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2009-05-20 07:40:03

Fallow deer become hoarse when trying to attract a mate, according to scientists from Queen Mary, University of London. Writing in the journal Animal Behavior, Dr Alan McElligott from Queen Mary's School of Biological and Chemical Sciences has found that male fallow deer (bucks) can call for a mate more than 3000 times per hour during the peak of the mating season. Their prolonged vocal efforts cause their call structure to break down, leaving them hoarse. During the mating season known as...

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2009-04-30 09:11:39

A new drug for multiple sclerosis can dramatically reduce the chances of a relapse or a deterioration of the condition, according to a new study from researchers at Queen Mary, University of London. The results of a major trial presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in Seattle show that taking a course of cladribine tablets just a few times a year can reduce the chances of a relapse by well over 50 per cent. And patients who took part in the study suffered very...

2009-04-22 07:00:00

SOUTHAMPTON, England, April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Cunard Line announces a new partnership with New York's Tribeca Film Festival, scheduled 22 April - 3 May, drawing film enthusiasts for two weeks of premiere screenings, events and industry programmes. Among other distinctions, Cunard is recognized as the Official Cruise Line of the Festival. A multi-faceted association, the partnership begins with Cunard sponsoring the World Documentary Competition for the 2009 Festival and then later this...

2009-04-13 07:00:00

Queen Mary 2 Offers Expanded Transatlantic Crossings and Europe Voyages Queen Victoria Spends Winter 2011 on US West Coast Calling on Los Angeles, Panama and Hawaii SOUTH HAMPTON, England, April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Building on the exciting announcement of Cunard Line's inaugural season for Queen Elizabeth, Cunard is pleased to announce the newly published Europe, Transatlantics and Americas 2010-2011 programme for Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria. The year 2010 will herald another important...

2009-03-10 21:09:00

Iconic Singer-Songwriter to set sail from New YorkJune 19 on a legendary Transatlantic Crossing SOUTHAMPTON, England, March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Cunard Line is proud to announce that Grammy(R) Award-winning singer-songwriter James Taylor and his band will perform during Queen Mary 2's June 19 eastbound Transatlantic Crossing. Sailing from New York to Southampton, England, Taylor will headline two Cunard Command Performances in the ship's Royal Court Theatre during the six-day journey. (Space...

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2009-02-25 09:30:45

Scientists from Queen Mary, University of London have discovered that an ancient system of communication found in primitive bacteria, may also explain how plants and algae control the process of photosynthesis. Two-component signal transduction systems (TCSTs) have long been recognized as the main way in which bacteria coordinate their responses to changes in their environment. But recent research has shown that these "Ëœbacterial' two-component systems have also survived in plants...

2009-02-24 07:40:00

AVON, Ind., Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- "The Manger: A Jewish Love Story" (published by AuthorHouse), by Becky Reagan, is a unique account of some of the most famous stories of all time: The marriage of Mary and Joseph and the birth of Jesus. Reagan offers Mary's personal interpretation of events and poses thought-provoking questions about the meaning of God's decisions during this important time. Reagan reexamines the story of Jesus' birth through a Jewish lens, offering a new way of viewing...

2009-02-23 08:58:26

Scientists from Queen Mary, University of London and the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) have found evidence that magnetism is involved in the mechanism behind high temperature superconductivity. Writing in the journal Nature Materials, Dr Alan Drew from Queen Mary's Department of Physics and his colleagues at the University of Fribourg report on the investigation of a new high temperature superconductor, the so-called oxypnictides. They found that these exhibit some striking...

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2009-02-16 09:45:42

Queen Mary scientists have, for the first time, used computer artificial intelligence to create previously unseen types of pictures to explore the abilities of the human visual system. Writing in the journal Vision Research, Professor Peter McOwan, and Milan Verma from Queen Mary's School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science report the first published use of an artificial intelligence computer program to create pictures and stimuli to use in visual search experiments. They found...

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2009-01-29 15:47:02

Scientists from Queen Mary, University of London have discovered a new part of the mechanism which allows our body clocks to reset themselves on a molecular level. Circadian clocks regulate the daily fluctuations of many physiological and behavioral aspects in life, and are synchronized with our surrounding environment via light or temperature cycles. Natural changes in the length of the day mean that an animal's circadian clock often has to reset itself on a molecular level, to avoid getting...


Word of the Day
maffling
  • To stammer.
  • Present participle of maffle, to stammer.
  • A simpleton.
The word 'maffle' may come from a Dutch word meaning 'to move the jaws' or a French word meaning 'having large cheeks'.