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2012-02-03 09:07:38

Tuberculosis patients may receive treatments in the future according to what version they have of a single 'Goldilocks' gene 'Goldilocks' gene could determine best treatment for TB patients Tuberculosis patients may receive treatments in the future according to what version they have of a single 'Goldilocks' gene, says an international research team from Oxford University, King's College London, Vietnam and the USA. This is one of the first examples in infectious disease of where an...

Gene Therapy May Improve Some Forms Of Blindness
2011-10-28 09:45:12

A UK man is being treated for the progressive genetic disorder, choroideraemia, in an attempt to reverse his blindness. Jonathan Wyatt was able to see normally until about the age of 19 when he began having problems seeing in the dark. He was told by doctors that his vision would get progressively worse until eventually going blind, reports BBC News. Poor eyesight didn´t stop Wyatt, now 63 years old, from a career as a barrister but 10 years ago he found himself having difficulty...

Image 1 - Higgs Boson App Released For Android Devices
2011-10-10 08:30:44

Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider -- located on the French-Swiss border near Geneva, Switzerland -- have unveiled a new free app for Google Android phones and tablet computers that lets users see events unfolding live inside the particle accelerator in a 3D view. The app, called LHSEE, has already been downloaded more than 10,000 times. It was created by scientists, led by Dr Alan Barr, at Oxford University and has full approval of CERN. While the app doesn´t capture everything,...

Is Laughter Really The Best Medicine
2011-09-14 12:48:56

  A new study has revealed that laughter might actually be the best medicine after all. Oxford University researchers found that volunteers were able to withstand 10 percent more pain when they spent 15 minutes watching comedy videos beforehand. The team split two groups of volunteers up for the study, one group who watched the videos, and another who watched "boring" programs before. The scientists found that the group who watched 15 minutes of "boring" programs were less...

2011-08-09 08:03:00

CHICAGO, Aug., 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ThoughtWorks, Inc. (www.thoughtworks.com) the global leader in enterprise Agile development services, today announced that Jez Humble's book, Continuous Delivery, has been selected by Oxford University as the set text for its "Agile Practices in Engineering" course curriculum. Released in 2010, Continuous Delivery is recognized as one of the most important software development books to be published during the past year as enterprises work to extend...

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2011-07-27 10:50:00

Researchers from Oxford University studying the eye sockets and brain capacity of 55 human skulls from 12 different populations across the world found people from northern parts of the world evolved bigger brains and larger eyes, aiding in coping with long, dark winters and dim skies, Reuters is reporting. "Having bigger brains doesn't mean that higher latitude humans are smarter, it just means they need bigger brains to be able to see well where they live," explained Eiluned Pearce from...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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