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2009-06-10 07:21:00

AMSTERDAM, June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- - First Citation Database to Offer Access to Arts and Humanities Journals From Over a Thousand Different Publishers and Content Providers Elsevier announced today that its flagship product Scopus(R), the world's largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, has almost doubled its current Arts & Humanities (A&H) titles to 3,500, by adding top global journals using the European Science Foundation's European Reference...

2009-02-12 09:59:31

Future medical research will focus increasingly on electronic data, with less need both for laboratory animals and tissue samples. This long term trend emerged at a recent conference on biobanking organized by the European Science Foundation (ESF), which dealt with the challenges posed by the growing scale and complexity of research in the life sciences. But in the more immediate future biological specimens will be required in ever greater quantities, with higher quality, for a wide variety...

2009-01-19 10:54:40

Richard Dawkins' Extended Phenotype (EP) concept is as relevant now as when it was first proposed 26 years ago and is not at odds with other evolutionary explanations. This was the conclusion of a recent workshop on the Extended Phenotype today, organized by the European Science Foundation (ESF). The EP states that the genes of an organism can be expressed beyond its immediate biological boundary, extending for example to birds' nests, or the behavior of hosts infected by parasites. The key...

2008-12-24 08:45:59

Often experiments are needed to make scientific progress, but sometimes the answers lie in data already collected, requiring new analysis tools to unlock the secrets. This applies to infectious disease transmission, main topic of a recent workshop organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF), which called for development of new mathematical and statistical tools capable of probing deeper into existing databases relating to human contact and pathogens. "One of the most exciting...

2008-12-23 12:53:14

The dream of designer drugs highly specific in action with zero side effects has come closer by combining atomic level computer prediction with natural selection in the laboratory. Following the 2008's first design of an artificial enzyme for catalysing a chemical reaction, there is increased collaboration among researchers to accelerate progress towards this goal. The stage for closer collaborative work between computer protein design specialists and experimental biochemists was set at a...

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2008-12-21 09:40:00

The ability to exploit the extraordinary properties of quantum mechanics in novel applications, such as a new generation of super-fast computers, has come closer following recent progress with some of the remaining underlying mathematical problems. In particular, the operator theory used to describe interactions between particles at atomic scales or smaller where quantum mechanical properties are significant needs to be enhanced to deal with systems where digital information is processed or...

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2008-12-16 13:40:16

Human and veterinary medicine could receive a big boost through use of larger animals, especially pigs and dogs, in research, with Europe at the forefront. There is the prospect of bringing drugs to the market more quickly at less cost, as well as accelerating progress in other forms of therapy, notably the use of stem cells in regenerative medicine. The potential in this new field was discussed at a recent workshop organized by the European Science Foundation (ESF), which called for a...

2008-12-11 10:05:50

More than five million people die every year from infectious diseases, despite the availability of numerous antibiotics and vaccines. The discovery of penicillin to treat bacterial infections, along with the development of vaccines for previously incurable virus diseases such as polio and smallpox, achieved great reductions in mortality during the mid-20th century. Recently, spectacular advances in medical imaging combined with mathematical tools for modeling the human immune system have...

2008-12-11 09:30:34

Public confidence in the honesty of scientists is being harmed by a small minority of researchers who behave badly, a conference heard last week. European research organisations agreed to work more closely to tackle the problem of fraud and other misconduct in science.The meeting in Madrid on 17-18 November was organised by the newly formed Research Integrity Forum of the European Science Foundation (ESF) in collaboration with the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). It continued work...

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2008-12-09 11:40:34

A potent combination of powerful new analysis methods and abundant data from genomics projects is carrying microbiology forward into a new era. Bacteria in particular are shedding light on fundamental molecular and signalling processes of interest not just within microbiology, but across the whole spectrum of life sciences embracing higher organisms, including plants and vertebrates. Medical research will benefit through improved knowledge of how bacteria behave when inside host organisms...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'