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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...

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...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.