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Fukushima Accident Raised Marine Radioactive Strontium Levels
2013-06-12 08:22:27

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online New research suggests that the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant two years ago increased the amount of radioactive strontium on the east coast of Japan by as much as one-hundred times their normal levels. Experts from the Institute for Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) and the Department of Physics of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) studied the spread of the radioactive element in the...

Origins Of Genetic Blending Between Europeans And Asians Discovered In Mongolia
2012-11-12 11:43:22

Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona A group of researchers led by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) has discovered the first scientific evidence of genetic blending between Europeans and Asians in the remains of ancient Scythian warriors living over 2,000 years ago in the Altai region of Mongolia. Contrary to what was believed until now, the results published in PLoS ONE indicate that this blending was not due to an eastward migration of Europeans, but to a demographic...

2012-06-04 17:24:16

-It acts simultaneously on several targets in the brain -In vitro studies reveal a reduction in the ß-amyloid peptide aggregation, involved in the disease, and a boost in cognitive function -It could lead the development of more efficient drugs than those currently used Researchers at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the University of Barcelona (UB) have developed a multitarget molecule, ASS234, which...

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2011-09-24 07:48:41

A team of Spanish researchers claim to have designed what is being called an antimagnetic cloak -- a cloak that shields objects from external magnetic fields, while keeping internal magnetic fields from escaping. According to a September 22 press release, physicists and engineers from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) designed the cloak, which they said can be created "using practical and available materials and technologies." Richard Chirgwin of The Register...

2011-07-28 17:41:14

Researchers at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona have developed an electronic tongue which can identify different types of cava wines, thanks to a combination of sensor systems and advanced mathematical procedures. The device automatically produces classifications similar to those of a sommelier. Cava varies in type according to the amount of sugar added with the expedition liqueur after secondary fermentation (which produces carbonic gas). Therefore it is useful to know the exact amount of...

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2011-01-19 14:24:51

The technology application represents substituting manual registry for digital coding, thus reducing errors to 1 percent The research team at the Centre for the Studies of Archaeological and Prehistoric Heritage (CEPAP) of Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) have implemented an innovative system to register archaeological artifacts which eliminates problems in manual markings, such as errors in writing or erosion of data. The system, based on direct labeling using...

2010-11-19 13:17:28

Researchers from Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA), at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), and other universities have published a special section in the journal Ecological Economics that analyzes the link between ecological economics and political ecology. This issue stems from the institute's research on impacts and resistance at the "commodity frontiers", where the extraction of natural resources and the disposal of toxic wastes produce a...

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2010-06-22 12:04:23

The discovery could help to design new strategies to increase their sensitivity to antibiotics A study led by researchers from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) describes one of the mechanisms in which pathogenic bacteria populations control the way they spread over the surface of the organs they infect and stop when they detect the presence of an antibiotic, only to resume again when the effect wears off. The star of this process is the RecA protein, which...

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2010-06-15 11:04:30

Researchers at University of Ghent, Belgium, and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) develop a new procedure to identify the two extremes of protein molecules and their processing and maturing in in-vivo and ex-vivo massive proteomic studies. The research has been published online at Nature Methods, under the title of "Complementary Positional Proteomics for Screening of Endo- and Exoproteases". The world of proteins is one of the most complex and fundamental in living...

2010-05-18 15:07:07

Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona researchers took part in a study published in Nature A research appearing in Nature, with the participation of doctors Susana Campoy and Jordi Barb© from the Department of Genetics and Microbiology at UAB, demonstrates that bacteria have a surprising mechanism to transfer virulent genes causing infections. The research describes an unprecedented evolutionary adaptation and could contribute to finding new ways of treating and preventing bacterial...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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