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How the Hummingbird Achieves Its Aerobatic Feats

Although hummingbirds are much larger and stir up the air more violently as they move, the way that they fly is more closely related to flying insects than it is to other birds.

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Social Media Partly to Blame for Busybody Culture, Says Professor

The recent explosion of social media in our lives and domination of the air waves by so many "experts" are among the reasons people don't feel free to live their lives as they wish, according to Philosophy Professor John Lachs.

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Researchers Study Impact of Power Prosthetic Failures on Amputees

Powered lower limb prosthetics hold promise for improving the mobility of amputees, but errors in the technology may also cause some users to stumble or fall. New research examines what happens when these technologies fail, with the goal of developing more robust powered prostheses.

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Salk Scientists Unveil Powerful Method to Speed Cancer Drug Discovery

The new method lets researchers identify weak and previously undetectable interactions between proteins inside living cells

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Binghamton University Releases Homegrown TV Spot

What does it take to shoot a modern TV spot? Expensive equipment? A 40-man crew? A gargantuan budget? For Binghamton University, all it takes is some teamwork. The University’s new 30-second TV spot, “Binghamton – This Is Premier,” is a study in collaboration. The video, which showcases the University’s history using archive footage and props, period furniture and digital effects, was produced almost entirely in-house by students, faculty and staff.

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'Cloaking' Device Uses Ordinary Lenses to Hide Objects Across Continuous Range of Angles

Inspired perhaps by Harry Potter's invisibility cloak, scientists have recently developed several ways--some simple and some involving new technologies--to hide objects from view. The latest effort, developed at the University of Rochester, not only overcomes some of the limitations of previous devices, but it uses inexpensive, readily available materials in a novel configuration.

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Salk Scientists Deliver a Promising One-Two Punch for Lung Cancer

A combination of two unexpected drugs targets tumors

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Genetic Testing for Personalized Nutrition Leads to Better Outcomes

Personalized dietary advice based on a person’s genetic makeup improves eating habits compared to current “one-size-fits-all” dietary recommendations, says a University of Toronto researcher.

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Anheuser-Busch InBev CEO Tells U.Va. Darden Students to Aim High

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business continued its fall Leadership Speaker Series Monday with a presentation from Carlos Brito, CEO of Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev).

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Gifted Men and Women Define Success Differently, 40-Year Study Finds

Researchers spent four decades studying a group of mathematically talented adolescents, finding that by mid-life they were extraordinarily accomplished and enjoyed a high level of life satisfaction. Gender, however, played a significant role in how they pursued—and defined—career, family and success. Intellectually gifted women tracked for 40 years were found to earn less money, be less present in STEM fields, and work fewer hours than their male counterparts. Despite that, they expressed a high level of personal satisfaction and sense of achievement, defining success more broadly than men to include family and community service. These observations come from the most recent round of results from the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth (SMPY), the largest longitudinal research project of its kind. The results were posted this week to Psychological Science.

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