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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...

2013-11-04 16:25:42

New study reveals the structure of complement component C1 &#8211 a target for complement-mediated diseases including strokes and heart attacks Leicester scientists have mapped the "bouquet-like" structure of a key part of the body's immune system responsible for neutralizing bacteria and viruses. A team from the University of Leicester's Departments of Infection, Immunity, and Inflammation and Biochemistry led a project which has mapped the structure of complement component C1 - a...

2013-11-04 13:44:53

An international team of researchers has used pioneering electron microscopy techniques to discover an important mechanism behind the reaction of metallic nanoparticles with the environment. Crucially, the research led by the University of York and reported in Nature Materials, shows that oxidation of metals - the process that describes, for example, how iron reacts with oxygen, in the presence of water, to form rust - proceeds much more rapidly in nanoparticles than at the macroscopic...

Bacteria-eating Viruses Are 'Magic Bullets' In The War On Superbugs
2013-10-17 06:48:18

University of Leicester A specialist team of scientists from the University of Leicester has isolated viruses that eat bacteria -- called phages -- to specifically target the highly infectious hospital superbug Clostridium difficile (C. diff). Now an exciting new collaboration between the University of Leicester, the University of Glasgow and AmpliPhi Biosciences Corporation could lead to the use of bacteriophages for treating the superbug Clostridium difficile infections. Dr Martha...

2013-09-19 23:01:32

Stafford, functioning as a resource centre of University of Leicester in the Middle East, is offering the MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice programme. For students seeking to make a sound career in the field of criminal justice, this is the right course. Dubai, UAE (PRWEB) September 20, 2013 Stafford has introduced an MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice course in the Middle East and Levant in collaboration with the prestigious University of Leicester from the UK. It is a distance...

New Study Shows How 'Technovigilance' Can Help Save Lives In Hospitals
2013-09-16 13:33:03

University of Leicester Electronic data routinely gathered in hospitals can be used as a warning system for missed doses of prescribed medicine and making improvements to patient safety, says a new study. A team from the Universities of Leicester and Birmingham found that the secondary use of data from an electronic prescribing and decision support system in an English hospital led to a 'substantial and sustained' reduction in rates of missed or delayed doses of medicines. Published...

2013-09-03 23:28:56

Stafford is offering a distance learning Foundation Degree in Security and Risk Management in collaboration with the University of Leicester. This is an opportunity for anyone employed in the risk management industry in the Middle East. Dubai, UAE (PRWEB) September 03, 2013 Stafford has introduced the Foundation Degree in Security and Risk Management in the Middle East in collaboration with the University of Leicester, counted among the top universities in the UK. Industry-specific...

2013-08-26 11:46:58

University of Leicester experts discover glutathione peroxidase activity improves symptoms in models of the neurodegenerative disorder Leicester geneticists have discovered a potential defense against Huntington's disease – a fatal neurodegenerative disorder which currently has no cure. The team of University of Leicester researchers identified that glutathione peroxidase activity – a key antioxidant in cells – protects against symptoms of the disease in model organisms. They...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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