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2014-09-23 04:21:52

CAMBRIDGE, England, September 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- New spin-out from Cancer Research UK launched with funding from Imperial Innovations, Cambridge Innovation Capital and Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation Inivata, a clinical cancer genomics company focused on harnessing the potential of circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) analysis to improve cancer testing and treatment, today announced it has raised GBP4m in a funding round led by Imperial Innovations...

2014-09-10 23:02:56

Cambridge.com is a Geo Domain and So Much More (PRWEB) September 10, 2014 Igloo.com, a leading broker of ultra premium domain names and websites, has been engaged to broker the sale of one of the world’s most prestigious online properties, Cambridge.com. This top ranking website is highly searchable, easy to remember, and provides an exciting opportunity for a savvy investor or an existing company. Cambridge, England is the well-known namesake of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and...

Trout Match Chimpanzees Ability At Choosing The Best Partner For A Task
2014-09-10 03:46:36

University of Cambridge Coral trout are fast when chasing prey above the reefs of their habitat, but can't pursue their quarry if it buries itself into a hard-to-reach reef crevice. When this happens, the trout will team up with a snake-like moray eel to flush out the unfortunate fish in a remarkable piece of interspecies collaboration: either the eel takes the prey in the reef, or scares it back into the open so the trout can pounce. Coral trout - along with close relative the...

Cyphochilus beetle
2014-08-18 04:00:18

University of Cambridge The physical properties of the ultra-white scales on certain species of beetle could be used to make whiter paper, plastics and paints, while using far less material than is used in current manufacturing methods. The Cyphochilus beetle, which is native to South-East Asia, is whiter than paper, thanks to ultra-thin scales which cover its body. A new investigation of the optical properties of these scales has shown that they are able to scatter light more...

Cancer cell containing nanoparticles
2014-08-14 03:00:53

University of Cambridge A smart technology which involves smuggling gold nanoparticle into brain cancer cells has proven highly effective in lab-based tests A "Trojan horse" treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer, which involves using tiny nanoparticles of gold to kill tumor cells, has been successfully tested by scientists. The ground-breaking technique could eventually be used to treat glioblastoma multiforme, which is the most common and aggressive brain tumor in adults,...

Gene Increases Risk Of Developing breast Cancer To One In Three By Age 70
2014-08-08 03:08:44

University of Cambridge Breast cancer risks for one of potentially the most important genes associated with breast cancer after the BRCA1/2 genes are today reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. Women with mutations in the PALB2 gene have on average a one in three chance of developing breast cancer by the age of seventy. In a study run through the international PALB2 Interest Group a team of researchers from 17 centers in eight countries led by the University of Cambridge...

LEDs made from perovskite
2014-08-07 03:30:38

University of Cambridge Colorful LEDs made from a material known as perovskite could lead to LED displays which are both cheaper and easier to manufacture in future. A hybrid form of perovskite - the same type of material which has recently been found to make highly efficient solar cells that could one day replace silicon - has been used to make low-cost, easily manufactured LEDs, potentially opening up a wide range of commercial applications in future, such as flexible color displays....

preteen puberty
2014-07-25 03:30:24

University of Cambridge The age at which girls reach sexual maturity is influenced by 'imprinted' genes, a small sub-set of genes whose activity differs depending on which parent passes on that gene, according to new research published this week in the journal Nature. The findings come from an international study of more than 180,000 women involving scientists from 166 institutions worldwide, including the University of Cambridge. The researchers identified 123 genetic variations that...

2014-07-21 09:41:42

University of Cambridge A study published today has confirmed a link between antipsychotic medication and a slight, but measureable, decrease in brain volume in patients with schizophrenia. For the first time, researchers have been able to examine whether this decrease is harmful for patients' cognitive function and symptoms, and noted that over a nine year follow-up, this decrease did not appear to have any effect. As we age, our brains naturally lose some of their volume – in other...

2014-07-11 10:58:16

University of Cambridge When a pregnant mother is undernourished, her child is at a greater than average risk of developing obesity and type 2 diabetes, in part due to so-called 'epigenetic' effects. A new study in mice demonstrates that this 'memory' of nutrition during pregnancy can be passed through sperm of male offspring to the next generation, increasing risk of disease for her grandchildren as well. In other words, to adapt an old maxim, 'you are what your grandmother ate'. The...

Word of the Day
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.