Latest University of Cambridge Stories

2012-03-13 22:57:13

Study suggests that anti-inflammatory drugs could be used to treat cardiovascular disease A protein involved in inflammation, the interleukin-6 receptor (IL6R), is a contributing cause in the development of heart disease, new research led by the University of Cambridge has discovered. The research was published today, 15 March, in the journal The Lancet. The findings suggest that targeting the IL6R signaling pathway might therefore be an effective way of combating heart disease. Dr...

505 Million Year Old Fossil Linked To Humans
2012-03-06 14:15:10

A team of researchers have discovered that a 505 million-year-old fossil is actually an ancient relative to humans. Researchers from the University of Cambridge, University of Toronto and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) confirmed that the extinct Pikaia gracilen found in Burgess Shale fossil beds in Canada's Yoho National Park is the most primitive form of all known vertebrates, including humans. Pikaia was first described by American paleontologist Charles Doolittle Walcott in 1911 as a...

Demise Of Larger Prehistoric Animals Blamed On Climate Change, Humankind
2012-03-06 09:05:44

The death and extinction of many large, prehistoric animals may be due largely in part to man´s actions as well as climate change. The University of Cambridge has conducted new research to determine if humankind played a significant role in the destruction of these prehistoric megafauna. The findings were posted on March 5, 2012 in the journal PNAS. The research team examined extinctions during the late Quaternary period (700,000 years ago to present day) but focused much of their...

2012-02-23 18:00:42

Patient information reveals women, young people, ethnic minorities and people with less common cancers have the highest number of pre-referral consultations More than three quarters (77%) of cancer patients who first present to their family doctors (GPs) with suspicious symptoms are referred to hospital after only one or two consultations, a new study has found. However, the new research also shows a wide variation in the number of times a cancer patient sees their general practitioner...

2012-02-14 12:43:08

Scientists now able to view critical aspects of mammalian embryonic development using new technique A novel approach in the study of the development of mammalian embryos was today (14 February) reported in the journal Nature Communications. The research, from the laboratory of Professor Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz of the University of Cambridge, enables scientists to view critical aspects of embryonic development which was previously unobservable. For several decades it has been possible...

Researchers Develop Cerebral Cortex Cells From Skin
2012-02-13 13:44:33

Researchers at the University of Cambridge report that they created cerebral cortex cells from a small sample of human skin. The new development could pave the way for techniques to explore a wide range of diseases such as autism and Alzheimer's. The findings could also enable scientists to study how the human cerebral cortex develops -- and how it "wires up" and how that can go wrong. "This approach gives us the ability to study human brain development and disease in ways that were...

Researchers Crack The Ponytail Code
2012-02-13 09:11:49

British scientists reported Friday they have cracked the mathematical conundrum behind the shape of hair that has perplexed humanity since Leonardo da Vinci first pondered it some 500 years ago. The “Rapunzel Number,” a mathematical equation devised by scientists from the University of Cambridge and the University of Warwick, has helped quantify the curliness of human hair and can be used to predict the shape of any ponytail. Cambridge Professor Raymond Goldstein and...

2012-02-10 15:09:37

Fool's gold may prove an unlikely alternative to overexploited catalytic materials Catalytic materials, which lower the energy barriers for chemical reactions, are used in everything from the commercial production of chemicals to catalytic converters in car engines. However, with current catalytic materials becoming increasingly expensive, scientists are exploring viable alternatives. Researchers at the University of Cambridge have now discovered that the sulphide material iron pyrite,...

New Solar Cell Grabs More Of The Sun's Energy
2012-02-09 04:24:13

New solar cells could increase the maximum efficiency of solar panels by over 25%, according to scientists from the University of Cambridge. Scientists from the Cavendish Laboratory, the University's Department of Physics, have developed a novel type of solar cell which could harvest energy from the sun much more efficiently than traditional designs. The research, published Feb 8 in the journal Nano Letters, could dramatically improve the amount of useful energy created by solar panels....

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'