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2011-07-18 14:28:55

Advice on the use of carbon nanotubes from a new research study Which is better, a quick vertical jab on the buttock or the delicately soft entry of a blood sample? Waiting to find out "for what", some are already wondering "how" to use those tiny "molecular syringes" which are carbon nanotubes. With a diameter of less than one millionth of a millimeter (nanometer) and a maximum length of just a few millimeters, the first use that springs to mind when we think of this ethereal tubes - the...

2011-07-11 20:54:01

Road tests in Los Angeles in August; the objective is in-car Internet According to the researchers from the University of Bologna (Italy) who designed the app, this automatic accident detection system could reduce the number of vehicles involved in pile-ups by up to 40 percent. For now, at least, that's what it does on paper and in computer simulations, as is described in an article published in the scientific journal Computer Networks. Road tests will be carried out this summer, on the...

2010-12-09 20:13:39

'Test ready' according to new study based on controversial statistical techniques Alzheimer and heart attacks have been found to share common genetic basis. The research leads the way to the first genetic test on developing the risk of the diseases even at a young age. According to Federico Licastro, an immunologist at the University of Bologna who coordinated the study published in the scientific journal, Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, a test is now ready. "They are already selling it in...

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2009-12-23 14:20:00

Using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have uncovered two distinct kinds of "rejuvenated" stars in the globular cluster Messier 30. A new study shows that both stellar collisions and a process sometimes called vampirism are behind this cosmic "face lift". The scientists also uncover evidence that both sorts of blue stragglers were produced during a critical dynamical event (known as "core collapse") that occurred in Messier 30 a few billion years ago. Stars in globular...

2009-01-21 13:01:43

A new study conducted at the Centre for Studies and Research in Cognitive Neuroscience of the University of Bologna, and published by Elsevier in the February 2009 issue of Cortex shows that, in confabulating patients, memory accuracy improves when attentional resources are reduced. Most cognitive processes supporting adaptive behavior need attentional resources for their operation. Consider memory. If memory was a car, attention would be its fuel: New information is not stored into memory if...

2007-09-22 03:00:06

By Versura, Piera Fresina, Michela; Campos, Emilio C Abstract Aim. To analyze whether dry eye symptoms and ocular surface parameters change during different phases of the menstrual cycle. Method. Twenty-nine women of fertile age and with regular, 26-29- day menstrual cycles were included in the study. Fourteen subjects suffered and 15 did not suffer from dry eye symptoms. Symptoms were scored by the validated Ocular Surface Disease Index questionnaire. Tear production was evaluated with...

2005-06-20 16:50:00

When people hear "thalidomide," many think "birth defects," however, evidence has come to light that this once-banned drug can be used as a potent anti-cancer treatment. In a new study, researchers from the University of Bologna, Italy, demonstrate that Thal-Dex (thalidomide used in combination with dexamethasone) is more powerful than conventional chemotherapy for the treatment of multiple myeloma. Their findings will be published in the July 1, 2005, issue of Blood, the official journal of...


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snash
  • To talk saucily.
  • Insolent, opprobrious language; impertinent abuse.
This word is Scots in origin and probably imitative.