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2011-11-18 07:01:13

Research calls for more personalized approach to smear tests Women's personal testimonies of cervical smear testing in the UK show that their experiences are often far from positive, says a new study from the University of Leicester published today in the international journal Family Practice. The study reveals the stress, anxieties, as well as pain that women can suffer when they undergo the test, which involves taking cells from the cervix using special instruments. Women say that...

2011-11-09 10:40:32

University of Leicester study based on survey of male prisoners Research into the 2011 London riots found they were mostly committed by antisocial persons, less than 20% of whom were explicitly gang members. This is because gang membership is primarily for the most antisocial of such persons. New research has identified extreme antisocial personality as a key reason why some criminals join gangs. Even within criminals, some find it harder to get along with others, and the most antisocial,...

The Genetics Of High Blood Pressure
2011-11-09 09:20:02

Study co-authored by University of Leicester cardiovascular expert identifies key genetic mechanisms that help control blood pressure A researcher from the University of Leicester's Department of Cardiovascular Sciences has been involved in a ground-breaking study into the causes of high blood pressure. The study, published in the academic journal Hypertension, analyzed genetic material in human kidneys in a search for genes that might contribute to high blood pressure. The findings...

2011-11-08 21:14:47

Study determines that BMI 23-28 kg/m2 should be limit compared with current limit of BMI 30 kg/m2 A major study calling for levels of obesity among South Asians to be recalculated has been published by researchers from the University of Leicester. A team from the University's Departments of Health Sciences and Cardiovascular Sciences have put the case for the point at which South Asians should be classed as obese to be redefined. Their study has been published in PLoS One, a journal of...

Image 1 - Satellites Reveal Lost Cities Of Libya
2011-11-08 04:02:54

Fall of Gaddafi lifts the veil on archaeological treasures Satellite imagery has uncovered new evidence of a lost civilization of the Sahara in Libya's south-western desert wastes that will help re-write the history of the country. The fall of Gaddafi has opened the way for archaeologists to explore the country's pre-Islamic heritage, so long ignored under his regime. Using satellites and air-photographs to identify the remains in one of the most inhospitable parts of the desert, a...

Image 1 - EU Biofuels Are As Carbon Intensive As Petrol
2011-11-05 03:53:53

University of Leicester research into greenhouse gas emissions from oil palm plantations provides robust measures now being used to inform international policies on greenhouse gas emissions A new study on greenhouse gas emissions from oil palm plantations has calculated a more than 50% increase in levels of CO2 emissions than previously thought — and warned that the demand for 'green' biofuels could be costing the earth. The study from the University of Leicester was conducted for...

2011-11-04 21:30:34

Discovery paves way for new methods to treat aneurysms Medical scientists have for the first time identified a gene responsible for a fatal abdominal condition that afflicts tens of thousands of people across the world. An international team led by Matt Bown, a vascular surgeon from the University of Leicester, identified a single gene that is linked to the development of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs). What is more, the team discovered that the gene, LRP1, was not linked to other...

Supermassive Black Holes Smash Planets To Dust
2011-10-28 10:15:33

Fat doughnut-shaped dust shrouds that obscure about half of supermassive black holes could be the result of high speed crashes between planets and asteroids, according to a new theory from an international team of astronomers. The scientists, led by Dr. Sergei Nayakshin of the University of Leicester, publish their results in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Supermassive black holes reside in the central parts of most galaxies. Observations indicate that about...

Image 1 - Tiny Fossil Fragment Reveals Giant-but-ugly-truth
2011-10-13 10:51:26

Fossil in London's Natural History Museum is part of biggest-ever toothed pterosaur from dinosaur era New research from the Universities of Portsmouth and Leicester has identified a small fossil fragment at the Natural History Museum, London as being part of a giant pterosaur — setting a new upper limit for the size of winged and toothed animals. Dr David Martill from the University of Portsmouth and Dr David Unwin from the University of Leicester examined the fossil - which...

2011-10-12 11:51:06

Inexorable demand for consumer goods places strain on supply of metals Geologists are warning of shortages and bottlenecks of some metals due to an insatiable demand for consumer products. A meeting of leading geologists, reported in the scientific journal Nature Geoscience, highlights the dangers in the inexorable surge in demand for metals. Dr. Gawen Jenkin, of the Department of Geology, University of Leicester, is the lead convenor of the Fermor Meeting of the Geological Society...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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