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2012-01-17 11:08:13

Researchers funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) have found that vitamin D reduces the effects of ageing in mouse eyes and improves the vision of older mice significantly. The researchers hope that this might mean that vitamin D supplements could provide a simple and effective way to combat age-related eye diseases, such as macular degeneration (AMD), in people. The research was carried out by a team from the Institute of Ophthalmology at University...

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2011-05-27 07:55:00

Harmful to humans, but life-saving for artic reindeer, ultraviolet light is a unique adaptation to the extreme artic environment in which reindeer live, according to a study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology. "We discovered that reindeer can not only see ultraviolet light but they can also make sense of the image to find food and stay safe," says lead researcher Professor Glen Jeffery of University College London. "Humans and almost all other mammals could never do this as our...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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