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January 24, 2013
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Public Acceptance of Climate Change Affected by Word Usage, Says MU Anthropologist

Better science communication could lead to a more informed American public. Public acceptance of climate change’s reality may have been influenced by the rate at which words moved from scientific journals into the mainstream, according to anthropologist Michael O’Brien, dean … Continue reading

October 20, 2012
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Diana Davis dances her Ph.D.

What if the Ph.D. research becomes too complex for words? Dozens of candidates turned to the language of dance in the fifth annual national contest sponsored by Science Magazine. Diana Davis, a graduate student in mathematics, won the first-ever “Dance … Continue reading

August 29, 2012
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Sticks and Stones: “That’s so gay” Negatively affects Gay Students

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—People may believe words are not harmful, but the phrase “that’s so gay” can have negative consequences for gay, lesbian or bisexual students, a new University of Michigan study indicated. The phrase is often used by young people … Continue reading

April 25, 2012
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Inspired by Insects

For treatment of vocal fold disorders, UD researchers look to insect protein A one-inch long grasshopper can leap a distance of about 20 inches. Cicadas can produce sound at about the same frequency as radio waves. Fleas measuring only millimeters … Continue reading

April 7, 2011
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Berkeley Lab Researchers Create Next-Generation Chemical Mapping on the Nanoscale

A pixel is worth a thousand words? Not exactly how the saying goes, but in this case, it holds true: scientists at Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry have pioneered a new chemical mapping method that provides unprecedented insight into materials at … Continue reading

April 3, 2011
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Watch Your Language! of Course–But How Do We Actually Do That?

Nothing seems more automatic than speech. We produce an estimated 150 words a minute, and make a mistake only about once every 1,000 words. We stay on track, saying what we intend to, even when other words distract us—from the … Continue reading

January 24, 2011
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Fighting Words: Violent Political Rhetoric Fuels Violent Attitudes

ANN ARBOR, Mich.— Political leaders regularly promise to “fight” for noble causes and “combat” pressing problems. They declare “war” on social problems, such as poverty, disease, drugs and terrorism. This violent political rhetoric—whether politicians intend to or not—can enflame violent … Continue reading