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2013-10-03 08:57:15

Researchers discover that the cells play a major role in inflammation which underlies Crohn's disease in small intestine Scientists have discovered that Crohn's disease, the inflammatory bowel disorder, can originate from specialized intestinal cell type called Paneth cells. As such, they propose that small intestinal Crohn's disease might be a specific disorder of this cell type, providing a possible new target for treatments. The study, by researchers from the University of Cambridge and...

Computers Keeping Our Minds Alive After We Die? Stephen Hawking Says Yes
2013-09-22 08:02:19

[ Watch the Video: Download Your Brain To A Computer After Death? ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Universe Online Stephen Hawking does not believe in the conventional version of the afterlife, but he does believe that technology could someday allow our minds to live on once our bodies are gone. Speaking at the UK’s Cambridge Film Festival following the premiere of a biopic of his own life, the 71-year-old cosmologist told reporters – including Nick Collins, Science...

2013-09-19 13:22:40

A new, highly-accurate temperature sensor could save manufacturers millions in maintenance costs, lower fuel consumption, and prolong the lifespan of jet engines, nuclear reactors and other types of large gas turbine engines. A temperature sensor developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge could improve the efficiency, control and safety of high-temperature engines. The sensor minimizes drift –degradation of the sensor which results in faulty temperature readings and reduces...

Functioning 'Mechanical Gears' Observed In Nature For The First Time
2013-09-13 13:15:26

University of Cambridge The juvenile Issus - a plant-hopping insect found in gardens across Europe - has hind-leg joints with curved cog-like strips of opposing 'teeth' that intermesh, rotating like mechanical gears to synchronize the animal's legs when it launches into a jump. The finding demonstrates that gear mechanisms previously thought to be solely man-made have an evolutionary precedent. Scientists say this is the "first observation of mechanical gearing in a biological...

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...


Word of the Day
kenspeckle
  • Having so marked an appearance as easily to be recognized.
This word may come from the Swedish 'kanspak,' quick at recognizing persons or things, or else from confusion with 'conspicuous.'