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Imitating someone's accent makes it easier to understand them

2010-12-07
In conversation, we often imitate each other's speech style and may even change our accent to fit that of the person we're talking to. A recent study in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, suggests that imitating someone who speaks with a regional or foreign accent may actually help you understand them better. "If people are talking to each other, they tend to sort of move their speech toward each other," says Patti Adank, of the University of Manchester, who cowrote the study with Peter Hagoort and Harold Bekkering from Radboud ...

Missouri grapes hold key to improving world grape production

2010-12-07
In a few years, a sip of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Pinot Noir may include a taste of the "Show-Me" State. The state grape of Missouri – the Norton variety grown at many vineyards around the state – is resistant to powdery mildew, a fungal pathogen that affects winemaking grapes around the world. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri are working to identify valuable genes from the Norton grape for eventual transfer into other grapes to make them less susceptible to mildew, decrease fungicide use and increase world-wide grape production. Walter Gassmann, ...

Early physical therapy for low back pain associated with less subsequent health care utilization

2010-12-07
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is pointing to a new study on low back pain in Medicare patients in its efforts to encourage the newly established Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to promptly launch a demonstration project on direct access to physical therapist services that was recommended in the recent health reform law. The study, published in the journal Spine, showed Medicare patients who received physical therapy in the acute phase following an episode of low back pain were less likely to receive epidural steroid injections, lumbar surgery, ...

Illinois study: Ginseng just got better -- not as bitter

2010-12-07
URBANA – University of Illinois scientists have learned to mask the bitterness of ginseng, a common ingredient of energy drinks. "Consumers like to see ginseng on a product's ingredient list because studies show that it improves memory, enhances libido and sexual performance, boosts immunity, and alleviates diabetes. But the very compounds that make ginseng good for you also make it taste bitter," said Soo-Yeun Lee, a U of I associate professor of food science and human nutrition. In an earlier study, Lee and U of I professor of food chemistry Shelly J. Schmidt found ...

Optics Express focus issue on chalcogenide photonics: Fabrication, devices and applications

2010-12-07
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6—Recent progress in chalcogenide glass photonics has been driven by scientific and technological challenges in a variety of areas. These range from increased demand for bandwidth in optical communications, to the emergence of bio-health hazards associated with hazardous microorganisms that absorb at mid-infrared wavelengths, to defense applications that require bright mid-infrared sources. Additionally, chalcogenide glass provides a platform for fundamental investigations of light-matter interactions in nanophotonic structures, such as photonic crystals ...

Fleshing out the life histories of dead whales

Fleshing out the life histories of dead whales
2010-12-07
Dead whales that sink down to the seafloor provide a feast for deep-sea animals that can last for years. Previous research suggested that such "whale falls" were homes for unique animals that lived nowhere else. However, after sinking five whale carcasses in Monterey Canyon, researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) found that most of the animals at these sites were not unique to whale falls, but were common in other deep-sea environments as well. Nonetheless, the whale-fall communities did include a few very abundant animals that were "bone ...

A flu vaccine that lasts

2010-12-07
WHAT: The costly, time-consuming process of making, distributing and administering millions of seasonal flu vaccines would become obsolete if researchers could design a vaccine that confers decades-long protection from any flu virus strain. Making such a universal influenza vaccine is feasible but licensing it may require innovation on several fronts, including finding new ways to evaluate the efficacy of vaccine candidates in clinical trials, conclude scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. ...

Rice physicists help unravel mystery of repetitive DNA segments

Rice physicists help unravel mystery of repetitive DNA segments
2010-12-07
HOUSTON -- (Dec. 6, 2010) -- With new tools that can grab individual strands of DNA and stretch them like rubber bands, Rice University scientists are working to unravel a mystery of modern genomics. Their latest findings, which appear in Physical Review Letters, offer new clues about the physical makeup of odd segments of DNA that have just one DNA base, adenine, repeated dozens of times in a row. These mysterious "poly(dA) repeats" are sprinkled throughout the human genome. Scientists have also found them in the genomes of animals, plants and other species over the ...

Why married men tend to behave better

Why married men tend to behave better
2010-12-07
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Researchers have long argued that marriage generally reduces illegal and aggressive behaviors in men. It remained unclear, however, if that association was a function of matrimony itself or whether less "antisocial" men were simply more likely to get married. The answer, according to a new study led by a Michigan State University behavior geneticist, appears to be both. In the December issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry, online today, S. Alexandra Burt and colleagues found that less antisocial men were more likely to get married. Once ...

