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Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
25.12.2011
Three new eczema genes discovered
Researchers from Children of the 90s at the University of Bristol, in collaboration with 22 other studies from across the world, have discovered three new genetic variants associated with the skin condition eczema, a chronic inflammatory disease that afflicts millions of patients around the world. Previous research in Europeans had only identified two major genes, so this is a significant breakthrough that will help diagnose and treat the condition in the long term.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Chemistry
23.12.2011
Go to work on a Christmas card: UK’s wrapping paper and festive cards could provide energy to send a bus to the moon more than 20 times
If all the UK's discarded wrapping paper and Christmas cards were collected and fermented, they could make enough biofuel to run a double-decker bus to the moon and back more than 20 times, according to the researchers behind a new scientific study. The study, by scientists at Imperial College London, demonstrates that industrial quantities of waste paper could be turned into high grade biofuel, to power motor vehicles, by fermenting the paper using microorganisms.
Medicine/Pharmacology
23.12.2011
MRI scan ’better’ for heart patients
A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan for coronary heart disease is better than the most commonly-used alternative, a major UK trial of heart disease patients has shown. The findings by University of Leeds researchers could change the way that people with suspected heart disease are assessed, potentially avoiding the need for tests that are invasive or use ionising radiation.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
22.12.2011
Search and rescue: scientists identify a novel therapy with potential for treating Parkinson’s disease
Search and rescue: scientists identify a novel therapy with potential for treating Parkinson’s disease
A collaboration between virologists and neuroscientists at Cambridge University has demonstrated how viruses that cross the blood/brain barrier could be exploited to slow down, or even halt, the progress of Parkinson's and other neurodegenerative diseases.
Physics/Materials Science
22.12.2011
New Particle at the Large Hadron Collider Discovered by ATLAS Experiment
Researchers from the University of Birmingham and Lancaster University, analysing data taken by the ATLAS experiment, have been at the centre of what is believed to be the first clear observation of a new particle at the Large Hadron Collider. The research is published today (22 December 11) on the online repository arXiv.
Physics/Materials Science - Administration/Government
21.12.2011
Scientists at University of Sheffield map out Britain's sun spots
Scientists at University of Sheffield map out Britain's sun spots
Scientists at University of Sheffield map out Britain's sun spots Britain is getting brighter according to solar experts at the University of Sheffield who have also revealed the coastal city of Portsmouth was the UK's sunniest place in 2011. At the other end of the sunshine scale, Loch Maree in North West Scotland was found to be the least sunny place in the UK last year.
Psychology
21.12.2011
Telling the truth
Telling the truth
New research from Cambridge University and others shows that, with sensitive ing, young children can be reliable witnesses in cases of abuse.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
20.12.2011
Can nerve growth factor gene therapy prevent diabetic heart disease?
Can nerve growth factor gene therapy prevent diabetic heart disease?
Diabetes is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and can reduce blood supply to the heart tissue and damage cardiac cells, resulting in heart failure. New research has investigated if nerve growth factor (NGF) gene therapy can prevent diabetic heart failure and small vascular disease in mice.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
20.12.2011
New malaria vaccine may stop deadly parasites in their tracks
New malaria vaccine may stop deadly parasites in their tracks
A new malaria vaccine with the potential to neutralise all strains of the most deadly species of malaria parasite has been developed by an Oxford University-led team. The scientists from the Jenner Institute at the University of Oxford have shown that their vaccine induces an antibody response in animal models that is capable of neutralising all the strains they tested of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum .
Medicine/Pharmacology
20.12.2011
430,000 study to test new drug preventing heart disease in diabetics
20 Dec 2011 A drug that removes excess copper from people with diabetes resulting in improved function of the heart is to be tested in a national trial led by researchers in Manchester. The research team has received funding of 430,000 for the phase 2B trial from the J P Moulton Charitable Foundation, set up by entrepreneur Jon Moulton to fund non-commercial clinical trials.
