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2008-10-11 00:00:24

I n HIS youth Paul Jones shot to national consciousness as the clean-cut, blond and blue-eyed lead singer of Manfred Mann who proceeded to take the 1960s pop charts by storm. But the history of rock 'n' roll might have been rather different had Brian Jones enticed him to be lead singer in his band instead. "Brian and I were good mates; he lived in Cheltenham and I in Oxford but we got together to hear Alexis Korner and his wonderful musicians, on a regular basis," explains Paul, ahead of his...

2008-10-11 00:00:24

By CLARE ROBINSON Music Writer IN HIS youth, Paul Jones shot into the national consciousness as the clean-cut, blonde and blue-eyed, lead singer of Manfred Mann who proceeded to take the 60s pop charts by storm. But the history of rock'n'roll might have been rather different had Brian Jones enticed him to be lead singer in his band instead, as Paul explains: "Brian and I were good mates, he lived in Cheltenham and I in Oxford, but we got together to hear Alexis Korner and his wonderful...

2008-09-03 03:00:06

By Petrini, Carlo Gainotti, Sabina Abstract First we give an overview of the historical development of public health. Then we present some public-health deontology codes and some ethical principles. We highlight difficulties in defining ethics for public health, with specific reference to three of them that concern: (i) the adaptability to public health of the classical principles of bioethics; (ii) the duty to respect and safeguard the individual while acting within the community...

2008-08-03 03:00:07

By McElwain, Jennifer PALEOBIOLOGY Plants as a Force of Nature THE EMERALD PLANET: How Plants Changed Earth's History. David Beerling. xvi + 288 pp. Oxford University Press, 2007. $30. Plants, according to paleoclimatologist David Beerling, have shaped the atmosphere (and thus the climate) of the Earth to an amazing extent. In The Emerald Planet, Beerling guides readers through geological time from the earliest record of life through the greening of the planet to the present day, describing...

2008-07-25 06:00:18

By Steve Sternberg A study that unexpectedly linked the heart drug Vytorin to excess cancer deaths has provoked controversy among heart specialists worried that the drug's risks may outweigh its benefits. The study, called SEAS, was designed to test whether Vytorin could prevent severe, age-related heart valve problems by sharply reducing cholesterol. But lead investigator Terje Pedersen of Ulleval University Hospital in Oslo reported Monday that the study turned up a "disturbing" link...

2008-07-23 00:00:46

The University of Oxford and Emergent BioSolutions Inc. (NYSE:EBS) announced today that they have formed a joint venture, The Oxford-Emergent Tuberculosis Consortium Ltd. (the "Consortium"), to further develop MVA85A, the world's most clinically advanced vaccine candidate for the prevention of tuberculosis. The University of Oxford, through its technology transfer office, Isis Innovation Limited, has exclusively licensed the MVA85A tuberculosis vaccine candidate and related technology to the...

2008-06-16 09:00:45

Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey's next big role reportedly is to be a professor at England's Oxford University. The BBC said Spacey, who is also artistic director of The Old Vic Theatre Company in London, has been selected to be the next Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre at St. Catherine's College, Oxford. Spacey's job will be to promote contemporary theater at the university. He will take over the post from British actor Patrick Stewart, when the next academic...

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2008-04-15 00:25:00

Researchers from Oxford University and Stony Brook University have discovered an ancient water-dwelling mammal that had close ties to modern day elephants.The animal is similar to a tapir, a hoofed mammal that resembles a cross between a horse and a rhino."It has often been assumed that elephants have evolved from fully terrestrial ancestors and have always had this kind of a lifestyle," said DR. Erik Seiffert, co-author of the study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of...

2008-02-28 03:00:09

By Shay, Laura E There are numerous factors that influence an individual's ability to adhere to a healthy behavior. The literature cites common events that must take place prior to maintaining an exercise plan, a medication regimen, and a healthy diet. The purpose of this paper is to examine the concept of adherence in relation to weight loss using Walker and Avant's (1995) framework for concept analysis. This analysis revealed an extensive list of events or antecedents that may prove to be...

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2008-01-25 06:10:00

British researchers reported yesterday that women who use birth control pills are protected against ovarian cancer for 30 years or longer after they stop taking the pills.  The researchers estimated the pill has prevented 200,000 women worldwide from developing ovarian cancer, and has prevented 100,000 deaths from the disease. The study showed the protective effect of the pills is directly related to the length of time a they are used, with women taking the pills for 15 years...


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omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.