Exposure to more diverse objects speeds word learning in tots

2010-12-07
Two toddlers are learning the word "cup." One sees three nearly identical cups; the other sees a tea cup, a sippy cup and a Styrofoam cup. Chances are, the second child will have a better sense of what a cup is and -- according to a new University of Iowa study -- may even have an advantage as he learns new words. Published this month in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, the research showed that 18-month-olds who played with a broader array of objects named by shape – for example, groups of bowls or buckets that were less similar ...

Study reveals 'secret ingredient' in religion that makes people happier

2010-12-07
WASHINGTON, DC, December 1, 2010 — While the positive correlation between religiosity and life satisfaction has long been known, a new study in the December issue of the American Sociological Review reveals religion's "secret ingredient" that makes people happier. "Our study offers compelling evidence that it is the social aspects of religion rather than theology or spirituality that leads to life satisfaction," said Chaeyoon Lim, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who led the study. "In particular, we find that friendships built ...

Research exposes racial discrimination against Asian American men in job market

2010-12-07
WASHINGTON, DC, December 2, 2010 — A new study by a University of Kansas sociologist shows that U.S. employers fail to pay Asian American men as much as similarly qualified white men. "The most striking result is that native-born Asian Americans — who were born in the U.S. and speak English perfectly — their income is 8 percent lower than whites after controlling for their college majors, their places of residence and their level of education," said ChangHwan Kim, an assistant professor of sociology at KU, who led the study. Full results of the study — "Have Asian ...

Research exposes racial discrimination against Asian-American men in job market

2010-12-07
LAWRENCE — A new study by a University of Kansas researcher shows that U.S. employers fail to pay Asian-American men as much as they pay similarly qualified white men. "The most striking result is that native-born Asian Americans — who were born in the U.S. and speak English perfectly — their income is 8 percent lower than whites after controlling for their college majors, their places of residence and their level of education," said ChangHwan Kim, assistant professor of sociology at KU, who led the study. Full results of the research appear in the December issue of ...

New UCLA study raises questions about genetic testing of newborns

2010-12-07
WASHINGTON, DC, December 6, 2010 — Mandatory genetic screening of newborns for rare diseases is creating unexpected upheaval for families whose infants test positive for risk factors but show no immediate signs of the diseases, a new UCLA study warns. "Although newborn screening undoubtedly saves lives, some families are thrown on a journey of great uncertainty," said UCLA sociology professor Stefan Timmermans, the study's lead author. "Rather than providing clear-cut diagnoses, screening of an entire population has created ambiguity about whether infants truly have ...

Influenza virus strains show increasing drug resistance and ability to spread

2010-12-07
Two new studies raise public health concerns about increasing antiviral resistance among certain influenza viruses, their ability to spread, and a lack of alternative antiviral treatment options. The findings are published in the January 1 issue of The Journal of Infectious Diseases. (Please see below for links to these articles online.) Influenza viruses are treated with two classes of drugs: M2 blockers (adamantanes) and neuraminidase inhibitors (NAIs), including oseltamivir and zanamivir. While the spread of influenza strains with resistance to one class of drugs ...

Pittsburgh Pirate Legend Roberto Clemente This Week at LiveAuctionTalk.com

2010-12-07
Pittsburgh Pirate legend Roberto Clemente played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball from 1955 through 1972. All of those games were for the Pirates. To say Pittsburgh fans loved the man is an understatement. Clemente won four batting titles and led the Pirates to world championships in 1960 and 1971. The right fielder was also the first Latino to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. "He was always where he was supposed to be, backing up, taking balls off the most difficult fences. His arm was powerful, but it was also deadly accurate. Nobody ran on him and when ...

Pet Flow website offers $4.95 Flat Rate Shipping on All Pet Food, Treats and Litter

2010-12-07
1140 Broadway #1502 NY, New York 10001, Dec 05, 2010/ With the launch of Petflow website in 2009, it has been shipping pet food products to the different parts of the United States effectively and in time. To make it easy for the pet owners to get their pet food before getting out of stock, it delivers the pet food at their doorstep within 24 hours from the time of order. It was founded on the idea that properly feeding the pets should never be a chore and pet owners would never have to run to the store in last minute frenzy. They regard pets like their own children and ...

Soundtrack Channel Makes 2 Minute Ad Slots Available To National DRTV Advertisers!

