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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...

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...


Word of the Day
baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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