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Researchers Find King-sized Crustacean In Deep Pacific Trench
2012-02-03 08:48:10

During an expedition to the Kermadec Trench north of New Zealand in the Pacific Ocean researchers discovered a ℠supergiant´ amphipod measuring 10 times the size of typical amphipods. Typically deep sea amphipods are about an inch long (2-3 centimeters) with the exception of the ℠giant´ amphipod found in Antarctica which can be up to 4 inches long (10 centimeters). But the latest discovery, in the world´s deepest ocean at depths of 23,000 feet, measures an...

2011-08-02 03:00:00

MIDDLESBROUGH, England, August 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CorDEX Instruments has forged a strategic partnership with the University of Aberdeen, investing GBP150,000 to provide intrinsically safe and explosion proof technologies for use in research. The deal will see CorDEX provide equipment and onsite training in the correct use of these groundbreaking oil and gas tools, which are certified for safe use offshore and in explosive environments. Over the next three...

2011-05-05 10:25:00

Asthma sufferers are more often prescribed inhalers than pills to treat their symptoms. However, a British study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) suggests that pills marketed under brand names such as Singulair and Accolate work just as well and are easier for patients to manage, reports AFP. Led by Professor David Price of the University of Aberdeen and the University of East Anglia, the study followed 650 chronic asthma patients for two years. Two sub-studies were...

2011-05-04 16:00:00

NORWICH, England, May 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A rarely prescribed asthma drug is easier to use and just as effective as conventional treatment with inhalers, according to a new study led by the University of East Anglia (UEA). Publishing tomorrow in the New England Journal of Medicine, the researchers followed 650 patients with chronic asthma for two years. They found that tablets called leukotriene receptor antagonists (LTRAs) managed the disease equally successfully as steroid...

2010-12-01 13:13:10

Recent controversies about maternal mortality rates mask a bigger need to improve the process of global health estimation, and they deflect attention away from the need for action to improve the health of the most vulnerable. These are some of the strong conclusions of a group of articles in this week's PLoS Medicine, authored by leading experts who provide insights and opinion on what estimates mean for global health and how to move forward with better data, measurement, coordination, and...

2010-08-02 07:05:00

ABERDEEN, Scotland and ZURICH, Aug. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In a pioneering research project, for the first time, scientists at IBM (NYSE: IBM) and the University of Aberdeen have collaborated to "see" the structure of a marine compound from the deepest place on the Earth using an atomic force microscope (AFM). The results of the project open up new possibilities in biological research which could lead to the faster development of new medicines in the future. (Logo:...

2010-07-06 10:58:31

Findings may revolutionize thinking about deep-sea life in the Atlantic Ocean Scientists have just returned from a voyage with samples of rare animals and more than 10 possible new species in a trip which they say has revolutionized their thinking about deep-sea life in the Atlantic Ocean. One group of creatures they observed - and captured - during their six weeks in the Atlantic aboard the RRS James Cook is believed to be close to the missing evolutionary link between backboned and...

2010-03-17 14:55:00

Scientists have found that women living in countries that are more disease ridden are far likelier to prefer "masculine" looking men instead of "feminine" looking ones. Psychologists at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland studied a theory that masculine traits in men are a sign of genetic health. According to the hypothesis, this should also have an effect on women, whose choice of a mate is influenced by the chances of their offspring's survival. There were over 4,500 women recruited...

Word of the Day
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.