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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...

2009-09-23 08:36:00

MOUNT ARLINGTON, N.J., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- PHD Virtual Technologies, provider of the pioneering esXpress VMware backup and recovery solution, today announced that Oxford University's Network Systems Management Services (NSMS) group relies on esXpress to provide data protection and recovery for its VMware environment of 14 ESX servers. esXpress delivers scalable, highly available and cost effective VMware backup and restore capabilities for Oxford University without added hardware or...

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2009-09-18 12:30:00

Many studies have been conducted to show the beneficial effects of a healthy lifestyle involving no smoking, a balanced diet and exercise, but few have been able to gauge the negative impacts of an unhealthy lifestyle. In Friday's British Medical Journal, researchers from Oxford University published findings of a recent study that showed middle-aged men who smoke, have high blood pressure and high cholesterol may live 10 years less than those who do not. Researchers used data from 19,000 male...

2009-08-11 11:22:40

Rats fed a high-fat diet show a stark reduction in their physical endurance and a decline in their cognitive ability after just nine days, a study by Oxford University researchers has shown.The research, funded by the British Heart Foundation and published in the FASEB Journal, may have implications not only for those eating lots of high-fat foods, but also athletes looking for the optimal diet for training and patients with metabolic disorders.'We found that rats, when switched to a high-fat...

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2009-07-29 14:40:00

Scientists have reported new calculations that place Saturn's day at five minutes shorter than previously considered. A team of scientists from Oxford University and the University of Louisville has discovered that Saturn's day lasts just 10 hours, 34 minutes and 13 seconds. The new calculation shows that Saturn is rotating at a pace that is five minutes faster than previously estimated. The discovery may challenge prior observations about the planet's composition, researchers said in the...

2009-06-29 15:19:00

NEW YORK, June 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Oxford University Press is proud to present the launch of the first online version of the international best-selling AMA Manual of Style, the "bible" for authors, editors, students, researchers, the media, and anyone else involved in medical or scientific publishing. Because scientific, medical, and pharmaceutical innovation progresses through clear written communication, the success of a new treatment hinges on how well the evidence to support its...


Word of the Day
glogg
  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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