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Mimicking natural evolution
2014-08-25 03:30:03

Sarah Reed, University of Leeds A revolutionary new scientific method developed at the University of Leeds will improve the diversity of ‘biologically active molecules’, such as antibiotics and anti-cancer agents. The researchers, who reported their findings online Aug. 24 in the journal Nature Chemistry, took their inspiration from evolution in nature. The research may uncover new pharmaceutical drugs that traditional methods would never have found. “Nature produces some...

TENS machine being used to simulate the vagus nerve
2014-08-22 03:30:52

Chris Bunting, University of Leeds Stimulating nerves in your ear could improve the health of your heart, researchers have discovered. A team at the University of Leeds used a standard TENS machine like those designed to relieve labor pains to apply electrical pulses to the tragus, the small raised flap at the front of the ear immediately in front of the ear canal. The stimulation changed the influence of the nervous system on the heart by reducing the nervous signals that can drive...

2014-07-28 13:14:57

University of Leeds Giving parents access to a website containing information about the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine is the most cost-effective way of increasing its uptake, new University of Leeds research has found. Informing parents about the vaccine via a website containing information helping parents make a decision about MMR is on average £9.20 cheaper per vaccination to the NHS than informing them solely via a GP consultation, and £7.17 cheaper than via a leaflet...

snow microbes
2014-06-14 03:00:01

University of Leeds The first ecological study of an entire glacier has found that microbes drastically reduce surface reflectivity and have a non-negligible impact on the amount of sunlight that is reflected into space. The research, led by the University of Leeds and published June 12 in the journal FEMS Microbiology Ecology, will help improve climate change models that have previously neglected the role of microbes in darkening the Earth's surface. Observing how life thrives at...

2014-04-10 11:20:32

Foreign species that are devastating water ecosystems could be "hitchhiking" around Britain on canoeists' and anglers' kit, according to a new study. Invaders like the killer shrimp, zebra mussel and American signal crayfish have already caused extensive environmental damage and millions of pounds of economic costs. The new research, led by the University of Leeds and the Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), found that the cleaning habits of anglers and...

Leeds Researchers Build Most Powerful Terahertz Laser Chip In The World
2014-02-18 10:36:09

University of Leeds University of Leeds researchers have taken the lead in the race to build the world’s most powerful terahertz laser chip. A paper in the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) journal Electronics Letters reports that the Leeds team has exceeded a 1 Watt output power from a quantum cascade terahertz laser. The new record more than doubles landmarks set by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and subsequently by a team from Vienna last year....

2013-12-18 13:34:23

A new gene mutation which will help doctors give a more accurate diagnosis of a particular type of brain and muscle disease in children has been discovered for the first time by University of Leeds experts. Mitochondrial myopathy, as it is known, causes muscle weakness, movement problems and learning difficulties and affects more than 70,000 people in the UK. For the first time, mutations in a particular gene, MICU1, have been linked to myopathy. The discovery gives a better...

Study Of Massive Stars Shows Milky Way's Missing Arms
2013-12-17 08:54:09

University of Leeds A 12-year study of massive stars has reaffirmed that our Galaxy has four spiral arms, following years of debate sparked by images taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope that only showed two arms. The new research, which is published online today [17 December] in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, is part of the RMS Survey, which was launched by academics at the University of Leeds. Astronomers cannot see what our Galaxy, which is called the...

2013-11-14 23:32:44

CoolIT Systems installs Rack DCLC™ Solution at Leeds University to study energy efficiency potential of Direct Contact Liquid Cooling technology. Calgary, Alberta (PRWEB) November 14, 2013 A new collaboration between CoolIT Systems, Canada, and the Schools of Computing and Mechanical Engineering at University of Leeds (member of the prestigious Russell Group of 24 research-intensive universities) has been setup to analyse the influence of proximity liquid cooling on cloud based workload...

Scientists Misled By Model Plant About Multicellular Growth
2013-10-22 15:37:42

University of Leeds Scientists have misunderstood one of the most fundamental processes in the life of plants because they have been looking at the wrong flower, according to University of Leeds researchers. Arabidopsis thaliana—also known as thale cress or mouse-ear cress—grows abundantly in cracks in pavements all over Europe and Asia, but the small white flower leads a second life as the lab rat of the plant world. It has become the dominant "model plant" in genetics research...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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