right. Drawn from actual business experiences as well as social science and management research, Gentile's findings reveal that acting on...

2010-08-12 15:49:54

Within a dangerous stomach bacterium, Yale University researchers have discovered an ancient but functioning genetic remnant from a time before DNA existed, they report in the August 13 issue of the journal Science. To the surprise of researchers, this RNA complex seems to play a critical role in the ability of the organism to infect human cells, a job carried out almost exclusively by proteins produced from DNA's instruction manual. "What these cells are doing is using ancient RNA technology...

2010-08-10 18:39:16

It turns out that watching paint dry might not be as boring as the old adage claims. A team led by Yale University researchers has come up with a new technique to study the mechanics of coatings as they dry and peel, and has discovered that the process is far from mundane. In the August 9-13 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team presents a new way to image and analyze the mechanical stress that causes colloidal coatings"”those in which microscopic...

2010-08-03 13:19:28

Standard therapeutic techniques decrease cravings of cigarette smokers by regulating activity in two separate but related areas of the brain, a new study led by a Yale University researcher shows. Smokers who are taught cognitive strategies, such as thinking about the long-term consequences of smoking, show increased activity in the prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain associated with cognitive control and rational thought. They also show decreased activity in areas of the striatum, an...

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2010-07-09 10:55:00

When Nicholas Longrich discovered a new dinosaur species with a heart-shaped frill on its head, he wanted to come up with a name just as flamboyant as the dinosaur's appearance. Over a few beers with fellow paleontologists one night, he blurted out the first thing that came to mind: Mojoceratops. "It was just a joke, but then everyone stopped and looked at each other and said, "ËœWait "” that actually sounds cool,' " said Longrich, a postdoctoral associate at Yale University....

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2010-06-25 05:25:00

Yale University researchers have reported an important first step in regenerating fully functional lung tissue that can exchange gas "“ the most critical function of the lungs. Lung tissue is difficult to regenerate because it does not generally repair or regenerate beyond the microscopic level.   Currently, the only way to replace damaged adult lung tissue is through lung transplantation, a procedure highly vulnerable to organ rejection and infection, and one in which the...

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2010-06-25 05:11:25

Yale University engineers have for the first time created 3D models of whole intact mouse organs, a feat they accomplished using fluorescence microscopy. The team reports its findings in the May/June issue of the Journal of Biomedical Optics, in a study published online this week. Combining an imaging technique called multiphoton microscopy with "optical clearing," which uses a solution that renders tissue transparent, the researchers were able to scan mouse organs and create high-resolution...

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2010-06-17 12:50:00

Astronomers have glimpsed what could be the youngest known star at the very moment it is being born. Not yet fully developed into a true star, the object is in the earliest stages of star formation and has just begun pulling in matter from a surrounding envelope of gas and dust, according to a new study that appears in the current issue of the Astrophysical Journal. The study's authors"”who include astronomers from Yale University, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the...


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  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
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