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2012-07-16 04:20:06

Singapore, July 16, 2012 - (ACN Newswire) - Scientists at A*STAR's Singapore Immunology Network (SIgN), in collaboration with Newcastle University, UK, the Singapore Institute of Clinical Sciences and clinicians from multiple hospitals in Singapore, have identified a new subset of dendritic cells (DCs) in human peripheral tissue which have a critical role in activating our immune response against harmful pathogens. This research will have significant impact on the design of vaccines and other...

2012-06-27 12:01:09

A rare kind of mineral which scientists hope could be used to remove toxic metals and radioactive species from the environment played a similar, crucial role early in Earth's history. Research carried out by an international team of leading biogeochemists suggests for the first time that 'green rust' was likely widespread in ancient oceans and may have played a vital role in the creation of our early atmosphere. Led by Newcastle University, UK, the study shows that during the...

2012-06-21 15:37:14

In work published in the open access journal PLoS ONE today, more than 500 8 to 10-year-olds wore activity monitors providing Newcastle University and University of Strathclyde researchers with a very accurate picture of how little time children spent being physically active. They were monitored for a range of actions from moving around, climbing stairs to running, playing games and skipping. Researchers found: Children spent only 4% of awake time in moderate to vigorous intensity...

Earth's Prehistoric Multiple Atmospheres
2012-03-19 09:50:20

Earth´s early atmosphere may have flipped between two sates before oxygenation, according to a new study. Researchers at Newcastle University have published these findings in the journal Nature Geoscience. They found Earth´s early atmosphere would switch between a hydrocarbon-free state and a hydrocarbon-rich state. This kind of atmosphere, according to the researchers, is similar to that of Saturn´s moon, Titan. Referring to the two states as “organic haze”...

Power From Space Superbugs
2012-02-22 10:16:50

Scientists from Newcastle University in the UK have incorporated the use of a microbe -- usually found high up in the Earth´s stratosphere -- and others found in the UK river estuary, to produce a new source of potential power for the world. The scientists focused their attention on the river Wear estuary, Country Durham, UK to collect and test different bacteria to see which ones had the greatest power-potential. The microbial process is well-established in sewage treatment and water...

2012-02-17 10:20:18

Despite new regulations restricting UK TV advertisements for food, children are still exposed to the same level of advertising for junk foods which are high in fat, salt and sugar, researchers have found. Unexpectedly, academics at Newcastle University also found that since the new restrictions were introduced five years ago, viewers of all ages are seeing many more adverts for unhealthy foods. In work funded by National Prevention Research Initiative and published today in PLoS ONE,...

2012-01-24 11:09:57

Expansion of one of the world's most important shipping routes brings with it a unique opportunity to reduce the carbon footprint of the marine industry, experts claim. Expanded sections of the Panama Canal are due to open in 2014 following an eight-year program to widen and deepen the waterway in order to increase capacity for liner shipping. This will remove the breadth restriction of 32.2m (known as 'panamax' in the shipping industry) that has constrained ships using the canal since...

Researchers Claim Aspirin Reduces Risk Of Colon Cancer
2011-10-28 09:04:49

New research from the British universities Newcastle and Leeds suggest that taking two aspirin a day for two years reduces the long-term risk of hereditary colon cancer by as much as 60 percent in those people with a family history of the disease.  The findings of the study, published in The Lancet, could have implications for the wider population, though more research is needed to determine an ideal dosage for different groups of people. Scientists described the results as...

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2011-07-29 08:30:00

Electronic ear tags are being used to provide an early warning system that will help farmers identify sick animals within a herd. The new system, being trialed by scientists at Newcastle University, tracks the feeding behavior of each individual animal, alerting farmers to any change that might indicate the cow is unwell. Using RFID (radio frequency identification) technology - similar to that used in the Transport for London Oyster card - each calf is 'clocked' in and out every time they...

2011-07-26 12:07:50

A clinical trial led by Newcastle University shows that the drug, idebenone (Catena®), improved the vision and perception of colour in patients with Leber's Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON). The inherited condition means patients, who can see normally, lose the sight in one eye then within 3 to 6 months lose the sight in their other eye. In some severely affected patients such as those who were unable to read any letters on the chart, the treatment with idebenone resulted...


Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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