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2009-06-17 15:05:31

It was an idea born out of curiosity in the physics lab, but now a new type of "Ëœlaser' for generating ultra-high frequency sound waves instead of light has taken a major step towards becoming a unique and highly useful 21st century technology. Scientists at The University of Nottingham, in collaboration with colleagues in the Ukraine, have produced a new type of acoustic laser device called a Saser. It's a sonic equivalent to the laser and produces an intense beam of uniform sound...

2009-05-13 14:47:00

It can take just hours after the symptoms appear for someone to die from bacterial meningitis. Now, after years of research, experts at The University of Nottingham have finally discovered how the deadly meningococcal bacteria is able to break through the body's natural defense mechanism and attack the brain. The discovery could lead to better treatment and vaccines for meningitis and could save the lives of hundreds of children. Bacterial meningitis in childhood is almost exclusively caused...

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2009-04-24 15:39:55

Parasite infestations might have a good side. Wild mice from a Nottinghamshire forest have given experts at The University of Nottingham clues as to the importance of some parasites, such as lice, for the conditioning of a "natural" immune system. Jan Bradley, Professor of Parasitology, said: "Our understanding of mammalian immunology is largely based on rodents reared under highly unnatural pathogen and stress-free conditions. Analyzing the immune response in wild populations can give...

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2009-04-22 07:25:00

A small research group of healthy, but inactive, women who started to work out revealed they burned more fat after consuming a high-fiber, low-glycemic index breakfast, according to results concluded from a small study, Reuters accounted.  These results could potentially have significant ramifications for weight management, if substantiated by larger studies, researchers from the University of Nottingham in the UK reported.  Dr. Emma J. Stevenson and colleagues evaluated oxidation...

2009-04-06 09:21:03

Despite great hopes for stem cell therapy, major structural and cultural changes within the NHS are needed if it is to succeed in the UK. Currently the chances of getting effective treatments into routine use in the short-term are small and the industry is at serious risk of "Ëœmarket failure'. These are the findings of two major studies into the commercialization and adoption of stem cell therapy carried out by researchers at The University of Nottingham. Dr Paul Martin, from the...

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2009-03-12 09:50:00

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered a strong new line of evidence that galaxies are embedded in halos of dark matter. Peering into the tumultuous heart of the nearby Perseus galaxy cluster, Hubble discovered a large population of small galaxies that have remained intact while larger galaxies around them are being ripped apart by the gravitational tug of other galaxies. Dark matter is an invisible form of matter that accounts for most of the universe's mass. Astronomers have deduced...

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2009-02-24 09:55:00

A team of astronomers, led by Loretta Dunne from the University of Nottingham, have found some very unusual stardust. In a paper to be published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Dr Dunne and her team find new evidence for the production of copious quantities of dust in the Cassiopeia A supernova remnant, the remains of a star that exploded about 300 years ago. Interstellar dust is found throughout the cosmos. It is responsible for the dark patches seen in the Milky Way on...

2009-02-24 07:38:27

New research involving medical experts at The University of Nottingham has found that steroid tablets do not reduce the symptoms of virus-induced wheezing in pre-school children.Researchers from the universities of Nottingham, Leicester and Bart's in London have been at the centre of a leading study to find out whether steroid medicine will relieve wheezing symptoms in children under five years of age.There has been ongoing controversy in the medical community regarding how to best treat...

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2009-01-27 16:30:00

An expert in health services at the University of Nottingham is calling for urgent action to improve contraceptive advice and services to reduce the growing number of repeat teenage pregnancies in the United Kingdom. Using national abortion figures for England and Wales from 1991 to 2007, provided by the Office of National Statistics and Department of Health, researchers at Nottingham found that the number of women under 20 presenting for repeat abortions has risen steadily over the last 15...

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2009-01-26 14:45:01

According to a study of more than 800 men published in the January issue of BJU International, men who are more sexually active in their 20s and 30s may run a higher risk of prostate cancer. The study suggests that men with frequent sexual activities in their forties appear to have little effect and even small levels of activity in a man's fifties could increase protection from the disease.  The majority of the differences were attributed to masturbation rather than sexual intercourse....


Word of the Day
omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.