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Observed by Texas telescope: Light from huge explosion 12 billion years ago reaches Earth

Gamma Ray Burst, SMUIntense light from the enormous explosion of a star more than 12 billion years ago — shortly after the Big Bang — recently reached Earth and was visible in the sky.

Known as a gamma-ray burst, light from the rare, high-energy explosion traveled for 12.1 billion years before it was detected and observed by a telescope, ROTSE-IIIb, owned by Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Continue reading

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Richest marine reptile fossil bed along Africa’s South Atlantic coast is dated at 71.5 mya

Angola, SMU, Strganac, Projecto PaleoAngolaPaleontologists at Southern Methodist University have measured the carbon isotopes in marine fossils from Bentiaba, Angola to precisely date for the first time 30 million years of sediments along Africa’s South Atlantic shoreline.

They dated the richest marine reptile fossil bed along Africa’s South Atlantic to 71.5 million years ago. Continue reading

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PsyPost: Corporal punishment study shows kids misbehave within 10 minutes of spanking

PsyPost, Holden, spanking, SMU, kids misbehavePsyPost internet news has covered the research of SMU psychologist George W. Holden about the controversial practice of corporal punishment.

The article, “Corporal punishment study shows kids misbehave within 10 minutes of spanking,” published April 16. Continue reading

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The Raw Story: Study — Spanking doesn’t work, but average 4-year-old is spanked 936 times per year anyway

Raw Story, Kaufman, Holden, spanking, SMUJournalist Scott Kaufman with the internet news site The Raw Story covered the research of SMU psychologist George W. Holden about the controversial practice of corporal punishment.

The article, “Spanking doesn’t work, but average 4-year-old is spanked 936 times per year anyway,” published April 16. Continue reading

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Real-time audio of corporal punishment shows kids misbehave within 10 minutes of spanking

A new study based on real-time audio recordings of parents practicing corporal punishment discovered that spanking was far more common than parents admit, said psychologist George Holden, lead author.

The study also found that children were hit for trivial misdeeds and that children then misbehaved within 10 minutes of being punished.
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Parents less likely to spank after reading briefly about its links to problems in children

George Holden, SMU, spanking, corporal punishmentSome parents who spank believe it’s an effective way to discipline children. But extensive research has linked spanking to child behavior problems.

New SMU studies found that brief exposure to the research significantly altered parents’ views of spanking. “If we can educate people about corporal punishment, these studies show that we can in a very quick way begin changing attitudes,” said George Holden, SMU psychologist. Continue reading

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Prevention: Is Organic Food Really Better For You?

Prevention Bauer Chhabra organic fruit flyHealth and science reporter Richard Laliberte with Prevention Magazine has covered research carried out in the fruit fly lab of SMU biologist Johannes H. Bauer. The research by Plano, Texas high school student Ria Chhabra is featured in the article, “Is Organic Food Really Better For You?,” published Aug. 21. Continue reading

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HuffPost: Mark Cuban donates $100,000 to research NBA flopping

markcubanNews blog Huffington Post picked up the coverage by KDAF’s CW33 Nightcap News of the research of SMU biomechanics expert Peter G. Weyand, who is teaming with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to investigate the forces involved in basketball collisions and the possibility of estimating “flopping” forces from video data.

Huffington Post reposted the Nightcap News video at “Mark Cuban Gives $100K to SMU to Fight NBA Flopping Continue reading

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Star Telegram: Eliminate flopping? Godspeed, Mark Cuban

Big Mac BlogFort Worth Star Telegram sports writer Mac Engel covered the research of SMU biomechanics expert Peter G. Weyand, who is teaming with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to investigate the forces involved in basketball collisions and the possibility of estimating “flopping” forces from video data.

The coverage in Engel’s The Big Mac Blog, “Eliminate flopping? Godspeed, Mark Cuban,” was posted June 11. Continue reading

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