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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...

2011-06-29 12:58:27

It is a mathematical puzzle which has vexed academics and travelling salesmen alike, but new research from Queen Mary, University of London's School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, reveals how bumblebees effectively plan their route between the most rewarding flowers while travelling the shortest distances. The research, led by Dr Mathieu Lihoreau and published in the British Ecological Society's Functional Ecology, explored the movement of bumblebees, Bombus terrestris, as they...

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2011-06-28 12:35:00

Breast cancer screening with mammograms has shown proven results in a significant reduction in the number of breast cancer deaths, according to a long-term Swedish study. The long-running and largest-ever breast cancer screening study has shown that regular mammograms has increased the number of lives saved over time, the research team said on Tuesday. The study, published online in the journal Radiology, followed more than 130,000 women in two communities in Sweden. An international team...

2011-06-28 08:15:00

OAK BROOK, Ill., June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuing its long-standing support and connection to the African-American community, McDonald's® will recognize a distinguished list of five prominent African-Americans who influence and inspire greatness through outstanding community service at the 2011 365Black® Awards. This year's 365Black Awards will be co-hosted by nationally syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner and Academy...

2011-06-27 14:17:26

A study from scientists at Queen Mary, University of London, sheds new light on why people who experience serious trauma or go through major surgery, can suffer organ damage in parts of the body which are seemingly unconnected to the injury. The study, published today in Nature Immunology*, examines the way certain white blood cells, called neutrophils move out of blood vessels to defend damaged organs against injury or infection. This is normally a one-way journey but researchers were...

2011-06-07 19:26:45

Government plans to divert more mentally ill people out of the criminal justice system and into mental health services are unlikely to be achieved, according to new research from Queen Mary, University of London. In a study published in the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, researchers estimate that there are over 8,000 prisoners with schizophrenia and other psychoses in prisons in England and Wales. If transferred to hospital, treatment for these patients would have to be in...

2011-06-07 09:15:00

BOSTON and MUMBAI, India, June 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In his keynote address, Jeffrey Ornstein, founder of J/Brice Design International, urged international hotel owners, operators and commercial real estate developers at a recent hospitality industry conference in Mumbai to design for the "S-Factor" if they expect to create world-class luxury hotels that resonate with sophisticated travelers being drawn to India in record numbers. In addition to delivering the keynote address, Ornstein...

2011-06-06 19:23:50

Work by researchers at Queen Mary, University of London could point to a new way to treat aggressive types of cancer. The scientists have found that a molecule called Met is responsible for stimulating the growth and spread of cancer because it is relocating to the wrong part of the cell. Experiments in the lab suggest that moving Met molecules from the inside of the cell to the cell surface could halt the growth of cancer cells and even cause tumours to shrink. Met molecules are involved in...