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2012-05-09 10:37:32

Researchers funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) have gained important new insights into how our sense of hearing works. Their findings promise new avenues for scientists to understand what goes wrong when people experience deafness. The team was led by Prof John Wood of UCL (University College London). Professor Wood explains: "As many people will already know, our ears are filled with tiny hair cells that move in response to the pressure of a sound...

2008-03-31 13:10:00

One of the earliest general anesthetics to be used by the medical profession, chloroform, has shed light on a mystery that's puzzled doctors for more than 150 years "“ how such anesthetics actually work.A discovery described as "true serendipity" made by Leeds University PhD student Dr Yahya Bahnasi, has provided a clue that may unravel the enigma of general anesthesia "“ and offer the opportunity to design new generations of anesthetics without harmful side effects."We take...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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