AMHERST, Mass. - Astronomers from the University of Massachusetts and Columbia University have found the "bulls-eye" pulsar in a bright ring of high-energy particles in a distant supernova remnant. This discovery, made with NASA''s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Arecibo Radio Telescope, will help scientists better understand how neutron stars channel enormous amounts of energy into particles moving near the speed of light.
AMHERST, Mass. - A University of Massachusetts researcher is conducting a study to determine whether antioxidants improve muscle function, strength, and volume in older adults. Maria Urso, a UMass doctoral student, says the research could have a significant impact for older people who currently experience muscle atrophy – either from the normal course of aging, or when they are immobilized or become more sedentary due to injury or advanced age.
AMHERST, Mass. - Researchers at the University of Massachusetts say company stock prices drop sharply following rejection of new drugs by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and that the announcement of the rejection made by the company, not the agency, apparently prompts instances of illegal insider trading. With Congress investigating alleged insider trading by officials at ImClone Systems following FDA rejection of an important cancer-fighting drug, the UMass team says its initial findings are timely and significant.
AMHERST, Mass. - A company with its roots at the University of Massachusetts has introduced a computer game that allows people who are visually impaired to compete on an equal footing with sighted competitors. Although a handful of other games enable blind players to compete against each other, Zform’s game is the first that puts opponents on equal footing, regardless of their eyesight, say company founders. Zform officially launched its first game last week. The game is an accessible version of the five-card draw poker. A synthesized voice tells visually impaired players what cards they have been dealt, what moves other players have made, and what cards have been thrown down. It can be downloaded from the World Wide Web. The company also has other accessible games in development.
AMHERST, Mass. - Most people lie in everyday conversation when they are trying to appear likable and competent, according to a study conducted by University of Massachusetts psychologist Robert S. Feldman and published in the most recent Journal of Basic and Applied Social Psychology.
AMHERST, Mass. - It wasn’t your imagination: last winter really was one of the mildest on record, says Frank Keimig, a climatologist and manager of the Climate System Research Center at the University of Massachusetts. Keimig recently compiled information on last year’s winter weather, and compared those statistics with the numbers from anaverage winter in western Massachusetts.
AMHERST, Mass. - David Schmidt, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Massachusetts, has been awarded a $300,000 grant by the Office of Naval Research (ONR). Schmidt is one of just 26 researchers from across the country to receive the Young Investigator Award.
AMHERST, Mass. - Charles Schewe, professor of marketing at the University of Massachusetts and business consultant and author, says his research into seven generational cohorts living in the U.S provides a powerful tool not only for business, but also in social research and public policy analysis.