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Cyberwar May Never Happen
2011-10-19 03:36:13

Cyber war, long considered by many experts within the defense establishment to be a significant threat, if not an ongoing one, may never take place according to Dr Thomas Rid of King´s College London. In a paper published in The Journal of Strategic Studies, Dr Thomas Rid, from the Department of War Studies, argues that cyber warfare has never taken place, nor is it currently doing so and it is unlikely to take place in the future. Dr Rid said: ℠The threat intuitively makes...

Study: Hypertension Could Increase Cancer Risk
2011-09-27 08:06:57

People with high blood pressure are more likely to develop cancer or die as a result of the disease, according to the results of a new study from King's College London in the UK. According to Telegraph Medical Correspondent Stephen Adams, the study, which involved nearly 600,000 middle-age Europeans, found that those with the highest blood pressure readings were 49% more likely to die of cancer-related causes over a 12-year period. "As blood pressure rose, so did their chances of...

Coral Algae Could One Day Be Used In Sunscreen Pill
2011-08-31 07:00:52

  British researchers studying coral in Australia´s Great Barrier Reef could create a pill that would prevent sunburn in people, The Telegraph is reporting. Despite living in shallow water, coral does not suffer from the harmful effects of UV rays as it is able to produce a "natural sunscreen." Coral converts compounds produced by algae living inside it to make a sunscreen which protects both the coral and the algae from sunburn, the researchers discovered. Lead researcher...

2011-08-24 17:23:03

The largest worldwide study on the association between breastfeeding, time of weaning and eczema in children has concluded that there is no clear evidence that exclusive breastfeeding for 4 months or longer protects against childhood eczema The largest worldwide study on the association between breastfeeding, time of weaning and eczema in children has concluded that there is no clear evidence that exclusive breastfeeding for four months or longer protects against childhood eczema. The...

2011-08-03 12:20:13

Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are associated with fertility problems, unplanned pregnancies and negative attitudes to pregnancy Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are associated with fertility problems and negative attitudes to pregnancy, according to a UK study. The research also revealed high rates of unplanned pregnancies in women with a history of anorexia, suggesting they may be underestimating their chances of conceiving. The study is to be published in BJOG:...

2011-07-20 16:38:44

Researchers have revealed the molecular pathway that is affected during the onset of schizophrenia and successfully alleviated symptoms of the illness in mice, using a cancer drug currently in advanced clinical trials Researchers have revealed the molecular pathway that is affected during the onset of schizophrenia and successfully alleviated symptoms of the illness in mice, using a cancer drug currently in advanced clinical trials. The research, published online in the journal Brain, is from...

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2011-07-01 06:05:00

Human voices and emotions showed more activation in a part of young babies' brains than familiar sounds of toys or water, a study published on June 30 in Current Biology found. Three-to-seven-month-old babies' area of the temporal lobe, known in adults for its role in processing human vocalization, light up more at human sounds such as coughing, sneezing or yawning. In addition, the babies responded more to sad sounds than to neutral sounds in another part of the brain that handles emotion...

2011-06-02 23:46:04

Researchers at King's College London have identified a way of eliminating leukemic stem cells, which could lead to new treatments that may enable complete remission for leukemia patients Researchers at King's College London have identified a way of eliminating leukaemic stem cells, which could lead to new treatments that may enable complete remission for leukaemia patients. An early study in mice has shown that leukaemic stem cells can be abolished by suppressing two proteins found in the...

2011-05-18 16:39:05

New cell therapy to prevent organ rejection could remove the need for life-long medication and boost the longevity of a transplant for patients Researchers at King's College London have used cells found naturally in the body, to re-educate the immune system to prevent rejection of an organ transplant while remaining capable of fighting infections and cancer. Currently, patients must take immunosuppressant drugs to prevent a new organ from being rejected after transplantation. However, these...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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