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Benefits of Naming People, Objects in Baby’s First Year


In a follow-up to earlier studies of learning in infancy, researchers report that talking to babies in their first year, in particular naming things and people, helps them connect what they see and hear. This learning between 6 and 9 months aids...
16-Dec-2014 2:00 PM EST

Help with Balance for People with Multiple Sclerosis


Many people with multiple sclerosis have trouble with balance and a fear of falling, which can negatively affects quality of life. A new study funded by the National MS Society will look at how sensation in the feet relates to balance and whether...
9-Dec-2014 3:00 PM EST

Re-Thinking Southern California Earthquake Scenarios


New 3D numerical modeling that captures far more geometric complexity of an active fault segment in southern California than any other, suggests that the overall earthquake hazard for towns on the west side of the Coachella Valley such as Palm...
8-Dec-2014 3:00 PM EST

Sociologist Explores Why Military Service Members Marry So Much Younger than Average Americans


While numerous studies have shown that the marriage rate among military service members is much higher than civilians of the same age, new research from a sociologist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has found specific reasons that lead...
1-Dec-2014 4:00 PM EST

New Study Shows Childhood Asthma Due to Living Near Major Roadways Cost Los Angeles Residents $441 Million in 2007 Alone


Asthma caused or worsened by living near major roadways cost Los Angeles County more than $441 million in 2007 alone, according to a new peer-reviewed article by researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the University of Southern...
7-Nov-2014 3:00 PM EST

Astronomers Peer Into Galaxies’ Star-Forming Centers


Astronomers provide data from a new instrument, offering the most precise picture yet of events 4 billion years ago at the centers of distant, dust-cloaked galaxies. Details are in the first scientific paper based on data collected by the large...
6-Nov-2014 4:05 PM EST

Anthropologist Receives Mellon Fellowship Award to Study Endangered Ojibwe Language and Native American Traditions


UMass Amherst anthropologist Sonya Atalay has received a major fellowship award to master the endangered Anishinaabemowin language of Native American Ojibwe tribal communities, in order to expand research and understanding of ancient tribal...
6-Nov-2014 4:00 PM EST

‘Raising Shrimp’ a Finalist in Blue Ocean Film Festival


A new documentary, “Raising Shrimp,” has been named an official selection of the Blue Ocean Film Festival, where it will screen on Nov. 6. It explores aquaculture and its impacts, particularly environmental concerns of shrimp farming and what...
3-Nov-2014 3:25 PM EST

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