Latest Aberdeen University Stories

Habitable Zone Planets Could Be Numerous
2012-09-11 12:14:34

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers predict that there may be even more planets capable of hosting life out there than previously thought. Scientists presenting at the British Science Festival in Aberdeen said that new computer models may show there are far more planets that lie in the "habitable zone" than previously estimated. A new model allows scientists to identify planets that contain underground water which is still in the state of a liquid through...

2011-07-15 06:00:00

According to DNA analysis, westerners are genetically programmed to drink alcohol and eat unhealthy foods. Scientists at Aberdeen University found that those of European origin are more likely to have genes that urge them to eat fatty foods and drink beer and wine. Dr Alasdair MacKenzie said the genes controlled the strength of a "switch" that helped determine appetite. He said in a statement: "The switch controls the areas of the brain which allows us to select which foods we would like to...

2010-08-29 07:25:00

A new study theorizes that the dinosaurs were wiped out 65 million years ago by at least two meteorite strikes rather than one. Scientists previously thought that a huge meteorite impact occurred in the Gulf of Mexico, wiping out the dinosaurs in one fell swoop. New evidence, however, suggests that a second impact occurred in the Ukraine, according to a BBC News report on Friday. The study findings were published in the journal Geology by a team lead by Professor David Jolley of Aberdeen...

2009-01-19 08:43:40

A Scottish audit of 17,000 births has raised concern among doctors about pregnant women being induced "unnecessarily." The researchers stated they could not find a medical or other explanation for the procedure in more than a quarter of cases and rates of obstetric intervention were rising, according to the Aberdeen University research team. Experts warned in the Journal of Public Health that more studies were needed to assess whether inductions are being done without good reason. One of the...

2008-08-29 06:00:25

By Emily Pykett SCOTTISH scientists have discovered a chink in the armour of bacteria, which could help win the battle against hospital superbugs and other debilitating conditions. The breakthrough comes after years of research by teams of "structural studies" academics at St Andrews University and molecular experts at Aberdeen University. It is believed the discovery could pave the way for new chemicals able to combat potentially deadly bugs such as E coli, MRSA and C difficile....

2008-08-02 09:00:17

By Susan Mansfield It's long been overshadowed as a festival city, but things are finally looking up in Aberdeen, writes SUSAN MANSFIELD IN ONE OF SCOTLAND'S BIG CITIES, A festival is just beginning. Performers and pamphleteers mingle in the streets with bemused locals who scratch their heads and say "Is it this time of year again?" Theatres large and small prepare for shows, from eager young theatre companies to glitzy international concerts. Welcome to ... Aberdeen. Every year, the...

2008-07-30 06:00:16

By Lyndsay Moss A NEW drug capable of halting Alzheimer's disease in its tracks was hailed yesterday as a "hugely exciting" development in the battle against the devastating condition. The drug, developed and tested on patients in Scotland, slows down the progression of Alzheimer's by as much as 81 per cent. Those given the drug in the ongoing trials, which have been running for 19 months, experienced no significant decline in their mental function. It is thought that the drug -...

Word of the Day
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.