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2014-05-08 12:26:56

Lead sponsorship on Indy 500 car to raise awareness of the Wynn Institute's vision research IOWA CITY, Iowa, May 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The University of Iowa Stephen A. Wynn Institute for Vision Research announced that Lazier Partners Racing and supporters have partnered to raise awareness for the institute's research by providing the lead sponsorship of an Indianapolis 500 race car. Buddy Lazier, the 1996 Indy 500 winner, will drive the No. 91 University of Iowa...

2014-04-02 12:35:10

Study finds pigeons and other animals can place everyday things in categories like humans Pinecone or pine nut? Friend or foe? Distinguishing between the two requires that we pay special attention to the telltale characteristics of each. And as it turns out, us humans aren't the only ones up to the task. According to researchers at the University of Iowa, pigeons share our ability to place everyday things in categories. And, like people, they can hone in on visual information that is...

Well-Child Doctor Visits Lead To Higher Risk Of Illness: Study
2014-02-13 09:42:26

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from researchers at the University of Iowa presents parents with an interesting dilemma – bringing a healthy child in for a check-up or vaccination might be the right thing to do for their health, but it could expose them to a higher risk of illness. According to the study, which was published in the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, “well child” visits to the doctor could be causing more than...

2014-02-07 23:01:05

The Iowa City Area Development Group is announcing that Iowa City's Mission Creek Festival is incorporating new tech and innovation programming to celebrate what technology empowers, highlight where tech culture must improve, and showcase what the future may hold. National and regional technologists, including Pear Deck from Iowa City, will gather to explore these themes in the intimate setting of Iowa City on Friday and Saturday, April 4 and 5. Iowa City, Iowa (PRWEB) February 07,...

Best Weather Forecasting Models Evaluated By Researchers
2014-02-07 13:14:49

University of Iowa Study focused on September 2013 Colorado floods Two University of Iowa researchers recently tested the ability of the world’s most advanced weather forecasting models to predict the Sept. 9-16, 2013 extreme rainfall that caused severe flooding in Boulder, Colo. The results, published in the December 2013 issue of the journal Geophysical Research Letters, indicated the forecasting models generally performed well, but also left room for improvement. David Lavers...

2014-02-07 13:09:09

Production of an exceptionally large surface protein prevents bacteria from forming clumps and reduces their ability to cause disease A genetic mechanism that controls the production of a large spike-like protein on the surface of Staphylococcus aureus (staph) bacteria alters the ability of the bacteria to form clumps and to cause disease, according to a new University of Iowa study. The new study is the first to link this genetic mechanism to the production of the giant surface protein...

Synthetic Probe Identifies Staph Bacteria Without Need For Biopsies
2014-02-03 08:02:08

University of Iowa Chances are you won't know you've got a staph infection until the test results come in, days after the symptoms first appear. But what if your physician could identify the infection much more quickly and without having to take a biopsy and ship it off for analysis? Researchers at the University of Iowa may have found a way. The team has created a noninvasive chemical probe that detects a common species of staph bacteria in the body. The probe ingeniously takes...

Researcher Finds 'Goldilocks' Effect In Snail Populations
2013-12-04 08:18:59

University of Iowa Finding may one day help control invasive species A University of Iowa researcher has discovered that a “Goldilocks” effect applies to the reproductive output of a tiny New Zealand snail—considered a troublesome species in many countries—that may one day help environmentalists control their spread. Known in the United States as the “New Zealand mud snail,” the freshwater snail (Potamopyrgus antipodarum) grows to a length of about one-quarter inch in...

Bio Patch Regrows Bone
2013-11-07 15:53:46

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online University of Iowa researchers have developed a collagen scaffold capable of growing bone from within a living body, which could have massive ramifications for treating musculoskeletal problems. According to the team’s report in the journal Biomaterials, their novel collagen structure is seeded with particles containing the genetic instructions necessary for producing bone. In experiments, the gene-team was successfully able to...

2013-10-31 11:29:07

Bacterial toxins activate fat cells producing chronic inflammation, which in turn boosts risk of developing diabetes Making fat cells immortal might seem like a bad idea to most people, but for a team of University of Iowa scientists it was the ideal way to study how the interaction between bacteria and fat cells might contribute to diabetes. The connection between fat, bacteria, and diabetes is inflammation, which is the body's normal reaction to infection or injury. Inflammation is...


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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.