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n. 1 (context computer hardware English) arithmetic logic unit. 2 Abbreviated Line-Up. 3 aluminium.


ALU, alu or Alu may refer to:

Alu (runic)

The sequence alu is found in numerous Elder Futhark runic inscriptions of Germanic Iron Age Scandinavia (and more rarely in early Anglo-Saxon England) between the 3rd and the 8th century. The word usually appears either alone (such as on the Elgesem runestone) or as part of an apparent formula (such as on the Lindholm "amulet" (DR 261) from Scania, Sweden). The symbols represent the runes Ansuz, Laguz, and Uruz. The origin and meaning of the word are matters of dispute, though a general agreement exists among scholars that the word represents an instance of historical runic magic or is a metaphor (or metonym) for it. It is the most common of the early runic charm words.

The word disappears from runic inscriptions shortly after Migration Period, even before the Christianization of Scandinavia. It may have lived on beyond this period with an increasing association with ale, appearing in stanzas 7 and 19 of the Old Norse poem Sigrdrífumál, compiled in the 13th century Poetic Edda, where knowledge of invocative "ale runes" (Old Norse ölrúnar) is imparted by the Valkyrie Sigrdrífa. Theories have been suggested that the unique term ealuscerwen (possibly "pouring away of alu"), used to describe grief or terror in the epic poem Beowulf, recorded around the 9th to 11th century, may be directly related.


In Akkadian and Sumerian mythology, Alû is a vengeful spirit of the Utukku that goes down to the underworld Kur. The demon has no mouth, lips or ears. It roams at night and terrifies people while they sleep, and possession by Alû results in unconsciousness and coma; in this manner it resembles creatures such as the mara, and incubus, which are invoked to explain sleep paralysis. In Akkadian and Sumerian mythology, it is associated with other demons like Gallu and Lilu.

In the Epic of Gilgamesh, Alû is the celestial Bull.

Alu (Ethiopia)

Alu is a system of volcanic fissures, located in Ethiopia. The fissures have produced silicic lava flows, and other fissures south of the volcano have been the source of huge youthful basaltic lava flows, which enlarge to the north as far as Lake Bakili. There is major fumarolic activity, located on parallel faults, some with 100-m uplifts.

Alu, Erta Ale, Tat Ali and other Ethiopian Highlands are together known as the Danakil Alps.

Alu (musician)

Alu is a Los Angeles-based eclectic chanteuse and composer who blends cabaret, goth, trip-hop and jazz into unique cinematic soundscapes. Her music has been compared to Björk, Kate Bush, Tim Burton and Federico Fellini. She is known for her dark yet quirky lyrics and fantasy storytelling.

Alu is featured on the soundtrack to Clive Barker's The Midnight Meat Train, Public Radio International, NPR and Echoes Radio. Her post-apocalyptic ballad "Last Lullaby" is included in the 2007 controversial action thriller "Juncture" by film director James Seale.

Alu's song "Circus Cosmos" was Echoes Radio Producer/Host John Diliberto's No. 1 Song of 2008 and her sophomore CD "Lobotomy Sessions" made his Top Ten List of 2008 for Best Album. "Lobotomy Sessions" was also one of Echoes 25 Essential Albums of 2008 (Staff Picks and Listeners' Poll).

Alu was nominated for two 2009 Just Plain Folks Music Awards in the Female Singer Songwriter Category: Best Album ("Lobotomy Sessions") & Best Song ("Buzzin' in my Brain").

On October 12, 2009, Alu's album "Lobotomy Sessions" placed number 33 in the Top 200 CDs for 20 Years of Echoes Radio. Other artists to make this Listener Poll were Loreena McKennitt, Moby, Steve Roach, Peter Gabriel, Dead Can Dance, Brian Eno, Enya, Sigur Rós and David Gilmour.

Usage examples of "alu".

There may be only 200,000 of the most valuable SNPs, so patents could easily deny researchers the use of them except through “a complicated meshwork of license agreements.

Researchers insist that his “cream-skimming” approach furnishes information containing thousands of gaps and errors, even though it has short-term value.

The value of mRNA for research is that cells make it only when the corresponding gene is active.

We are now testing their effects by introducing receptor genes we have discovered into cells and evaluating how the cells that make the encoded proteins respond to various stimuli.

Some gene therapies now being evaluated would be tailored to individual patients.

Searches for compounds that bind to and have the desired effect on drug targets still take place mainly in a biochemist’s traditional “wet” lab, where evaluations for activity, toxicity and absorption can take years.

So let me define the state of the network as the current on and off values of all 100,000 genes.

If DNA as information exceeds its value as a tangible molecule, it may be necessary to find some other intellectual-property protection for it.

Jean-François Formela of Atlas Venture in Boston estimates that within the next decade the pharmaceutical industry will be faced with evaluating up to 10,000 human proteins against which new therapeutics might be directed.

That’s 25 times the number of drug targets that have been evaluated by all pharmaceutical companies since the dawn of the industry, he says.

These areas also harbor many genes, and so Alu’s might somehow be beneficial around them.

With patents, a few organizations may end up controlling an invaluable resource.

Even those who dared not brave the wilds of that unguarded pass crossed east of Auckney, through another pass that harbored the town of Hundelstone, which had six times the population of Auckney and many more valuable supplies and craftsmen.

He, a lowly peasant in Lord Feringal's eyes, had taken something from Feringal that could never be replaced, something more valuable than all the gold and gems in Castle Auck.

They went to the captain first, bowed and saluted, both smiling widely, for Deudermont seemed even better than he had earlier in the day when all the crew had come running to Robillard's joyous call.