Monthly Archives: June 2011

Alzheimer’s prevention in your pantry

Alzheimer’s, the degenerative brain disorder that disrupts memory, thought and behavior, is devastating to both patients and loved ones. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, one in eight Americans over the age of 65 suffers from the disease. Now Tel Aviv University has discovered that an everyday spice in your kitchen cupboard could hold the key […] … learn more→

Three Cups of Tea: One Man\’s Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time

Some failures lead to phenomenal successes, and this American nurse\’s unsuccessful attempt to climb K2, the world\’s second tallest mountain, is one of them. … learn more→

What are College students reading?

Surprise! Students aren’t reading Kafka in their free time. The Chronicle of Higher Education has run surveys of college bookstores for the past 40 years to determine what college students are reading. As of late, most of the results of these surveys indicate that that students are reading books geared towards adolescents such as Harry […] … learn more→

Bookmark and Share New global plant database will lead to more reliable predictions of climate change effects

Plant traits (their morphological and physiological properties) determine how plants compete for resources (light, water, soil nutrients), where and how fast they can grow and, ultimately, how plants influence ecosystem properties such as rates of nutrient cycling, water use and carbon dioxide uptake. A major bottleneck to modelling the effects of climate change at ecosystem […] … learn more→

The astonishing cliché of economic history

Understanding economic theory, in law and in principle, requires a certain perception of the world. … learn more→

Cambridge University set to blitz the Botanic Garden

Set to the stunning backdrop of Cambridge University’s Botanic Garden, the Zoology Department is once again going on a BioBlitz. … learn more→

350 million adults have diabetes: Study reveals the scale of global epidemic

A major international study collating and analyzing worldwide data on diabetes since 1980 has found that the number of adults with the disease reached 347 million in 2008, more than double the number in 1980. The research, published today in The Lancet, reveals that the prevalence of diabetes has risen or at best remained unchanged […] … learn more→

Green eMotion initiative to pave the way for electric vehicles

The Irish launch of an EU funded electric vehicle project which sees Trinity College Dublin partner with ESB, Codema and Cork City Council was launched recently in Trinity College by the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte. The Green eMotion EU Project aims to advance the use of electric vehicles and involves […] … learn more→

Banned Books Awareness: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Arnold Spirit, Jr. was born with an excess of spinal fluid in his skull. The brain damage that resulted, and the surgery he underwent to correct it, left him skinny, with less teeth, an over-sized head, hands, and feet; not to mention poor eyesight, seizures, stutters, and lisps. Because of this, Arnold is regularly beaten […] … learn more→

Natural habitat: Prickly passion

The world\’s leading expert on cacti biology, UCLA plant physiological ecologist Park S. Nobel is an evangelist for the environmental benefits of the fleshy, water-wise plants known as succulents — and he’s turned his backyard in Southern California’s exclusive Bel Air neighborhood into a one-of-a-kind desert garden. … learn more→