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2011-09-29 11:03:21

A new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine highlights the injury risks for schoolboys playing rugby. The research shows that the chance of a school player suffering an injury during a single season is at least 12 per cent and, according to some research, could be as high as 90 per cent. The researchers from Queen Mary, University of London and Cass Business School, City University say there is an urgent need to inform children, parents and coaches alike about the...

2011-09-27 14:33:14

The way in which global warming causes many of the world's organisms to shrink has been revealed by new research from Queen Mary, University of London. Almost all cold-blooded organisms are affected by a phenomenon known as the 'temperature-size rule', which describes how individuals of the same species reach a smaller adult size when reared at warmer temperatures. But until now, scientists have not fully understood how these size changes take place. Writing in the journal The American...

2011-09-12 14:25:06

A common chemotherapy drug has been successfully delivered to cancer cells inside tiny microparticles using a method inspired by our knowledge of how the human immune system works. The drug, delivered in this way, reduced ovarian cancer tumours in an animal model by 65 times more than using the standard method. This approach is now being developed for clinical use. The research was funded by, among others, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Follow-on Fund -...

Genetic Regulators Of High Blood Pressure Discovered
2011-09-12 05:00:04

  An international team of researchers revealed on Sunday that they had discovered multiple DNA sequence variations which could influence hypertension, also known as or high blood pressure. According to a September 11 Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions press release, the study of more than 200,000 subjects from around the globe helped scientists pinpoint 29 different genes which could influence blood pressure. These sequence variations, which can be found in locations across the...

2011-08-17 12:18:11

Bumblebees use complex problem solving skills to minimise the energy they use when flying to collect food, according to new research from Queen Mary, University of London. For the bumblebee (Bombus terrestris), as with many other animals, the simplest approach to finding more nectar would be to fly to the nearest neighbouring flower, particularly considering their tiny brain size. But a team from Queen Mary's School of Biological and Chemical Sciences has found that this isn't the case. The...

2011-08-12 12:03:53

The sex hormone oestrogen could help protect women from cardiovascular disease by keeping the body's immune system in check, new research from Queen Mary, University of London has revealed. The study has shown that the female sex hormone works on white blood cells to stop them from sticking to the insides of blood vessels, a process which can lead to dangerous blockages. The results could help explain why cardiovascular disease rates tend to be higher in men and why they soar in women after...

2011-07-13 13:18:27

Study of fruit flies discovers an essential novel molecule Research has shown that light is the key to getting our 'body clocks' back in sync and now a new study exploring the resynchronisation mechanism in insects has discovered a molecule essential to the process. Researchers from Queen Mary, University of London looked at the impact of light on the circadian clocks (commonly known as 'body clocks') of fruit flies. They identified a novel molecule, QUASIMODO (QSM), which was intrinsically...

2011-07-08 14:02:01

Sexual orientation and 'gender conformity' in women are both genetic traits, according to new research from Queen Mary, University of London. It is well recognised that there consistent differences in the psychological characteristics of boys and girls; for example, boys engage in more 'rough and tumble' play than girls do. Studies also show that children who become gay or lesbian adults differ in such traits from those who become heterosexual "“ so-called gender nonconformity. Research...

2011-07-05 12:22:42

Your brain processes lots of tiny and subtle clues about faces whenever you interact with other people, and now scientists from Queen Mary, University of London and UCL (University College London) are investigating whether robots and computers can learn to do the same thing. The team will showcase their work as part of the annual exhibition which runs from 5 "“ 10 July 2011. Visitors will be able to see how the brain understands faces, what their faces look like when they switch...

2011-07-04 12:34:25

Fluorescent fish could hold the key to understanding diabetes and other diseases Scientists from Queen Mary, University of London have discovered a new way of detecting zinc in zebra fish, that could pave the way for furthering our understanding of diseases like type 2 diabetes, prostate cancer and Alzheimer's. The results will be announced today (3 July) at the Sixth International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry, in Brighton. Zinc is found throughout the body and...


Word of the Day
conjunto
  • A style of popular dance music originating along the border between Texas and Mexico, characterized by the use of accordion, drums, and 12-string bass guitar and traditionally based on polka, waltz, and bolero rhythms.
The word 'conjunto' comes through Spanish, from Latin coniūnctus, past participle of coniungere, to join together; see conjoin