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2009-02-06 07:54:05

A missing link in the evolution of the front claw of living scorpions and horseshoe crabs was identified with the discovery of a 390 million-year-old fossil by researchers at Yale and the University of Bonn, Germany. The specimen, named Schinderhannes bartelsi, was found fossilized in slate from a quarry near Bundenbach in Germany, a site that yields spectacularly durable pyrite-preserved fossils "” findings collectively known as the Hunsrck Slate. The Hunsrck Slate has previously...

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2008-11-24 10:43:00

Connections between the nerves is one factor determining whether a person welcomes a change or tends to avoid anything new Some people are constantly seeking a new kick; some prefer to stick to tried and tested things. Which group you belong to seems to be connected, inter alia, with the 'wiring' of specific centers of the brain. This was discovered by scientists at the University of Bonn using a new method. Even how much acceptance people seek is apparently also determined by nerve fibers in...

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2008-07-28 16:10:00

Bio-acoustic method also hears nature's cry for help Switch on the mike, start the recording, the stage is set for the local fauna! Computer scientists from the University of Bonn, in conjunction with the birdsong archives of Berlin's Humboldt University, have developed a kind of 'Big Brother' for birds. This has nothing to do with entertainment, but a lot to do with the protection of nature. The new type of voice detector involved can reliably recognize the characteristic birdsong of...

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2008-07-23 11:29:56

A minimally invasive treatment for a common cause of male infertility can significantly improve a couple's chances for pregnancy, according to a new study published in the August issue of Radiology. The study, conducted at the University of Bonn in Germany, also found that the level of sperm motility prior to treatment is a key predictor of success. "Venous embolization, a simple treatment using a catheter through the groin, can help to improve sperm function in infertile men," said lead...

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2008-07-15 11:54:32

Study at Bonn University Clinic suggests delaying operations till the next day Kidney transplants should be carried out during the day if possible. At least this is the conclusion suggested by a survey just published by urologists and internists at the University of Bonn (Transplantation Proceedings, vol. 40, p. 1341 ff.). Hence operations carried out at night require a further operation more than twice as often as other operations. Moreover, the risk of premature failure of the transplant is...

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2008-03-17 13:50:59

Instruments falsely report anoxia in affected peopleScientists at the University of Bonn have discovered a new rare type of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin transports oxygen in the red blood corpuscles. When bound to oxygen it changes color. The new hemoglobin type appears optically to be transporting little oxygen. Measurements of the blood oxygen level therefore present a similar picture to patients suffering from an inherited cardiac defect. After examining two patients, the scientists now...

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2008-03-03 12:40:00

For the first time scientists demonstrate in long-distance runners the release of endorphins in the brainThroughout the world, amateurs, experts and the media agree that prolonged jogging raises people's spirits. And many believe that the body's own opioids, so called endorphins, are the cause of this. But in fact this has never been proved until now. Researchers at the Technische Universität Mnchen and the University of Bonn succeeded to demonstrate the existence of an...

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2008-02-25 09:50:00

New gene improves our understanding of hair growth and offers a path to effective therapiesA healthy individual loses around a hundred hairs a day. Nothing to worry about as long as they are constantly replaced and the losses occur evenly around the whole scalp. But when hair loss goes well beyond this level it can become quite a problem for those affected "“ not only superficially in terms of looks but also psychologically. A breakthrough on the hair front has now been made by an...

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2008-02-06 10:15:00

Scientists from the University of Bonn are researching which plants giant dinosaurs could have lived off more than 100 million years ago. They want to find out how the dinosaurs were able to become as large as they did. In actual fact such gigantic animals should not have existed. The results of the research have now been published in the journal 'Proceedings of the Royal Society B'.Take 200 milligrams of dried and ground equisetum, ten milliliters of digestive juice from sheep's rumen, a few...

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2007-10-02 18:12:22

Minerals act as oxygen reservoirs, stopping the earth from becoming a barren planet   If our planet did not have the ability to store oxygen in the deep reaches of its mantle there would probably be no life on its surface. This is the conclusion reached by scientists at the University of Bonn who have subjected the mineral majorite to close laboratory examination. Majorite normally occurs only at a depth of several hundred kilometres - under very high pressures and temperatures....


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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