Latest University of Cambridge Stories

2011-03-03 09:30:00

New research organized by the University of Cambridge in Britain suggests that having diabetes at 50 may reduce a person's life expectancy by an average of six years. The large international study to measure diabetes' toll found the disease also raises the risk of dying prematurely from other serious ailments, including heart disease, breast cancer and pneumonia. The research, funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC), underlines the importance of preventing diabetes, which affects more...

2011-02-26 07:50:00

New research links well-being in adolescence with life satisfaction in adulthood Being a 'happy' teenager is linked to increased well-being in adulthood, new research finds. Much is known about the associations between a troubled childhood and mental health problems, but little research has examined the affect of a positive childhood. For the first time, researchers from the University of Cambridge and the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing have analyzed the link between a positive...

2011-02-21 09:30:00

New research gives the first accurate estimate of how much faster the Earth's core is rotating compared to the rest of the planet. Previous research had shown that the Earth's core rotates faster than the rest of the planet. However, scientists from the University of Cambridge have discovered that earlier estimates of 1 degree every year were inaccurate and that the core is actually moving much slower than previously believed "“ approximately 1 degree every million years. Their findings...

2011-02-16 15:40:19

Scientists discover an 'atmospheric imprint' in insects, revealing where they are most likely to survive should climate change alter their ecosystem Scientists have discovered that insects contain atomic clues as to the habitats in which they are most able to survive. The research has important implications for predicting the effects of climate change on the insects, which make up three-quarters of the animal kingdom. Applying a method previously only used to examine the possible effects of...

2011-02-01 11:00:00

REDMOND, Wash. and WAKEFIELD, Mass., Feb. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Outercurve Foundation, in collaboration with Microsoft Research and University of Cambridge, today announced that the Chemistry Add-In for Word project has been added to the Foundation's Research Accelerators Gallery, a collection of open source projects that benefit the research and science communities. The Chemistry Add-In for Word (also known as the Chem4Word project) was developed by Microsoft Research and Drs....

2011-01-27 07:15:00

The mechanism that controls the internal 24-hour clock of all forms of life from human cells to algae has been cracked by researchers. Not only does the finding provide important insight into health-related issues linked to individuals with disrupted internal clocks -- such as pilots and shift workers -- it also indicates that the 24-hour circadian clock found in human cells is the same as that found in algae and dates back to when the earliest life on Earth was formed. New research...

2011-01-25 06:05:00

Scientists suggest that man flu is not a myth, after finding they suffer more because they invest in their spirit of adventure at the expense of their immune system. Men's ability to turn a sniffle into the flu and a headache into a migraine has long been a source of annoyance to their better halves, reports The Daily Telegraph. But according to the new research, there could be proof that they are not faking it, and that they suffer diseases more seriously and for longer. Scientists...

2011-01-04 13:10:00

Clues about how the human gut helps regulate our appetite have come from a most unusual source "“ fruit fly feces. Scientists at the University of Cambridge are using the fruit fly to help understand aspects of human metabolism, including why pregnant women suffer from bloating and constipation, and even the link between a low calorie diet and longevity. Although scientists have known for some time that there are as many as 500 million nerve cells in our gut, the sheer complexity that...

2010-12-20 08:26:00

KAIFENG, China, Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- China Valves Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: CVVT) ("China Valves" or the "Company"), a leading metal valve manufacturer with operations in the People's Republic of China (the "PRC"), today announced that the company has signed a strategic partnership agreement with the Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics ("CAPE"), University of Cambridge and becomes the sole member of the steering committee of CAPE of Cambridge University in...

2010-12-16 11:28:52

University of Leicester researcher finds photographs of Amazonians brought to London by Roger Casement A University of Leicester researcher has discovered two photographic images, presumed lost, of native Americans brought to Britain by Roger Casement a century ago. Dr Lesley Wylie, Lecturer in Latin American Studies in the School of Modern Languages, University of Leicester, made the discovery during her research for a book on the Putumayo, a border region in the Amazon. Her book forms part...

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  • A punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information.
  • A little rod; a twig.
This word comes from the Late Latin 'virgula,' accentual mark, a diminutive of 'virga,' rod.