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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...

2012-07-03 10:29:57

The influence of aerosols (small particles less than 1 micrometer in diameter) and clouds (liquid droplets 1 — 1000 micrometers diameter) represents one of the largest uncertainties in our understanding of trends in past global climate and predicting future climate change, as recognized by the 2007 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. One of the most significant 'known unknowns' is how quickly water can condense on the small aerosol particles to grow and become...

2012-05-29 11:59:51

Computer chips of a type more commonly found in games consoles have been used by scientists at the University of Bristol to reveal how the flu virus resists anti-flu drugs such as Relenza and Tamiflu. Professor Adrian Mulholland and Dr Christopher Woods from Bristol´s School of Chemistry, together with colleagues in Thailand, used graphics processing units (GPUs) to simulate the molecular processes that take place when these drugs are used to treat the H1N1-2009 strain of influenza...

2012-05-02 11:38:24

A true obesity epidemic is gradually advancing throughout the developed world. A large new Danish-British study from the University of Copenhagen and University of Bristol documents for the first time a definite correlation between a high BMI and the risk of developing life-threatening cardiac disease. Heart attack, atherosclerosis of the coronary arteries and angina — also called ischemic heart disease — are the most common causes of death in adults worldwide. In the US alone,...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.