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2010-03-22 10:40:11

A genetic accident in the sea more than 500 million years ago has provided new insight into diabetes, according to research from Queen Mary, University of London. Professor Maurice Elphick, from Queen Mary's School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, says his findings could help to explain a rare form of the disease that causes sufferers to urinate more than three liters every day. As reported in the journal Gene, Professor Elphick has discovered that some marine animals produce 'NG...

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2010-03-17 12:53:48

Bees see the world almost five times faster than humans, according to new research from scientists at Queen Mary, University of London. This gives bumblebees the fastest color vision of all animals, allowing them to easily navigate shady bushes to find food, write Dr Peter Skorupski and Prof Lars Chittka in the Journal of Neuroscience. The ability to see at high speed is common in fast-flying insects; allowing them to escape predators and catch their mates mid-air. However, until now it...

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2010-03-05 09:00:00

Recent years have seen an unusual rise in the number of bees about in the cold winter months, and scientists are now beginning to find out why. While most bees are hibernating, the buff-tailed bumblebee, Bombus terrestris, is out taking advantage of exotic winter-flowering plants in our gardens and parks, according to scientists from Queen Mary, University of London. The study, published in the journal PLoS One, suggests this unique species raises an extra generation of workers to collect...

2010-02-24 09:00:00

PARSIPPANY, N.J., Feb. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Military Spouses Residency Relief Act of 2009 could potentially help thousands of active duty service persons and members of the National Guard reduce the complexity of state income tax and personal property tax issues when married, stated Jackson Hewitt Tax Service®. The Company reminds military taxpayers of the Relief Act, along with other tax considerations for the men and women who serve our nation. "The...

2010-02-22 10:35:00

Significant new research from Warwick Business School and Queen Mary, University of London, warns that delays and variability in the approvals process for clinical research could be causing pharmaceutical companies to look outside the UK and risks the country losing some of its most experienced researchers. The two year study focused on identifying the key social, organizational and managerial factors that influence clinical research projects in the UK. In the first study of its kind, the...

2010-01-20 18:20:54

A new drug for multiple sclerosis promises to change the lives of the 100,000 people in the UK who have the condition, say researchers at Queen Mary, University of London. A major trial of the oral drug Cladribine "“ results of which are published in the New England Journal of Medicine on 20 January 2010 "“ has shown that it significantly reduces relapse and deterioration of the disease, and goes a long way to eliminating the unpleasant side effects associated with existing...

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2010-01-12 09:11:34

One year in to a project to save one of the UK's top sites for pondlife, amazing new species are being revealed for the first time. Scientists from Queen Mary, University of London working with Dorset Wildlife Trust have discovered an astonishing variety of minute aquatic organisms, so small as to be invisible to the naked eye. East Stoke Fen nature reserve is coming under the microscope of scientists from Queen Marys' School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, based at the Freshwater...

2010-01-11 07:58:43

New research from scientists at Queen Mary, University of London shows how the most common type of children's brain cancer can arise from stem cells. Scientists know relatively little about medulloblastomas or why some cases respond better to treatments than others. The new research, published Jan. 10 in Oncogene*, shows that medulloblastomas can grow from a type of brain stem cell and that these cancers are a distinct form of the disease which may require a completely different approach to...

2010-01-07 15:18:00

SOUTHAMPTON, England, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Cunard Line, operator of the most famous ocean liners in the world, is pleased to announce a partnership with The Juilliard School that will present stellar jazz performances on select 2010 eastbound Transatlantic Crossings aboard Queen Mary 2. Students and faculty from Juilliard, which has set America's standard for education in the performing arts, will perform programmes in the ship's Royal Court Theatre, treating guests to the best in...

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2009-12-22 06:25:00

Israeli archaeologists have uncovered a home dating back to the time of Jesus in the town of Nazareth where he is said to have spent the better part of his life. The discovery has been made close to the spot millions believe was the home of his mother, Mary. According to the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), their discovery reveals a building that consisted of two rooms and a courtyard in which there was a rock-hewn cistern into which rainwater was conveyed. Archaeologist Yardena...


Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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