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Threatened Species Could Cope With Climate Change Better If Competitors Were Restricted
2014-06-24 03:03:15

Durham University Threatened animal species could cope better with the effects of climate change if competition from other animals for the same habitats is restricted, according to new research by Durham University. The Durham team studied the impacts of climate on the Alpine Chamois, a species of mountain goat, and the effects that domestic sheep had on the goats' movements. Observing the goats in the Italian Alps during the summer, the researchers found that Chamois tended to move...

2014-05-19 12:25:57

Thomson Reuters CONVERIS enables strategic decision making by providing a comprehensive view of scholarly research efforts PHILADELPHIA, May 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters, the world's leading provider of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, today announced a collaboration with the United Kingdom's Durham University to streamline the institution's scholarly information management data and workflow...

2014-04-18 12:32:35

But they acknowledge this would have workforce implications for the NHS The pass mark for a two-part test that international medical graduates must pass to work as a doctor in the UK should be raised to reduce differences in performance between international and UK medical graduates, suggest researchers on bmj.com today. But they warn that this could create "severe workforce planning challenges" for the NHS, which has traditionally relied on international medical graduates, especially...

2014-04-02 11:21:42

New research highlights inadequate and uncoordinated approach Care of patients with heart failure in the UK is inadequate and has not changed in a decade, according to new research published in BMJ Open. The findings by a team at Durham University and Darlington Memorial Hospital - and funded by national charity Heart Research UK - highlight inadequacies in heart failure care as well as an uncoordinated approach to diagnosis and management of the condition between primary and secondary...

2013-08-29 11:27:41

A malaria control method that targets mosquito larvae and pupae as they mature in standing water could be an important supplementary measure in the fight against the disease, according to a new report. The Cochrane review -- led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in collaboration with Durham University and other researchers in the UK and US -- is the first systematic review looking at using larval source management (LSM) to control malaria, which causes an estimated...

Faroe Islands First Colonizers Were Not The Vikings
2013-08-20 10:44:42

Durham University The Faroe Islands were colonized much earlier than previously believed, and it wasn’t by the Vikings, according to new research. New archaeological evidence places human colonization in the 4th to 6th centuries AD, at least 300-500 years earlier than previously demonstrated. The research, directed by Dr Mike J Church from Durham University and Símun V Arge from the National Museum of the Faroe Islands as part of the multidisciplinary project “Heart of the...

Climate Change Will Require Enhanced Protection For Birds
2013-02-06 05:23:14

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Many bird species are likely to suffer from future climate change, a new study led by Durham University and BirdLife International reveals. These species will require enhanced protection for important sites, and better management of the wider countryside. In extreme cases, they may need to be physically moved to areas that are climatically suitable to help them survive. Stronger protection and effective management of the networks of...

2012-12-05 11:05:27

Poor women who drank tea were viewed as irresponsible as whiskey drinkers in early 19th-century Ireland, new research by Durham University has unearthed. Critics at the time declared that the practice of tea drinking — viewed as a harmless pastime in most past and present societies — was contributing to the stifling of Ireland's economic growth, and was clearly presented as reckless and uncontrollable. Women who drank tea wasted their time and money, it was said, drawing...

The Next Generation Of School Desks
2012-11-23 09:41:44

Durham University Researchers designing and testing the 'classroom of the future' have found that multi-touch, multi-user desks can boost skills in mathematics. New results from a 3-year project working with over 400 pupils, mostly 8-10 year olds, show that collaborative learning increases both fluency and flexibility in maths. It also shows that using an interactive 'smart' desk can have benefits over doing mathematics on paper. Using multi-touch desks in the new classroom, the...

2012-05-01 09:44:46

Experts from Durham University have identified a new gene that could help the development of fertility treatments in humans in the future. Scientists from Durham University, UK, and Osaka University, Japan, looking at fertility in mice, have discovered for the first time that the gene, which makes a protein called PDILT, enables sperm to bind to an egg, a process essential to fertilization. The team found that when the gene was 'switched off' in male mice, less than three per cent of...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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