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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...

2007-11-24 06:00:20

By Gilliam, Frank S Despite a growing awareness that the herbaceous layer serves a special role in maintaining the structure and function of forests, this stratum remains an underappreciated aspect of forest ecosystems. In this article I review and synthesize information concerning the herb layer's structure, composition, and dynamics to emphasize its role as an integral component of forest ecosystems. Because species diversity is highest in the herb layer among all forest strata, forest...

2006-12-06 03:00:36

By Guo, Fenglin TOPIC. Euthanasia has a wide range of classifications. Confusion exists in the application of specific concepts to various studies. PURPOSE. To analyze the concept of voluntary active euthanasia using Walker and Avant's concept analysis method. SOURCES OF INFORMATION. A comprehensive literature review from various published literature and bibliographies. CONCLUSIONS. Clinical, ethical, and policy differences and similarities of euthanasia need to be debated openly,...

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2006-06-07 08:27:00

LONDON -- Tom Robinson had long wondered about his family tree. He never suspected its roots might lie in the Mongolian steppe. The Florida accountant knew that his great, great-grandfather had come to the United States from England - but beyond that his research drew a blank. So he turned to the burgeoning field of "bioarchaeology," having his DNA tested to see what it revealed about his origins. He was in for a surprise. According to a British geneticist who pioneered the research, Robinson...

2006-03-15 08:08:09

By Madeline Chambers ETON (Reuters) - Every weekday, visitors to the picturesque town of Eton are confronted by dozens of teen-aged boys in tailcoats, pinstripe trousers and stiff white collars swaggering down the street. The uniform, which seems antiquated to tourists, marks pupils from one of Britain's top schools -- Eton College. For boys with parents who can pay 24,000 pounds ($42,030) a year in fees, Eton, founded in 1440, is a social and professional springboard to the top...

2005-11-30 11:26:09

By Jeremy Lovell LONDON (Reuters) - Building work restarted on Wednesday on Oxford University's 20 million pound animal testing centre after a 16 month hiatus caused by animal rights protests. Work was suspended in July 2004 when building contractor Montpellier Group pulled out in the face of a persistent campaign by animal rights group SPEAK Campaigns. On Wednesday, the university refused to name the new contractor, the expected new completion date or give any details of the...

2005-10-19 13:04:58

Oct. 19, 2005 -- An international team of researchers has partially untangled the genetic details of a mysterious disorder that formerly caused seizures and death in infant boys within a month of birth. The researchers discovered a rare change in the DNA of two eastern Missouri families with a history of a condition called X-linked recessive idiopathic hypoparathyroidism (XLHPT): a portion of the X chromosome, a human sex chromosome, has been removed and replaced by a copy of a much larger...


Word of the Day
mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.