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Honeyguide Birds Destroy Their Own Species' Eggs To Eliminate Competition
2013-08-21 09:19:04

University of Cambridge Scientists believe behavior drives evolution of egg size similar to hosts Like cuckoos, honeyguides are parasitic birds that lay their eggs in other birds' nests and dupe them into raising their young. Now scientists reveal that, unlike in cuckoos, the resemblance between honeyguide eggs and those of their bee-eater bird hosts hasn't evolved to trick hosts into accepting the imposter egg as one of their own. Rather, it appears to have evolved to trick other...

Researchers Study Allergic Reactions To Cat Dander
2013-07-25 11:16:22

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Good news for those allergic to cats: New research from the University of Cambridge has helped unlock some of the long-standing mysteries behind allergic reactions to cat dander. The British research team has discovered which biological toxin and receptors are responsible for triggering an extreme reaction to the combination of a cat's skin flakes and saliva. It had been previously shown that a protein found in dander called Fel D 1...

Android App Lets You Track Your Mood
2013-05-13 12:07:14

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online In the 1970s, people used mood rings to determine their disposition. Researchers at the University of Cambridge have now developed an Android app which can replace the mood ring by constantly measuring data relating to the user´s mood. This data can then be stored and used later for psychological therapy or other treatments. The free app is called “Emotion Sense” and essentially monitors your behavior...

2013-04-29 14:24:48

Study finds hundreds of lives could be prolonged if women in poorer areas were diagnosed with breast cancer at same stage as those in affluent areas Hundreds of women with breast cancer living in England's most deprived areas would have better survival rates if they were diagnosed at the same stage as those who lived in affluent areas. A new study led by the University of Leicester, working with colleagues from Public Health England and the University of Cambridge, investigated how much...

Major Step Towards Quantum 'Internet' Signaled By Laser-like Photons
2013-03-19 13:30:09

University of Cambridge The realization of quantum networks is one of the major challenges of modern physics. Now, new research shows how high-quality photons can be generated from 'solid-state' chips, bringing us closer to the quantum 'internet'. The number of transistors on a microprocessor continues to double every two years, amazingly holding firm to a prediction by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore almost 50 years ago. If this is to continue, conceptual and technical advances...

2013-02-27 11:10:53

Screening method created to expedite the development of new drugs in the fight against tropical diseases such as malaria and African sleeping sickness A novel tool exploits baker's yeast to expedite the development of new drugs to fight multiple tropical diseases, including malaria, schistosomiasis, and African sleeping sickness. The unique screening method uses yeasts which have been genetically engineered to express parasite and human proteins to identify chemical compounds that target...


Word of the Day
penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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