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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...

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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...

2010-11-23 06:30:00

SASA, Israel, November 23, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Plasan, a global leader in survivability and combat-proven armor solutions and Q-Flo, University of Cambridge spin-out company, today announced the formation of TorTech Nano Fibres Ltd, a joint venture between the two companies. TorTech, based in Israel, will produce carbon nanotube fiber for the enhancement of body armor and composite armor systems for vehicles. The new material is stronger than Kevlar and other ballistic fabrics, but...

2010-11-17 17:06:17

Research has important implications for both agriculture and energy Scientists at the University of Cambridge are working on ways to improve the efficiency of the ammonia synthesis process. With between 3-5% of the world's natural gas used to create artificial fertilizers, the new research could have major implications for both the agricultural and energy sectors. Ammonia (NH3) is one of the most important chemicals in the modern world, due mainly to its use in the manufacture of artificial...

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2010-11-16 08:45:22

Findings could one day lead to improved treatment of spinal cord injuries Scientists have discovered the origin of a unique type of cell known for its ability to support regeneration in the central nervous system. Their findings, published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA (PNAS), raise the possibility of obtaining a more reliable source of these cells for use in cell transplantation therapy for spinal cord injuries. Olfactory ensheathing cells...

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2010-11-10 08:50:00

British university scientists have discovered a species of bushcricket that boasts the largest testicles in the animal kingdom, representing 14 percent of their total body weight, according to a new study published Wednesday in the journal Biology Letters. In the study, biologists at the University of Derby and the University of Cambridge noted that the sizable testes of the Tuberous Bushcricket (Platycleis affinis)--the largest in relation to body weight in the world--point towards rampant...

2010-11-04 18:07:35

New research could lead to improved vaccines for cancerous tumors Researchers at the University of Cambridge hope to revolutionise cancer therapy after discovering one of the reasons why many previous attempts to harness the immune system to treat cancerous tumours have failed. New research, published today in the journal Science, reveals that a type of stromal cell found in many cancers which expresses fibroblast activation protein alpha (FAP), plays a major role in suppressing the immune...

2010-10-27 13:21:40

Study on effects of anti-obesity drug on the brain paves way for more effective treatments Scientists have revealed that an anti-obesity drug changes the way the brain responds to appetising, high-calorie foods in obese individuals. This insight may aid the development of new anti-obesity drugs which reduce the activity in the regions of the brain stimulated by the sight of tasty foods. Researchers at the University of Cambridge discovered that the anti-obesity drug sibutramine reduced brain...

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2010-10-19 06:15:00

New research by scientists at the University of Cambridge in England gives insight into how sloths, one of the few mammals with more than seven neck vertebrae, evolved their uniquely long necks. The mystery of how the three-toed sloth came to have as many as 10 neck vertebrae has long puzzled scientists, given that most of the 5,000 mammal species have exactly seven vertebrae in their necks. Other animals, such as birds and lizards, vary greatly in the number of vertebrae in their...

2010-10-08 01:32:21

Scientists have discovered a mechanism which raises blood pressure in pre-eclampsia, a potentially deadly condition which occurs during pregnancy. After 20 years of research, scientists from the University of Cambridge have now cracked the first step in the main process that controls blood pressure. Their findings, published today in the journal Nature, are likely to have significant implications for the treatment of pre-eclampsia as well as high blood pressure (also known as hypertension)....


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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