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Birds Help Solitary Lemurs Avoid Danger
2013-07-06 05:16:20

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Madagascan Sahamalaza sportive lemur (Lepilemur sahamalazensis) is an endangered species that scientists know very little about. A new study, led by the University of Bristol reveals that the sportive lemur uses the alarm calls of birds and other lemurs to warn it of the presence of predators, the first time this behavior has been observed in a nocturnal and solitary lemur species. Prior to this study, scientists knew that the...

2013-05-07 11:03:24

Scientists show potential impact of therapy in reducing transmission in UK, Canada and Australia Around 150 million people globally are chronically infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) — a major cause of liver disease and the fastest growing cause of liver transplantation and liver cancer. 1 New prevention strategies are urgently required as people are continuing to be infected with HCV. Findings, published in Hepatology, reveal the impact of a new antiviral treatment that could...

2013-04-12 16:01:57

Large helpers (nannies) in a cichlid fish allow the dominant male and female to reduce their personal contribution to their offspring and territory, according to new research published today in Functional Ecology. By removing the large helper for 30 days — which corresponds to one breeding cycle in this species — a team from the University of Bristol and the University of Bern (Switzerland) studied the investment strategies of the dominant pair and the survival of their brood,...

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...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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