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2011-05-30 10:40:00

Acupuncture can significantly improve overall well-being and can have a very positive effect on patients with mystery symptoms, a new study from the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Exeter reveals. The study examined 80 patients, with nearly 60 percent reporting musculoskeletal problems. In the three months prior to the experiment, the subjects accounted for 44 hospital visits, 52 hospital clinic visits, 106 outpatient clinic visits and 75 visits to non NHS...

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2011-05-13 09:28:20

Olive ridley sea turtles nest in Gabon but spend most of their time in waters off Republic of Congo Satellite tracking of olive ridley sea turtles off the coast of Central Africa has revealed that existing protected areas may be inadequate to safeguard turtles from fishing nets, according to scientists with the University of California-Santa Cruz, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the University of Exeter, and others. Scientists involved in the study recommended the extension of an...

2011-05-11 23:52:28

Researchers at the University of Exeter have uncovered a 'missing link' in the fungal tree of life after analysing samples taken from the university's pond. Their study, published today [11 May] in Nature, explains the discovery of a hitherto unknown type of fungi which has fundamentally expanded the scientific understanding of this group of organisms. Fungi are hugely important as they interact with plants and animals, and are the primary way in which biomass, such as dead plants or animals,...

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2011-04-04 21:23:12

Caterpillars that masquerade as twigs to avoid becoming a bird's dinner are actually using clever behavioral strategies to outwit their predators, according to a new study.Researchers at the universities of Exeter, Liverpool, Liverpool Hope and Glasgow have shown that when it comes to the art of camouflage, things are never quite the way they seem.The study, published online today in the journal PNAS, reveals that twig-mimicking caterpillars choose their location to maximize their chances of...

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2011-01-31 09:38:31

Research by the University of Exeter has revealed that ants have a big impact on their local environment as a result of their activity as 'ecosystem engineers' and predators. The study, published in the Journal of Animal Ecology, found that ants have two distinct effects on their local environment. Firstly, through moving of soil by nest building activity and by collecting food they affect the level of nutrients in the soil. This can indirectly impact the local populations of many animal...

2011-01-27 20:35:36

A study by experts at the University of Exeter has revealed that couples with similar personalities make much better parents than those with different dispositions "“ at least in the world of zebra finches. Researchers found birds expressing strong personality traits, such as aggressive behaviour or a willingness to explore, did a much better job of raising young if they had a like-minded partner. Where couples were markedly different in personality, chicks didn't fare as well "“...

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2011-01-05 08:35:00

Thanks to satellite navigation technology, researchers at a British university have managed to track a female giant leatherback turtle as she migrated from an African breeding colony to feeding grounds in the South America--a dangerous 4,700 mile trek that took her across the Atlantic Ocean. Scientists from the Center for Ecology and Conservation at the University of Exeter used sat-nav technology to study the travel patterns of these animals, following 25 females along three different...

2010-12-23 18:02:01

Researchers at the University of Exeter have developed a new approach to studying potentially deadly disease-causing bacteria which could help speed up the process of finding vaccines. Dr Andrea Dowling, from the Centre for Ecology and Conservation at the university's Cornwall Campus, has pioneered a simple screen which can help isolate the virulent parts of the gene structures of pathogenic* bacteria. The screen allows researchers to simultaneously run thousands of tests where genes from the...

2010-12-17 17:00:11

New research into the health benefits of beetroot juice suggests it's not only athletes who can benefit from its performance enhancing properties "“ its physiological effects could help the elderly or people with heart or lung-conditions enjoy more active lives. Beetroot juice has been one of the biggest stories in sports science over the past year after researchers at the University of Exeter found it enables people to exercise for up to 16% longer. The startling results have led to a...

2010-11-29 16:26:48

The rate of global warming could lead to a rapid release of carbon from peatlands that would further accelerate global warming. Two recent studies published by the Mathematics Research Institute at the University of Exeter highlight the risk that this 'compost bomb' instability could pose, and calculate the conditions under which it could occur. The same Exeter team is now exploring a possible link between the theories described in the studies and last summer's devastating peatland fires in...


Word of the Day
cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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