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Women Who Quit Smoking Before Age 40 Reduce Risk Of Death By A Decade
2012-10-29 09:08:23

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online People who are able to kick the habit are undoubtedly reducing the risk of a trove of health issues and an early death. And now, the largest-ever study of smoking among women in the UK has shown the female smokers who quit before the age of 40 can add up to an extra decade to their lifespan. The study, led by Sir Richard Peto of Oxford University, shows that women smokers who give up the habit before age 40 have a 90 percent...

Alien Life May Be Found Within 40 Years Claims Royal Astronomer To The Queen
2012-09-07 10:07:07

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Finding alien life beyond our solar system would be the most profound discovery in all of humanity, and a royal astronomer for the Queen of England believes it could happen within the next 40 years. Former Royal Society president, Lord Martin Rees, speaking at the launch of Professor Stephen Hawking´s new series ℠Grand Design,´ said evidence of whether alien life exists elsewhere in the universe could be answered...

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2012-08-25 08:58:26

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online The search for a pair of ships from the ill-fated 1845 Franklin Expedition, which began four years ago, will continue, as officials from the Canadian government announced Thursday that a new expedition would depart this week in an attempt to find the location of those vessels. According to Reuters, archeologists and divers began their hunt for the lost British vessels HMS Erebus and HMS Terror in 2008. Those ships were...

2012-07-17 08:20:01

Singapore, July 17, 2012 - (ACN Newswire) - A*STAR Chief Scientist, Professor Sir David Lane is the recipient of this year's Cancer Research UK Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognises his contribution to the pioneering research that led to the discovery of the p53, often called the 'guardian of the genome'.The p53 protein, which is mutated in more than 50 per cent of cancers, was first discovered in 1979 and since then Professor Lane has dedicated his career to understanding how it...

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2012-07-09 13:40:29

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While the science community celebrates a monumental discovery, one researcher who helped lead the discovery of the God particle has been shunned by his home country. Abdus Salam, Pakistan's only Nobel laureate, helped play a crucial role in the discovery of the subatomic Higgs Boson particle that was announced last week, but he is being scrutinized by his homeland because of his religious affiliation. Salam died in 1996 and was once...

New Supercomputer Will Tackle Mysteries Of Space
2012-06-08 03:27:58

The University of Leicester has been awarded funding to establish a multi-million pound national supercomputer which will make it possible to study space in unprecedented detail and provide new insights into the history of the Universe. It will allow astronomers to address some of the most challenging problems in physics and astronomy - such as What is dark matter? How do stars form? And why do galaxies always have black holes at their centers?” The University of Leicester has...

2012-05-29 23:03:23

Darwin made adaptation to the environment the key property of evolved living creatures. That's all natural selection can do. But suppose the key property of living creatures is how independent of their environment they are. This is number 1 in a series of website articles casting doubt on the Modern Synthesis. Rosendale, NY (PRWEB) May 29, 2012 In Darwin's theory of natural selection the key concept is "adaptation to the environment." All natural selection could do was identify which...


Latest Fellows of the Royal Society Reference Libraries

Admiral Sir George Back
2014-01-07 10:58:04

Admiral Sir George Back FRS, born November 6th of 1796 and died on June 23rd of 1878, was a British naval officer, naturalist, artist, and explorer of the Canadian Arctic. He was born in Stockport. When he was a boy, he went to sea as a volunteer in the frigate HMS Arethusa in the year 1808 and participated in the destruction of batteries on the Spanish coast. In the following year he was involved in the fighting in the Bay of Biscay up until he was captured by the French. He remained a...

William Buckland
2013-10-14 14:04:00

William Buckland (March 12, 1784 – August 14, 1856) was an English theologian, ordained Anglican minister, geologist, and the prominent paleontologist of his day. He pioneered the use of fossilized feces, which he named “coprolites,” in the study and reconstruction of ancient ecosystems. Buckland is perhaps best known for naming and describing the very first recognized dinosaur fossil, the Megalosaurus, before the term “dinosaur” ever existed. Buckland was born at Axminster in...

Zoological Journal
2012-04-24 18:24:00

The Zoological Journal was a scientific journal published in the early nineteenth century on a quarterly basis. It was devoted entirely to zoology (animal kingdom). It was published in London by W. Philips. It featured “Original Communications, Translations of new and interesting Papers from Foreign sources and notices of new and remarkable facts in any way connected with Zoology," according to Gentlemen’s Magazine, 1823. The journal’s editors were Thomas Bell, John George Children,...

Iguanodon
2012-01-11 16:16:53

Iguanodon, meaning “Iguana tooth,” is a genus of ornithopod dinosaur known from the Kimmeridgian age of the Late Jurassic Period to the Cenomanian age of the Late Cretaceous Period. It lived in Asia, Europe and North America. Research in the early 2000s suggests however that only one species, I. bernissartensis, is well-substantiated, and lived during the Early Cretaceous Period in Europe. It was first discovered in 1822 and described three years later by English geologist Gideon...

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2013-03-16 00:00:00

Antonio de Ulloa was born on January 12, 1716 in Seville. Ulloa enlisted with the Spanish Navy in 1733. In 1735, he was sent to Ecuador as a member of the French Geodesic Mission. The mission, led by Pierre Bouguer, was organized by the French Academy of Sciences to measure a degree of the meridian at the equator. He stayed in Ecuador for 9 years until 1744, during this stint; he discovered platinum with his partner, Jorge Juan. In 1745, he returned to Spain. However, while enroute to...

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