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Diesel Produced By Bacteria On Demand
2013-04-23 10:01:06

University of Exeter It sounds like science fiction but a team from the University of Exeter, with support from Shell, has developed a method to make bacteria produce diesel on demand. While the technology still faces many significant commercialization challenges, the diesel, produced by special strains of E. coli bacteria, is almost identical to conventional diesel fuel and so does not need to be blended with petroleum products as is often required by biodiesels derived from plant oils....

UK Researchers Develop Transparent Photoelectric Smart Device
2013-04-20 08:18:41

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers at the University of Exeter have reportedly developed a new flexible and transparent photoelectric device that converts light into electrical signals by taking advantage of a pair of recently discovered materials. The device, which is detailed in the latest edition of the journal ACS Nano, exploits the unique properties of graphene, the thinnest conductive material on Earth, and graphExeter, the best-known room...

2013-04-19 19:16:33

Unique properties of graphene and graph Exeter combine to create a new flexible, transparent, photosensitive device Smart electronics are taking the world by storm. From techno-textiles to transparent electronic displays, the world of intelligent technology is growing fast and a revolutionary new device has just been added to its ranks. Researchers at the University of Exeter have developed a new photoelectric device that is both flexible and transparent. The device, described in a paper...

2013-02-20 15:02:55

New research shows that people can recover from poor performance when rivals comment on their failures. The research, to be published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, shows that while criticism from team members sends individuals into downward performance spirals, external criticism can be a trigger that boosts performance as people try to prove the outsiders wrong. The research carried out by the University of Exeter, Amherst College and the University of Stirling offers...

2013-02-14 13:29:27

A team of political scientists and neuroscientists has shown that liberals and conservatives use different parts of the brain when they make risky decisions, and these regions can be used to predict which political party a person prefers. The new study suggests that while genetics or parental influence may play a significant role, being a Republican or Democrat changes how the brain functions. Dr. Darren Schreiber, a researcher in neuropolitics at the University of Exeter, has been working...

Color-tunable Photonic Fibers Mimic The Fruit Of The “Bastard Hogberry” Plant
2013-01-28 14:29:04

Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences A team of materials scientists at Harvard University and the University of Exeter, UK, have invented a new fiber that changes color when stretched. Inspired by nature, the researchers identified and replicated the unique structural elements that create the bright iridescent blue color of a tropical plant´s fruit. The multilayered fiber, described today in the journal Advanced Materials, could lend itself to the creation of smart...

Male Finches Fake Their Song For Foreign Females
2012-12-19 12:23:34

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online British researchers have found that male finches will use their birdsongs like their human counterpart use an out-of-date Facebook profile picture — to trick a potential mate into thinking they are more physically fit than they actually are. According to the team´s report in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, these males only ply their deception with females they have just met, as familiar lady birds can see through...

2012-11-13 12:08:24

The impact of climate change on many aspects of cultural life for people all over the world is not being sufficiently accounted for by scientists and policy-makers The impact of climate change on many aspects of cultural life for people all over the world is not being sufficiently accounted for by scientists and policy-makers. University of Exeter-led research by an international team, published on 11th November in Nature Climate Change, shows that cultural factors are key to making...

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...


Word of the Day
lambent
  • Licking.
  • Hence Running along or over a surface, as if in the act of licking; flowing over or along; lapping or bathing; softly bright; gleaming.
This word comes the Latin 'lambere,' to lick.
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