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Stardust Found In Distant Planetary Systems
2011-09-29 08:04:40

Astronomers of the University Jena find a stardust belt in extra-solar planetary systems The debris discs are remnants of the formation of the planets. "We are dealing with enormous accumulations of chunks of matter which create dust when they collide", Alexander Krivov says. This dust is of greatest importance for the astronomers, because it helps to draw conclusions about the planet formation. There are even two debris discs in our solar system, the asteroid belt and the Kuiper belt...

2011-07-26 13:59:25

Pharmacists of the University Jena analyze why men suffer more rarely from inflammatory diseases than women It's all down to the testosterone: men are usually more muscular than women, they have deeper voices and more body hair. And "“ men are less susceptible to inflammatory diseases and allergies than women. This is also due to the male sex hormones as pharmacists at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Germany) have shown in a recent study. "It is mostly women who are affected by...

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2011-05-30 08:43:16

Zoologists of Jena University (Germany) present the results of the most extensive study worldwide concerning the motion of dogs and demonstrate precise insights into their course of movement for the first time The reason being: "So far scientific studies were limited mostly to the movement of sick animals or to single aspects of locomotion", says Fischer, Professor of Systematic Zoology and Evolutionary Biology. To change this, Professor Fischer and his team started a comprehensive study...

2011-05-12 13:34:50

Zoologists of the University Jena (Germany) are on the trail of the evolution of body contractions All animals move "“ cheetahs faster, snails more slowly. Muscle contractions are the basis of all movements, at least according to general opinion. But there are animal groups, that don't have any muscles at all, as they branched off from the evolutionary path before muscle cells evolved. However these animal groups, for instance the sea sponges, are not immovable. Sponges are able to...

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2011-04-19 10:47:21

Psychologists of the University Jena demonstrate the impact of their IPSY program to prevent addiction Their numbers are rising, but their age is dropping: children and young adults who drink so much that they have to go to the hospital. Binge-drinking is sadly fashionable amongst the under 20-year-olds. But how can adolescents be effectively protected from alcohol and substance abuse? "Information alone is not good enough", Dr Karina Weichold of the Jena University (Germany) knows. Because...

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2011-02-20 07:43:26

Scientists demonstrate that environmental lithium uptake promotes longevity Professor Dr. Michael Ristow's team along with Japanese colleagues from universities in Oita and Hiroshima have demonstrated by two independent approaches that even a low concentration of lithium leads to an increased life expectancy in humans as well as in a model organism, the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans. The research team presents its results in the online edition of the scientific publication European Journal...

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2011-01-13 10:18:55

Zoologists of the University Jena clarify the role of the gene FOXN3 for the development of the clawed frog "Don't be a frog!" people say in jest when someone hesitates instead of acting straight away. However to be called a frog should actually be a reason to strengthen one's self-confidence. After all frogs are real winners "“ at least from the point of view of evolutionary biology: Nearly 6.000 species are known today. "In terms of numbers frogs are superior to all the other...

2011-01-05 14:15:36

How to look younger without plastic surgery? Psychologists of the Jena University (Germany) have a simple solution to this question: Those who want to look younger should surround themselves with older people. Because when viewing a 30-year-old we estimate his age to be much younger if we have previously been perceiving faces of older people. "People are actually quite good at guessing the age of the person next to them," Dr. Holger Wiese says. The psychologist of the Jena University is...

2010-12-17 17:14:54

Psychologists from Jena University, Germany, show how the accent shapes our perception of a person "I have ready!" With this sentence the FC Bayern Munich coach Giovanni Trapattoni finished a furious rant about his team's performance in 1998. And "Mr Angelo" in a coffee advert points out to his neighbour with a mischievous smile: "I don't have a car at all". In both cases the Italians are unmistakeably recognizable and so the exuberant temperament of the first and the charming way of the...

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2010-10-22 08:06:42

Chemists from the Jena University improve the process for the fabrication of sharp atomic force microscopy tips Scientists from the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena (Germany) were successful in improving a fabrication process for Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) probe tips. Atomic Force Microscopy is able to scan surfaces so that even tiniest nano structures become visible. Knowledge about these structures is for instance important for the development of new materials and carrier systems for...


Word of the Day
penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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