Latest University of Cambridge Stories

2011-03-08 10:55:00

In a series of tests in Thailand, researchers learned that elephants can cooperate to solve a problem, as reported in Monday's edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "Elephants are socially complex," lead researcher Joshua M. Plotnik, study leader from the University of Cambridge explained to AP, "They help others in distress." "They seem in some ways emotionally attached to each other, so you would expect there would be some level of cooperation." However, he added, "I...

2011-03-08 06:20:00

Poor diet during pregnancy may result in having children who are more prone to age-related diseases than expectant mothers who follow a healthy diet, according to scientists. The warning follows recent research that found that rats with poor nutrition during pregnancy gave birth to young with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, a disease that typically strikes in middle age. Research by scientists at University of Cambridge provides significant insight into why children born to mothers with...

2011-03-03 09:30:00

New research organized by the University of Cambridge in Britain suggests that having diabetes at 50 may reduce a person's life expectancy by an average of six years. The large international study to measure diabetes' toll found the disease also raises the risk of dying prematurely from other serious ailments, including heart disease, breast cancer and pneumonia. The research, funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC), underlines the importance of preventing diabetes, which affects more...

2011-02-26 07:50:00

New research links well-being in adolescence with life satisfaction in adulthood Being a 'happy' teenager is linked to increased well-being in adulthood, new research finds. Much is known about the associations between a troubled childhood and mental health problems, but little research has examined the affect of a positive childhood. For the first time, researchers from the University of Cambridge and the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing have analyzed the link between a positive...

2011-02-21 09:30:00

New research gives the first accurate estimate of how much faster the Earth's core is rotating compared to the rest of the planet. Previous research had shown that the Earth's core rotates faster than the rest of the planet. However, scientists from the University of Cambridge have discovered that earlier estimates of 1 degree every year were inaccurate and that the core is actually moving much slower than previously believed "“ approximately 1 degree every million years. Their findings...

2011-02-16 15:40:19

Scientists discover an 'atmospheric imprint' in insects, revealing where they are most likely to survive should climate change alter their ecosystem Scientists have discovered that insects contain atomic clues as to the habitats in which they are most able to survive. The research has important implications for predicting the effects of climate change on the insects, which make up three-quarters of the animal kingdom. Applying a method previously only used to examine the possible effects of...

2011-02-01 11:00:00

REDMOND, Wash. and WAKEFIELD, Mass., Feb. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Outercurve Foundation, in collaboration with Microsoft Research and University of Cambridge, today announced that the Chemistry Add-In for Word project has been added to the Foundation's Research Accelerators Gallery, a collection of open source projects that benefit the research and science communities. The Chemistry Add-In for Word (also known as the Chem4Word project) was developed by Microsoft Research and Drs....

2011-01-27 07:15:00

The mechanism that controls the internal 24-hour clock of all forms of life from human cells to algae has been cracked by researchers. Not only does the finding provide important insight into health-related issues linked to individuals with disrupted internal clocks -- such as pilots and shift workers -- it also indicates that the 24-hour circadian clock found in human cells is the same as that found in algae and dates back to when the earliest life on Earth was formed. New research...

2011-01-25 06:05:00

Scientists suggest that man flu is not a myth, after finding they suffer more because they invest in their spirit of adventure at the expense of their immune system. Men's ability to turn a sniffle into the flu and a headache into a migraine has long been a source of annoyance to their better halves, reports The Daily Telegraph. But according to the new research, there could be proof that they are not faking it, and that they suffer diseases more seriously and for longer. Scientists...

2011-01-04 13:10:00

Clues about how the human gut helps regulate our appetite have come from a most unusual source "“ fruit fly feces. Scientists at the University of Cambridge are using the fruit fly to help understand aspects of human metabolism, including why pregnant women suffer from bloating and constipation, and even the link between a low calorie diet and longevity. Although scientists have known for some time that there are as many as 500 million nerve cells in our gut, the sheer complexity that...

Word of the Day
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'