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‘Memories of Buenos Aires,’ Edited by Max Page, Maps the Terror of Argentina’s ‘Dirty War’

AMHERST, Mass. – Throughout Central and South America, there remains the palpable awareness of the decades-long “Dirty War,” in which the military and oligarchy joined forces in brutal and relentless repression of democratic institutions, and many tens of thousands people were simply marked for disappearance. That war has retained its own emotional and physical topography in the region, especially in Argentina, where as many as 30,000 citizens were killed after the generals seized power in 1976.

Now, Max Page, professor of architecture and history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has edited a new book that explores that topography and serves as an interpretive guide to the terror in Argentina, invoking the memory of the disappeared, the desaparecidos, in the memorials and hidden places of torture that mark the capital. (more…)

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Songbirds’ Brains Coordinate Singing with Intricate Timing, Study Shows

Research may help explain how human brain governs speech

In an article in the current issue of Nature, neuroscientist Daniel Margoliash and colleagues show, for the first time, how the brain is organized to govern skilled performance—a finding that may lead to new ways of understanding human speech production. (more…)

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Environmental Cost of Agriculture: Soil Determines Fate of Phosphorous

Brazil’s soybean yields have become competitive with those of the United States and Argentina, but the soil demands a lot of phosphorous, which is not renewable. In the United States, meanwhile, historical applications of the fertilizer have polluted waterways. What accounts for these problems? It’s the soils, according to a new study comparing agriculture in the three countries.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Just 20 years ago, the soils of the Amazon basin were thought unsuitable for large-scale agriculture, but then industrial agriculture — and the ability to fertilize on a massive scale — came to the Amazon. What were once the poorest soils in the world now produce crops at a rate that rivals that of global breadbaskets. Soils no longer seem to be the driver — or the limiter — of agricultural productivity. But a new Brown University-led study of three soybean growing regions, including Brazil, finds that soils have taken on a new role: mediating the environmental consequences of modern farming. (more…)

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2012 Plastino Scholars

Life-changing opportunities made possible by donor’s generosity

From working on solar-powered energy in India and conducting historic research on the Jewish community of Buenos Aires, to studying the world parrot crisis and examining music and dance in Bali, the four 2011 Plastino Scholars recounted their experiences at a dinner on Thursday, April 26, that celebrated their experiences and welcomed the incoming 2012 cohort.

Established in 2007 by a generous gift from Dave Plastino, a 1978 graduate of the University of Delaware’s College of Arts and Sciences, the Plastino Scholars Program awards grants to undergraduates to support self-designated, off-campus projects of their passion. (more…)

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Microsoft at CES 2012: Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox Take Center Stage

*“Metro will drive the magic,” says Steve Ballmer as Microsoft shows off Windows 8, announces Kinect for Windows and more.*

LAS VEGAS – From ultra-thin Windows PCs to the latest Windows Phones from Nokia, there’s a sense of anticipation for the latest Microsoft tech, and nowhere is that excitement more palpable than at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show.

At the Microsoft keynote, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer joined host Ryan Seacrest on stage to look at the latest from Microsoft’s Windows Phone, Windows and Xbox teams. Windows Phone’s Derek Snyder showed off the Local Scout on Windows Phone, among other features. Chief Marketing Officer, Windows and Windows Live, Tami Reller played a game of “Cut the Rope” and previewed Windows 8, including the Windows Store, and Metro-inspired design features. The Xbox team demoed the latest Xbox 360 experience, including the “You Say It, Xbox Finds It” Bing integration, as well as voice and gesture recognition via Kinect. The Xbox team also showed off the two-way interactive television experience available via Kinect by playing a game with Grover on “Sesame Street.” Microsoft also announced that the Kinect for Windows SDK will be available Feb. 1. See a quick recap of all the keynote news on the Official Microsoft Blog. (more…)

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