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2010-10-11 09:30:00

A series of genetic variations linked to fat, obesity, and body shape have been discovered by an international team of 400 experts from more than 250 research institutions. The scientists, who published their findings in the journal Nature Genetics on Sunday, found a total of 30 different variations which could help explain why some people are overweight, as well as why some people have apple or pear shaped physiques. One study, led by researchers at Oxford University and the Medical Research...

2010-09-16 08:20:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the 1950s, the 21st century was a futuristic time romanticized by such sci-fi radio shows as 2000 Plus, which reinforced the association of space travel with the post-20th-century world. But by 1960, the Space Age was a reality. 'Astronaut' was suddenly an actual occupation, and our language soon swelled with cosmonauts, quasars, LRVs, space capsules, and a galaxy of other such terminology. From "Beam me up, Scotty" to "The Eagle has landed,"...

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2010-04-27 13:40:00

According to a new study released Monday, the buzz of angry bees can stir elephants up to sound a "rumbling" alarm, signaling troop members to flee their attackers. Researchers from Oxford University, Save the Elephants and Disney's Animal Kingdom said that not only do they run from the sound of bees, they also take cover when their rumble is played back, even in the absence of bees. The researchers made the discovery during a study of elephants in Kenya. "In our experiments we played the...

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2010-02-18 08:05:00

Pioneering partnership between Nova Bio-Pharma Technologies and Oxford University A cheap and simple way of making vaccines stable "“ even at tropical temperatures "“ has been proven to work by scientists at Oxford University. The British technology, developed by specialist manufacturer Nova Bio-Pharma Technologies, removes the need for fridges, freezers and associated health infrastructure. It has the potential to revolutionize vaccination efforts - particularly in the developing...

2009-11-30 15:14:00

NEW YORK, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Snuggie, hot coco, fireplace, and slippers. What's missing from this picture? The perfect book! As millions take refuge indoors this winter they will need something to curl up to -- and a Wii or iPhone just won't do the trick. So check out Oxford's holiday gift guide and find the book to make your loved ones' winter hibernation complete. 1.) For sprawlers... ATLAS OF THE WORLD 16th Edition $80.00 | 448 pages | ISBN13: 9780195393286 Glossy pages of...

2009-11-16 12:00:00

NEW YORK, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Facebook fans will undoubtedly recognize the New Oxford American Dictionary's 2009 Word of the Year, unfriend. unfriend - verb - To remove someone as a 'friend' on a social networking site such as Facebook "It has both currency and potential longevity," notes Christine Lindberg, Senior Lexicographer for Oxford's US dictionary program. "In the online social networking context, its meaning is understood, so its adoption as a modern verb form...

2009-11-09 12:22:00

NEW YORK, Nov. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Next month Hollywood will deftly foreshadow one of world's most important events. Clint Eastwood's Invictus (December 2009) will take audiences back to Nelson Mandela's quest for national unity as his newly democratized country hosts the 1995 Rugby World Cup. If the film buzz extends long enough (Oscar season, DVD release) the perfect stage could be set for the 2010 World Cup this summer -- another athletic tournament for the South African history...

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2009-11-02 05:35:00

Scientists have confirmed that spider webs discovered in Britain are the oldest on record, dating back 140 million years to the Cretaceous period. The webs, which were enclosed in amber, were discovered on a beach in East Sussex by fossil hunter Jamie Hiscocks and his brother Jonathan. Professor Martin Brasier, a paleobiologist at the Oxford University, said the fossils were the earliest spider webs ever to be entered into the fossil record. "This amber is very rare. It comes from the very...

2009-10-12 08:44:00

NEW YORK, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Oxford University Press will publish the Historical Thesaurus of the OED (HTOED) this week. The HTOED boasts two claims to fame -- it's the world's largest thesaurus and it's the first of its kind in any language. Based on the 2nd edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, the HTOED contains almost every word in the 20 volume dictionary, plus a considerable amount of Old English vocabulary, sourced from A Thesaurus of Old English. The...

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2009-10-01 12:50:39

A report on Thursday over the ethical dilemmas of dementia said that millions of people suffering with the brain-wasting disease are often left without care or support until their illness reaches a crisis point, Reuters reported. The British medical ethics group that authored the report criticized health authorities for failing to take a broader view of dementia and called for more focus on easing the daily problems it poses for sufferers and their caregivers. An estimated 35 million people...