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Killer Whale Menopause Helps Sons Survive
2012-09-14 08:43:49

Watch the Video: Killer Whales Near the San Juan Islands April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Killer whale females have the longest period of menopause of any non-human species. A new study, led by the University of Exeter and the University of York, claims this is so the female Orcas can care for their adult sons. The research shows that for a male over 30, the death of his mother means an almost 14-fold increase in the likelihood of his own death within a year....

2012-09-03 11:00:56

Taking a fall in older life can not only result in injury, but also a potentially debilitating loss of confidence. But new guidelines for physiotherapists, co-compiled by a leading academic in the field from the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry (PCMD), University of Exeter, aim to refresh out-dated guidelines and introduce better direction for physiotherapists who work with elderly people at risk of falling. As we get older our risk of falling increases, regardless of...

One Extinction Leads To Another
2012-08-20 10:09:46

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online According to new research, when a carnivore becomes extinct, other predatory species could soon tag along. Other scientists have previously submitted this theory, but a University of Exeter team has now carried out the first experimentation to authenticate it. According to lead researcher Dr Frank van Veen of the University of Exeter's Centre for Ecology and Conservation, "Our experiment provides the first proof of something that...

2012-08-16 13:10:20

A research team from the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry (PCMD), University of Exeter, and University of Cambridge has for the first time established a link between high levels of urinary Bisphenol-A (BPA) and severe coronary artery stenosis (narrowing of the arteries). The study is published in PLoS ONE today, 15th August 2012. The team analysed data from 591 patients who participated in the Metabonomics and Genomics Coronary Artery Disease (MaGiCAD) study in...

Thriving Coral Reef In Muddy Waters
2012-08-04 13:43:39

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The Middle Reef, part of Australia´s Great Barrier Reef, is growing more quickly than reefs in other areas with lower levels of sediment stress, a new study has found. Rapid coral reef growth has been identified in environments with large amounts of sediment, conditions previously thought to be detrimental to reef growth. The study, led by the University of Exeter with an international team of scientists, is published today...

More Basking Shark Sightings In British Waters
2012-07-24 08:05:00

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Basking sharks, after being protected from commercial hunting since the late 20th century, are on the rise in British waters. The most comprehensive analysis ever undertaken of basking shark sightings in UK waters was recently undertaken by the University of Exeter, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), Cornwall Wildlife Trust (CWT) and Wave Action. Results of the study are published in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series....

2012-07-02 22:19:39

Producing strong, lightweight and complex parts for car manufacturing and the aerospace industry is set to become cheaper and more accurate thanks to a new technique developed by engineers from the University of Exeter. The research team has developed a new method for making three-dimensional aluminium composite parts by mixing a combination of relatively inexpensive powders. Combining these elements causes a reaction which results in the production of particles that are 600 times smaller...

Marine energy doubled by predicting wave power
2012-06-28 05:18:04

DM Crumbliss for redOrbit.com Energy generated from ocean waves could provide power for our growing planet. Marine energy is believed to have the potential to provide the UK with electricity twice over, and a group of scientists have made a strong step in that direction by predicting wave power. The study was carried out by a team of mathematicians and engineers from the University of Exeter and Tel Aviv University. They devised a means of accurately predicting the power of the next...

2012-06-16 00:53:10

Hope for therapy for both trauma to the peripheral nervous system and for common conditions such as diabetic neuropathy and Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease Researchers from the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Exeter, in collaboration with colleagues from Rutgers University, Newark and University College London, have furthered understanding of the mechanism by which the cells that insulate the nerve cells in the peripheral nervous system, Schwann cells, protect and...

2012-05-22 09:00:14

Our 'gut feelings' influence our decisions, overriding 'rational' thought, when we are faced with financial offers that we deem to be unfair, according to a new study. Even when we are set to benefit, our physical response can make us more likely to reject a financial proposition we consider to be unjust. Conducted by a team from the University of Exeter, Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit and University of Cambridge, the research is published today (22 May 2012) in...