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The Emotion Of Literature Reflects Real Historical Events
2013-03-21 15:48:05

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using five million books digitized by Google in recent years as a database, the research team looked at how often words that carry emotional content, or 'mood words,´ were used throughout the 20th Century. Previous work by one of the researchers, Vasileios Lampos from the University of Bristol in the UK, looked at the word content of Twitter messages in...

Healthy Infants Slow To Gain Weight Likely To Catch Up With Peers
2013-02-25 19:38:21

Jason Pierce, MSN, MBA, RN for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Newly published research findings from the University of Bristol found infants who demonstrated slower than average growth during the first nine months of life were likely to catch up with their peers over time. This should be reassuring to anxious parents of otherwise healthy babies who fall outside of the established growth curves. A child´s growth is tracked using charts, such as those developed by the...

2013-02-01 13:14:47

New research has shown the presence of a disease affecting small blood vessels, known as microangiopathy, in the bone marrow of diabetic patients. While it is well known that microangiopathy is the cause of renal damage, blindness and heart attacks in patients with diabetes, this is the first time that a reduction of the smallest blood vessels has been shown in bone marrow, the tissue contained inside the bones and the main source of stem cells. These precious cells not only replace old...

New Analysis Shows Cheese Has Been Around For 7,000 Years
2012-12-13 12:33:18

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Cheese is, and has been for centuries, one of the most popular food products. The National Dairy Council recognizes over 400 varieties in the U.S. alone. Roman legionnaires were given hard cheeses as part of their daily rations when on military maneuvers, and Pliny's Natural History, written in 77 CE, devotes an entire chapter to describing the variety of cheeses enjoyed by Romans. A team of scientists led by the University of...

Alcohol During Pregnancy Affects Childs IQ
2012-11-15 12:15:14

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new study from the University of Bristol and the University of Oxford recently showed that drinking even moderate amounts of alcohol during pregnancy could affect a child´s IQ level. In the research project, the scientists studied more than 4,000 mothers and their children. These subjects were part of the children of the 90s study (ALSPAC). The study was considered the first of its kind, as past studies have focused on...

2012-10-09 20:35:23

A tabletop system where users can come together and view shared content will be unveiled today. A team of scientists, led by the University of Bristol, have developed the system aimed at supporting mixed-focus collaborative tasks. Researchers from the University's Department of Computer Science will present PiVOT (personalized view-overlays for tabletops) at the 25th ACM UIST 2012, a symposium for innovations in the software and technology of human-computer interfaces. Through two view...

2012-09-10 14:45:32

An international team of scientists have shown at an unprecedented level of detail how cells prioritize the repair of genes containing potentially dangerous damage. The research, published in the journal Nature and involving academics from the University of Bristol, the Institut Jacques-Monod in France and Rockefeller University in the US, studied the action of individual molecules in order to understand how cellular repair pathways are triggered. The genetic information that forms the...

Methane Reservoir Beneath Antarctic Ice Sheet
2012-08-30 08:32:12

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A recent study of the Antarctic Ice Sheet suggests that it could be a largely overlooked source of the potent greenhouse gas methane. An international team of scientists from the University of Bristol, the University of California, Santa Cruz, the University of Alberta, Edmonton, and the University of Utrecht, demonstrate that old organic matter in sedimentary basins located beneath the Antarctic Ice Sheet may have been converted to...

What Did The Jurassic Age Diplodocus Eat?
2012-07-31 08:46:03

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of researchers from the University of Bristol, Natural History Museum of London, the University of Missouri and Ohio University report they have discovered the eating habits of the Jurassic age dinosaur, the Diplodocus. Found nearly 130 years ago, the eating habits of the giant herbivore were still largely uncertain until now. Understanding these habits could provide insights into extinct ecosystems and today's modern animal...

2012-07-11 13:59:22

The cause of rapid sea level rise in the past has been found by scientists at the University of Bristol using climate and ice sheet models. The process, named 'saddle-collapse', was found to be the cause of two rapid sea level rise events: the Meltwater pulse 1a (MWP1a) around 14,600 years ago and the '8,200 year' event. The research is published today in Nature. Using a climate model, Dr Lauren Gregoire of Bristol's School of Geographical Sciences and colleagues unearthed the series of...