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Surprising Tips To Beat The Heat
2012-08-21 14:26:02

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As the heat of summer starts to slow down, and the season of orange and red leaves starts to peek its way around the corner, new science shows just how we can be better about beating the heat next year. Immediately, the thought of ice cream probably sticks in most Americans minds as a way to try and keep cool in the summer's sweltering heat, but in actuality that is flawed thinking, scientists said in a press conference. Shirley O....

Dinosaurs May Not Have Been Cold-Blooded After All
2012-06-28 10:13:58

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A new study, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, suggests that dinosaurs were warm-blooded creatures, not cold-blooded reptiles as previously thought. According to BBC News Science and Technology Reporter Jason Palmer, researchers have disproven one of the primary bits of evidence supporting the four-decade-old theory that dinosaurs were cold blooded. That evidence, skeletal markings on the creatures' bones known as...

2012-05-14 20:22:03

A small, external bioreactor holding human cells pumped out an anti-inflammatory protein to prevent organ damage and other complications in a rat with acute inflammation caused by bacterial products in a model of sepsis, according to a report from researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine. The findings were published today in the inaugural issue of Disruptive Science and Technology. Inflammation is a necessary...

2012-05-14 20:17:56

The body's natural inflammatory response is an essential reaction to injury and infection. When acute inflammation escalates out of control, such as in sepsis, it causes nearly 10% of deaths in the U.S. and more than $17 billion in healthcare costs each year. A group of researchers have developed a groundbreaking biohybrid device that can control acute inflammation to prevent sepsis and other related life-threatening complications, as described in an article in the inaugural issue of...

2012-04-14 23:02:12

The pet odor remover is one of a complete line of non-toxic household products from Planet Amazing, approved by the EPA and guaranteed to be environmentally friendly. (PRWEB) April 13, 2012 Cat urine odor removal is only seven seconds away with a new product from Planet Amazing. According to Justin Douglas of Planet Amazing, "Urine Secret" is the latest in their catalog of environmentally friendly non-toxic home solutions. "The cat urine smell is an embarassing problem that is actually...

2012-03-19 10:15:44

Microglia are the first line defence of the brain and are constantly looking for infections to fight off. Overactive microglia can cause uncontrolled inflammation within the brain, which can in turn lead to neuronal damage. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Journal of Neuroinflammation shows that, honokiol (HNK) is able to down-regulate the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines and inflammatory enzymes in activated microglia via Klf4, a protein known to...

2012-03-08 14:50:09

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have documented a previously unknown biological mechanism in the brain's most important line of defense: the blood-brain barrier. Scientists now know that the barrier helps maintain a delicate balance of glutamate, a vital signal compound in the brain. The research results have just been published in the scientific journal GLIA. Glutamate is the most important activating transmitter substance in the brain. Vital in small amounts, it is toxic for...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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