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2014-04-01 14:28:49

Experts analyze baker's yeast to discover potential for combating neurological conditions like Parkinson's and even cancer A humble ingredient of bread – baker's yeast – has provided scientists with remarkable new insights into understanding basic processes likely involved in diseases such as Parkinson's and cancer. In a new study published today (Monday March 31) in the prestigious journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Science), the team from Germany, Leicester, and...

2014-03-27 10:39:57

New international study by academics from the University of Leicester highlights unique nature of fossil footprint left behind by mankind A new study by an international team of scientists, including Dr Jan Zalasiewicz and Professor Mark Williams of the University of Leicester's Department of Geology, suggests that the fossil impact humans have made on the planet is vast and unprecedented in nature – and that there's been nothing remotely like it since the Earth formed, over four and...

artist impression of debris around a white dwarf star
2014-03-27 08:16:01

University of Leicester and The Royal Astronomical Society New theory advanced for how collapsed stars become polluted -- pointing to ominous fate that awaits planet Earth A decades old space mystery has been solved by an international team of astronomers led by Professor Martin Barstow of the University of Leicester and President-elect of the Royal Astronomical Society. Scientists from the University of Leicester and University of Arizona investigated hot, young, white dwarfs —...

Parental Care From 450 Million Years Ago
2014-03-14 11:27:40

University of Leicester A portrait of prehistoric parenthood captured deep in the fossil record has been uncovered by an international team of scientists led by University of Leicester geologist Professor David Siveter. The 'nursery in the sea' has revealed a species new to science – with specimens preserved incubating their eggs together with probable hatched individuals. As a result, the team has named the new species Luprisca incuba after Lucina, goddess of childbirth, and alluding...

2014-01-16 14:22:49

University of Leicester researchers deploy 'precision medicine' to successfully target advanced form of leukaemia with skin cancer drug A team of scientists from the University of Leicester has demonstrated a novel treatment for Hairy Cell Leukaemia (HCL), a rare type of blood cancer, using a drug administered to combat skin cancer. The research, which is published today (Thursday 16 January) in the New England Journal of Medicine, indicates Vemurafenib, a BRAF inhibitor that has been...

80 Year Murder Mystery Solved DNA
2014-01-14 11:46:25

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While DNA analysis is often used to catch perpetrators of crimes, recent work from scientists at the University of Leicester has shown that the technology can be used to identify victims as well. Two researchers from the university, John Bond and Lisa Smith, were able to use genetic techniques to identify the victim of a homicide from 1930 that took place in the British town of Hardingstone. The body of the male victim was incinerated...

Sounds Of Space
2013-12-20 16:31:24

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A scientist from the University of Leicester is helping to reveal the sounds of space by using satellite data. Some areas of space are so quiet you can hear your heart beat, but there are other areas that have the capacity to be as noisy as places on Earth. A multimedia composer at the University’s Space Center decided to generate a few of the surprising Earth-like sounds one could find in space. Andrew Williams used data collected from...

New Insights Into Cosmic Phenomena Provided By Swift Satellite
2013-12-17 05:07:02

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online By analyzing data collected by NASA’s Swift robotic spacecraft, astronomers from the University of Leicester have reportedly discovered the location of nearly 100,000 previously unknown cosmic X-ray sources. The research team studied eight years’ worth of observations collected during the Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Mission to compile a catalog of major celestial X-ray sources – a list that includes more than 150,000 high-energy...

Research Into Desert Locusts Discovers How Your Environment Shapes Your Thinking
2013-11-21 13:12:19

University of Leicester A team of scientists has shown how the environment shapes learning and memory by training locusts like Pavlov's dog to associate different smells with reward or punishment. Desert locusts are notorious for their devastating swarms. However, they do not always live in swarms — they switch between a lone living 'solitary phase' and a swarming 'gregarious' phase. The two phases differ profoundly in looks, behavior and in their life style. The new research from...

Researchers Exploit Power Of Evolution To Create Designer Proteins
2013-11-15 10:18:45

University of Leicester An international team of researchers led by the University of Leicester has "harnessed the power of evolution" to create a new drug for possible use against heart disease, inflammation and other illnesses. Researchers in the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences and Department of Biochemistry at the University of Leicester, together with colleagues in Cambridge, the USA and Italy, have employed a new technique to create protein-based drugs. According to...