Southern Methodist University (SMU) was established in 1911 in the Dallas, Texas area. The current enrollment is around 11,000 students. The Lyle School of Engineering is noteworthy and other schools and research labs have a good standing. SMU is in the top 100 of similar institutions of higher learning. It is a private institution owned by the United Methodist Church.
Discovery improves astronomical 'tape measure' scientists use to calculate acceleration of expansion of universe
(Phys.org)—Light from two massive stars that exploded hundreds of millions of years ago recently reached Earth, and each event was identified as a supernova. A supernova discovered Feb. 6 exploded about 450 million years ...
Fruit flies fed organic diets are healthier than flies fed nonorganic diets, study finds
(Phys.org) —A new study looking at the potential health benefits of organic versus non-organic food found that fruit flies fed an organic diet recorded better health outcomes than flies fed a nonorganic diet.
No evidence for ancient comet or Clovis catastrophe, archaeologists say
(PhysOrg.com) -- New research challenges the controversial theory that the impact of an ancient comet devastated the Clovis people, one of the earliest known cultures to inhabit North America.
Study: Wall Street's short sellers wrongly maligned—detected red flags ahead of US financial crisis
(Phys.org) —Numerous banks in the United States failed during the recent financial crisis—and more would have, absent governmental intervention, writes short-selling expert Hemang Desai, a professor at Southern Methodist ...
Study finds Jurassic ecosystems were similar to modern: Animals flourish among lush plants
(Phys.org)—CO2 levels in fossil soils from the Late Jurassic confirm that climate, vegetation and animal richness varied across the planet 150 million years ago, suggesting future human changes to global climate will heavily ...
Lovely wrapping make us happier about the gift
With holiday gift-giving season ramping up, let's consider the art of giftwrapping: Is the effort behind those precise folds, elaborate bows and tiny ornaments really worth it? Yes – research says it is.
Domestic violence incidents down, but cases can move slowly and programs lack funds
When Texas police officers answer an emergency domestic violence call these days, they go armed with a gun—and a piece of paper.
Help wanted: Principals who love change
Training principals for new roles is key to U.S. Department of Education school reforms, according to a new report by SMU researchers. But insufficient training and support for principals to meet the new expectations is leading ...
Circadian clock research may enable designer plants, and cancer and diabetes treatments
How does a plant know when to sprout a leaf, fold its petals or bloom? Why do humans experience jet lag after a trip abroad?
New mathematical model aids Big Bang supercomputer research
(PhysOrg.com) -- Scientists have made many discoveries about the origins of our 13 billion-year-old universe. But many scientific mysteries remain. What exactly happened during the Big Bang, when rapidly evolving physical ...