2010-12-07
Direct Response (DRTV) advertising is still the single most effective way to get a product or service out to the masses quickly, create instant branding, and make money. And Stardust Broadcasting, with 23 years of TV media experience is offering DRTV advertisers 2 minute slots on The SoundTrack Channel to 6 million households so they can take advantage of the magic of TV advertising. The Soundtrack Channel is the new channel for cable, satellite and IPTV, featuring movie music soundtracks, entertainment news and sneak peaks at all the latest movies.It is aired in 84 ...

Aussie Shares Wobbly Through 2010 - Regent Markets Australia Stock Report

2010-12-07
Hopes were high for 2010 at the start of this year as it seemed the fog of the Global Financial Crisis was finally lifting and shares were finally starting to regain some of their former value. Strong months of February and March seemed to back up this idea and bring some much needed confidence back to the trading floor. The end of April brought back plenty of bad memories for share traders as they watched the market tumble 700 points in the space of just over one month. The market, now sitting well below its starting point at the beginning of the year, did little to ...

KAI Texas Adds to Design Team

2010-12-07
Rory Villanueva, AIA joins KAI Texas as a Project Architect. Villanueva has over 25 years of experience in architecture both as a project architect and project manager. An award-winning architect, his accolades include Dallas Observer's "Best of Dallas" Award for Best Public Sculpture comprised of multiple installations around the downtown Dallas central business district, and several design competition awards from the Dallas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Villanueva's Fort Worth project experience includes design activities for the Fort Worth ...

Inner-city Students from Turn-Around School Celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week with the Little Green Money Machine!

2010-12-07
Inner-city Students from Turn-Around School Celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week with the Little Green Money Machine! Over 20 students from Chicago's West Side John Marshall High School showcase their business savvy with the Little Green Money Machine! Inner-city youth from Chicago's West Side participate in Global Entrepreneurship Week. Over 20 youth from the John Marshall High School 4H Club Agribusiness program helped plan and run businesses at the Little Green Money Machine booth at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair November 20-21, 2010. "This real-life experience ...

Driving the comeback of M&A: A webcast examining the current and future M&A landscape

2010-12-07
Friday 26 November, 2010 2:00 PM GMT (3:00 PM CET) London Join this complimentary webcast, hosted by mergermarket and Merrill DataSite, where leading figures will predict developments in the dealmaking landscape over the next few months and discuss the findings of a recently released report examining the comeback of M&A. Speakers include: Charlie Johnstone, Director, ECI Partners Mick McDonagh, Partner at KPMG Darren Redmayne, CEO UK & Managing Director, Lincoln International Douglas Glass, Partner, Akin Gump Catherine Ford, Managing Editor-Remark, ...

Savant Books Announces Release of Mike Farris' Newest Murder-Mystery Novel, "Manifest Intent"

2010-12-07
When lawyer Scot Anthony is handed a supposedly routine fraud case, he never imagines that both his prime witnesses would be murdered. Now the killer is after him. As bodies pile up and more suspects emerge, Scot must quickly solve the case to block the killer's...manifest intent. Mike Farris, author of "Kanaka Blues" (Savant 2010), is an award-winning screenwriter, literary agent, and entertainment attorney, focusing on the film and publishing industries. He lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife Susan, who is also an attorney. "After the release by Savant Books of ...

Innovations of iHASMD and LifeWIRE Work in Tandem to Improve Quality of Care

2010-12-07
iHASMD, a leader in software-based telehealth for healthcare delivery, has announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with LifeWIRE , an innovator in interactive mobile messaging, with offices in Toronto CANADA and Annapolis MD. The partnership is aimed to bring the most advanced and innovative telehealth / mHealth solutions together to improve quality of care and to increase access. iHASMD's telehealth platform offers office-ready solution for providers to delivery affordable, easy to use and scalable telehealth / telemedicine solutions to its patients. ...

Makia Creations -- Women Entrepreneurs Creating Business Opportunity Through Crafting

2010-12-07
Alison Prince and Missy Smith never imagined that their avid hobby would be transformed into a thriving business. What began as a weekly blog sharing ideas with other like-minded individuals evolved to an overnight business success with thousands of followers throughout the country. Makia Creations was started to offer not only a unique creative experience, but to also enable women to take their love for crafting and create their own business around it. The days of running around gathering your supplies for a craft project are over. Makia Creations prepackages its products ...
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