Life Sciences - Chemistry
20.12.2011
New insight into why locusts swarm
New insight into why locusts swarm
Learning is when you change your behaviour in the light of new experience, and this is what a locust needs to do when it gets caught up in the crowd." —Dr Swidbert Ott from the University of Cambridge Department of Zoology New research has found that a protein associated with learning and memory plays an integral role in changing the behaviour of locusts from that of harmless grasshoppers into swarming pests.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering
19.12.2011
Landmark find has magnetic appeal
A fundamental problem that has long puzzled scientists has been solved after more than 70 years. An international team of researchers has discovered a subtle electronic effect in magnetite, the most magnetic of all naturally occurring minerals. The effect causes a dramatic change to how this material conducts electricity at very low temperatures.
Physics/Materials Science - Mathematics
16.12.2011
First hints of the Higgs boson?
First hints of the Higgs boson?
Physicists working at the Large Hadron Collider have received an early Christmas present. Using apparatus partly designed in Bristol, the CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid) collaboration has presented the first tentative evidence of the Higgs boson. The discovery of this new particle has been described as the 'holy grail of particle physics' and would confirm our understanding of the fundamental laws of nature.
Medicine/Pharmacology
16.12.2011
Penicillin study
Penicillin doses for children should be reviewed, say experts A team of scientists and clinicians, led by researchers at King's College London and St George's, University of London, are calling for a review of penicillin dosing guidelines for children, that have remained unchanged for nearly 50 years.
Mathematics - Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics
15.12.2011
Less knowledge, more power: Uninformed can be vital to democracy, study finds
Less knowledge, more power: Uninformed can be vital to democracy, study finds
Contrary to the ideal of a completely engaged electorate, individuals who have the least interest in a specific outcome can actually be vital to achieving a democratic consensus. These individuals dilute the influence of powerful minority factions who would otherwise dominate everyone else, according to new research published in Science.
Life Sciences
14.12.2011
Complex sex life of goats could have implications for wildlife management
Complex sex life of goats could have implications for wildlife management
Complex sex life of goats could have implications for wildlife management A new study of the mating habits of mountain goats reveals the vastly different strategies of males in different populations. A Durham University-led research team has found that male chamois (a species of wild goat-antelope) adopt different strategies in different populations in order to succeed in the rut: some put a lot of energy in at a young age, while others wait until they are much older.
Physics/Materials Science
14.12.2011
Laboratory avalanches reveal behaviour of ice flows
Avalanches created in controlled laboratory environments are helping us to understand the potentially lethal processes that these natural disasters unleash. In September 2002, one hundred million cubic metres of rock and ice separated from the northern slope of the Kazbek massif in North Ossetia, Russia.
History/Archeology - Life Sciences
14.12.2011
Sea anemones excel at fighting
Sea anemones excel at fighting
Scientists studying the behavioural traits of the common sea anemone have discovered that ‘fortune favours the brave' when it comes to fighting and setting territorial disputes. Proving the old adage about the ‘size of the fight in the dog', marine biologists at Plymouth University have found that the personality of a sea anemone will play just as crucial a role as physical size and weapon strength when fighting.
Life Sciences
14.12.2011
Why buttercups reflect yellow on chins – and it doesn’t have anything to do with whether you like butter
Why buttercups reflect yellow on chins – and it doesn’t have anything to do with whether you like butter
Scientists discover why buttercups reflect yellow on chins - and it doesn't have anything to do with whether you like butter Our research provides exciting insight into not only a children's game but also into the lengths to which flowers will go to attract pollinators." —Dr Beverley Glover, Department of Plant Sciences Scientists have found that the distinctive glossiness of the buttercup flower ( Ranunculus repens ), which children like to shine under the chin to test whether their friends like butter, is related to its unique anatomical structure.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
13.12.2011
Human hairs help stop the bed bugs biting
Human hairs help stop the bed bugs biting
Human hairs help stop the bed bugs biting Hairy humans do not let the bed bugs bite according to research at the University of Sheffield which shows how hair helps us defend against and detect bloodthirsty invaders on our bodies. Sensitive, fine hairs which cover our bodies allow us to feel parasitic insects on our skin as well as creating a natural barrier to stop them biting us.
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