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3D Microchip Moves Data In All Directions
2013-01-31 05:17:11

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Scientists from the University of Cambridge have created, for the first time, a new type of microchip that allows information to move in three dimensions -- from left to right, back to front, and top to bottom. The breakthrough could allow a many-fold increase in performance compared with current microchips, which can only pass digital information in two dimensions - from either left to right or front to back. Researchers...

Eurasian Jays Keep Quiet To Protect Stored Food
2012-12-05 13:05:55

University of Cambridge [ Watch The Video ] Eurasian jays change strategies to prevent others from stealing food and to improve their chances of absconding with other birds' caches In order to prevent other birds from stealing the food they are storing for later, Eurasian jays, a type of corvid, minimizes any auditory hints a potential pilferer may use to steal their cache (food that is buried for later use). The new research was published today, 05 December, in the journal...

2012-11-29 14:13:25

Scientists have discovered a cognitive biomarker — a biological indicator of a disease — for young adolescents who are at high risk of developing depression and anxiety. Their findings were published today, 28 November, in the journal PLOS ONE. The test for the unique cognitive biomarker, which can be done on a computer, could be used as an inexpensive tool to screen adolescents for common emotional mental illnesses. As the cognitive biomarker may appear prior to the...

Sneaky Owls Use Stealth And Fly Silently
2012-11-20 15:58:27

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers are learning about stealth technology from a famous winged inhabitant in nature. Would you like to know just who-who they are taking their lead from? If you guessed the owl, well the “who” clue wasn´t exactly the most difficult. The reason they are looking at the owl is for its ability to fly silently. It is able to do this because of the natural design of its plumage, which aids in noise...

Ichthyostega_BW
2012-05-24 19:20:53

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com Scientists say that the 360-million-year-old animal that was first to have moved around on land did not do so using four legs. Images have shown that Ichthyostega walked on land similar to how a salamander walks around today, but 3D computer models have led scientists to disagree. According to a study published in the journal Nature, Ichthyostega would have actually transported from water using its front limbs as crutches. The animal lived during the...

2012-04-24 22:18:34

Research shows chronic users' brains age dramatically faster than their non-drug-using peers New research by scientists at the University of Cambridge suggests that chronic cocaine abuse accelerates the process of brain aging. The study, published today 25 April in Molecular Psychiatry, found that age-related loss of grey matter in the brain is greater in people who are dependent on cocaine than in the healthy population. For the study, the researchers scanned the brains of 120 people...

2012-03-29 21:53:32

Collaboration between the University of Southampton and the University of Cambridge has made ground-breaking advances in our understanding of the changes that materials undergo when rapidly heated. Using cutting edge equipment and specially designed MEM's sensors on loan from Mettler-Toledo, scientists from the University of Southampton's Optoelectronic Research Centre and the University of Cambridge's Department of Materials Science were able to probe the behavior of phase change memory...

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...


Word of the Day
negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.